Seniors Travel to Red Bank, NJMay 8th, 2012 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel
Seniors Enjoy Red Bank, New Jersey
Red Bank, NJ was selected by The Smithsonian Magazine as the No. 3 most popular town in America. Senior citizens will find it quite isolated and not far from Buffalo and Rochester, NY. The borough had a population of 12,206 in the 2010 census.
The small, 1.7 square mile town situated at the head of the Navesink River, Red Bank has roots that date back to the 1600’s. English Settlers that made their livelihood fishing the New Jersey coast slowly began to migrate inland. There were rich oyster beds throughout Monmouth County that provided settlers with a solid economic base. Seafood and produce were harvested in Red Bank and shipped north to New York City. Thus, Red Bank became a thriving port.
Brick Sidewalks and Victorian Street Lamps Charm Seniors
Senior visitors to Red Bank will be charmed by it’s beautiful brick sidewalks and Victorian street lamps. Food lovers will appreciate a dining and nightlife scene that rivals New York City’s Greenwich Village. Specifically mentioned is the Molly Pitcher Inn, a great stop for lunch or dinner with a dining room that offers stunning views of the Navesink River.
Shop-aholics will enjoy top notch antiquing, art galleries and funky boutiques. And for the music lovers, there is Count Basie Theatre, named after the legendary jazz pianist that was born in Red Bank in 1904. Built in 1926, the theater is a beautiful place to take in a concert, play, or if you are lucky enough to get tickets, the yearly charity concert by locals Bruce Springsteen & Jon Bon Jovi.
Today, Red Bank is considered to be a premier “hot spot” in Monmouth County, just outside Shrewsbury and Rumson, the downtown has become ‘big’ with culture and renewed life. The locals call Red Bank The Big Little Town…the small downtown with big culture. The place where people grew up, moved back to and want to grow old in. It’s been called “Hip City” to the delight of some and chagrin of others. A local noted “It’s like a miniature city. Everything I need is here,” said Gray, who was walking her dog on Broad Street. “I don’t drive, and Red Bank is the only place I could succeed and thrive.”
A Town for all Seasons, Vibrant and Historic
Red Bank is a town for all seasons. In June, the annual “Riverfest” Jazz Festival, held over a three-day period, draws approximately 160,000 visitors. And to the delight of over 150,000 people, Red Bank is host to New Jersey’s largest fireworks display every July 3rd. During Christmas, thousands of lights adorn the streets, transforming the town into a winter wonderland. A trolley shuttle transports weary shoppers between the heart of Red Bank and the Grove Shopping Mall in Shrewsbury.
Red Bank is a vibrant and historic town with performing arts theaters, an arts movie theater and over 50 restaurants. Even the sidewalks light up Red Bank and the Food and Wine Walk bring in seniors from all across the country.
It is a young town with the median resident age of 37.5 years. Other figures show why folks love it here. TripAdvisor likes the Count Basie Theater. Getting to and around Red Bank is easy. Great bus service and several bus lines make it easy to get to Red Bank as well as Amtrak. All this and the town is only an hours ride from NYC.
So seniors, take in #3 on your list for viewing one of the best small towns in America. jeb