FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.
United

Family Fun in Asbury Park, New Jersey

by Angelique Platas

May 28, 2019

Littleny | Dreamstime.com

Age Specific / Adult Children

For a family beach weekend filled with charm, fine dining, surf, sand and fun nightlife, Asbury Park should be on your list this summer. This New Jersey mainstay has been a local favorite since it was founded in 1871 in Monmouth County. The beach town boasts a long history of fanfare and family fun through the roaring 1920s, with a mix of upgrades and modern touches along the way. The history is still alive and well through preserved buildings, restored architecture and a swath of retro attractions and touches.

 

Home to the famous Stone Pony live music venue, retro arcades, quirky shops, colorful Victorian homes along Ocean Grove and classic beach boardwalks, you’ll have your summer fun cut out for you with all-ages fun and activities.

 

Hit the Beach

Check out Asbury Park Beach’s wide sandy beaches for some sun, sand and surf. Dry off on the boardwalk, complete with the stunning 1920s Asbury Park Convention Hall, shops, eateries and a pinball arcade. The pinball arcade is the most please-touch museum of all time — just pay by the hour, or $16 for unlimited time, and wander around playing pinball machines from the 1950s to now and some old-fashioned skee-ball.

 

The museum aspect is also a fun way to learn a bit more about the games and machines and walk away with more than bragging rights. Grab some candy from the counter to bring along to the pinball machines, or place your order up front and pick up hot-and-ready snacks to fuel your arcade play.

Wonder Bar

Wonder Bar. Photo: Littleny | Dreamstime.com

 

Ocean Grove

Visit the Historical Society of Ocean Grove and check out the rows of pastel-colored Victorian homes. Walk the quaint and scenic small town to get away from the busy boardwalk and beach and take in the peace and quiet of the historic locale.

 

Nightlife

While new restaurants and bars are constantly popping up a short walk from the beach and along the boardwalk, one venue that will never change: The Stone Pony. This legendary live music venue is home to the greats, including the most well-known of all, Bruce Springsteen. During event nights, expect the streets to be filled with live music fans at the open-air Summer Stage.

 

Check out live shows and events going on this summer before planning your stay, or head to Asbury on a quieter weekend when your family can enjoy dinner with the ocean as the night’s soundtrack.

#WhereverFamily

Insta Feed
Destinations / Europe
Jul 16, 2024

Zermatt: Not Just for Winter Sports

Green meadows of wildflowers with a backdrop of snow-covered Matterhorn and surrounding Alpine peaks make Zermatt an ideal setting for a summer or fall family vacation. Traveling there by train is easy with a free Swiss Family Card, which allows children aged 6–16 to travel free with a parent holding a Swiss Travel System ticket. Children under 6 always travel free with a parent.

United Continues Its Global Expansion

United Airlines keeps soaring to new heights, recently announcing another expansion of its leading global route network. The airline added new non-stop flights between Newark (EWR) and Marrakesh (RAK), Morocco; Tokyo (NRT) and Cebu (CEB), Philippines; and Houston (IAH) and Medellin (MDE), Colombia. That’s not all: United also plans to increase flights to popular worldwide destinations including Hong Kong (HKG); Seoul (INC), South Korea; and Porto (OPO), Portugal. Following the recent agreement to increase flights between the U.S. and Chinese governments, the airline now adds four weekly flights from Los Angeles (LAX) to Shanghai (PVG).

Destinations / North America
Jul 16, 2024

What are the Most Underrated U.S. National Parks?

Summer sees some of the most popular U.S. national parks flood with visitors, particularly those like Yellowstone, Glacier, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon. Family travelers wanting an immersive, nature-focused trip without the hassle of crowds should venture to these equally beautiful national parks that do not have the overwhelming number of visitors.

Destinations / North America
Jul 15, 2024

Why Okefenokee Swamp Should Be on Your Family’s Travel Itinerary

A swamp may not be the first place you think of when planning your family’s next vacation itinerary, but if that swamp is Georgia’s Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, then it definitely should be.

Sunflower Accessibility Program Featured at O’Hare and Midway Airports

Travelers with invisible disabilities passing through O’Hare and Midway International Airports can now discreetly signal they need assistance thanks to a new Chicago Department of Aviation partnership that helps create more accessible and inclusive spaces.

Hotels
Jul 15, 2024

5 Resorts to Visit for National Waterpark Day

Celebrate National Waterpark Day July 28 with a family trip to these five resorts with exciting water amenities.