Ocean Grove, New Jersey is directly south of Asbury Park, and is located in Neptune Township, NJ. Ocean Grove was founded as a Christian camp meeting community due to its proximity to New York City and Philadelphia. It is the first site for a tabernacle, an open-air wooden shelter. As popularity of the area increased, the town eventually built the Great Auditorium which is still used today for performances and speakers. Ocean Grove was visited by numerous presidents and was a popular religious getaway and summer town, similar to today! Ocean Grove is a State and National Historic District and is a must-see location if you’re visiting the Shore!
The Great Auditorium has been the hub of entertainment in Ocean Grove since the late 1800s. Today, it is used for musical performers, evangelists, and other popular events…a Jersey Shore must-see!!!!!
If you are not a fan of historic sites, the beach is just as beautiful as the Victorian townhouses. There are numerous Bed & Breakfast hotels, which is a perfect way to start off your morning in Ocean Grove. To make the experience more comfortable, bring your own robe and slippers!
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Overall, Ocean Grove is a quaint, historical town that is perfect for a weekend getaway for your family. There are local independently-owned stores, restaurants, and Inns that are perfect for an off-the-radar kind of weekend.
Album cover of Bruce Springsteen’s album “Greetings from Asbury Park,” an album with various references to AP and the Jersey Shore. Click photo to purchase the album!
Greetings from Asbury Park! Asbury Park is one of the most eccentric and famous towns on the Jersey Shore. It is known for its
Asbury Park is most well known for the concert venue The Stone Pony. Here is where artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, and Southside Johnny first started their careers. Even though its a smaller venue, the Stone Pony holds concerts for a range of artists- both popular and local. Asbury Park is also home to Conventional Hall, a large venue that tends to be the center of all activities.
Asbury Park was recently rated #5 in the Top Ten beach towns in NJ. During the 1990s, AP had the highest crime rate out of any town in Monmouth county, however since then has made a dramatic turn around and is now one of the liveliest and vibrant communities on the Shore.
Casino Pier/ Conventional Hall
Asbury Park has a large gay community, and the nightlife is always buzzing do to the copious amounts of bars and shopping. However, it is not just a town for adults. There are amusement attractions, the beach, and shops.
First Saturday Asbury Park
Gay Pride Weekend
the Wave Gathering
Garden State Film Festival
the Jersey Shore Relay
The Annual Zombie Walk (purchase your ZOMBIE MAKE-UP KIT HERE!)
A typical, beautiful beach day in Asbury Park, NJ
Asbury Park is one of the most historic, eclectic, and well-known beach towns on the Jersey Shore and it would be a shame if you didn’t dedicate at least one day and night to this vibrant town!