The name "Red Bank" is attributed to the red soil throughout the area. In the 19th century, the town served as a popular port for the shell fishing industry and for local farmers transporting their crops.
Only 50 minutes from Manhattan along the southern edge of the Navesink River, Red Bank offers gourmet shops and coffeehouses, delightful cafes, specialty shops and a lively nightlife. The entire town is very walkable. Red Bank is home to some 64 restaurants, the area's only art movie house, more than a dozen jewelry stores, several galleries and a mix of new stores and others that date back several generations. You'll also find modern gift shops, clothing and record stores. Charming brick buildings, old-fashioned lampposts and benches line the curbs, giving you the feeling you've stepped back in time.
Relax on the beautiful Navesink River and take the kids canoeing for the day or head to Marine Park, which is a lovely waterside park with boat slips, public tennis courts and a playground. For indoor fun, go ice skating on the weekends at the Red Bank Armory, catty corner to the Red Bank train station.
The Red Bank Arts & Antiques District is certainly one of the largest antique centers in the State of New Jersey. It is also one of the richest in culture and history. The Galleria Red Bank, one if its principal focal points, is perhaps the District's largest historical landmark with a collection of quaint shops, restaurants, services, and offices all under one roof. Also among its recognized historical sites, is the Count Basie Theater, a performing arts center that attracts national and regional acts-everything from rock bands to dance companies and the historic and charming Molly Pitcher Inn, a 1928 national landmark which overlooks the scenic Navesink River and is one most elegant waterfront luxury hotels in Central New Jersey.