A Day Trip Guide to Red Bank, New Jersey

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A quaint town in Monmouth County — Red Bank, New Jersey is home to a vibrant arts scene, trendy boutiques, delicious eats, and more. Located on the Navesink River and just a couple miles from the ocean, it’s a logical stop on the way to Jersey beaches – but also an ideal destination by itself. A little less than an hour from Hudson County, Red Bank is a charming town to spend a day in. Read on for your guide on how to spend a day in Red Bank, New Jersey.

How to Get There

Car

Just under 50 miles from the Mile Square, take I-95 S to the Garden State Parkway. Exit 109 off the Parkway is what you will take to get you to this welcoming area. The trip is a breeze.

Train

The train is another solid option for the trip down to Red Bank. There is a direct train from Secaucus Junction that will take you straight into downtown Red Bank. The station is adorable and fits right into the town. {Reminder: you could also take the train from Hoboken, and transfer in Secaucus}

Ferry

If you’re looking to make a fun/scenic day out of your Red Bank trip, you can take a ferry ride from E 35th Street in NYC. The ferry departs from there and takes you to the Seastreak Ferry Terminal in Atlantic Highlands {2 Simon Lake Drive}. The terminal in Atlantic Highlands is about 15 mins away from downtown Red Bank.

Things To Do

AR Workshop {43A Broad Street}

A DIY studio where you can take a class with a group or alone to create custom home decor from raw materials. This instructor-led workshop gives you the opportunity to make customizable wood signs, frames, lazy susans, trays, chunky knit blankets, and more. And make sure to BYOB while creating your masterpieces!

Chetkin Gallery {9 Wharf Avenue}

Chetkin Gallery

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Located in a charming historic Red Bank building, Chetkin Gallery is an international fine art gallery with an emphasis on European art. Chetkin Gallery has a high-quality selection of internationally renowned painters and maintains a great display for visitors.

Count Basie Theater {99 Monmouth Street}

The Count Basie Theater on Monmouth Street has hosted bands ranging from legends {ranging from Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi to “Weird Al” Yankovic}. A historic landmark in downtown Red Bank dates back to 1926 and is a spot to check out whether you’re attending a show there or not.

Red Bank Marina Boat Rentals {261 West Front Street​}

Red Bank Marina Boat Rentals

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This town is filled with beachy vibes, as it is located right on the Navesink River. The river is the access way to the ocean and neighboring seaports. In the warm weather, a boat ride is the best way to see the scenic waters that define not only Red Bank, but the surrounding shore towns. Whether you prefer motor or paddle boats, you’ll have yourself a day on the water with the rentals at Red Bank Marina.

Red Tank Brewing Company {77 Monmouth Street}

Red Tank Brewing Company

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This family-owned and operated brewery is located right in the heart of Red Bank. Take a tour, bring your own food, play some games, and enjoy some craft beers {it’s also kid-friendly at Red Tank}. This microbrewery focuses on timeless classics and has something for every beer lover. With big screens, open ceilings, chandeliers, and comfortable indoor/outdoor season – Red Tank makes for a great stop on your day trip.

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Places to Shop

Cabana 19 {18 White Street}

Cabana 19

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If you’re looking for a gift for a friend or thinking of treating yourself – Cabana 19 is the go-to when looking for a Jersey Shore keepsake. “Part gift shop, part Jersey pride” as the website states. The boutique is inspired by a Jersey shore lifestyle, and the offerings reflect that {in the best possible way}.

GEMS Boutique {19 Monmouth Street}

From cute and comfy sweats to date night outfits – visitors will always find something to add to their closet after stopping by. The staff at GEMS is always willing to help when it comes to looking for the perfect attire to match your style. It’s a trendy place to stop on your day trip.

The Green Room {12 Monmouth Street}

Hoboken residents might be familiar with this spot. The Green Room is Red Bank’s first CBD shop, offering several products including beverages, edibles, flowers, tinctures, topicals, and vapes. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. The staff pride themselves on being able to recommend and educate you on which CBD products you should use, based on your specific ailment.

Sorella Bella Boutique {27 Monmouth Street}

A women’s boutique specializing in clothing, jewelry, shoes, and accessories. Known for its warm, friendly, and knowledgeable staff – Sorella Bella Boutique has both everyday outfits and outfits for a night out. 

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Where To Eat

Birravino {183 Riverside Avenue}

Birravino

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In true New Jersey style, this is an Italian spot we recommend putting on your bucket list. Offering both innovative and classic Italian dishes, this spot is great for dinner and night out. The food, drinks, and service at Birravino make the experience beyond enjoyable.

Good Karma Vegan Cafe {17 E Front Street}

Good Karma Vegan Cafe

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If you’re looking for a quick bite, make a stop at Good Karma. Here you’ll find smoothies, along with a variety of vegan dishes. Rated as one of the Best 24 Vegan Restaurants by NJ Monthly Magazine, think of it as healthy comfort foods.

JBJ Soul Kitchen {207 Monmouth Street}

JBJ Soul Kitchen

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A true community meal. At the JBJ Soul Kitchen, you’ll find classic farm-to-table cuisine five days a week. But the restaurant is also a non-profit run by the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation. The spot serves both paying and in-need customers. There are no prices on the menu, and visitors are asked to pay a donation that covers their meal and someone else’s meal, too. And if you can’t donate money, you can donate services {washing dishes, etc.}

Teak Restaurant {64 Monmouth Street}

Sushi lovers, this one’s for you. With so many delicious sushi rolls to choose from and overall creative Asian cooking – Teak restaurant has one of the best atmospheres around. The edamame dumplings are a must-try! And a fun fact for our RHONJ fans: Teresa has been spotted here at least once or twice.

Urban CoalHouse Pizza + Bar {2 Bridge Avenue}

Urban CoalHouse

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If you’re looking for a little taste of Hoboken on your day trip, one of Urban CoalHouse’s three locations is in Red Bank {Hoboken and Brick being the other two}. With a familiar {yet signature} menu to Mile Square residents, Urban CoalHouse uses fresh, high-quality ingredients so you can relax and enjoy brunch, lunch, or dinner on your trip to Red Bank.

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Taylor is an {overly} proud Jersey girl, who has been lucky enough to call Hoboken home for the last three years, and Jersey City for two prior. Originally from a small town in Hunterdon County, Taylor received her degree in multimedia journalism from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. She also spent some time in Miami, but always knew she’d find her way to Hoboken. Taylor has a career in sports, digital, and social media strategy in the NYC area. A lover of all things local, she has a long list of favorite restaurants and coffee shops where she spends a good chunk of her time. You can also catch her running on the waterfront, walking her new pup, watching reruns of Real Housewives, or making a trip to HomeGoods