After visiting downtown Asbury Park (Cookman Ave had a lot of interesting shops and eateries!-well worth strolling and shopping!) we drove down and parked to see the Boardwalk Area. My last visit was 20 years ago as I am now out of state. It was nice to see signs of life! The Boardwalk had surreys for rent, mini golf, a small toddler water park, a playground area,a number of nice stores and waterfront restaurants and bars. The old Convention Center had several nice gift shops and an eatery or two next to the theater. Take the time to look at the gorgeous old architecture!
It was off season (early April), but there were many people strolling, jogging, walking with their families. Still visible evidence of decay a block or so away.
While Asbury Park itself has a long way to go, the Boardwalk reminded me kind of how you feel when you look at a bare garden in spring. . .springs of green grass and daffodils popping up, full of hope. But more growing to do.
Well worth the stop and a stroll - not yet a total destination trip. Start in Asbury Park, combine it with a long stroll down to Victorian Ocean Grove and it would be a nice outing. Kudos to the merchants and new settlers breathing new life into this area.
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