Asbury Park, New Jersey: Looking for treasures at the Holiday Bazaar

Greetings from Asbury Park, New Jersey!

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I have been visiting Monmouth County and this part of the Jersey Shore for the last fourteen years but today was my first time in Asbury Park.

Asbury Park is a small seaside city on the New Jersey coast. It is most famously known for live music venues which hosted Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi but there is also a beachfront boardwalk lined with shops, arcades, restaurants and more!

Today’s visit was centered around the Asbury Park Bazaar, a seasonal market with live music and entertainment. The Convention Hall was located right on the beach in a beautiful, historic, building that spans the boardwalk.


There was plenty of opportunity to shop across the Grand Arcade and Convention Hall but we quickly canvassed the vendors, bought a couple of souvenirs, and headed outside to explore the boardwalk before sunset.

I didn’t realize this beforehand but there is an initiative to bring public art to Asbury Park so there are murals along the oceanfront. We saw murals at the Sunset Pavilion north of the Convention Hall and outside the Steamplant, Casino, and Carousel buildings.

It was a bit chilly along the boardwalk but the sunset looked like a watercolor painting oceanside and was a bit more vibrant inland.



We reached the far end of the boardwalk where the historic Steamplant, Casino, and Carousel buildings house more murals before turning around.

It was time to return to the car before the parking meter timed out but hoping to return again when the weather is warmer to spend a day at the Jersey Shore!

Question: What is your favorite thing to do at the beach?

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