"A Beach Town Returning To Its Glory" Long Branch by VeronicaG

Long Branch Travel Guide: 12 reviews and 41 photos

Long Branch, New Jersey

Long Branch was frequented by the famous in its heydey, beginning in 1869 when President Ulysses Grant journeyed there in the summer making it his "Summer Capital". After that, Presidents Hayes, Garfield, Arthur, Harrison, McKinley and Wilson followed his example. Seven Presidents Park takes its name from the leaders of our nation who used to take advantage of its beaches and lovely seaside town.

Seven Presidents Park was also the site of "The Reservation" which Long Branch businessman Nate Salsbury built for his Buffalo Bill Wild West Show. Buffalo Bill Cody, Annie Oakley and Chief Sitting Bull were among the performers.(*information from www.monmouthcountyparks.com)

Long Branch has had its share of tough times, but the town is returning to its glory days with the revival of its shoreline and new Pier Village complex. Pier Village has pricey condos and apartments,lengthy boardwalk, stores for the sophisticated shopper, restaurants and activities meant to lure residents and tourists alike.

Shops and Restaurants include: McCloones Restaurant; Greek To Me (a breakfast and lunch cafe); Turning Point News and Cafe; Stewarts (casual dining); Nirvana (women's clothing boutique); Kidegories (children's clothing); Island Trading Company (boutique for men and women); Ladies Workout Express and many others. There is indoor (charged by the hour) and outdoor parking.

Restored Seaside Area

New Shops and Restaurants

  • Last visit to Long Branch: Jun 2006
  • Intro Updated Sep 20, 2006
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  • NJMike's Profile Photo
    Jun 16, 2007 at 6:25 AM

    it is good to see LB making a come back, but the way the mayor has gone about it by stealing homes through bogus eminent domain laws will be a scar on Long Branch for years to come.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Jan 15, 2007 at 1:40 PM

    Just lovely. So good to see renovation and a return to a once elegant place. Loved the tip for the restaurant.

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Dec 29, 2006 at 7:22 AM

    Very good tips. I am surprised to see so few people on so beautiful beach!

  • rozehill's Profile Photo
    Jun 23, 2006 at 11:08 PM

    What a lovely venue to have lunch, looking out over the waves, how wonderful

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