Jersey Shore Summer Guide 2018: Places to visit, fun activities to do

Summer is upon us! For the Jersey Shore and surrounding areas, it’s a busy time as locals and visitors converge to experience the best of what the area has to offer. There’s plenty to do and see, but in our Jersey Shore Summer Guide, we’ll be listing some places you may want to check out.

From restaurants serving up delicious specials, to fun events worth attending, and even finding services to keep you relaxed during the summer months, our summer guide covers the gamut! Trust us, you’ll find something that’ll pique your interest.

Without any further delay, we present to you our Jersey Shore Summer Guide!


A Time to Kiln

Do you love pottery? Do you love having custom pottery even more? Well then, you’re in luck because A Time to Kiln has the best of both worlds, since it’s a studio where you can come in at any time to create your own masterpiece – whether they’re pottery, glass fusing, mosaics, or something else, you can paint your creations to your liking. Best of all, too, there are special events and classes when you can paint and sip with your favorite beverage of choice!

In august, A Time to Kiln will be celebrating its 20th anniversary! On top of that, the studio will be various fundraising events with many of the local pet rescue organizations. In July and August, there will be a promotion where bringing in a pet donation will grant you a free hour of studio time.

A Time to Kiln – 50 Broad Street – Red Bank, NJ – (732)-450-9525

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The Art of Jewelry by Joel McFadden

You can purchase jewelry just about anywhere. However, what makes The Art of Jewelry by Joel McFadden so different is that they create custom jewelry – one-of-a-kind designs that’s unique, distinctive, and something you won’t find elsewhere. Designing custom jewelry at its location, which is a real working jewelry shop where you can watch the master designers crafting their creations, it’s something you won’t find in a traditional jewlery shop.

They’ll help guide you through the process, from early concepts, all the way to the final design, you’ll be impressed by the level of meticulousness and passion put into each piece they create! And if you happen to have jewelry that needs some work or updating, they can help in the process as well.

The Art of Jewelry by Joel McFadden – 64 White Street – Red Bank, NJ – (732) 747-8877

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Pinot’s Palette

Always a fun experience, Pinot’s Palette in Red Bank is something worth doing for all sorts of occasions. From date night, to celebrating a birthday party, to just hanging out with close friends, you’ll have a blast painting an art masterpiece of your own – all the while sipping on your favorite beverage of choice. Hosting an assortment of events and classes, Pinot’s Palette’s instructors will help guide you in painting your masterpieces!

With classes available for all ages, from kids to adults, you’ll want to check out its calendar of events to see what’ll pique your interest. If painting and sipping seems like your kind of enjoyment, you’ll find plenty of it at Pinot’s Palette. And yes, you can even contact them for private events and parties for just about any occasion!

Pinot’s Palette – 12 Broad Street – Red Bank, NJ – (732) 219-9222

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Red Ginger Home

Get inspired with decorating your home with Red Ginger Home, which features an interior design showroom filled with all the decor you’ll need to make your favorite rooms at home come to life. When it comes to being inspired, you’ll surely get plenty of that with the various home furnishing selections you’ll find throughout its showroom. In fact, everything is logically arranged to give anyone shopping there the impression they’re at home!

Get advice on what styles will best suit your taste and personality. Offering a wide array of classic, modern, and globally influenced home furnishings, Red Ginger Home will have all the necessary home decor furnishings to best reflect your style and function. Stop by, check out its collection, and be inspired! For the summer, there are plenty of shore inspired decor to match the season as well.

Red Ginger Home – 66 Broad Street – Red Bank, NJ – (732) 345-1000

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Sugarush A Sweet Experience

Who doesn’t love sweets? If you’re looking to satisfy that desire, you’ll see it absolutely get that from Sugarush! Known for its made-to-order cupcakes, where you can choose the fillings, flavors, and toppings of your cupcakes, the famous sweets shop has everything you’ll need for the experience. And if that’s not enough for you, they even offer custom wedding cakes, cake pops, candy, and a private space for special events.

For the summer, you can swing on by to pick up any of its refreshing beverages and breakfast cereal bars. Why be bothered with soggy cereal when you can eat on-the-go with any of its cereal bars? Keep an eye out on their Facebook page to see any upcoming events happening in the summer!

Sugarush A Sweet Experience – 37 E Front Street – Red Bank, NJ – (732) 414-9044

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Sweetest Sin Boutique

Sweetest Sin Boutique, it’s not just your average boutique shop. Yes, it offers various sleepwear, loungewear, lingerie, and many other things, but it’s unique in the way that it’s a full service bra-fitting boutique. Not only will you be recommended style that reflect your personality and tastes, but you’ll also be given world-class service when it comes to finding the bra that fits just right on you!

For the summer, you’ll want to check out some of its active styled bra collections, which are meant to be used for workout, exercises, or any activities that’ll have you moving and sweating. Regardless of what you need, they have the expertise and knowledge to make the best recommendations for your needs.

Summer is the best time to get yourself a professional bra fitting. Sweetest Sin Boutique specializes in bra-fittings, personal shopping assistance and carries sizes AA-JJ
With over 80% of women not wearing the correct bra size it’s so important that we take the time to get fit.

The Bralette trend is taking over the country! Bralettes, also known as wireless bras or soft bras, are a much needed addition to your lingerie wardrobe. Designed without a wire, bralettes offer a little more give and stretch than your underwire bra which gives you a softer, comfier fit. Of course since they do not have an underwire, the level of support is less than that of your underwire bra. However, women are finding that they can wear bralettes for casual days, weekends, for yoga, for sleeping, even as your new everyday go to bralette. Just keep in mind bralettes are not intended for heavy activity such as running and jogging. We think once you try a Curvy bralette, like us, you will be an obsessed bralette Lover!

Made specifically for bigger cup sizes, it provides more support than any bralette on the market. Sumptuous color palettes and steamy new styles. Sweetest Sin’s summer lingerie will ignite your fantasies. Lush florals, tropical foliage.

Your Favorite Tee Shirt. It Is Perfect. The Perfect Shade. The Perfect Fit. The Perfect Fabric. The Perfect Amount Of Sheer/ Non-Sheer. Now all you need is…. The perfect T Shirt Bra….Sweetest Sin has got you covered whether you need full coverage, demi or push-up. Book your fitting appointment online

Sweetest Sin Boutique – 11 White Street – Red Bank, NJ – (732) 747-3550


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Temple Gourmet Chinese

With a sprawling indoor dining area, Temple Gourmet Chinese serves up some authentic Chinese dishes that’s sure to please your palate. For lunch, it offers one of the best deals in-and-around the area, where entrees are accompanied with your choice of soup and salad. During dinnertime, you can choose an assortment of dishes ranging from traditional dishes, to specialties like its Chicken Imperial.

During the summer, you can enjoy your meal in its outdoor dining area. They will also be cooking up some summer inspired dishes as well, like a surf & turf combo pairing lobster with steak! Temple Gourmet Chinese isn’t your typical Chinese restaurant, so check out some of its specialty dishes.

Temple Gourmet Chinese – 91 Broad Street – Red Bank, NJ – (732) 212-8858

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The Downtown

Summer days are scorching, but at night, The Downtown in Red Bank is a place that’s always buzzing. From its specialty cocktails, vast beer selection, delicious lite bites, and event an upstairs area that comes to life with live music and dancing, The Downtown is one of those staple nightlife places to check out.

Are you looking for something refreshing and satisfying? Then you won’t be disappointed by its selection of summer inspired cocktails, they’ll definitely hit the spot when it’s warm out. If you’re hungry, you can find your choice of salads and light appetizers to choose from!

  • Thursday Happy Hour 4-close
  • Friday’s Happy Hour 7-10 upstairs
  • Sunday $12 Rum Buckets & $3 Miller Lite draft and bottles all day.

The Downtown – 10 W Front Street – Red Bank, NJ – (732) 741-2828

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A Kneaded Vacation Massage

Finding yourself a little bit tired or worn down? Summer is here, that’s for sure, which should put most people in a more relaxed state. However, if you need that extra pampering, then check out A Kneaded Vacation Massage in Red Bank, which offers ttherapeutic and restorative massages, energetic Reiki healings, Thai massage, private yoga sessions, wellness coaching, and couple’s massage instruction.

It’s the perfect summer getaway because of the relaxed atmosphere you’ll find yourself in while you’re there. And when you’re fully relaxed and rejuvenated, you can enjoy the long summer days even more. But don’t hesitate to swing by if you need a relaxer, your body will undoubtedly thank you!

$20 off Reflexology, Reiki, Cupping or Massage every Saturday and Sunday with code RBPULSE

A Kneaded Vacation Massage – 258 Broad Street – Red Bank, NJ – (732) 328-8577

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Antoinette Boulangerie

Start off your summer mornings by swinging by Antoinette Boulangerie in Red Bank. This French bakery has everything you’ll need to enjoy your summer, especially starting off the day with any of its coffee drinks. In addition to that, you can treat yourself to its assortment of fine baked good, pastries, and lite bites that are rich in taste in flavor. And yes, they even have a selection of desserts to purchase as well if that’s something you’re looking for!

Of course, you can’t go wrong with its flaky croissants, which hits the taste buds in amazing ways! There’s a reason why Antoinette Boulangerie is featured in many publications and articles, so you’ll experience all of its grandeur when you check it out.

Antoinette Boulangerie – 32 Monmouth Street – Red Bank, NJ – (732) 224-1118

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Artisan Collective

RBAC – Our Collective features locally handmade products that offer local makers a way to display, sell and profit from their work.  We are many shops within one shop all under one roof.  Come browse our two galleries where our makers have displayed their art based on their vision. Each area is a showcase where our artisans use their creativity to best display their wares. Shop local and support our wide range of local makers. 

  • For those customers of the Red Sole store that used to be in our new space, good news. You can still get your Birkenstocks at the lowest price around, as well as Sperrys, Dr. Martens and a limited supply of men’s Crocs. The RBAC has made arrangements for Red Sole, one of the only shoe stores left in Red Bank, to continue to service the community from our shop. Together with over fifteen artisans, we are truly your must stop shop, just across the street from Starbucks on Broad St. We no longer offer sneakers, but we are currently searching for a new American made line of shoes. Any suggestions are welcome by IM @redsolenj or @redbankartisancollective. Please visit us and we’ll be happy to help you.  

Special Events

  • July 21st – 3 Degrees of Photography
  • August 3rd – VISION: Artists Collective is a one night only event featuring young artists. Come enjoy music, art installations, and locally made products.

Artisan Collective – 43 Broad Street – Red Bank, NJ

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Inlet Cafe

Situated in a picturesque location near the water in Highlands, NJ, the Inlet Cafe will give you the proper Jersey Shore experience with its amazing waterside views. The outdoor dining area is perfect for summer afternoons and evenings while enjoying a meal or drink. Speaking of that, its menu features quality dishes perfect for the shore area – especially its vast seafood offerings. When you’re by the shore area, dishes like its cod-fish sandwich!

On those warmer summer days and nights, the water side location will definitely help in keeping you cool. Plus, there’s a healthy selection of beers and cocktails – the perfect pairing as you’re enjoying the summer!


Inlet Cafe – 3 Cornwall Street – Highlands, NJ – (732) 872-9764

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The Spice & Tea Exchange of Red Bank

If you are looking to up the ante for your backyard barbecues this summer, check out The Spice & Tea Exchange, 12 Monmouth Street, Red Bank. This spice shop has all you need to make everything you cook taste better than ever!

There are individual spices, infused sea salts, a variety of paprika, peppercorns and individual dried chili peppers that are used to hand blend the more than 70 spice blends and rubs. For example, the Backwoods Hickory Rub is great on ribs or steaks. There are also tasty blends for steak, seafood, chicken and vegetables. You will also find a lot of great recipes that will help you figure out how to use these
spice blends.

In addition, you will find a fabulous selection of loose leaf teas. There are good basics like International Breakfast and Earl Grey, Jade Cloud and Marrakesh Mint green teas, and flavorful herbal teas such as Ginger Turmeric and Blood-Orange Smoothie.

So take a trip to Red Bank and come in and smell the spices. You will be glad you did.

The Spice & Tea Exchange – 12 Monmouth Street – Red Bank, NJ – (732) 741-3590

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Trap Door Escape Room

Do you want to escape some of those scorching summer days? Then let Trap Door Escape Room help you with exactly that! This is one of the more unique places to check out, just because it features one of the best escape rooms in the area – Bogeyman. You and your friends can beat the heat and humidity by solving puzzles in this escape room that’ll have watching over your shoulder the entire time!

If that’s not enough for you, then check out Puzzles & Corks as well, which will have you once again solving puzzles, but this time, you’ll be rewarded with tastings for your accomplishments. It’s a great social activity to do with friends during the summer, whether it’s in the afternoon or night, you’ll absolutely find the experience unique!

Trap Door Escape Room – 60 White Street – Red Bank, NJ – (732) 741-5870

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