This week, we are highlighting Manasquan, New Jersey, one of our jewels of the shore. Take some time this weekend to visit and discover all it has to offer.
This Saturday is the Manasquan Spring Craft Fair and Car Show at the Squan Plaza from 10am -4pm. The fair features many local artists, vendors and food! Enjoy the spring weather and support local businesses at the same time!
What to do in Manasquan
How about a relaxing bicycle ride through the country? The Bike Path starts in Manasquan (just off East Main St.) and goes all the way to Allaire State Park. Historic Allaire Village celebrates the life and times of the Howell Iron Works in the 1830s. Or how about visiting the Squan Village Historical Society Museum at 105 South Street.
The business district is chock full of great shops and restaurants. Browze for some great shore themed decor. Try on some new evening wear at one of the clothing boutiques. Bring home beautiful artwork or jewelry from local artists.
In the evenings, there’s always something playing at the Algonquin Arts Theatre. Start with dinner at one of the town’s great restaurants and finish off the evening with a show at the theatre. Dancing more your thing? Head towards the beach and some of the shores best local watering holes and night clubs.
Manasquan was first settled as part of Shrewsbury in the late 1600’s. It takes its name “Man-A-Squaw-Han” (stream of the island of Squaws) from the Lenni Lenape Indians who were summer visitors to the area for hundreds of years. Incorporated as a borough on December 30, 1887 by the New Jersey Legislature, Manasquan was formed from portions of Wall Township.
Today, Manasquan is a town of approximately 6,300 residents who enjoy both the benefits of modern life and the simplicity of an earlier era.
Occupying an area of just 2.5 sq. miles, all of the town’s amenities are easily within reach of residents and visitors without the necessity of a car. It’s proximity to a number of popular Jersey Shore beaches causes its population to swell dramatically during the summer months.
With numerous summer rental accommodations, nearby hotels, motels, and bed & breakfast inns, visitors are sure to find just the right place to stay while enjoying a Manasquan getaway.
Excerpts from Manasquan Chamber of Commerce.