Middletown, thanks to its strategic location, is one of New Jersey’s oldest European settlement site and it was continually ranked as one of the top 100 Best Places to Live in by CNN Money.com. Based on its history, before it was discovered by European settlers like Henry Hudson, the area was home to the Lenape Navesink tribe. When Sandy Hook Bay was discovered in 1609, explorers who came upon the land said it was a very pleasant place to discover. During the American Revolutionary War, much of eastern Monmouth County, including Middletown, was held by the British so, the history buffs in your group will enjoy learning about the city’s rich war histories at historic sites and districts like Chapel Hill, Locust, Monmouth Hills, Navesink and Middletown Village. It was after the construction of a railroad junction in 1875 that Middletown grew from being clusters of small fishing and agricultural villages into a large suburb that it is known today with the pace picking up especially quickly after World War II. While there are lots of historic sites to visit and take pictures of in Middletown, you should visit the ‘Evil Clown of Middletown’ which is located along Route 35. It is a landmark site, a sign that was a part of an old supermarket known as the ‘Food Circus’. Residents fought hard to keep the sign from being demolished and it was featured in various publications and shows including Weird NJ Magazine, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the movie, Clerks II. And if you enjoy running, be sure to book a spot for the Indian Trails 15K road race, the most challenging race in New Jersey, which is held in April every year and the profit of which goes to the Monmouth Conservation Foundation.
The region boasts of many attractions that will leave a lasting impression on you long after your trip to Middletown is over, thanks to it being within close proximity to many charming cities in both New Jersey and New York. There’s New York Aquarium and Red Bank Armory Ice Complex for a field trip, Asbury Splash Park for young toddlers, and fun art LIVE performances for teens and adults produced by the people of The New Jersey Repertory Company. In fact, visitors can enjoy unique shopping experiences at local charming retail outlets like Shake Shoppe Arcade in Seaside Heights, a night-out with your friends while celebrating a bachelor or bachelorette party at Celtic Cottage Pub, team-building event with your boss and colleagues at Escape Games Experience and when the summer weather is nice and friendly, bring the charter bus, coach, van, mini bus or school bus to the wonderful Breakwater Beach Club instead. As you can see, BusRental.com is ready to help connect you with the right vehicles be it a large 90-passenger charter bus or a 10-passenger corporate car, we have all the contacts ready. All you need to do now is to pick up the phone to speak to our customer service representatives and we will provide you with a quick cost estimate.
There are spellbinding outdoor attractions like beautiful, white, sandy beaches, modern amusement centers, art classes and completely unique points of interest like Tibetan art galleries, ice-skating centers and historically-significant sites like Staten Island’s The Conference House to check out when you visit Middletown, NJ.
Middletown is located very close to ice skating centers, splash parks and family-recreational arenas. So, there’s escape games at Escape Games Experience in Red Bank where visitors have to put their heads together to solve puzzles to escape a locked room within a predetermined time, ice skating facility with educational classes offered at Red Bank Armory Ice Complex, or you can bring the charter bus to the Asbury Splash Park, which is approximately 30 minutes drive away from Middletown. It is the perfect place for toddlers to play in as the attraction is gated and well-maintained. Other fun attractions and amusement centers you will have easy access to includes the fun retro-style indoor boardwalk, go-karting arena, laser tag facility at iPlay America in Freehold, and historic amusement park style attraction with Scream Zone, thrill rides and kid-friendly rides in Brooklyn’s Luna Park at Coney Island, an hour’s drive away.
Two River Theater Company offers theatrical and dramatic works and hosts year-long productions which varies by season. For teens and the kids, there are host readings, workshops, outreach programs and classes for adults too. Every trip to Art Alliance is a refreshing one as they feature different artists from time to time; it is one of Monmouth’s main art attraction, dedicated to the works of individuals and inspiring groups alike. The New Jersey Repertory Company is located in Long Branch, less than half an hour’s drive away in the rented charter bus. The focus is to bring classical plays taken from American literary tradition to the youth and art enthusiasts of today in an intimate surrounding. If you are interested in unique Tibetan artwork and ritual objects, you are in luck! Check out the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art in Staten Island which has been around since its inception in 1945. Visitors will get to learn about thousands of items related to Tibetan culture and prayers like musical instruments, scroll paintings and sculptures. Other worthwhile art attractions you should make time for is Idiosyncrazies which sells handmade jewelry, printed items, art and coffee, and Weston Gallery that has a large collection of oil paintings and handcrafted jewelry.
While there are malls and grand shopping malls located within close proximity to Middletown that you will get to enjoy an air-conditioned shopping destination, sometimes, it makes more sense to go local. For example, you can make a grab for original olive oils and vinegars from Carter and Cavero Old World Olive Oil Company as souvenirs for your friends back home, shop for unique (and delicious) frozen yogurt and tart at Sogreen Yogurt Menlo Park, or bring back some delicious candies, grab some hamburgers and hot dogs at Shake Shoppe Arcade in Seaside Heights. You can also enjoy one-of-a-kind wines offered by Faustini Winery in their tasting rooms (they have a professional food pairing recommendations if you are new to wine tasting), make friends while enjoying an ice cold draft beer out of a mason jar playing board games with the locals at Ron’s West End Pub in Long Branch, sip on your favorite cocktail while enjoying traditional Irish sausage, sandwiches and shepherd’s pie at a local charming pub like Celtic Cottage Pub.
Two of the best places to visit if you want to learn about this region of New Jersey are Spring Lake Historical Society and Atlantic Highlands Historical Society. There are walking tours around some important historical landmarks around Spring Lake offered by the former while the latter is housed in the historic Strauss Mansion. It is passionate about recording, preserving and educating the modern generation about regional history and culture and plays hosts to countless historically-themed events all year round. The exhibits at Monmouth County Historical Association Museum is focused on highlighting over three centuries worth of information about Monmouth County to visitors. The library, due to its size and facilities, is a popular hotspot for locals and visitors alike. You can also make a trip to The Conference House in Staten Island to learn more about how the Revolutionary War was ended (the 1860 house is included in the National Register of Historic Places), tour the 1781 four-room cottage with family history of Kearny Cottage Museum in Perth Amboy, or bring the charter bus around Historic Richmond Town for a ground tour. Located in Staten Island, the attraction is one of the oldest living history museum and there are demos of historic trades and crafts and LIVE events organized throughout the year.
Marine Park may be an intimate park located in Red Banks but its grassy fields, wide open space and languid park benches are located with views of the river, making it extremely popular with locals residents and visitors alike. You can also enjoy views of Navesink River at Riverside Gardens Park along Front Street, join the locals with their community events usually held at the beautiful Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, head out for some swimming or enjoy a picnic while building sand castles with family and friends at the pristine beach and park area at Long Branch Park or bring the charter bus to Breakwater Beach Club which has an ample poolside cabana area, paddleboating facilities, boogie board races and other fun contests run by the club. Mount Mitchill Scenic Overlook, located less than 15 minutes away from Middletown, is considered the natural highest elevation level in the region; visitors will get an amazing view of the city below it like Raritan Bay, Sandy Hook Bay and it is also home to the Monmouth County’s 9/11 Memorial.
Looking for a place to bring the kids out for the weekend? Have you been tasked with organizing a field trip? Worry not, there’s always New York Aquarium located a short drive away in New York. The 14 acre attraction located on Coney Island Boardwalk is home to animals like sea lions, otters, piranhas and penguins so, kids will get to learn first-hand through direct interaction with the animals and observation of their natural habitat.
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