Having Breakfast at The James in Bradley Beach
Exploring Belmar, NJ
Belmar offers so many local dining options, that there is sure to be something to please everyone. We certainly can’t list them all, but here are a few that we think you may just love!
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In addition the surrounding area offers numerous music venues and attractions such as
Bicycle in Bradley Beach
Bicycles are prohibited on any of the sidewalks of Main Street in the Borough.
No person or persons shall ride bicycles, skates, roller blades, skateboards, scooters, motorcycles, mopeds or any other motor vehicles of any type on the promenade, or any of the public land located east of Ocean Avenue unless in an official capacity of the municipality; however, bicycles may be ridden on the promenade or public land between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 10:00 a.m. from May 15 through September 15.
From September 16 through May 14, only bicycles may be ridden on the promenade at any time. This subsection does not apply to any carts used to assist the handicapped.
Experience Tent Life in Ocean GroveYou might be asking yourself, “Why would anyone live in a tent for the entire summer?” The answer is simple: tradition. Ocean Grove’s tent colony dates back to 1870 when there were 200 tents for every house. Today, there are 114 tent structures nestled around the Great Auditorium. The canvas tents are attached to wooden cottages and used as living rooms; the cottages are used for bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchens. Outside, tiny porches provide just enough room for two lawn chairs and a small table.
As you can imagine, this 150-year-old community is tightly knit. Descendants of founding families continue to carry on the tradition by coming back year after year. Plus, the 14 by 21 tents are so close, you can reach out and touch your neighbor! In the evening, tenters sit out on their porches drinking wine, reading, and telling stories. It’s a vacation experience unlike any other.
How to Become a TenterTents run about $4,000 to $5,000 for the summer season (May to September), and there are a few rules tenters must follow. Here’s what you need to know about the process.
If you’re an art collector, artist, or someone who appreciates creativity, then a trip to the Jersey Shore should be on your bucket list! There are so many incredible art galleries in Asbury Park and Ocean Grove. Take a stroll by the sea and discover a spectacular array of work from local, national, and international artists. Then, purchase a piece to bring home with you!
Some of Our Favorite Jersey Shore Art GalleriesArt Galleries in Ocean Grove, NJMain Ave GalleriaFirst up on our list is Main Avenue Galleria, a unique facility that doubles as an art school. Stop in and browse a variety of fine pieces, or attend a class! You can choose from over fifteen workshops that range from painting to drawing to sculpting. One of the most popular is Sips and Serendipity, a guided, adults-only painting experience available every Friday and Saturday. Bring your favorite beverage and learn something new!
Jersey Shore Arts CenterThe Jersey Shore Arts Center is another great place to visit. It’s home to a variety of residents in different art forms, including painters, muralists, jewelers, designers, and contemporary masters. Visit the JSAC’s gallery during the Tenant Art Show to meet local artists and admire their most recent work.
Art Galleries in Asbury Park, NJParlor Art GalleryLess than a mile from Ocean Grove is Parlor Art Gallery. This inspirational space has showcased the best of New Jersey’s art community since 2009. Plus, it’s not stuffy or pretentious; the work is on par with galleries in San Francisco and New York City. Feel free to view innovative pieces from emerging and established artists. Or, attend one of the many gallery events offered throughout the year.
Exhibit No. 9Whether you’re interested in paint, mixed media, digital media, or photography, Exhibit No. 9 has something to pique your interest. The gallery focuses on large-scale works created by artists from across the globe. Most pieces are available for purchase, and there are plenty of interesting events to attend. We recommend experiencing an exhibition or artist talk.
Visits to Exhibit No. 9 are available by appointment only. Be sure to call ahead!
Art629Art629 is dedicated to the exhibition of fine contemporary art. Here, you’ll find one-of-a-kind works that may be considered “controversial” or “outsider” by other galleries. Art629 welcomes these pieces and provides a platform for artists who think outside the box. Gallery hours vary, so call ahead for information.
La Salle GalleryAnother must-see gallery belongs to Tony La Salle, an acclaimed painter from Pennsylvania. Using acrylic on canvas, he creates stylized portraits, abstract images, faraway landscapes, and massive, colorful flowers. You can admire his work on Fridays from 1 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Hot SandRounding out our list of fantastic Asbury Park art galleries is Hot Sand. This glassblowing studio was established in 2007 and was the first of its kind in New Jersey. Today, the studio sells pre-made pieces for purchase and offers workshops and kids activities. If you want to create your own piece, the gallery’s artists are happy to guide you in a 15 to 30-minute introductory glassblowing class.
Asbury Art Scene
Best known for its music and restaurant scene, Asbury Park offers another reason to visit – its street art. Bringing the artwork out of the galleries, Asbury Park’s street art adds to the community’s cultural awakening with countless murals along the boardwalk, pavilion, and downtown areas. Take a walk around Asbury Park and feel like you’ve discovered a hidden treasure where art pops up in unexpected places.
Where to find Asbury Park’s street artBoth local and international artists have come to Asbury Park to share their talents with larger than life murals. The boardwalk is filled with several mural faces, with some of the largest and most awe-inspiring pieces located under the beachfront Casino walkway and downtown on Bond Street.
Wooden Walls ProjectAsbury Park’s street art is part of a larger venture, The Wooden Walls Project. Led by local gallery owner Jenn Hampton, The Wooden Walls Project began in 2016 and is still going strong today, leading the way in Asbury Park’s art scene. Most of the murals from the Wooden Walls Project are found covering the Sunset Pavilion building with about 30+ murals to see.
Below are our top picks for Asbury Park’s street art and where to find the murals.
Our favorite Asbury Park’s street art pieces from the Wooden Walls Project are not only seen along the boardwalk but are also found downtown. Embracing the public art scene, the City of Asbury Park commissioned the latest piece painted on the side of City Hall.
“Harvest” – located along the Asbury Park boardwalk, see a version of a mythical Scandinavian creature…Jersey Shore style.
“Tribute to music legends” – Found on the higher and lower levels near Convention Hall, black and white murals showcase music legends like Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and Willie Nelson.
“Numbers” – Located on the Sunset Pavilion, local artist, James Vance, created a seemingly chaotic sequence of numbers that are placed in a symmetrical sequence. It’s one of the more popular murals located in Asbury Park.
“Mermaid eyes” – look deep into the eyes of a mermaid with this blue-hued mural that captures the spirit of the ocean and those who call it home.
Take a virtual tour Even if you can’t get out to see Asbury Park’s street art, bring the murals home to you with Wooden Wall’s latest app. The app will provide their first virtual tour of the murals along with the Sunset Pavilion while learning more about the artists and their works of art. Search for the Wooden Walls Project and download it for free on Android and IOS.