Here are some fun things to do locally when you are not sailing.
Henry Hudson Trail: There is a nice paved bike path that is only a few blocks away from the club. It runs from Sandy Hook to Freehold. There are some parts where you have to navigate through Atlantic Highlands and Highlands on streets. Also, I think one section was destroyed in hurricane sandy and may be under construction between Atlantic Highlands and Highlands. https://www.monmouthcountyparks.com/page.aspx?ID=2525
Sandy Hook: The also is a paved bike path on Sandy Hook. By Bicycle, the entrance is free but if you go by car, there is a fee to enter the park during the day but is free after 6:00 pm. https://www.nps.gov/gate/index.htm
Hartshorne Woods: For the mountain bike enthusiast, Hartshorne woods is a challenging ride with scenic views of the Navesink River and the Atlantic Ocean. Huber Woods is another park that is a bit easier than Hartshorne. Both parks are very nearby and trail maps can be found here. https://www.monmouthcountyparks.com/page.aspx?ID=2524
Highlands Clam Fest: There is a big Clam festival in Highlands running from August 3rd to Aug 6th. This is classic fair with rides, food and music. http://www.highlandsnj.com/Special_Events/ClamFest/Clamfest.shtml
MiniGolf: There is a miniature golf course nearby the club. It is co-located with our BBQ caterer that is taking care of Wednesday night dinner. http://www.holeinoneminigolf.com/
Twin Lights: Twin Lights is a historic light house sitting up on the hill in Highlands. One of the stories it is famous for involves the Americas Cup. The Americas Cup was sailed off of Sandy Hook and during the race in 1899 Between Columbia and Shamrock, the first wireless radio communication was made use technology invented by Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi. The radio transmission enabled the result to quickly get shore and then to a newspaper in New York City covering the race and let the world know the outcome. http://www.twinlightslighthouse.com/index.html
In addition to Atlantic Highlands, the neighboring towns of Highlands, Sea Bright, Red Bank and Asbury Park have lots of good restaurants and lots of choices. Asbury Park is about a 30-40 min drive depending on beach traffic. Asbury is where Bruce Springsteen got his start playing at the now famous Stone Pony. Asbury is hopping scene for music these days with several venues offering live music. Thursday night, they offer free concerts on the beach (weather permitting) at a bar called Anchors Bend (Jams on the Sand) which is on the north side of Convention Hall, a historic venue that almost sticks out into the Atlantic. Asbury has a traditional Jersey style boardwalk that you can bike or ride and take in the scene or stop in to see Madam Marie who’s “telling fortunes better than they do” (Springsteen, 4th of July, Asbury Park).
Clerks: For any of you movie buffs out there, the movie Clerks, Clerks II were filmed locally by filmmaker Kevin Smith. Just a few blocks away is the Convenience Store and Video store where the films were made. It’s not much to see but just some fun trivia if you liked the movie. To get there, when you exit the club, turn right onto center ave and shortly after passing the Leonardo Fire House, turn left onto Leonard Ave. Just before you reach Rt 36, the Quick Stop and closed down video store are on your left.