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1. Hot Sand

For a break from the beach, check out this glass-blowing studio where you can play with sand in a totally different way. There’s a selection of multi-coloured glass items ready to purchase in the on-site boutique, but it’s more fun to make your own. With the guidance of an expert, adults and kids aged nine and up can create a candy dish, drinking glass, paperweight, tree ornament or seven other one-of-a-kind Asbury Park souvenirs.

550 Cookman Ave., #103, 732-927-5475,

2. Frank’s Deli

There’s no better antidote to a night out at the Pony than a hearty breakfast at this retro family-owned diner, in business since 1960. Don’t let the faded greasy-spoon decor fool you – everything is top-notch, from the house-cured pastrami to the homemade breads. Pair a fresh-squeezed orange juice with a “pork roll, egg and cheese” sandwich, often referred to as a Jersey Breakfast, which features the Garden State’s signature sliced ham.

1406 Main St., 732-775-6682,

The Asbury Hotel

Photo: courtesy of The Asbury Hotel

3. The Asbury Hotel

Famous for its historic boardwalk and 1970s music scene, Asbury Park is undergoing a renaissance thanks to a multibillion-dollar waterfront redevelopment and a new, buzz-worthy hotel. Just two blocks from the beach, the Asbury reflects all the fun and spontaneity of the revitalized city itself. The 110-room, seven-storey building is just as much a social hub as it is a hotel, thanks to a massive sunlit lobby bar called Soundbooth, filled with sunken sofas, board games and vinyl LPs. The party continues on the rooftop, where you’ll find Salvation, a sleek 3,800-square-foot cocktail lounge, and the Baronet, a park-like expanse of green space where morning yoga and outdoor classic-movie screenings take place.

210 5th Ave., 732-774-7100,

4. The Stone Pony

Catch a live show at the epicentre of Asbury Park’s music scene, where Blondie, The Ramones and Cheap Trick have played. These days you might see a classic rock act or a local battle of the bands. The Pony hasn’t changed much since it opened in 1974: It’s dark, gritty and packed with music fans of all ages. In the summer, big-name acts, like Switchfoot and the Pixies, play on the large outdoor stage that overlooks the beach.

913 Ocean Ave., 732-502-0600,

5. Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten

Enjoy a cold one at this factory turned hip beer garden. Over 40 brews are on tap, plus another 70 in bottles – try the Festhalle Original, a pale German lager. Snack on a Bavarian pretzel on the rooftop garden, or opt for the festive indoor beer hall with its long communal tables. Hefty portions of authentic Austro-Hungarian fare are served inside, like wiener schnitzel and seven types of sausage.

527 Lake Ave., 732-997-8767,

Crystal ball

3 stops on the boardwalk

Start out at the majestic Grand Arcade, designed by the firm behind New York’s Grand Central Terminal. It’s home to an ever-changing array of pop-up retailers, art exhibits and concerts.

Have your fortune read at Madame Marie’s Temple of Knowledge – a boardwalk fixture since 1932 – where a young Bruce Springsteen was told he’d be famous. Today the tiny blue shack is run by Marie’s granddaughters.

End the day at the free, everyone-is-welcome Bonfire on the Beach on Wednesdays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. this month. Stay late enough and you’ll be treated to fireworks, too.



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