Fun Things to Do Near Pier Village Condos in Long Branch, NJ
One of the great perks of living in The Lofts Pier Village, luxury condos in Long Branch, NJ, is the proximity to New York City and to everything that the Big Apple has to offer. However, you don’t need to wander far from home to enjoy some truly spectacular experiences and entertainment in Long Branch itself!
Here’s a list of some of Jersey Shore locals’ most beloved attractions and activities—all within a few short miles from The Lofts Pier Village condos in Long Branch, NJ.
Escape the Puzzle
Only 1.5 miles away from The Lofts Pier Village condos, you can get to Escape the Puzzle in just 5 minutes by car.
Ever been to an escape room? These adventure games are becoming all the rage throughout the world as more and more people discover the excitement and fun of live-action, problem-solving games. Escape the Puzzle is a fantastic escape room venue, with ratings and reviews off the charts. Long Branch residents are lucky to have it in their own backyard!
An escape room is a live-action immersion game that combines creativity, play-acting, and puzzle solving. Think of video game blended with charades and a crossword puzzle. Sounds pretty cool, right?
You’ll have 60 minutes to follow clues and figure out how to get out of a “locked” room (don’t worry—you are never actually locked in). At Escape the Puzzle there are five themed rooms to choose from, including a Swamp, a Speakeasy, and a Carnival, all of which are suitable for all ages. As one person said:
“Couldn’t be a more fun, family-friendly experience! The owners are friendly and helpful. Well put together room (we did the Speakeasy) made us think, but not too difficult for even my little one to participate. We will definitely be back!!!”
Here’s what another adventurer had to say in their review:
“My [girlfriend] and I have done upwards of 50+ escape rooms and determined this was the best place overall. The owners/staff are the nicest people who will stop at nothing to make sure you have the best experience possible.”
Spa at Ocean Place
7-minute walk or half a mile
For a more relaxing and indulgent way to spend some time, try the spa at Ocean Place.
With a relaxation lounge that has floor-to-ceiling windows looking right out onto the Atlantic Ocean and ample treatments to choose from, The Spa at Ocean Place will finally give you the pampering you deserve.
One reviewer had this to say:
“I think one of the best parts is that you can stay all day and use the indoor or outdoor pool and beach facilities. Even though I live in the area, I always come for the day and enjoy a luxurious treatment and a total resort experience. Treat yourself – you will be very satisfied!”
Choose from a variety of massage options, followed by an herb-infused bath in one of the private soaking tubs. Or, get a salt scrub and then relax in the steam room. You could also opt for a wax and pedicure! They even have awesome packages if you really want to spoil yourself: try the Ocean Place Getaway, which includes a Swedish massage, a facial, a manicure, and a pedicure.
Monmouth Park Race Track
Only 3 miles or 10 minutes from The Lofts Pier Village condos in Long Branch NJ
The historic Monmouth Park Race Track has been a Jersey Shore tradition since 1870. There is nothing quite like going to the horse races, with the sound of hooves drumming as powerful horses hurtle their bodies around the track and the anticipation that maybe your horse will win!
Even if you won’t be betting, it is an experience you don’t want to miss. There are two tracks and a walking ring where you can watch the horses warm up and cool down There are also plenty of festivities in addition to the races to keep you engaged.
According to one patron,
“Monmouth Park is a great place for family and friends. Spend a day hearing bands, trying food, watching the horses. There is always something to do. Besides watching the races, there is usually another event going on to entertain you while there. Everyone can find something fun at the track!”
For instance, Sundays are Family Fun Days, during which you can enjoy clowns, face painting, pony rides, bounce houses, and more. Children under 12 enjoy free admission.
There are ample places to eat, including a beer garden, a sports bar, several upscale dining restaurants, and casual concession stands serving up hot dogs and Philly cheese steaks.
You could even opt for a picnic at the parks picnic area, which has over 100 umbrella-covered tables, a playground for the kids, and a barbeque area. Pack a cooler with beer and bratwursts and make a day of it!
Bliss Price Arboretum & Wildlife Sanctuary
5 miles or a 15-minute drive
If it’s nature you crave, it’s just an easy jaunt to the peaceful tree sanctuary of Bliss Price. This arboretum and wildlife sanctuary is home to a great variety of trees, a creek, and other wildlife. With many acres of paths to wander, you can enjoy a stroll, run, or bike ride through the peaceful forest. Just read what locals have had to say:
“Bliss Price is ever so pretty. The park is very large, and there is plenty to keep everyone happy for several hours. The Arboretum is very quiet which we love. It is not usually crowded, despite being in the middle of a huge suburban area.”
The Arboretum is a quiet sanctuary for both wildlife and people. There are no facilities, just a few park benches. There is plenty of shade from the large variety of trees and wide, sandy paths. There is even a tiny stream trickling throughout. It’s a great place to enjoy walking your dog or going for a jog.
NJ Repertory Company (small theater)
Only a mile from the Lofts or a 3-minute drive
Support local theatre at this tiny 70 seat theater located a few blocks away from The Lofts. A professional non-profit, NJ Repertory Company is committed to developing and producing new plays that often go on to become much more prominent productions.
Intimate and always entertaining, this regional theater presents new work. The set design often rivals NY theaters! Monday night readings are excellent.
“This little theater company is really worth searching out. It specializes in world premiere plays that go on to be produced in far larger houses. I have seen at least three plays that rank among the very best performances off Broadway…The stage is the size of an average living room but oh the magic they pull off on that little stage. The lighting, costumes, scenery and actors are all first rate.”
4 miles or a 10-minute drive
Art Shack is a true gem in the Long Branch community. An open art studio for kids and adults alike, you’ll have access to a plethora of art supplies and supportive guidance to let your creative side flow. Play with colors and various mediums as you let your imagination reign supreme..
Adored by the community and tourists alike, this place is special. Just read some of the glowing reviews:
“Amazing little haven for the creative spirit, young and old. This little art shack is such a special getaway for both adults, children or both together. The owner/teacher Monique shares her passion for art and her love of connecting with people to all who visit. I’ve painted there with friends for a girls night, and I’ve brought my children there in the day. Every time I go, I can’t wait till I get to come back and paint again. Highly recommended.”
“I can’t say enough good things about this place. It was a special experience that doesn’t exist anywhere else.”
“The staff was over-the-top courteous and helpful, and the atmosphere was very relaxed but inspiring. We planned on staying for an hour and ended up staying for 3! We had so much fun and time seemed to fly by. When we walked out, we both looked at each other, smiled and said ‘WOW’.”
Bluegrass Miniature Golf
3.5 miles or a 10-minute drive from The Lofts Pier Village condos in Long Branch, NJ
It’s always fun to spend a few hours knocking balls around at the mini-golf course. Located next door to the racetracks, Bluegrass Mini Golf is just 3.5 miles away, or a 10-minute drive from Pier Village. Designed to mimic professional golfing, this course is fun for kids, while providing a challenge for adults as well. Here’s what some fans have had to say:
“Fun! Fun! Fun! This is the best miniature golf course around! Two 18-hole courses, well maintained, challenging and loads of fun!!”
There are none of the usual gimmicks at this mini golf course! Two 18-hole courses designed by professional golf course designer provides real-life challenges such as “sand pits,” water attractions (balls float!) and natural obstacles at each hole. It’s great for kids and for birthday parties, but Bluegrass also hosts annual tournaments for the mini golf professional!
Silverball Pinball Museum
6 miles or 15-20 minute drive from The Lofts Pier Village
If you’re a pinhead, or even if you’re not, you’ll enjoy this shining bit of Americana culture at the Silverball Pinball Museum. Located in Asbury Park, a short drive will land you in the middle of gaming heaven. With 600 games in rotation, you’ll find all the old classics and plenty of games you’ve never heard of before.
Here’s what some people have to say about it:
“This place is a must see in Asbury Park! Pay one fee for the time you want to spend in there and all of the games are free!!! Super neat walk down memory lane.”
“A Pilgrimage for pinheads: My wife and I are pinball addicts, so this place was a definite for a day trip from NYC (about two hours on NJ Transit). The machines are almost all 1999 and older and are very well maintained.”
See a show at MAC at Monmouth University
3 miles away or a 10-minute drive
If you feel like seeing a concert or show, make an evening of it at the MAC. Check out the line-up on their website. They have a new, excellent venue with a superb sound system.
One local had this to say:
“Brand new facility. state-of-the-art. If you have a chance to visit for an event, do so. Great university in great neighbourhood”
Count Basie Center for the Arts: http://thebasie.org/
7 miles, 20-minute drive
A truly beautiful and historic theater, Count Basie has been providing the community with excellent shows since 1926. Offering everything from vaudeville to films, local theater and touring productions, concerts, and more, this venue is an experience. The theater is also committed to providing education with workshops and classes. They aim to celebrate the diversity of the region. It’s worth a visit to this famous theater.
“Jewel box of a theater. Lovingly restored. Great sight lines. Outstanding acoustics. Efficient staff. Good concessions.”
“Went to the Basie the other night for a local theater company’s production of Hunchback. I was reminded once again of what a treasure it is… It is gorgeous.”
There is so much to do within easy reach of The Lofts Pier Village condos in Long Branch, NJ. Take your pick and enjoy!