There's that "get to know your neighbor" vibe that you thought you could only find down south.
Throughout the year, the community gets together for a variety of events, including craft fairs, ladies night, a wine festival and the Christmas candy cane hunt.
After school when the weather's warm, children run over to their friend's house, located only a couple blocks away, to play outside. Families stay active together and go biking starting downtown, riding along the discreet bike trail until they hit Allaire State Park. Every Thursday, locals gather at the summer farmers market for fresh food and conversation.
Chamber of Commerce Administrator Kathy Salerno, who has lived in Manasquan for four years, said anything you could ever want or need is a short walk away.
"It's a small hometown. Everybody knows everyone," Salerno said. "I love that I can walk and bike everywhere. I talk to people from other towns that are so big and they just don't have that. (Manasquan's) a nice place to grow up."
No matter how you choose to spend your day, Manasquan has everything you'll ever need.
After a day full of shopping and scoping out all that Manasquan has to offer, you're going to need to fuel up. Indulge in a taste of Manasquan by visiting some of these delightful, charming restaurants.
Step inside the Chocolate Bar, an award-winning candyland built for adults, and indulge in your sweet tooth at 140 Main St. Test out their most delicious sweets, which include their sea salt caramel cookie and their flour-less peanut butter gluten-free chocolate chip cookie.
Manasquan is well-known for its nearly 51/2-mile long Edgar Felix Bike Path that starts downtown and travels through the woods ending in Allaire State Park. The bike path avoids busy roads — you'll pass farm fields, golf courses and playgrounds, helping you find your inner peace.
When you arrive at Allaire State Park, take a quick break to explore the historical Allaire Village, where you can learn more about 19th-century living. The nonprofit organization sponsors more than 40 programs and events every year.
Algonquin Arts Theatre, 173 Main St., screens free outdoor movies during the summer so you can interact with members of the community while watching a flick under the stars.
The theater also puts on many productions throughout the year. Rodgers & Hammerstein's "South Pacific," with Chocolate Bar founder Alison Nelson's husband actor Adam Nelson and Chocolate Bar manager Johnathon Hanson which debuted on Broadway in 1949, will be making its way to the theater's stage April 10 to 19.
If you're looking for fun for the entire family, take your children to see "Shrek the Musical" as it comes to life May 9 to 17 with Adam Nelson and daughter Lulu Scout. The theater also recently announced that "Hairspray" and "Cabaret" will be hitting the stage this summer.
April 25: Spring Craft Fair
May 7: Ladies Night Out
May 15 and 16: Spring Sidewalk Sale
May 17: Taste of Manasquan
June 2: Farmer's Market Thursdays commence
July 18: Summer Art Show
Aug. 7 and 8: Summer Sidewalk Sale
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