You set foot into this place and you will never think you are in the state of New Jersey. I have never been to a town in NJ that is like Red Bank since it is so different from any other town in that state.
To get here, NJ Transit goes from NY Penn Station right over to Red Bank. The trip takes about 79 minutes on a local train. Broad St, White St, Monmouth St, and a little section of Maple Ave are the streets you should stroll when you go to Red Bank. Each street has a store that is unique to the other stores.
Red Bank has numerous art galleries and antique shops. Though interesting, I am not going to focus on those, but they are plentiful thoughout the town and you should go to at least one or two of them.
Now this place that I will talk about is probably one of the most unique stores ever; a hobby shop of all things. It's called Hobbymasters located on 62 White Street. You can't miss this place! There's a giant mural covering the entire second floor wall. This place happens to be the largest hobby shop in America! And in my opinion one of the best shops ever! This 7,000 square foot, two-story building has everything you can imagine. Trains, planes, helicopters, trucks, puzzles, rockets, telescopes, artificial foliage for train sets, boats, paints, woods, tools, and everything you need to build models! (They have thousands and thousands of different shapes and sizes of models) It's all right here at Hobbymasters baby!
This next place is also very interesting, if you're obsessed with comics and weird and creepy bobbleheads. Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash located at 35 Broad Street offers an array of comics ranging from old and the new. Some of them feature old characters while some feature newer charactwers. It's a pretty crazy place! In the back of the store they have bobbleheads in which some of them are the same size as your head! You will also happen to notice a 10 foot tall plastic jesus statue!
When it's lunch time, head over to Delfini's Deli located at 244 West Front Street. You can get a typical Jersey sub with anything you want on it. They also have other Italian specialties including different pastas, breads, cookies, tomatos, meats, you name it! And it's a great option for lunch.
After lunch, you can can walk all the way back to Broad St or catch a bus and go over to Ricky's Candy, Cones, and Chaos located at 86 Broad Street. And they're not kidding when they say chaos. A giant candy store that has probably the biggest selection of candy they still sell and make today. (I'll be writing about another candy store, but that one is way different than this one, you will see!) Once you step inside this place you will feel like you are 5 years old again. Cartoon piñatas, ice cream cone chairs, balloons, the colorful candies, and the best part is.... A really freakishly large green dinasaur greeting you as soon as you walk in! (it's plastic). Did I also mention that there are games in which you can win candy? I know there's a foosball table in which you can play with a gumball and there's also a pinball machine in which you play with a gumball as well. Just somethin to keep in mind. Once you get your candy, sprint out of there! because you don't want people to see you walking in there, depending how old you are. But please guys, go in there and you will get a kick out this place! Ratings for this store? Well... the picture says it all..
Red bank is a great town to visit! It's just over an hour from NYC and it has things that appeal to ALL ages. On a nice sunny 70 degree day, it's perfect because when the sun is out, everything looks gorgeous and it's very pleasant to walk around. If you go in the winter, you can try to catch a glimpse of the ice boaters out on the Navesink River. But all I'm saying is that this is a great little trip from the city and I'm sure you will love it!