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Top 10 Outdoor Things to Do with the Whole Family in Red Bank, NJ
Senior Living | 08/3/21
The family’s coming to visit, and your mind is racing. How will we keep the grandkids entertained for a long weekend? Not to worry. When it comes to things to do in Red Bank, NJ, for the whole family, you’re covered.
Seniors lucky enough to live at The Atrium at Navesink Harbor agree Red Bank, NJ, is a great place for outdoor fun no matter what the season. From waterfront activities to hiking, sightseeing, and more, you’ll be able to pack plenty of good times into a visit from loved ones.
To help you out, here’s a list of the top 10 outdoor things to do in Red Bank, NJ for the whole family. We’ve included a mix of high-energy and low-key options to meet everyone’s expectations — and won’t leave you feeling like you need a vacation after your guests head back home!
Marine Park is located off East Front Street by Riverview Medical Center. It offers beautiful views of the Navesink River and hosts many events like food and music festivals. During the summer, this is a great spot to take the kids crabbing and kayaking. If the weather’s not the best, try the Trap Door Escape Room for a fun indoor team activity, then stop at The Boondocks Fishery & Grill or Bistro Red Bank for a bite to eat.
Bellhaven Nature Area This new nature preserve offers plenty of winding trails and wooden bridges as well as excellent views of the Navesink River. There’s an adventure playground for young ones and several strategically placed benches for oldsters. Information kiosks identify flowers, trees, and more, making it a fun “nature bingo” experience if you’re in the mood to bird-watch and hunt for native plants, etc.
Riverside Gardens Park This award-winning 2-acre park is a lovely spot for an afternoon picnic and is one of the most popular outdoor things to do in Red Bank, NJ. The open green space is also perfect for letting the kids run off some steam or play a game of frisbee or ball toss. During the summer months, the park hosts jazz concerts, outdoor movies, and even outdoor yoga classes. There are plenty of great eateries to explore nearby. Bring the dog!
Red Bank Farmers Market operates beginning on Mother’s Day through mid-November in the heart of town. It’s a wonderful place to sample some of the area’s homegrown crops and get a taste of the state fruit — blueberries. While you’re strolling the stalls, take a break for something sweet at Lighthouse Italian Ice or Chocolate Works.
Monmouth County Park System The system is made up of more than 40 parks, forests, gardens, wetland/marine habitats, golf courses, historic sites, recreation areas, and conservation properties totaling over 17,000 acres. Activities include bird and wildlife walks, the County Fair, history demonstrations, boat and kayak tours, swimming, fishing, and much more!
Gateway National Recreation Area is a large, diverse urban park with 27,000 acres located just 15 minutes from Red Bank, right on the Atlantic shore. It offers green spaces, beaches, wildlife and outdoor recreation, as well as historic structures, visitors’ centers, hands-on exhibits, a working lighthouse, and much more. The area offers an incredible variety of activities for families of all ages throughout the seashore year-round.
Yestercades Whether you played the original Space Invaders or Pac-Man, or you’ve just discovered the games, you’ll get a kick out of this room filled with classic arcade games and pinball machines. Instead of quarters though, you purchase hourly or day passes so you can play to your heart’s content without digging for change. Located on Broad Street.
Ocean Grove Beach should be on your list of outdoor things to do near Red Bank, NJ. It’s located just 30 minutes from The Atrium at Navesink Harbor and is the perfect spot to catch some rays, play in the sand, fish, and stroll the Atlantic shore. Summer is the prime season for sandcastle contests, family movie nights, and other memorable activities. Plus, the downtown area is just a short stroll on the boardwalk and offers fun options for dining, shopping, as well as accommodations if you and your loved ones decide to spend the night.
Jenkinson’s Boardwalk & Aquarium @ Point Pleasant Beach is THE place for outdoor and indoor fun. About a 30-minute drive from The Atrium at Navesink Harbor, the area features its own amusement park rides, an adventure playground, aquarium, an arcade with pinball machines and other old-fashioned games, mini-golf, and of course, the amazing stretch of beach on the Atlantic shore. You’re sure to work up an appetite here, and you’ll have your pick of food and drink in the food court.
Count Basie Theater “The Basie,” as it’s known, has welcomed musicians and singers from James Brown and Bruce Springsteen to Tony Bennett, Counting Crows, and Cheap Trick. The venue has stood on the site for decades and is a historic landmark in downtown Red Bank. It first opened as a theater in 1926.
With so many great things to do in Red Bank, NJ, with friends and family, it’s easy to see why older adults love living in our senior living community. Learn more about our relaxed waterfront lifestyle and then complete the contact request form to set up a tour. We’d love to show you around.