2012-06-01 / General Features

Atlantic Highlands

Visitors can enjoy the many charms of Atlantic Highlands’ First Avenue. Visitors can enjoy the many charms of Atlantic Highlands’ First Avenue. Nestled along the Sandy Hook Bay,Atlantic Highlands and Highlands are two small Jersey shore towns that have much to offer. Both towns are easily accessible along Route 36 and have access to the SeaStreak ferry, providing a quick trip back and forth to New York City.

A central hub in Atlantic Highlands is First Avenue, which features a variety of restaurants, stores, a movie theater and a playhouse.

Hartshorne Woods Park is accessible from Portland Road in Highlands.The 787- acre site overlooks the Navesink River and is a former coastal defense site.This spot is ideal for hiking and biking.

Atlantic Highlands is part of the northern branch of the Henry Hudson Trail, which stretches 12 miles to Aberdeen.The paved trail runs along a former railroad right of way and provides the perfect location for biking, jogging and walking.The Henry Hudson Trail Activity Center is located on Route 36 in the Leonardo section of Middletown.

Twin Lights Twin Lights History lovers can visit the Twin Lights, which still light up the night sky in Highlands.The Twin Lights has stood overlooking the coast since 1828; the structure that currently sits atop the hill was built in 1862.The museum, tower and gift shop are open year round.There is no charge, although donations are appreciated. For more information, visit www.twin-lights.org.

When the warmer weather arrives, a farmers’ market takes over Veterans Park, 100 First Ave.,Atlantic Highlands, on Fridays from noon to 6 p.m.

Highlands also features a farmers’ market every Saturday at 8:30 a.m., July through October in Huddy Park.

Some special events happening in these two towns this summer include:

Atlantic Highlands Townwide Garage Sale, May 19;

12th Annual Highlands Craft Show, May 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Huddy Park, Waterwitch and Bay avenues;

Atlantic Highlands Classic Car Show, June 9, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on First Avenue;

Taste of Highlands, June 23 from noon to 6 p.m. Cost is $40 and there will be 20 trolley stops. For more information, call 732-291-4713;

Atlantic Highlands Fireman’s Fair and Fireworks, July 3-7 at the Municipal Harbor, Simon Lake Drive (fireworks on July 6);

Clamfest,Aug. 2-5 at Huddy Park, Highlands; and the Annual Twin Lights Bike Ride, Sept. 30 at 7 a.m., from Huddy Park in Highlands to Shore Drive.

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