Manasquan is a borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey, famous for its wide sandy beaches, fantastic surfing and great number of tourists that flock to Manasquan in the summer. Manasquan is home to the Edgar Felix Bikeway, a 5.4-mile long rail trail between Manasquan and Allaire State Park. The Manasquan Inlet connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Manasquan River and is considered one of the best surfing spots on the East Coast. The Algonquin Theatre started its life as a first-run movie theatre in 1938 in downtown Manasquan. Today, the theatre offers plays and musicals, jazz and pop concerts, an orchestral music series, special events, student matinee presentations, film presentations and a range of classes and workshops in theatre, music and dance. . The Fred Astaire Manasquan studio offers ballroom and Latin dancing, private lessons, group classes, as well as studio parties. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Edgar Felix Memorial Bikeway
The Edgar Felix Bikeway is a 5.4-mile long rail trail between Manasquan and Allaire State Park in New Jersey. The original trail opened in 1971 on a former roadbed of the Farmingdale and Squan Village Railroad as well as the Freehold & Jamesburg Agricultural Railroad. The Edgar Felix Bikeway was the first bike trail in New Jersey and it has been expanded several times. The Manasquan-Farmingdale segment of the Freehold & Jamesburg Agricultural Railroad was abandoned in 1966. Retired radio researcher and cycling enthusiast Edgar Felix managed to convince the borough of Manasquan to purchase the abandoned roadbed. The path was extended through the Allenwood section of Wall Township, ending at Hospital Road in Wall Township. The trail was extended in 2005 from Hospital Road to the public access area of Allaire State Park and along the abandoned Route 18 right-of-way to the Wall Township Municipal Complex.
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2.Manasquan Inlet, Manasquan, New Jersey
The Manasquan Inlet connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Manasquan River in New Jersey. The current location of the inlet is several thousand yards from its original location in 1868 near the former Manasquan Coast Guard Station next to Stockton lake. Historically, the Manasquan inlet had always been shallow and difficult for large boats to navigate. When the Point Pleasant Canal was dug in 1926, the water of the Manasquan river flowed very fast through the created opening, disrupting the natural flow of the river. This caused the inlet to get completely choked with sand. It was possible to walk from Manasquan to Point Pleasant beach. Many efforts to keep the channel open failed and the inlet remained closed. In 1930 the Army Corps of Engineers put up temporary piers and started building jetties. The inlet was officially reopened on August 29, 1931, with a parade of boats. The Manasquan Inlet is considered one of the best surf spots on the East Coast. Many competitions are held at the Manasquan Inlet throughout the year.
Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742, Phone: 732-892-1118
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3.Algonquin Arts Theatre, Manasquan, New Jersey
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The Algonquin Theatre started its life as a first-run movie theatre in 1938 in downtown Manasquan, New Jersey. The theatre was very popular and successful from '38 through the mid-Seventies. It was closed in 1981 due to age, disrepair and competition. The building, together with other neighboring structure, was neglected and abandoned until 1992, when Fran and Jack Drew and Sal and Joyce Maraziti came to the rescue. In 1992, they co-founded Algonquin Arts: A New Jersey Non Profit Corporation and started renovation of the abandoned movie house. The new building had a proscenium stage and fly tower for theatrical productions, an orchestra pit, a sprung stage for dance performances, lighting and sound systems, new image projection, 540 seats, a courtyard entrance, and much more. The formerly derelict building started its new life as a year-round theatre and education center. AAT hosted plays by local theatre groups as well as nationally recognized touring companies. It also offered a range of educational programs. Current annual programming at the theatre includes up to eight main stage productions of plays and musicals, a range of jazz and pop concerts, an orchestral music series, special events, student matinee presentations, film presentations and a range of classes and workshops in theatre, music and dance.
60 Abe Voorhees Dr, Manasquan, NJ 08736, Phone: 732-528-9211
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4.Fred Astaire Dance Studio
Fred Astaire Dance Studios, Inc. is a ballroom dance chain of studios co-founded by legendary dancer Fred Astaire in 1947. The studios became franchised in 1950. Each franchise is individually owned & operated. Currently there are 140 Fred Astaire studios in the US only. The first studio opened on Park Avenue in New York City. Today, numerous Fred Astaire Dance Studios located all over the world are required to maintain the highest standards of excellence through the International Dance Council and Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios curriculum certification. The studios have produced a large number of amateur and professional dancers who are continuing the legacy of Fred Astaire’s style and grace. The Fred Astaire Manasquan studio offers ballroom and Latin dancing, private lessons, group classes, as well as studio parties.
2410 NJ-35, Manasquan, NJ 08736, Phone: 732-528-0151
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5.Jenny Lee Sportfishing, Manasquan, New Jersey
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The Jenny Lee is one of the best-known charter boats in the New Jersey fishing fleet and is known for its comfort, attention to detail, safety, cleanliness and for catching lot of fish. Jenny Lee boats are true fishing machines. They are run by a highly dedicated, professional team that works to ensure clients’ satisfaction. They cover miles of ocean to put you exactly where the fish are: offshore for marlin and tuna or inshore for Stripers and bottom fish. Their captains have a lifetime of experience and invite you aboard, whether you are an avid fisherman or new to the sport.
371 Brielle Rd, Manasquan, NJ 08736, Phone: 732-995-7879
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6.The Committed Pig, Manasquan, New Jersey
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Located on the Main street in downtown Manasquan, New Jersey, The Committed Pig is a charming spot with exposed brick walls, narrow and cozy, with thick recycled wood tabletops, open for brunch, lunch, and dinner. The place is popular, so do not be surprised if there is a long line outside. The menu is full of nostalgic comfort food such as soups and grilled cheese sandwiches, awesome double patty hamburgers, pancakes, crazy pork-roll sandwiches and more. The most popular dishes are their Nutella Stuffed French Toast, which comes with fresh strawberries and bacon, Pig Fries, waffle fries with Mornay sauces and more.
165 E Main St, Manasquan, NJ 08736, Phone: 800-908-4960
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7.Squan Tavern, Manasquan, New Jersey
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Squan Tavern in Manasquan, New Jersey, is a landmark local bar and restaurant serving traditional Italian dishes and a large range of pizzas. The dining room is spacious and homey, perfect for family gatherings. You can be sure that you will be leaving the Tavern full. The menu is huge and includes just about everything you expect to get in an Italian restaurant: fresh Antipasto, tender fried calamari, Spinach Ricotta Gnocchi, homemade Dumplings sauteed with Mushrooms and Spinach in a Parmigiano Cream or Marinara Sauce. Or you might want to try Chicken Yolanda, sauteed with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Melted Fresh Mozzarella in a Balsamic Vinegar and White Wine Sauce. Their Friday Seafood Special includes Shrimp, Scungile, Mussels and Clams over Linguini in Marinara or a Garlic and White Wine Sauce. Squan wine list is excellent, with bottles from New and Old World. They have craft beers from local breweries as well as popular beers from all over the worl.
15 Broad St, Manasquan, NJ 08736, Phone: 732-223-3324
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8.Hinck Turkey Farm Deli & Restaurant, Manasquan, NJ
Hinck’s Turkey Farm is a New Jersey Shore family owned and operated farm-based business. They have been raising and processing all-natural turkeys since 1938.The business consists of production of turkeys, a USDA processing plant that produces turkey meat and turkey products, and retail food market and restaurant. Their Glendola, Wall Township, New Jersey plant raises up to 10,000 free range turkeys. Their processing plant is also there as well as their our own retail market selling fresh oven-ready or cooked turkeys or turkey products as the base product for various dishes such as turkey salad, soups, potpies, croquettes, turkey burgers, and other. They also offer take out food and buffet catering.
1414 Atlantic Ave, Manasquan, NJ 08736, Phone: 732-223-5622
8 Best Things to Do in Manasquan, New Jersey
- Edgar Felix Memorial Bikeway, Photo: nukul2533/stock.adobe.com
- Manasquan Inlet, Manasquan, New Jersey, Photo: Jin/stock.adobe.com
- Algonquin Arts Theatre, Manasquan, New Jersey, Photo: Algonquin Arts Theatre
- Fred Astaire Dance Studio, Photo: luckybusiness/stock.adobe.com
- Jenny Lee Sportfishing, Manasquan, New Jersey, Photo: Jenny Lee Sportfishing
- The Committed Pig, Manasquan, New Jersey, Photo: The Committed Pig
- Squan Tavern, Manasquan, New Jersey, Photo: Squan Tavern
- Hinck Turkey Farm Deli & Restaurant, Manasquan, NJ, Photo: Oleg/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: Jin/stock.adobe.com
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