ASBURY PARK: Catch a show at any of the city's numerous clubs, including the Stone Pony (913 Ocean Ave., 732-502-0600, http://www.thestonepony.com), the rock venue made famous by the Boss.
OCEAN GROVE: Take a walking tour ($6 donation) Wednesdays and Fridays at 1 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m.; call 732-774-1869 for info. Music is a big part of the summer experience of the town, a historic spiritual retreat, with many performances in the Great Auditorium; check http://www.ogcma.org for schedules. The town's choir festival is July 8.
BELMAR: See an outdoor movie on the Eighth Avenue Beach; offerings include "Cars." Strettttttttch during a Yoga on the Beach class ($12) Saturdays and Sundays through Yoga Anjali (732-681-7660, http://www.yogaanjali.com). Rent a kayak or surfboard from the Shark River Kayak Co. (732-556-1555, http://www.sharkriverkayaks.com; rentals from $25). Catch a show at Brandl (703 Belmar Plaza, 732-280-7501, http://www.brandlrestaurant.com), which features innovative American cuisine.
SEA GIRT: The Sea Girt Lighthouse (Ocean Avenue and Beacon Boulevard, 732-974-0514) is open for free tours Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m.
MANASQUAN: Free outdoor movies include "Field of Dreams" and "Charade." See a live performance of "Carousel" ($28) at the Algonquin Arts Theater (173 Main St., 732-528-9211, http://www.algonquinarts.org), or check the Web site for other shows (including the Shirelles). For $20, the Manasquan Water Taxi (732-528-9248, http://www.manasquanwatertaxi.com) will take you on a pirate adventure to "Treasure Island."
POINT PLEASANT BEACH: The boardwalk is the big dog in town; that's where you'll find Jenkinson's Aquarium (732-899-1659, http://www.jenkinsons.com/aquarium; $9), featuring penguin, shark and seal feedings, and the pirate-themed Cast-Away Cove mini-golf (732-892-0600; $9 a round). The River Belle paddle-wheeler (732-892-3377, http://www.riverboattour.com) offers theme outings, including Pizza & Fireworks cruises ($29). Catch Father Alfonse and His Orchestra for free each Wednesday at Jenkinson's Inlet Beach.
SEASIDE HEIGHTS: Thrill-ride your way down the boardwalk, or plunge into Jenkinson's Breakwater Beach (732-793-6488, http://www.casinopiernj.com/breakwaterbeach; all-day admission $25.95), with a lazy river and family section. Catch the fireworks Wednesdays. Hike and drive on the sand at Island Beach State Park; see story, Page P7.
LONG BRANCH: The Ocean Place Resort and Spa (1 Ocean Blvd., 800-411-6493, http://www.oceanplaceresort.com; rates from $299) is an all-in-one destination with two pools (one indoor) and a private beach. The 12-room Cedars & Beeches (247 Cedar Ave., 732-571-6777, http://www.cedarsandbeeches.com; from $150) is a B&B surrounded by a garden.
ASBURY PARK: The gay-friendly 101-room Empress Hotel (101 Asbury Ave., 732-774-0100, http://www.asburyempress.com; from $129) offers sleek boutique-y digs near the ocean. The on-site Paradise club includes a disco ball whirling outdoors over the hotel pool.
OCEAN GROVE: The luxurious nine-room Majestic Hotel (19 Main Ave., 732-775-6100, http://www.majesticoceangrove.com; from $190) has ocean views and kitchenettes. The 22 rooms at the Lillagaard B&B (5 Abbott Ave., 732-988-1216, http://www.lillagaard.com; from $115) may be a bit froufrou for some, but its Victorian tea room ($18 for afternoon tea) is a frilly hoot. A low-cost option is the Quaker Inn (39 Main Ave., 732-775-7525, http://www.quakerinn.com; from $50 single), with simple, clean rooms.
AVON-BY-THE-SEA: The putting green, outdoor fireplace and complimentary bikes make the 10-room Avon Manor Inn (109 Sylvania Ave., 732-776-7770, http://www.avonmanor.com; from $130) a standout.