3 Great Day Trips from Long Branch, NJ

Long Branch: Surrounded by Great Towns

While there is a lot of fun to be had in Long Branch itself, there are also plenty of great NJ towns to visit within 50 miles of Long Branch. Whether you have a car or want to hop on a train from the Long Branch New Jersey Transit rail station, the possibilities for great day trips near Long Branch are endless. Here are just three great options for day trips within 50 miles of Long Branch:

Red Bank

Red Bank is just a ten minute drive or train ride from Long Branch. This hip little downtown has enough to keep you entertained all day. Start your day with coffee from one of Red Bank’s independent coffee shops (Rook is a local favorite, as are Coffee Corral and The Danish Cafe) and grab a breakfast sandwich from Bagel Oven.

If you’re in Red Bank on a Sunday, you can visit the Red Bank Farmer’s Market in The Galleria parking lot between 9 am — 2 pm to enjoy an apple cider doughnut from popular vegan food truck the Cinnamon Snail and find local, fresh produce until December.

For dinner, sit down for some great Italian food, seafood, sushi, or pub fare. Then, visit the Count Basie Theatre for a concert, the Two River Theater for a play, or the indie movie theater for a great film. Afterwards, catch up with friends for a drink at The Dublin House or the Downtown.

Jersey City

Jersey City not only has breathtaking views of Manhattan–it also has enough in the way of history, arts, and entertainment to rival the enticements of the Big Apple.

For your first stop in Jersey City, take a stroll or have a picnic in the beautiful Liberty State Park, where you can view the Empty Sky Memorial. From there, take a ferry to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.

Jersey City has something for everyone. You can catch a show at Art House Productions, race a go-kart at Pole Position Raceway, or browse books at WORD, and check out everything that Downtown JC has to offer–a Farmers Market with fresh local produce, Groove on Grove on Wednesday nights featuring free live music, and plenty of great restaurants and bars.


Princeton is a beautiful college town with plenty in the way of arts, culture, and food.

Explore the breathtaking Princeton University campus, and see what events the school is hosting that you might want to check out, from film festivals, to lectures, to concerts. Stop by the Princeton University Art Museum to view their collection of more than 92,000 works of art, ranging from ancient to contemporary.

Go into town to sample some iconic tastes of Princeton–Triumph Brewing Company and The Bent Spoon are spots that you must visit when in Princeton.

If you are a book, music, or coffee lover, be sure to stop by Labyrinth Books, Princeton Record Exchange, and Small World Coffee.

Or, if you are in the mood to enjoy the great outdoors after sampling some of Princeton’s arts and culture, go for a hike and watch the sunset in the nearby Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park.

Returning to Long Branch

There you have it! If you live in Long Branch, or are looking to move here sometime soon, don’t forget to check out the many beautiful surrounding NJ towns.

And, as always, if you need help finding a place to call home in New Jersey, call Rosario Realty at 732-229-4900 or contact us online today.