Day trip to the Jersey Shore

It might be the fall but there will be plenty of beautiful days over the next 2 months to sneak in one last trip to the beach. We recently spent a great day at Asbury Park on the Jersey shore, an easy drive away. I reminds me of Coney Island an artsy vibe–cool shops, interesting food choices,and a nice beach.
Here’s a snapshot of our day trip.

asburyparkaug2016_puttputtWe started with an oceanfront round of miniature golf on the boardwalk at Third Avenue.
We won a free round at the end so we played another.
Asbury Eighteen. After Labor Day. Thursday-Sunday 12pm – 8pm.


Surrey bikes come in 2, 4 and 6 seaters.

We thought about renting a four person Surrey bike but I knew I’d be doing all the work. So we headed for the beach. Bikes, $10/hr. 2 person surrey, $20/hr. 4 person surrey $

asburyparkaug2016_swimThen, lucky for us, it was warm enough to take a dip in the ocean followed by playing in the sand. After spending time at the Cape this summer, the Jersey water felt like bath water. During the summer, beach badges are only $5 a day during the week; $7 a day on weekends. After Labor Day, take a dip for free.

asburyparkaug2016_tacoWe worked up an appetite and headed to the board walk for a late lunch. I had my heart set on a Korean Taco from the Mogo stand. I settled on the Bulgogi Taco: marinated beef, Asian pico de gallo & chopped tomatoes, lettuce and onions. Delicious…may I have another?


My kids chose Nutella crepes from the Crepe Shop. They loved watching them spin the crepe on the wheel. Followed by ice cream from Day’s Ice Cream Shop. So I slacked off a bit that day. I promise they’ll never forget the day their mom let them have crepes and ice cream for lunch!
Asbury crepe



While the kids finished their ice-cream, I shopped on the Boardwalk. There were so many fun little shops from Big Spoon Little Spoon Naturals that sold soaps, lotions and other wonderfully smelling products that were all made right here in NJ to Carla Gizzi’s jewelry and home store. Moda had cute, be achy clothes and Wanderlust has cool beach and surfer gear. One of my favorite shops was Storehouse a home decor store with a everything from furniture with a great retro vibe to beautiful tunics, paintings and handmade pottery. Then, we headed over to the Galleria. Honestly, if I’d been alone, I could have spent the entire day just browsing at all these shops. There were more home decor shops, Asbury Park memorabilia, and laid back beachy clothing. I bought an awesome cowboy hat for myself for only $29–couldn’t believe it. If nature calls, use the bathrooms here instead of on the boardwalk.

The Galleria, indoor shopping area.

The Galleria, indoor shopping area.

From inside the Galleria.

From inside the Galleria.

asburyparkaug2016_magicAs the sun started to set, the boardwalk was filled with families. We stopped for a few tricks from the Boardwalk magician. He was a total sweetheart!


My kids were too old for this, but this was so cute for the little ones:  the Splash Park. Splash Park, 900 Ocean Avenue on the Asbury Park Boardwalk at Second Avenue. After Labor Day, it’s open Saturday-Sunday 10am-7pm. The all day price is $9 for children and $5 for adults.

asburyparkaug2016_bandWe listened to some live music while they were making a bonfire on the beach under the stars. Lots of local families were laying out chairs and blankets.

It was hard to leave. Next time, we’ll stay over night.

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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."


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