Avalon History Center
Local lore celebrated through photos, artifacts, and displays. 609.967.0090, 215 39th St., Avalon,

Island Water Sports
Water logged fun with inflatables, slides, climbing contraptions, and light crafts on the Back Bay inlet. 609.368.6114, 9701 3rd Ave., Stone Harbor,

The Reeds at Shelter Haven
Upscale back bay beauty of a hotel with dining, spa, and deck. 609.368.0100, 9601 3rd Ave., Stone Harbor,

Thomasville Spread

The Wetlands Institute
6,000 acres of protected wetlands serves as a living laboratory for education, conservation, events, research, and ever changing natural beauty. 609.368.1211, 1075 Stone Harbor Blvd., Stone Harbor,

The White brier
Three lively indoor/outdoor dining and nightlife venues in one location. 609.967.5225, 260 20th St., Avalon,

Win drift Avalon
Spacious beachfront contemporary hotel, restaurant, banquet space, and deck bar. 609.368.5175, 105 80th St., Avalon,


Café Loren
Zagat rated upscale casual BYOB serving modern American cuisine. 609.967.8228, 2288 Dune Dr., Avalon,

Fred’s Tavern Family owned since the 1930s. 609.368.5591, 314 96th St., Stone Harbor,

Quahog’s Seafood Shack
Featured on Diners, Drive ins, and Dives. A classic New England seafood shack serving South American inspired cuisine with a back patio. 609.368.6300, 206 97th St., Stone Harbor,

Spiaggetta Italian Seafood Trattoria, 609.368.9400, 9800 3rd Ave., Stone Harbor,

Coastal FX Boutique
with sea themed jewelry, apparel, handbags, and gifts. 609.368.3800, 270 96th St., Hoy’s 5 & 10 Woolworth style family shopping the way it used to be. 609.967.7271, 2800 Dune Dr., Avalon,

Life is Good Shop Men, women, kids, home, and gifts. 609.796.5435, 229 96th St., Stone Harbor,

Talk of the Walk
Curated stylish women’s apparel and accessories since 1951. 609.368.0008, 248 96th St., Stone Harbor,

The Walk at Harbor Square
Charming shops, restaurants, and more on a pedestrian friendly promenade. 609.368.1500, 261 96th Street, Stone Harbor,

THE MAIN EVENT: Santa’s Summer Vacation, July 23 – 29. A town wide chance to catch Mr. and Mrs. Santa soaking up the sun and shopping downtown. A list of scheduled appearances is available at the Welcome Center on 96th St. beginning July 1. 609.368.6101,
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Asbury Distilling C.
The city’s first distillery since Prohibition, opened last year, creates high quality hand crafted spirits and cocktails. 732.455.3924, 527 Lake Ave.,
Asbury Lanes After a lengthy renovation, the revered bowling alley/music venue opens Memorial Day Weekend with a roster of music shows. The redesign features a retro diner, American fl ag made of bowling balls, and customized Brunswick lanes. 732.361.6659, 209 4th Ave.,

Asbury Hotel
The city’s newest happening accommodation and social hub. Entertainment, bars, (including the rooftop Salvation, offering panoramic views), events, and hip amenities including a food truck and beer garden by the outdoor pool. 732.774.7100, 210 5th Ave.,

Boardwalk Boom
Ongoing construction is an attraction in itself this year. Watch the modernization of the boardwalk’s retail and dining pavilions, gaze at the rising 1101 Ocean 16 story multi use development, and bask in being part of the resurgence. Convention Hall Dining, shopping, entertainment, 1300 Ocean Ave., 732.897.6500, Paramount Theatre Historic performance venue inside Convention Hall, 732.897.6500, 1200 Ocean Ave. Both are undergoing major upgrades.

Hotel Tides
Renovated gracious boutique property with an Inn feel, pool, spa, and acclaimed restaurant and bar. 732.897.7744, 408 7th Ave.,

House of Independents
Shows and events continuously rock the House. Willie Nile, Sandra Bernhard, and Jimmy Vivino are on the bill through August. 732.977.5284, 572 Cookman Ave.,

Silverball Museum
Pinball, video/arcade games, food. Available for parties, 732.774.4994, 1000 Ocean Ave.,

The Stone Pony
Legendary rock venue with outdoor summer stage, 732.502.0600, 913 Ocean Ave.,

Wonder Bar
Live music, food, patio, canine Yappy Hours, 732.455.3767, 5th & Ocean Ave.,

Asbury Ale House Sports Bar & Grille
Table games, nightlife, and special events, 732.455.3808, 531 Cookman Ave.,

Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten
Large, lively German restaurant and bar with music, events, and rooftop patio, 527 Lake Ave., 732.997.8767,

Cubacan Restaurant & Bar
Elevated Cuban food, drinks, and authentic atmosphere on the boardwalk, 732.774.3007, 800 Ocean Ave.,

Jimmy’s Italian Restaurant
Inland legend for fresh, traditional, masterful fare with a classic bar. Fans include Frank Sinatra, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Stewart, and The Boss. 732.774.5051, 1405 Asbury Ave.,

Stella Marina
Rustic, classic Italian cuisine (including homemade pasta), overlooking the boardwalk and ocean. 732.775.7776, 800 Ocean Ave.,

Acclaimed contemporary Japanese and artistic sushi, inspired décor, 732.775.1020, 660 Cookman Ave.,

Bettie’s Bombshells
Distinctive women’s wear, shoes, and accessories with an inspired Hollywood pin up retro vibe. 732.807.5730, Boardwalk, Facebook.

Glide Surf Co.,
Surf “lifestyle” store with more. 732.250.6398, 520 Bangs Ave.,

Nita Ideas
Designer women’s couture by a former Broadway actress. 732.988.7711, 601 Cookman Ave.,

Russo Music
Instruments, equipment, lessons, rentals, and more since 1960. 732.455.8397, 619 Lake Ave.,

Shoppes at the Arcade
Quintessentially Asbury collection of vendors offering a variety of cool stuff. 732.775.3000, 658 Cookman Ave., Facebook

Sweet Joey’s
Vintage clothing, handmade jeans, and accessories. Denim repair and alterations. 732.455.3183, 523 Bangs Ave.,

THE MAIN EVENT: “The Princess Bride: An Inconceivable Evening with Cary Elwes.” Get behind the scenes stories and a Q & A with the prince himself after a screening of the beloved fi lm. 7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 16, Paramount Theatre,
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Blue Bay Inn
Boutique hotel featuring the Copper Canyon Restaurant and Tequila Bar, 732.708.9600, 51 1st Ave., Atlantic Highlands,

First Avenue Playhouse
Dessert Theatre Celebrating 30 years of live theatre. Broadway Thru The Yearsis June’s offering. 732.291.7552, 123 1st Ave., Atlantic Highlands,

Hartshorne Woods Park
This high elevation 794 acre preserve overlooks the Navesink River and offers scenic hiking, cycling, horseback riding, fishing, and group cabin camping by reservation. 732.872.0336, 300 Navesink Ave., Atlantic Highlands,

Mt. Mitchell Scenic Overlook
Sept. 11 Memorial and stunning views of Sandy Hook and New York City. Atlantic Highlands, 732.872.0336, 460 Ocean Blvd.,

Navesink Twin Lights Historic Site
Tours, displays, and events at a true coastal landmark built in 1828. 732.872.1814, 2 Light House Rd., Highlands,

Bahrs Landing
Historic Seafood on the river across from Sandy Hook. Outdoor Tiki bar, souvenir shop. Dock
and dine. 732.872.1245, 2 Bay Ave., Highlands,

Bay Pointe Inn
Fine dining on the site of the former Original Oyster. Outdoor bar and deck dining in season. Piano bar. 732.629.8000, 1 Willow St., Highlands, Facebook

Authentic Mexican from a Mexico City native offering 260 tequilas. 732.708.0505, 272 Bay Ave., Atlantic Highlands,

Flaky Tart
Award winning artisan bake shop with sweet and savory delicacies, 732.291.2555, 145 1st Ave., Atlantic Highlands,

Harbor side Grill
Cozy pub with outdoor porch. The Wine Bar Restaurant and cabaret is upstairs. 732.291.0066, 40 1st Ave., Atlantic Highlands,

Water Witch Coffee
Eats, art exhibitions, and events in cool surroundings. 732.204.2468, 67 Water witch Ave., Highlands,

In the Garden
Floral, garden, weddings, events, classes, landscape design. 732.291.0311, 69 Water witch Ave., Highlands,

Kranky Cycles
Sales, service, rentals. 732.291.1166, 321 Bay Ave., Highlands,

Lusty Lobster
Primo fish market filled with fresh catches right off the boat. 732.291.4504, 88 Bay Ave., Highlands,

Sea Sons
Photo & Gift Shop Handmade sea glass jewelry, gifts, and local photography. 732.978.2212, 68 1st Ave., Atlantic Highlands, Facebook

THE MAIN EVENT: Shark Fest Family Festival 2018, Saturday, June 30, 2 Simon Lake Dr., Atlantic Highlands,
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Avon Manor Bed & Breakfast
Two cottages and a house to choose from near the beach. 732.776.7770, 109 Sylvania Ave.,

Fitness by the Sea
Over 60 hours of classes and 70 hours of open gym each week. 844.866.9437, 1042 Field St.,

The Columns
Large venue across from the ocean with live music, food, two bars, and wrap around porch, 732.988.3213, 601 Ocean Ave.,


Avon Pavilion
Center of the boardwalk dining with entertainment and events, 732.775.1043, 600 Ocean Ave.,

Quality New Orleans style fare, BYOB, 732.988.7979, 306 Main St.,

Daniel’s Bistro by the Sea
Chef Daniel Picard serves refined French inspired American menu. 732.775.4107, 526 Main St., (Additional location in Pt. Pleasant)

Carella’s Art and Sole Footwear
Three generations bring name brand comfort and style to men’s and women’s shoes. 732.361.8250, 424 Main St.,

Jewelry by the Sea
On site master jeweler, large selection, repairs. 732.807.4223, 302 Main St.,

The Macaroon Shop,
Sweet treats since 1930, 732.776.6363, 107 Main St.,

THE MAIN EVENT: Boardwalk Craft Fair, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Saturday, July 8 (Rain date July 9),
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Bar Anticipation
Sprawling indoor/outdoor day and nightlife venue, live music, VIP cabanas, 732.681.7422, 703 16th Ave., Lake Como, bar

Saltwater Inn
Eight suites for couples and one for families in a boutique setting two blocks from the beach. 732.681.1047, 300 10th Ave.,

Shark River Kayak Company,732.749.0490, 708 River Rd.,


Anchor Tavern
Elevated pub menu features whole roasted Chicken Boxes, live music. 732.280.2266, 713 Main St.,

Innovative American fare by acclaimed chef Chris Brandl. BYOB, 732.280.7501, 703 Belmar Plaza,

Marina Grille
Newest and biggest hot spot with live entertainment on the Shark River adjacent to the equally lively 9th Ave. Pier bar/restaurant. 732.894.3211, 905 Rt. 35,

Fisherman’s Den
Bait, tackle, and expert staff on the Belmar Marina. 732.681.5005, 905 Rt. 35,

Oceanside Gallery
Art, framing, and personalized services since 1987. 732.280.2167, 1010 Main St.,

The Endless SUP Company
Everything for Stand Up Paddle boarding. 848.404.9033, 809 Main St.,

THE MAIN EVENT: Free Movies on the Beach, 8:00 p .m. Saturdays beginning July 14 through September 15.
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Beach Cinema 732.774.9089, 110 Main St.,

Bradley Beach Bowl 732.774.4540, 1217 Main St.,

The Sandcastle Inn
Bed and breakfast 1.5 blocks from the beach. 732.774.2875, 204 3rd Ave.,

Shipwreck Island Mini Golf 732.774.2937, 800 Ocean Ave.,


Bamboo Leaf
Family owned Thai and Vietnamese BYOB, 732.774.1661, 724 Main St.,

Citricos Mediterranean Italian Grille, 732.988.6565, 812 Main St.,

Pagano’s Uva
Fresh spin on Italian fare, live entertainment. 732.775.0906, 800 Main St.,

The Elbow Room
Imaginative pub food in a cool atmosphere.732.898.6860, 416 Main St.,

Vic’s Italian Restaurant
Classic favorites since 1947, thin crust pizza, bar, and patio with fountain. 732.774.8225, 60 Main St.,


Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Men’s, women’s, and kid’s fashion and gift boutique, 732.775.3137, 624 Main St.,

Community gift shop featuring handmade jewelry, housewares, art and more. 732.455.8082, 706 LaReine Ave.,

Ruding & Wood
Antiques, furniture, piano restoration, custom cabinet making, and refinishing. 732.775.4000, 1106 Main St.

THE MAIN EVENT: Annual Lobster Fest, Sat. 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., & Sun. 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., June 23 & 24, Beachfront Promenade. Bands, food, vendors, wine & beer garden, children’s activities. 732.776.2999,
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Editor’s Note: Hotels and inns are located in surrounding towns.

Bogan’s Deep Sea Fishing Center
Four generations of fishing know how. 732.528.5014, 800 Ashley Ave.,

Hoffman’s Marina
Sales and services for serious boaters and fishermen just inside the Manasquan Inlet, adjacent to the Waypoint 622 waterfront restaurant. 732.528.6200, 602 Green Ave.,

River Belle and River Queen Cruises
Replicas of Mississippi riverboats on the Manasquan River and Barnegat Bay offering food, cocktails, sightseeing, and themed/special event excursions. 732.528.6620, 800 Ashley Ave.,

Brielle Ale House
Fun sport bar and grill, with 40 televisions and interactive games. 732.722.8825, 601 Union Ave.,

Brielle River House
Waterfront wedding venue, dining and cocktails on the Manasquan River. 732.528.7000, 1 Ocean Ave.,

Rella’s Italian Tavern
Tudor style with an outdoor porch. 732.528.0034, 110 Union Ave.,

American seafood and sushi at the scenic Brielle Yacht Club Marina. 732.528.7750, 201 Union Lane, Facebook

Coastal Living of Brielle
Décor, gifts, and fashion accessories. 732. 292.1866, 605 Higgins Ave.,

Little Charmers
Clothing, accessories, gifts, books, and toys for discerning youngsters. 732.528.6966, 602 Union Ave.,

Reel Seat
Custom tackle, rigging, rod & reel service, and repair. 732.223.5353, 707 Union Ave.,

Sugar Specialty Bake Shoppe & Gourmet foods. 732.612.8282, 406 Higgins Ave.,

THE MAIN EVENT: 14th Annual Family Fishing Tournament, June 8 – 10, 732.528.0377,
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Cape May County Park & Zoo
Free admission year ‘round to 85 acres, special events, and over 550 animals representing 250 species. 609.465.5271, 707 U.S. 9,

Cape May Whale Watch and Research Center
Eco Tours and conservation friendly whale, dolphin, and bird watching. 609.898.0055, 1121 Rt. 109 at Utsch’s Marina,

Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities
Start here for info regarding all things Cape May trolley and historic sites tours, special events, etc. 609.884.5404,

Inns, Hotels, Motels, Campgrounds & House/Condo Rentals Beyond America’s premier collection of meticulously restored inns, an ample variety of accommodations many with pools, restaurants, and bars featuring entertainment—offer extensive options.,

Washington Street Mall
Three block pedestrian promenade with shops, boutiques, taverns, and restaurants. Starting point for trolley and horse drawn carriage tours.

Black Duck on Sunset
BYOB gourmet bistro in a Victorian home. 609.898.0100, 1 Sunset Blvd.,

Lobster House and the Schooner
American Harbor front seafood restaurant complex with fish market, indoor/outdoor dining, and light fare aboard a moored sailing ship. 609.884.8296, 906 Schellengers Landing Rd.

Fins Bar & Grille
Family friendly coastal cuisine and entertainment amidst fish tanks off the Washington St. Mall. 609.884.3449, 142 Decatur St.,

410 Bank Street
New Orleans meets tropical cuisine in a charming 1840 cottage. Award winning and Zagat rated. 609.884.2127, 410 Bank St.,

Harbor View
Stunning sunsets, live music, deck or indoor dining, and a nautical vibe on a marina across from the U.S. Coast Guard Station. 609.884.5444, 954 Ocean Drive,

Sapore Italiano
Fine dining in a picturesque restored Victorian home. BYOB. 609.600.1422, 416 S. Broadway,

Washington Inn
Classic romantic fine dining and cocktail lounge in an 1840 plantation home, 609.884.5697, 801 Washington St.,

Carpenter’s Square Mall
Eclectic mix of art, retail, and eats. 609.884.8884, 31 Perry St., Facebook

Sunset Beach Gifts
A family owned destination since 1973 with clothing, shore themed indoor/outdoor décor, mini golf, and grille on site. Flag ceremony nightly. 609.884.7079, 502 Sunset Blvd.,

West End Garage
Over 50 antique, vintage, and sundry vendors in one store, plus the Beach Plum Farm Bakery and Café. 609.770.8261, 484 W. Perry St.,

THE MAIN EVENT: Boardwalk Craft Show 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, June 9 & 10 on the Promenade, Beach Ave., 609.884.9565,
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Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
32 acres of history, fishing, bird watching and passive recreation. 609.494.2016, 208 Broadway, Barnegat Light.

Fantasy Island Amusement Park
LBI’s only amusement/carnival area with rides, arcade, boardwalk style eats. 609.492.4000, 320 7th St., Beach Haven.

LBI Historical Museum
The Long Beach Island Historical Society keeps local history alive in an 1882 former church. 609.492.0700, 129 Engleside Ave., Beach Haven,

Hotels and Motels
Mostly family owned with no chains or high rises, LBI offers a variety of accommodations.

Surflight Theatre
Eight shows are scheduled for the 2018 season, plus children’s theater and concerts. 609.492.9477, 201 Engleside Ave., Beach Haven.

Buckalew’s Restaurant & Tavern
Pleasant bar and eatery with entertainment in an 1874 former hotel. 609.492.1065, 101 N. Bay Ave., Beach Haven.

Italian fine dining BYOB with wines available on site. 609.494.5391, 1101 Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom,

The Chicken or the Egg
“The Chegg” is the go to 24 hour breakfast hot spot in season. 609.492.3695, 207 N. Bay Ave., Beach Haven.

The Greenhouse Café Fresh, healthy traditional and eclectic breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 609.494.7333. 605 Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom,

Bay Village
Shopping, dining and events, 609.492.2800, 830 N. Bay Ave.,

Island Gypsy
Boutique with seasonal clothing, bags, hats, and jewelry. 609.342.0245, 901 N. Bay Ave., Beach Haven,

Mistletoe LBI
Christmas with an island vibe. 609.467.7107, 11100 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Township, Facebook

Sea Moon
Jewelry, gifts, clothing, accessories, and shore treasures for 43 years. 609.361.6624, 1503 Long Beach Blvd., Surf City,

THE MAIN EVENT: Jazzy Scallop Festival, 2:30 to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, June 23, Viking Village, 609.548.1523, 1901 Bayview, Barnegat Light.
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Bungalow Hotel
Boutique hotel a block from the ocean with access to Le Club Avenue on the boardwalk. 732.229.3700, 50 Laird St., Long Branch.

Ocean Place
Renovated beachfront hotel with spa, public Tiki bar and indoor/outdoor dining options, 800.411.6493, Ocean Blvd.,

Pier Village
Shopping, dining, and event promenade along the boardwalk. 732.923.0100, 1 Chelsea Ave.,

Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park
38 acre park with kids’ activities, snack bar, volleyball, and Activity Center. 732.229.7025, 221 Ocean Ave.,

Amy’s Omelette House
Hundreds of options and all day breakfast in a retro setting. 732.222.1206, 444 Ocean Blvd.,

Charlie’s Ocean Bar & Grill
Seafood, pizza and more with porches overlooking the beach. 732.222.4499, 29 Avenel Blvd.,

Johnny Piancone’s
Authentic Italian in a cozy brick walled atmosphere. 732.229.0300, 591 Broadway,

Rooney’s Oceanfront Restaurant
Airy seafood favorite with outdoor seating, two bars, entertainment. 732.870.1200, 100 Ocean Ave.,

Back on the Racks
Designer consignment with jewelry, shoes, furniture, decor. 732.272.1416, 140 Brighton Ave.,

The Shops at Pier Village
Clothing boutiques, food vendors, and more.

THE MAIN EVENT: Ocean fest. Music, food, vendors, activities. 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 4 on the beach. Fireworks at 9:00 p.m.,
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Algonquin Arts
Theatre Plays, education, workshops, film. 732.528.9211, 60 Abe Voorhees Dr.,

Edgar Felix Bikeway
A 5.6 mile “rail trail” beginning downtown and connecting to Allaire State Park. Entrance on Main Street.

Fisherman’s Cove
Conservation Area Dog friendly 55 acres on the Manasquan Inlet with fishing, sunbathing, kayaking, and activity center. 732.922.4080, 383 Third Ave.,

Inn on Main
Boutique inn with Blend Bistro on ground floor. 732.528.0099, 152 Main St.,

Nathaniel Morris Inn
Bed & Breakfast Restored 1882 charmer with vintage furnishings and events. 732.223.7826, 117 Marcellus Ave.,

The Committed Pig
Award winning creative burgers, snacks, and breakfasts. 168 Main St., 800.908.4960,

Maria’s Italian Cuisine
Authentic dishes in an Old School atmosphere with a cocktail lounge. 732.223.2033, 165 Main St.,

American fine dining, bar, events, and live entertainment. 732.292.1300, 142 Main St.,

Squan Tavern
Landmark tavern offering classic Italian and pizza since 1964. 732.223.3324, 15 Broad St.,

Elegant Exchange
Upscale women’s designer consignment shop. 732.223.8300, 132 Main St., elegant

Imaginative creations from some 50 American crafters—jewelry, gifts, home. 732.223.3007, 169 Main St.,

Katherine’s Boutique
Women’s apparel, handbags, jewelry, accessories. 732.528.1099, 100 E. Main St., shop

Palm Place
Lilly Pulitzer signature store. 732.223.1655, 161 Main St., Facebook

Quinnderella’s Toys
“The silliest toy store in town.” 732.223.1124, 119 Main St.,
Weston Gallery Fine art, handcrafted jewelry, framing, restorations. 732.292.1664, 79 Main St.,

THE MAIN EVENT: Downtown Surf & Art Festival. Artistic surfboards, music, vendors, food, and more, 2:00 – 7:00 p.m., Main St., Facebook
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Centennial Cottage
Home of Historical Society of Ocean Grove with a living history museum and garden. 732.774.1869, Central Ave., & McClintock St.,

Great Auditorium
Historic hub of cultural events, concerts, and the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association. 732.775.0035, 54 Pitman Ave.,

Laingdon Hotel
Victorian charm, modern conveniences, and terraces with ocean views. 800.775.9568, 8 Ocean Ave.,

Majestic Hotel
Elegant Victorian lodging. Bia bistro opens June 9. 732.775.6100, 19 Main Ave.,

Days Ice Cream & The Starving Artist
A 138 year old tradition in a Victorian setting. 732.614.6245, 48 Pittman Ave.,

Dunes Boardwalk
Food Court Restored post Sandy with ample seating and ocean views. 732.455.8711, 4 North End Boardwalk.

Nagle’s Apothecary Café
Unique and quaint local institution serving American fare and ice cream. 732.776.9797, 43 Main St., Facebook

SeaGrass Restaurant
Elevated seafood and American cuisine. BYOB 732.869.0770, 68 Main Ave.,

Gingerbread’s Teas & Treasures
Vintage, home, holiday, jewelry, gifts, and tea items. 732.775.7900, 49 Main St.,

Main Avenue Galleria & School of Art
Fine and wearable art, classes, events, framing. 732.988.1002, 57 Main Ave.,

The Emporium at Ocean Grove
Resort wear for men and women, pet items, fair trade. 732.455.5511, 63 Main Ave., Facebook

Seaview Sweets
Handmade and retro candy plus shore gifts and pet items. 732.776.7878, 56 Main St.,

THE MAIN EVENT: Sand Sculpture Contest. 10:30 a.m. with judging at 2:00 p.m., North End Beach, 732.988.5533,
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Count Basie Theatre
Landmarked 1926 movie house renamed in 1984 for jazz great and Red Bank native William “Count” Basie. Concerts, productions, events, education. 732.224.9000, 99 Monmouth St.,

Detour Gallery
Captivating two story contemporary art gallery featuring exhibitions and events. 732.704.3115, 24 Clay St.,

The Molly Pitcher Inn
Elegant historic waterfront hotel on the Navesink River with fine dining and lounge. 732.747.2500, 88 Riverside Ave.,

The Oyster Point Hotel
Luxurious contemporary waterfront hotel, restaurant, and patio with panoramic river views and marina, 732.530.8200, 146 Bodman Pl.,

Two River Theater, Professional regional theater producing plays and educational programs. 732.345.1400, 21 Bridge Ave.,

Buona Sera
Authentic Italian in a Tuscan setting with wine cellar, rooftop bar, and banquet space. 732.530.5858, 50 Maple Ave., buona

Catch 19
Superior creative seafood by chef Dominick Rizzo resulted in a move last year to larger quarters where diners can now enjoy spacious surroundings and a full bar. 732.268.8543, 19 Broad St.,

Neapoli (formerly Gaetano’s)
Homemade Italian fresh pasta, brick oven pizza, seafood, brunch, catering. 732.741.1321, 10 Wallace St.,

Family owned Italian using 150 year old recipes with homemade pasta and wood burning brick oven Neopolitan pizza, 732.741.5555, 28 Broad St.,

Shapiro’s New York Delicatessen
Traditional deli serving breakfast, lunch, and a pet patio menu. Open until 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. 732.212.1600, 51 Broad St.,

26 West on the Navesink
A rooftop deck is coming to this fine seafood dining establishment with nautical décor and stunning river views. 732.383.5664, 26 West Front St.,

Urban Coal House Pizza & Bar
Old World brick oven artisan pizza, roasted wings, and pastas in the Galleria on the happening West Side. 732.212.1700, 2 Bridge Ave.,

Coco Pari
Get the red carpet treatment at this recently expanded luxury women’s boutique featuring top designers and a 50 foot shoe wall. Designer men’s shoes, too! Second location in Deal. 732.212.8111, 17 Broad St.,

Del Negro & Senft Eye Associates
Medical knowledge, surgical expertise, and caring service delivered with a team approach. 732.747.7725, 152 Broad St.,

Evan John Diamantaire & Sciortino Tailors
Two premier shops in one location. Custom fi ne jewelry and luxury watches from a full service custom jeweler combined with expert tailoring, alterations, custom men’s clothing. EJD: 732.530.1540, Sciortino: 732.933.8448, 15 Broad St.,, Facebook

Eye Design
Eye boutique with professional exams and an unparalleled selection of international eyewear and thoughtful accessories. 732.530.6865, 90 Broad St.,

A refined designer men’s and women’s department store experience. Clothing, accessories, shoes, and special amenities: tailor shop, bar & lounge, movie theater, shoe shines, “emergency” services, private changing rooms, and appointment shopping. 732.576.8500, 121 Broad St.,

Gold tinker
Owner Peter Romanowski’s sterling reputation makes this elegant shop the preferred source for diamonds, custom jewelry, and designer items. 732.531.8787, 24 Broad St.,

Leonardo Jewelers, Zeik family owned and founded in 1964 with a passion for the fi nest jewelry and watches. Second location in Metuchen. 732.747.7880, 35 E. Front St.,

Poor Cat Designs
Hand crafted fashion forward fi ne jewelry forged in gold, white gold, pine gold, and sterling silver. Source for celebrities, rock stars, and trendsetters. 732.842.3121, 69 Broad St.,

Stylish contemporary sportswear boutique for men and women with a unique selection of American and European designers. 732.383.8085, 3 East Front St.,

THE MAIN EVENT: Jazz in the Park. 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Thursdays in July & August. Free. Riverside Gardens Park, West Front St.,
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Joshua Huddy’s Leap Monument
Revolutionary War hero Capt. Joshua Huddy escaped a raiding Tory party in 1780 by jumping from the boat he was being transported on and swimming to shore here. West Park, Rumson Rd. & Ward Ave.,

Victory Park
Waterfront playground, bandstand, courts and gazebo. 732.842.3300, 1 Lafayette St. and River Rd.,

Barnacle Bill’s
Primo burgers, seafood, live music, nautical atmosphere, and water views. 732.747.8396, 1 1st St.,

Fine contemporary American cuisine with an all new menu, craft cocktails, brunch, and an elevated Happy Hour in a relaxed, gracious setting. 732.852.2650, 26 Ridge Rd.,

Farmhouse style eatery with a Tuscan menu, homemade pasta, pizza, and special events. 732.842.3880, 11 W. River Rd.,

Golden Goose
Custom jewelry, services, repairs. 732.530.9696, 7 W. River Rd.,

Le Papillon
Boutique shoes, clothing, handbags, home, gifts since 1971. 732.842.6490, 7 W. River Rd.,

Posch Boutique
Achievable luxury in women’s designer fashions and accessories. 732.383.7622, 113 E. River Rd.,

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Beach Walk at Sea Bright
Motel between the river and ocean with public Tiki bar, 732.842.8450, 344 Ocean Ave.,

Donovan’s Reef
Named for the 1963 John Wayne movie, this beachfront institution re opened last year following total Superstorm Sandy destruction. Bigger and better with outdoor Tiki bar, bands, food, and day at the ocean option. 732.530.1833, 1171 Ocean Ave.,

Family owned Italian BYOB with outdoor dining. 732.842.2800, 1070 Ocean Ave.,

Drift house by David Burke
The celebrity award winning chef returns to his Jersey Shore roots to helm an all new concept at the Driftwood Cabana Beach Club with Shrewsbury River and Atlantic Ocean views. His brother Robert is the Executive Chef. 732.530.9760, 1485 Ocean Ave.,

Rory’s Pub
Casual bar and grille with outdoor patio in season at the former Harry’s Restaurant. 732.383.7685, 1124 Ocean Ave., rorys

The Black Swine Chic Italian seafood, meats, and homemade pasta from a scratch kitchen. 732.345.0700, 1132 Ocean Ave.,

Lorraine Scuderi
Custom dollhouse items and more from a miniatures interior designer with 35 years experience. 732.268.7851, 53 Island View Way,

North shore
Classic threads for women, men, children. 732.842.9909. 1127 Ocean Ave., northshoresbnj

Classic, contemporary women’s boutique. 732.842.6682, 1050 Ocean Ave.,

MAIN EVENT: Skimbash. 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Friday & Saturday June 23 & 24. Annual skim board competition with food, arts & crafts, and more. Public Beach,
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National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey, 732.974.5966, Sea Girt Ave.,

Parker House
Seasonal rooms, restaurant, tavern, entertainment in an 1878 Inn. 290 1st Ave.,

Sea Girt Lighthouse (1896)
Tours, views. 732.974.0514, 9 Ocean Ave.,

Sea Girt Lodge 732.974.2330, 2168 Rt. 35,

Fratello’s Italian Restaurant & Bar
Live music, 732.974.8833, 810 The Plaza,

Harrigan’s Irish Pub 732.449.8228, 703 Rt. 71,

Rod’s Olde Irish Tavern
Casual restaurant/bar in turn of the century saloon. 732.449.2020, 507 Washington Blvd.,

Scarborough Fair
Romantic fine dining in rustic 1800s farmhouse. 732.223.6658, 1414 Meetinghouse Rd.,

Brook 35 & West
Shopping center with stores, restaurants, and services. 2150 Rt. 35 brook35plaza.comSea Girt Square (Same as above) 732.449.2000, 2100 Rt. 35,

THE MAIN EVENT: Free Movies On The Beach at dusk. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Monday, July 16, Paddington 2 Monday, August 20. The Beacon Pavilion,
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Breakwater Beach Waterpark732.793.6488, 800 Ocean Terrace, beach

Casino Pier
New Hydrus rollercoaster and Ferris Wheel! Rides, food, arcade, golf, fun. 732.793.6488, 800 Ocean Terrace,

The Dock Outfitters
Barnegat Bay fishing, watercraft rentals, crabbing pier. 732.830.8171, 5 Rt. 35,

Hotels, Motels, & Inns
Bustling seaside offers many options for accommodations. Details:,

Modern American fresh seasonal creations. 732.930.3520, 113 Boulevard, genevieves

Savor Lounge
Diverse menu, live entertainment, banquet space. 732.793.0021, 411 Boulevard,

Landmark boardwalk restaurant and multi bar venue with live music and banquet space. 732.793.1990, 1807 Boardwalk,

Spicy Cantina
Colorful Mexican boardwalk favorite, balcony, live music, 732.793.4777, 500 Boardwalk,

Le Petit Garage
Clothing, jewelry, accessories, home. 732.793.4004, 1020 Ocean Terrace,

Martin’s Casuals
Large inventory of trend setting women’s and men’s fashions, shoes, beachwear, accessories in nearby Lavallette for 40 years. 732.830.1188, 703 Rt. 35, Facebook

Seaside Beach Home
Custom and hand painted furniture, sea themed finds, and gifts. 732.250.2271, Dupont Ave.,

THE MAIN EVENT: Arts & Crafts By the Sea. 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday & Sunday, June 9 & 10. Boardwalk between Dupont & Grant Avenues,
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The Breakers
Stately oceanfront resort hotel with upscale dining and piano lounge, 732.449.7700, 1507 Ocean Ave.,

The Chateau Inn & Suites
Gracious period hotel, 732.974.2000, 500 Warren Ave.,

The Hewitt Wellington
Victorian lakeside boutique hotel with Zagat rated Whispers fine dining restaurant. 732.974.1212, 200 Monmouth Ave.,,

The Spring Lake Community House Theatre
Performances, workshops, dance school in a 1923 building. 732.449.4530, 300 Madison Ave.,

New BYO in the Grand Victoria Hotel (formerly Whispers) 732.769.5700, 1505 Ocean Ave.,

Mediterranean fine dining. 732.359.6700, 1311 3rd Ave.,

St. Stephen’s Green Publick House
Authentic Irish restaurant/pub. 732.449.2626, 2031 Rt. 71,

Camel’s Eye
Women’s clothing and accessories. 732.449.3636, 1223 3rd Ave.,

Irish Centre
Gifts, china, knitwear. 732.449.6650, 1120 3rd Ave.,

Juli Mei Women’s fashion and beauty. 732.449.0021, 1303 3rd Ave.,

Waterlily Women’s clothing, shoes, accessories. 732.449.0912, 1202 3rd Ave.,

THE MAIN EVENT: Spring Lake Summer Art walk. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, July 7. Sroll the 3rd Ave. Business District enjoying local artists’ work.
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Clarion Hotel & Conference Center 732.341.2400, 815 Rt. 37,

River Lady Cruises
Variety of options with and without dining. 732.349.8664, 1 Robbins Pkwy.,

600 Main Bed & Breakfast
Victorian Inn The historic former 1897 Mathis House has Tea Room, porches, and gracious period décor. 732.818.7580, 600 Main St.,

The Robert J. Novins Planetarium, 732.255.0343, Ocean County College, 1 College Dr.,

Aqua Blu
Modern twist on American cuisine in multiple sophisticated dining spaces and bars on Barnegat Bay. Banquet facilities, entertainment. 732.270.1180, 3410 Rt. 37,

Artisan’s Restaurant & Brewery
Inventive homemade cuisine in a warm atmosphere with onsite brewery and ciders. 732.244.7566, 1171 Hooper Ave.,

Water Street Bar and Grille Riverfront hotspot with live music and deck. 732.240.4800, 4 Robbins Pkwy.,

Gorgeous Girls Boutique
Women’s wear, accessories, and styling services. 732.300.4225, 53 North Main St., Perfect Swing Golf Large location for everything golf. 732.364.2336, 33 Main St.,

Yesterdays & Todays
Antiques, home, treasures, collectibles in 10,000 square feet. 732.608.0413, 812 Main St.,

THE MAIN EVENT: Summer in the Street. Noon to 6:00 p.m., Saturday, July 21. Live entertainment, crafters, food, games, rides. 732.341.8738,
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