Call it a refreshing change, but Red Bank’s Broadwalk pedestrian plaza was a hit the moment it opened up last year. There’s no denying that it changed the town’s identity, which made it a notable destination to visit in the summertime — a tough achievement considering all of the beach towns that make up the Jersey Shore.
If you intend on checking out the Red Bank Broadwalk pedestrian plaza, we have all the details and information below to ensure your planned visit will be enjoyable. Don’t forget to check out some of our other Red Bank guides below!
What is the Red Bank Broadwalk Pedestrian Plaza?
The Red Bank Broadwalk pedestrian plaza was first established in the summer of 2020 in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. It closed down certain parts of Red Bank’s downtown district to just pedestrians, with outdoor dining, entertainment, and shopping being the focus.
When does it run?
This year’s Red Bank Broadwalk pedestrian plaza is planned to run from May 1, 2021 to September 30, 2021.
What streets will be closed down?
Unlike last year, which had certain parts of Broad Street, White, Street, and Monmouth Street closed down for the Red Bank Broadwalk pedestrian plaza, this year’s closure is only limited to Broad Street from Front Street to White Street.
What times and days of the week is Broad Street closed?
That strip of Broad Street that’s closed for the Red Bank Broadwalk pedestrian plaza will be close to vehicular
traffic from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. from Sunday to Thursday, and from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Is there parking available?
Yes, parking rules are still in effect for the Red Bank Broadwalk pedestrian plaza. In addition to street parking throughout town, there are still several nearby lots you can park at that’s within close proximity to the Red Bank Broadwalk pedestrian plaza — like the White Street Parking Lot and Marine Park parking lot. You can read more details around the cost of street parking through this link.
What can you expect to find?
Actually, there’s a lot you can expect to find at the Red Bank Broadwalk pedestrian plaza. Since a portion of Broad Street will be closed, there will be plenty of room for outdoor dining at the many restaurants and eateries that are situated there. Many street performers and musicians are typically found there as well during the weekend. When it comes to retail shopping, you’ll find plenty of businesses that will be offering different sales and specials.
Can you drink alcoholic beverages?
Yes, only if you’re enjoying a meal at any of the restaurants and eateries in the Red Bank Broadwalk pedestrian plaza that serve alcoholic refreshments — within the establishment’s designated areas, of course. You can’t just openly walk around the pedestrian plaza with an open container.
When’s the best time to visit?
Summertime weather can be brutal, which was evident with last year’s first stab with the Red Bank Broadwalk pedestrian plaza. The best time to visit is typically around sunset, when it cools down a bit and most areas of the pedestrian plaza are covered. There will be days when high temperatures and humidity would make it unbearable, even if you happen to find shade somewhere. Just plan accordingly at that point.