Summer Guide: Slew of Fun Things to do at the Jersey Shore
Monmouth and Ocean counties don't discriminate based on age. There are a variety of activities available for people of all ages — whether you're looking to catch some rays or make a rainy day less dreary.
Embrace your primal side and throw a hatchet while sipping a beer, paint the next masterpiece or play vintage arcade games.
No matter what your interests are, here are the top five things to do at the Shore for young adults and teens: 1. Anchor's Bend, Asbury
Park — You might need two hands to enjoy the rum bucket. General Manager of The Beach Bar and The Anchor's Bend James Douglas refers to the cocktail as "liquid vacations in a bucket."
You can find the $16 drink at Anchor's Bend, located in the historic Convention Hall in Asbury Park. Enjoy Anchor's Bend's fenced in area on the beach, where you can dip your toes in the sand without paying for a beach badge. Douglas added that the venue offers breathtaking views, historical surroundings, great food, cocktails and music.
Visit facebook.com/theanchorsbend or call 732-455-8500 for more information. Anchor's Bend is at 1300 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park 2. Stumpy’s Hatchet House,
Eatontown — The first indoor hatchet throwing venue in the United States opened only a year ago. The idea started by two couples — Kelly and Stuart Josberger, of Toms River, and Trish and Mark Oliphant, of Lakehurst.
Visitors can bring their own booze, order food and socialize with friends, all while unleashing their more primitive side. Kelly Josberger said Stumpy's offers a new out-of-the-box activity compared to bar hopping, bowling or going to the movies.
"Stumpy's Hatchet House offers an alternative form of recreation," Kelly said. "Stumpy’s gives you the challenge of learning a new skill. Throwing a hatchet proves wonders for things like a bad breakup, a stressful work week or just a bad day."
Hatchet throwers must be 21 or older. A two-hour sessions at Stumpy’s costs $40 a person. There are additional packages available for parties of 20 or more.
Visit stumpyshh.com or call 732-544-5069. Stumpy's is at 22 Meridian Road Unit 5, Eatontown. 3. Pinot’s Palette, Red Bank — Uncork and unwind at Pinot's Palette in Red Bank. Owner Dorothy Fadell said the paint and sip franchise is the perfect place to unleash your creative side.
"We offer an array of great paintings that young artists can customize to make their very own," Fadell said. "(We're) the perfect place to unplug from your phone and have a great time with your friends while creating your own work of art."
Two-hour classes cost $38, while three-hour classes cost $48.
For more information and locations, visit PinotsPalette.com. There's also a location at 100 Route 9 in Manalapan. TopGun Paintball Games,
Cream Ridge — Raymond Gong, the original owner of TopGun Paintball Games legalized paintball in New Jersey in 1988. Prior, the game wasn't allowed in the state.
Today, however, visitors can embark on a game of survival. Two teams will face off and try to eliminate all members of the opposite team. A player is eliminated from the game if they are marked by a direct paintball hit anywhere on their body. Players