Travel site ranks Asbury Park as one of the “coolest” towns in the U.S.

     (Photo: Flickr via boston_public_library)

    (Photo: Flickr via boston_public_library)

    Asbury Park is among the top 20 coolest towns in the United States, according to a ranking by a travel and lifestyle website. 

    Matador Network says the Monmouth County city by the sea is cool because of its cultural, recreational, and food and drink offerings — proclaiming that it is “quite possibly one of the best towns for music in America.”

    “AP’s got some of the best music in the state, it’s got a beach and boardwalk, it has cheap beer and delicious food, and it’s super gay friendly. Oh, and also: Bruce Springsteen,” the ranking says.

    The vibrant community comes in at #17.

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    From the description:

    A typical day in the summer starts off with waking up and going fishing on one of Asbury’s piers, and then relaxing on the beach for a few hours. You could grab brunch at Toast or catch a quick screening of an independent film at the Showroom. Then you’d head to happy hour — if you had a dog, you could take it to Wonderbar’s “Yappy Hour” to let it play with other dogs while you grab a beer. Maybe, if it was the fall, you’d get to see the world’s largest gathering of Zombies. Then catch some live music at Asbury Lanes or the Stone Pony (maybe Springsteen will drop by — it’s not unheard of), and head to Johnny Mac’s to play some Skee-Ball and get some free pizza.

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