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Old 04-09-2007, 06:49 AM
 
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Hi all,

I'm coming to New Jersey for a week or so in October for the Breeders' Cup with my family. I'm really looking for advice on what's good/bad, places i should/shouldn't visit. I'm 21 years old & live in Peterborough, England (about 100 miles north of London). I'd be really grateful for your views on attractions, hotels, restaurants, transportation, nightlife, etc. I come to the US every year & have been to NYC a couple of times but i've never been to NJ. I think we're looking to stay in or near Oceanport but more than to open to suggestions. Please help! You can also mail me-edsagunner@hotmail.co.uk. Thanks!
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Old 04-09-2007, 07:24 AM
 
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If you're staying in the Oceanport area, you'll probably want to check out Red Bank a few towns over- they've got a decent nightlife for the younger crowd. There's a place called the Dublin Pub that's pretty good, and there's typically "Pub Crawls" on most weekends. If you're there at lunchtime, there's a tiny hotdog shop in the alley next to the Dublin Pub (I can't remember the name of the place) that's well worth standing in line for- Gary's got the best soups in the area, and you've got to try "The Chicago" hotdog- mustard, pickle, tomato, and a sprinkle of sea salt- it's awesome!

Bob

Bob
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Old 04-09-2007, 05:00 PM
 
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See if anything interests you at the PNC Art Center (concerts, shows, etc):
http://www.livenation.com/venue/getVenue/venueId/298

Here's a list of clubs; I'm not a club person but my cousin likes Headliner in Neptune and Club Paradise (which is very "alternative lifestyle" friendly):
http://www.metrojersey.com/nightclubs.htm
http://www.clubratingz.com/searchRes...8724&radius=30
Le Club @ Avenue in Long Branch is boring, don't go there.

For transportation, you will definitely want to rent a car. Public transportation in the area is poor. Most towns have cabs but will only take you within the town, and it's not as easy as NYC where you just wave your hand and a cab appears.

For lodging, I would stay at a seaside bed and breakfast. You'll pay a reasonable price because the summer is over, and you can still enjoy lovely views of the ocean.
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Old 04-09-2007, 11:35 PM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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I'm about 20 minutes from Oceanport.

Red Bank and The Dublin Pub is a great idea but unfortunately the PNC Arts Center closes for the season in September.

I would definetly NOT pass up a chance to go to The Stone Pony (the world famous rock music club) in Asbury Park, http://www.stoneponyonline.com.

They also have a (free) Yahoo group, http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/thestonepony.

Alot of places run day trips to Atlantic City. They're usually about $20 per person and you get back $20 in quarters ... if you're into gambling

You should check out the local newspaper site for info on day trips and other things ... The Asbury Park Press, http://www.app.com.

The hotel you're staying in will probably have some brochures too.
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Old 04-10-2007, 02:48 AM
 
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Default Count Basie

Isn't Red Bank, New Jersey where Count Basie was born!? How far is Oceanport from Red Bank? Is there a museum or memorial for the great man around. My grandad is a Huge fan-has around 80 of his album's in all format's!!! Any tips on that so i could maybe buy him a gift? Also, is there a train service from Oceanport to NYC? How much/how long? Please advise-i'm getting really excited about the trip! Thanks v much for the posts so far-please keep them coming!
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Old 04-10-2007, 03:41 PM
 
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Well you could visit the count basie theater...I was there once and it was nice.
http://www.countbasietheatre.org/

Also *duh* October is Halloween! Be sure to pick up a local newspaper when you are here, to find local events. You will find haunted hayrides, pumpkin picking, corn mazes...it's great fun. Also Six Flags Great Adventure, a theme park, does the rides up all spooky in October. If you don't mind a bit of a drive and extremely long lines, it's another option.
http://www.sixflags.com/greatadventure/
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Old 04-10-2007, 11:58 PM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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Red Bank's not far from Oceanport ... maybe 15 minutes and the Count Basie Theater is there. They always have something going on ... concerts, comediens, etc.

And there is a train station near/in Oceanport but I'm not sure where it is. I've been to Monmouth Park and you can see the train go by so it can't be far. It's probably about a 90 minute ride to NYC by train.
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