Monday, June 28, 2010

i love New Jersey: Asbury Park

From it's start as a Victorian resort town to the namesake of Bruce Springsteen's debut album, Asbury Park is steeped in history, a mix of the very old and the brand-spanking new.

We took a drive down the shore yesterday to check out Asbury Park and it did not disappoint.

After we arrived I took a little walk. I would've explored further but it was BRUTALLY HOT. And after a little while I just had to return back to our blanket - and pass out. But I hope to come back soon. Here are a few of my favorite things:

The abandoned casino is one of a few remnants from Asbury Park's heyday as THE place to be in the early 20th century:

Inside the building, a nautical mural...

You can walk through the casino into the beach next door, Ocean Grove. This is a view looking back on Asbury's boardwalk.

The entire length of boardwalk is lined with American flags, no doubt in preparation for this weekend:

A re-purposed carousel:

View out to sea:

View up the beach to Asbury Park's famous Convention Hall:

A few clouds came by before we packed our bags and headed home:

Most of New Jersey isn't remotely close to what you see on tv.
This is just one part of an ongoing series that will show the awesome side of NJ to the world.

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