Thursday, July 8, 2010

Wednesdays in Asbury Park, NJ

If you have visited Asbury Park in the past 5 years, you have seen a miraculous transformation happening right before your eyes.  One of the biggest showcases of Asbury's new image is the boardwalk.  Perfectly designed architecture, mini golf, water park, delicious restaurants at every price, italian ice and Euro Bubbles (where you climb into a plastic ball, get blown up & run around like a hamster in a ball on top of water).

One very fun place that takes you right back to your childhood is Silver Ball Museum.  This is a museum/arcade that has 200 pinball machines dating back to 1931 to explore & play on.  If you can't make up your mind which to play, throw the cashier $10 and you have free range on whatever your heard desires for an entire hour.  My favorite, of course, was the Beat Time Beatles game and the old school skee ball!  There is only one skee ball machine, but seeing it did make me a little giddy and wanted to cut in front of the girl playing on it with her mother.

Another reason I love to walk this eccentric boardwalk?  Every Wednesday night in the summer, Asbury puts on a 5-minute firework display just south of Convention Hall & the Beach bar.  My friends & I decided to lounge on the extremely comfy couches on the outside patio deck at Watermark with a delicious Apple/Ginger Martini.  You may <3 NY, but I <3 AP.

Photos: Robin West

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