Travel Asbury Park named 'coolest small town' in America

19:01  07 june  2017
19:01  07 june  2017 Source:   usatoday.com

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We already knew that Asbury Park is one of the coolest places at the Jersey Shore, but now it has major bragging rights: named the coolest small Here's the rest of Budget Travels Top 10 Coolest Small Towns in America for 2017: 1. Asbury Park , New Jersey 2. Bisbee, Arizona 3. Nevada City

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ASBURY PARK, N.J. — Budget Travel magazine recently named Asbury Park the "coolest small town" in America. 

"We love Asbury Park’s cultural diversity, welcoming vibe, and year-round calendar of events: Fourth of July fireworks, Oysterfest, Zombie Walk, and so much more," the magazine said, in an article posted on its website

"It's one heck of a recognition," said Asbury Park Mayor John Moor, who said his great-grandfather first moved to the shore community in 1888. 

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Asbury Park has been named America 's " coolest small town " by Budget Travel Magazine. Budget Travel's website says that Asbury Park "exemplifies the cultural and ethnic diversity, creative energy and unparalleled natural beauty that have defined America for more than two centuries."

What makes a small town “ cool ”? We believe that it’s cool to reflect the principles upon which the United Here, Budget Travel’s 14th annual 10 Coolest Small Towns in America , an editor-curated to-do list for (And, by the way, he also bestowed the name “Cape Cod” thanks to a big fishing score.)

"It's a community-wide-recognition and really a great choice," Moor said. "It's really the residents, the businesses, everyone that made this happen." 

More than a million visitors came to Asbury Park last year, according to the Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce. The city has a population of just under 16,000.

It is about 1.6 square miles. 

"I'm not surprised Asbury Park is getting noticed as a progressive, diverse and cultural city. Locals already know we are the coolest town in America," said Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn. 

Asbury Park ranked above destinations like Bisbee, Ariz., and Nevada City, Calif. 


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