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You're Going to Love Asbury Park

Made famous by Bruce Springsteen, Asbury Park, New Jersey, is a coastal resort on the rise. In the past 15 years, the city has come into its own, making the most of beautiful 19th-century architecture, a booming arts scene and, of course, the Atlantic Coast.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Asbury Park

1. Take a Springsteen Tour

If you love the Boss, Asbury Park is the place to go. Take guided tours with fellow fans to the Boardwalk, Frank's Deli, and more locations associated with one of America's greatest musicians.

2. Step Back in History at Allaire

Just outside Asbury Park you'll find Allaire, a preserved 19th-century village where volunteers maintain the illusion with period costumes and you can explore a 3,000 acre state park.

3. Discover the Town's Thriving Art Scene

Cheap rents have drawn hundreds of artists to Asbury Park recently, filling galleries like Art629 and the Parlor Gallery with exciting works.

4. See the Victorian Architecture of Ocean Grove

Bordering Asbury Park to the south, Ocean Grove is a beautiful Victorian resort, boasting a fine beach and cultural attractions like the Great Auditorium.

5. Visit the Asbury Park Music and Film Festival

ASPMFF is one of the Eastern Seaboard's premier cultural events, attracting hip-hop, jazz, and rock artists and featuring a busy schedule of screenings.

Top activities & attractions in Asbury Park

Where to Eat in Asbury Park

Italian food is (unsurprisingly) king in Asbury Park. You'll find fantastic pasta and fish options at Moonstruck, great pizza at Porta, and great food by the sea at Stella Marina Bar and Restaurant. Meals usually cost no more than $20 - $25.

Most popular restaurants in Asbury Park

Italian
Excellent (429 reviews)
Italian
Excellent (185 reviews)

When to visit Asbury Park

Asbury Park in March
Estimated hotel price
$140
1 night at 3-star hotel
Asbury Park in March
Estimated hotel price
$140
1 night at 3-star hotel

Asbury Park is at its best between July and late September, when the temperatures are warm enough to swim, and the town's cultural calendar is at its busiest.

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How to Get to Asbury Park

Plane

Asbury Park is only 30 miles from New York's JFK, Newark, or La Guardia airports, so getting there is easy.

Train

You can take the NJ Transit train from Penn Station, New York, towards Bay Head or South Amboy and get off at Asbury Park. It takes around 1 hour 40 minutes and costs $12 - $18.

Car

From New York, take I-95 then the Garden State Parkway, while I-195 runs from Trenton and Philadelphia.

Bus

NJ Transit bus 317 runs from Philadelphia (3 hours 45 mins, $23) while Academy Bus run services from the New York Port Authority (1 hour 58 mins, $17 - $19).

Airports near Asbury Park

Airlines serving Asbury Park

United Airlines
Good (69,477 reviews)
American Airlines
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Lufthansa
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KLM
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Delta
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Air France
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British Airways
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Turkish Airlines
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SWISS
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Iberia
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Qatar Airways
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Austrian Airlines
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Emirates
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Brussels Airlines
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TAP AIR PORTUGAL
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Alaska Airlines
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Finnair
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JetBlue
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Vueling
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LOT
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Where to stay in Asbury Park

The Empress Hotel and the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel are both great options near the boardwalk.

Popular neighborhoods in Asbury Park

Asbury Park Boardwalk - built in the 1870s, Asbury Park's boardwalk has seen countless people come and go, and played a prominent role in Springsteen's 1972 album "Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.".

Ocean Grove - just south of Asbury Park, Ocean Grove is full of character thanks to its well-preserved Victorian houses and wonderful beach.

West Grove - just inland from the boardwalk, West Grove is home to the William F. Larkin Golf Course as well as Italian eateries like Jimmy's Italian Restaurant.

Where to stay in popular areas of Asbury Park

Most booked hotels in Asbury Park

Majestic Hotel
Excellent (8.9, 154 reviews)
$183+
The Asbury
Excellent (8.2, 830 reviews)
$233+
Walden Inn And Suites
Excellent (8.3, 56 reviews)
$278+
Courtyard by Marriott Wall at Monmouth Shores Corporate Park
Excellent (8, 184 reviews)
$221+
The Shore Club
Good (7.5, 140 reviews)
$119+
Avon Manor Inn B&b & Cottage
Excellent (10, 1 review)
$844+
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How to Get Around Asbury Park

Public Transportation

NJ Transit runs bus services all over the New Jersey coast. Single fares start at $1.60.

Taxi

Taxis tend to charge a flag drop of around $3, followed by $2 per mile.

Car

Rental options in Asbury Park include Budget and Enterprise. You should find packages for $15 per day.

Car rental agencies in Asbury Park

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The Cost of Living in Asbury Park

Shopping Streets

If you want to pick up souvenirs, head down to the Boardwalk, specifically stores like the Asbury Galleria (with its memorabilia collection) and jewelry boutiques like Carla Gizzi.

Groceries and Other

Local supermarkets include QuickChek, Costco, and Wegmans, where 12 eggs will cost around $1.90.

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