Red Bank – A Social Distancing Guide for Visitors

*Photo credit Maria Verni @mverni_art

As Red Bank begins to safely re-open, with new health measures in place, we would like to welcome you back with some ideas about what to do, and what is open in Red Bank now.

As now permitted by the State of NJ, our Red Bank restaurants can resume indoor dining at 25% capacity. As seating inside is very important; but limited, check with the restaurants, eateries and cafes to see if reservations are necessary. Check out the River Center’s restaurant directory

As part of the re-opening and roll-out of Red Bank, all people are required to wear masks inside shops, restaurants and other indoor public spaces.

If you are visiting Red Bank for the first time, or making a return trip, we can give you ideas for how to enjoy our town and support local businesses while practicing social distancing.

Begin the day with a light bite, a cup of great coffee; or heartier fare, in one of our fantastic eateries, baked-goods shops, healthy juice bars, vegan cafes, fruit bowls to-go spots, and diners.  For lunch, try some of our restaurants, bistros, with open-air patios, and sidewalk café tables, dining alfresco.  Check out the River Center’s restaurant directory.

The town of Red Bank has some of the best, world-class shopping, boutiques, artisan-craft shops, galleries, jewelry stores, salons, spas with personal care, health and therapeutic services (now re-opened with social distancing protocols in place) to enjoy.  We have unique stores selling specialty music records, cd’s, comic books, antiques, vintage clothing, furniture, home décor, and design businesses, all awaiting your visit.  Visit the River Center’s shopping directory for a full list of shops.

Red Bank is a historic town, with beautiful, architecturally interesting, and diverse buildings of stature.    Most of our town is within walking distance, and some notable, not-to-miss, sites include:  The Red Bank Train Station, The Basie Center, The Two River Theater, The Galleria, The Red Bank Public Library, The T. Thomas Fortune House, and many more to see, and enjoy visually.  As things progress, we hope our theaters, and other entertainment venues will be able to open, as permitted by the State of NJ.  Learn more on Red Bank’s historical sites.

If you plan to stay for an overnight getaway; we have two, acclaimed, boutique-waterfront, hotels to choose from, The Molly Pitcher Inn, and The Oyster Point Hotel.  Both sister hotels are open for outdoor dining on the promenade, patios and open-air spaces.  Boat charters are also available (if desired) to reserve for hotel guests thru their hospitality, and concierge services. The friendly, hotel staff, and management will help make your stay a most memorable, and delightful respite.  

The Navesink River, abuts our public, waterfront parks, and are beautifully situated, in the heart of town.   Riverside Gardens Park, possesses open-space, gardens, and breathtaking waterfront views to watch the rowers, kayakers, stand-up paddlers enjoying their sport.  It is also relaxing to watch the sail boats, and yachts cruising the river.    In addition, Marine Park, also within steps for walkers, has a slightly different water view, with a small pier.  There are several take-out and outdoor dining options near both parks, to satisfy the appetite, and your thirst.   Sunrises and sunsets from either park, are spectacular.   

For dinner dining options, as part of our Red Bank Recovery Plan, there is one, dedicated street closure to help the restaurants increase their outdoor, serving space. There is an open, pedestrian walkway, outdoor music, and creative lighting to heighten the nightlife experience. Broad Street is cordoned off from Wallace Street to Front Street, Thursdays thru Sundays 4 pm – 10 pm. Of course, weather will play a part, and we know things may be subject to change at any time. All Red Bank restaurants, throughout the town, that are permitted, can be open for outdoor dining. Individual shops may also participate with some select, outdoor retail to help make the evenings even more special. This global crisis has instilled a stronger awareness, and appreciation of our local businesses. We can show our support, by shopping, and dining in their establishments.  

Top off your evening with a cappuccino, espresso, after-dinner libation, enjoy a tasty ice cream cone or delicious dessert at one of our cafes, restaurants or hotels.   Then, take a stroll along our scenic streets, remembering what special day, and evening you had in Red Bank!

When you visit on Sundays, we hope you take advantage of our Red Bank Farmers Market.    It is now a walk-thru market with locally grown, and harvested fresh fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers.  As time goes on, we await the local artisans and other vendors return, but for now, the produce is plentiful and beautiful.  The Farmers Market opens on Sundays, 9 am – 2 pm in the Galleria Parking Lot (Now Open Sundays thru mid – November.)   

 The Red Bank Visitors Center hopes you visit our town again soon.  Please contact us with any questions you may have, and we are here to help make your trip a very pleasant, and memorable experience.