What was once a tiny seaside residential resort founded in the late 1800s, Asbury Park and it’s famous boardwalk grew to become one of the most popular vacation destinations on the entire East Coast of the United States. Having a perfect location didn’t hurt. But location alone didn’t rocket the city to stardom. A man-made structure sealed that fate. Shortly after the city’s inception, a beach boardwalk was constructed and featured an orchestra pavilion, public changing rooms and a pier extending into the Atlantic Ocean. News of the boardwalk traveled fast and attracted new visitors from the surrounding areas. The boardwalk also attracted entrepreneurs and entertainers looking to bring their brand of amusement to town and perform to the boardwalk’s growing crowds. As Asbury Park’s popularity increased, so too did the size and offerings of the boardwalk. In the 1920s, the additions of the Paramount Theatre and Convention Hall ushered in a new era of music and performing arts that still exists to this day.