One of Asbury Park’s unique charms is Paranormal Books & Curiosities – a boutique that’s part shop, part ghost museum. Rotating exhibits on of paranormal art, guest lectures, performances, ghost-hunting classes and paranormal investigations are all part of the programming at this charming shop. If you’re looking for souvenirs, Paranormal boasts that it stocks “the latest in ghost-hunting equipment and supplies.”
One of America’s greatest authors, Stephen Crane (The Red Badge of Courage), grew up in Asbury Park and wrote many of his first works there. His childhood home has now been fully restored and converted into a community-run museum and event space. Volunteers will tell you all about the short life and times of Stephen Crane. Check the web site for free screenings, readings, and lectures.
The Silverball Museum is museum and arcade in one. More than 200 classic pinball machines from the 1930s to the 1980s are not only on display, but ready to play for any eager visitor! Rediscover the incredible excitement those flashing lights, sounds, and little silver balls can bring. Be warned: pinball is highly addictive!
If it weren’t still one of Asbury Park’s best night spots, The Stone Pony would likely qualify as one of its historic attractions. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame President Robert Santelli has called the Stone Pony “one of the greatest rock clubs of all time” owing to the scores of major rock musicians who have played its stage since 1974. Jersey boys Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen are among the many rock musicians who got their start at The Stone Pony. If you’re a serious rock fan, consider a visit to The Stone Pony mandatory.