Red Bank is one of those unique Jersey Shore spots not focused on the beach; with a great downtown and plenty of waterside fun on the Navesink River, it’s easy to forget you’re not right on the ocean. In fact, the area offers a wide variety of boutique shops, restaurants, and plenty of inns to choose from, making it perfect for both day-trip and long weekends.
Whether you’re looking for a cultural experience at one of the many theaters – including the famous Count Basie Theatre – or a day of beach fun capped off with a quick bite to eat, there is something for everyone in Red Bank. With this in mind, below you’ll find our recommendations for the best ways to spend a day in Red Bank:
The Best Events
Best for Everyone: Count Basie Theatre Free Summer Film Series presents The Princess Bride
When: Monday, July 18th, 7:00PM
Where: Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank
Description: From dancers to thespians, comedians, and more, the landmark Count Basie Theatre has been entertaining families since 1926. In addition to showing movies and hosting a wide variety of cultural performances, the Free Summer Film Series offers an opportunity to relax in comfort and experience classic cinema. On July 18th, there is a showing of The Princess Bride, a classic romantic comedy that is fun for the whole family.
More information: Visit http://www.countbasietheatre.org/calendar/show/show.asp?id=43250595 or call 732-224-8778.
Best for Shopaholics: 62nd Annual Red Bank Sidewalk Sales
When: July 29-31, store hours vary
Where: Downtown Red Bank
Description: Red Bank is already known for its vibrant and varied downtown, brimming with unique restaurants and boutique shops that offer a drastic change from the repetitive boardwalk souvenirs that can blend together after your third trip to the shore. A decades-old tradition, the Red Bank Sidewalk Sales bring the most energetic shops and restaurants front and center as the downtown area comes alive with the smells of grilled meat and funnel cake. Meanwhile, you can have an ice cold drink and wander between the sales and specials for great deals on local art, keepsakes, beach accessories, and more.
More information: Visit http://www.redbank.org/events/18/sidewalk-sale/ or call 732-741-9211.
The Best Restaurants
Best for Lunch or Brunch: ChikyBoom
Address: 51 Broad Street, Red Bank
Description: If you’re making your way through downtown Red Bank, either heading to the beach or on your way home, it’s difficult to miss the many different cuisines offered by the local eateries. If you’re looking for bold flavors and a unique experience for the Jersey Shore area at reasonable prices, ChikyBoom’s Cuban cuisine may be just what you’re looking for. Serving classic Cubanos like you would find in Miami, ChikyBoom also boasts an extensive tapas menu, meaning you’ll find the perfect dish to suit your hunger. The restaurant also hosts local artists and other small events, so be sure to check out their website beforehand if you’re going to be in the area.
More information: Visit http://www.chikyboom.com/ or call 732-219-7340.
Best for Dinner: Oyster Point Hotel, Pearl Restaurant
Address: 146 Bodman Place, Red Bank
Description: The Pearl Restaurant offers a quiet, upscale dining experience surrounded by waterfront views and American fusion cuisine. Though the main fare is on the high-end side, Monday through Thursday plays host to Social Hour, the fine dining equivalent of happy hour, where you can enjoy a wide selection of discounted cocktails and appetizers. If you’re looking for waterfront fine-dining with a twist, Pearl Restaurant has that and more. They accept walk-ins and dock & dine (at the marina).
More information: Visit http://www.theoysterpointhotel.com/dine/ or call 732-936-1300.
The Best Tourist Attraction
Jay & Silent Bob’s Secret Stash
Where: 10 Mechanic Street, Suite 220, Red Bank
Description: Comic book junkies and film buffs, as well as pop-culture experts alike will go head over heels for this king of all collectible shops. Founded by Kevin Smith of Clerks and Jay & Silent Bob fame, the Secret Stash offers a massive selection of comic books, film memorabilia, collectible toys, and more. Head over to purchase the collectible you’ve always wanted, or bring your children to let them marvel at the selection. The shop also hosts guests regularly, so if you’re planning a trip, take a look at the upcoming events so you don’t miss an important guest! “The Stash” is a must-visit for collectors and enthusiasts, but it’s also a fun afternoon activity for casual visitors and beach-goers.
More information: Visit http://jayandsilentbob.com/ or call 732-758-0508.
The Best Tips
Plan your trip: Red Bank is not directly on the beach, so if you’re looking to spend the day in Red Bank but still want to hit the sand, plan ahead to find beach access either before or after you spend time downtown. Due to its location on the eastern edge of Monmouth County, you won’t find yourself at a shortage for beach options.
Parking: There is plenty of metered parking available throughout Red Bank, but, true to its nature as a shopping and dining destination, Red Bank offers free parking after 6:00 pm Monday through Saturday and all day Sunday.