Woot Woot Here Comes Summer

I bet you’re curious…  Yes, this summer at the Jersey Shore is shaping up to be fantastic!  Schools are letting out in the upcoming days and it is time to think Summer Thoughts, namely Firework Displays.

Kaboom is still on the kabash for this year in Red Bank due to organizational and financial issues, but there are still plenty of nearby towns planning on providing spectacular visual entertainment for you and your family.

The longest running event during the Independence Day holiday at the Jersey Shore is the Atlantic Highlands Fireman Fair.  This unique town offers tremendous water views, great restaurants, a marina and fishing boats available to charter throughout the year.  The fair will be going on from July 2-July 6 at Municipal Harbor on Simon Lake Drive.  Circle your calendar for Fireworks on Friday, July 5th with a rain date of Saturday July 7th.

Hazlet is always a winner with fireworks.  Start your holiday weekend early by watching the Wednesday July 3rd display.  Get to Veterans Park, grab a prime spot and wait patiently for the sun to set. (Rain date Friday, July 5th)

Spend the day in Keansburg at the amusement and water parks.  Spend your night ooooing and aaahhhing at the colors exploding across the black canvas of the night sky.   They offer a double feature – Wednesday and Thursday July 3rd and July 4th at dusk – Fishing Pier and Boardwalk

Long Branch proudly presents Oceanfest on Thursday July 4th – all day free family fun can be found.  This annual festival is a crowd pleaser “for shore” with activities happening all day long starting at 10am.  What can be better than good old fashioned family fun at the Promenade in Long Branch!?!  Don’t forget to stop at Strollo’s Lighthouse and cool off or celebrate with an authentic Italian ice or delicious homemade soft serve ice cream.

Union Beach, one of the most devastated Monmouth County communities from Sandy’s wrath, did not have any plans to conduct their annual fireworks display.  Those residents have spent the last 210 days rebuilding their town and their spirits.  One resident entered a contest for a free community fireworks display and Won!  They have not yet posted a date for this wonderful gift that has been bestowed upon them.   Be sure to come and celebrate their victory in determination.  You will never meet a more deserving bunch of people.

So pack up the car and the kiddos – shoot, we’re pet friendly at the Comfort Inn Middletown, so bring the family pet too – and head on down the shore to Exit 117.  There is something to do every day here and we look forward to creating Summer 2013 memories with you!


What’s Up Jersey Shore? This Week Part 2 July 20-25

Yesterdays post included 5 events that were kind of different from everything else going on this week.  Everything else I think can be somewhat categorized into concerts, fireworks, farmers markets and movies.  There’s always something fun to do at the Jersey Shore and we’ve searched out the best ideas.


Outdoor Movies: Our friends over at ShoreFlicks will be showing free movies every Tuesday evening  in Red Bank starting this week for the next 6 weeks. For a daytime view of where the venue is click here. Lovely right?  Movies begin at dusk, with live entertainment by Count Basie Theatre’s Performing Arts Academy and other special kid-friendly events beginning at 7:00pm. This Week’s Movie is Monsters vs Aliens and will be shown at Riverside Gardens Park 84 West Front St, Red Bank. If you spot TJ, owner & tweeter of ShoreFlicks be sure to say hello!  Then Thursday, July 22 Asbury Park will do  Movies on the Beach weather permitting and this week they will be showing Raiders of the Lost Ark.  Bring a beach chair or blanket to Boardwalk and Second Ave in Asbury Park.

Fireworks: Everyone loves a little eye candy and fireworks satisfy that yen. There’s no shortage of fireworks, pick your day and your location. Well due to my inability to complete 2 blog posts in

Fireworks on the Asbury Park Boardwalk

Rockin' picture of Asbury Park by Mike Black at backstreets.com

one day, we’ve missed the Keansburg Amusement Park fireworks, but FYI they have them every Monday on the Fishing Pier at dusk.  Every Wednesday there’s firework on the Asbury Park Boardwalk, weather permitting at 9:00pm. Get there early and dine at one of the many fantastic restaurants on the boardwalk. For more information on the Asbury Park Boardwalk, click here. Every home Friday, the Lakewood BlueClaws have fireworks following the game.  This week they take on the Charleston River Dogs at 7:05pm at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood.

Jersey Fresh Produce Farmer’s Markets are plentiful in the Jersey Shore area.  Many local farmers grow the Jersey Fresh produce we enjoy.  Meet and speak to these local farmers at one of these great locations: Keyport Farmer’s Market (every) Thursday, July 22 in the Keyport Mini Park from 12:00pm to 6:00pm. On July 23rd there are two Farmer’s Markets, Atlantic Highlands Farmer’s Market every Friday from July 2 – October 1, 2010 in Veterans Park across from Borough Hall at 100 First Ave, Atlantic Highlands and Freehold Farmer’s Market has a large selection of locally grown seasonal crops, visitors  will be able to purchase freshly baked goods, flowers, honey and more. This farmer’s market runs every Friday from July 9 through October 15 in front of Hall of Records 1 E. Main Street, Freehold.  On (every) Saturday, July 24 the Highlands Farmer’s Market starts at 9:00am from July through October in Huddy Park, Highlands and Belmar Farmer’s Market 9:00am to 2:00pm every Saturday from May through September at Pyanoe Plaza 9th and Main St, Belmar. Red Bank ends the week with The Galleria Red Bank Farmer’s Market running every Sunday from May 9, 2010 – November 14, 2010 and offers fresh, locally grown produce from some of New Jerseys finest farmers as well as showcasing unique crafts and wonderful eateries. Takes place in  The Galleria Red Bank Parking Lot Corner of Bridge Ave and West Front St, Red Bank.

Concerts: Santana will be rocking the PNC Bank Arts Center with Steve Winwood on Tuesday, July 20th.  The show starts at 7:30pm. Chris Isaak will be at the Count Basie Theatre the same evening and his show starts at 8:00pm.  Smokey Robinson will be at the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove on Saturday, July 24th at 8:00pm. The Sandy Hook Free Summer Concert Series continues on Wednesday, July 21st and this week the featured artist is Beth Anne Clayton. She plays a Country Rock mix and it starts at 6:00pm on Beach Area E on Sandy Hook.  Thursday, Red Bank will have Jazz in the Park with Don Carter at Riverside Gardens Park 84 West Front St, Red Bank starting at 7:00pm. Then on Friday, Red Bank will feature Songwriters in the Park and this week performers will be The Spring Standards with The Amboys at Riverside Gardens Park. Two great summer series happen on Sunday evening.  This week Atlantic Highlands Summer Concert Series will have the Erik Van Hagen Firehouse Polka Band at the Municipal Harbor Gazebo at 7:00pm. Long Branch’s Blues on the Beach features local bands playing jazz and blues. This week’s performer: Saron Crenshaw West End Park Brighton Avenue, Long Branch.

What doesn’t fit categorically with the others but shouldn’t be missed: SeaStreak is offering the Yankees package this weekend for Saturday and Sunday games.  Take the boat to the game and skip the traffic.  Contact SeaStreak for ticket and boat availability, seats go quickly. Streetlife will happen again on the streets of downtown Red Bank. Free entertainment on the streets in the business district. RENT continues at the Count Basie Theatre this weekend, a show not to be missed. Catch it Friday July 23rd at 8:00pm, Saturday, July 24 at 8:00pm and July 25 at 3:00pm.  For tickets and information click here.

As always I hope that you will choose the Comfort Inn Middletown-Red Bank as your host when your travels bring you to the area.  If you have been to any of the events we have listed, please leave your advice and or stories in the comments section below, I’d love to hear from you.

Value & Fun! Keansburg Amusement Park Home of Runaway Rapids Waterpark

Keansburg Amusement Park

Well it was another hot and steamy May day today at the Jersey Shore, a perfect reason to escape the office confines and do something fun!

I met with Katharine Koehler and she gave me the grand tour of Keansburg Amusement Park and Runaway Rapids Waterpark.

I made a post last week on free or inexpensive things to do while on the Jersey Shore and this is the place to be. Their cleverly titled “Free Bees” are family oriented, fun and make for a fantastic day at the shore. Admission to the amusement park every day, beach access which is located behind the park, fireworks July 3, 4, 12, 19, 26 and August 2 and 9 are all free. There are also Buy One Get One Free specials most weekdays and a maximum of 3 skeeball games located at GameRoom and Bev & Wally’s.

Their prices are competitive and can challenge a family of four to park, swim, ride and eat at Keansburg Amusement Park and Runaway Rapids Waterpark for under a $100. Keansburg Amusement park has a classic boardwalk feel to it. You could almost feel the giddy excitement of being a kid again. The park is scenically located on the shore line of the Raritan Bay with dozens of exciting rides for the young and the more experienced.   If games are more your speed, there are fun games to win, three large family arcades and plenty of boardwalk food. Don’t forget to see FastTrax Go-Karts featuring a track for kids and a track for adults so everyone can have some fun!

Runaway Rapids Waterpark

Pack your bathing suit and sunscreen and you’re all set for your day at Runaway Rapids Waterpark.  They have over 18 slides with varying speeds, heights and splash zones. An extra-large kiddie lagoon area and separate toddler play unit make it easy to keep an eye on the little ones. There’s a crazy lazy river and  two relaxing spa pool if low-key is your speed.  Lounge chairs and umbrellas are available as well as locker and dressing rooms. Plus this area of the park has a full service snack bar and coffee espresso bar.

The Comfort Inn Middletown is your closest Keansburg Amusement Park and Runaway Rapids hotel. We’d love to have you stay with us. We have an outdoor pool and arcade so you can still have fun after the parks.  need more ideas to plan your Jersey Shore vacation? Let us know, we’ll be glad to get you going in the right direction.