Lots of people turn to Trip Advisor when they're making plans, so we thought it would be interesting to find out the top thing to do in 5 of our local towns. So we randomly picked these 5 towns...Brick, Freehold, Point Pleasant Beach, Red Bank and Belmar to find out what the world known website suggests for those places. Think you can guess each one?

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Let's find out if we agree with Trip Advisor's suggestions for each town listed above, with a 10 score being a complete agreement and a 0 being "have you ever been here?  Here we go.

Brick...Trip Advisor chose the Brick Reservoir as their top choice, and that's a pretty tough one to argue with. It's a beautiful place and it's beloved by the community. This one gets a solid 9.

Freehold...Trip Advisor's choice for the county seat for 2021 is Turkey Swamp Park. It's a great, great park, but there is a lot to do in Freehold. Further down the list is Freehold Raceway, Freehold Raceway Mall and iPlay Ameica. Still we have to give Turkey Swamp Park a 7.

Point Pleasant Beach... It's a sweep according to Trip Advisor and the top 2 is all about Jenk's. The #1 thing to do in town is Jenkinson's Boardwalk, followed closely at #2 by Jenkinson's Aquarium. And by the way, Point Pleasant Beach is at #3. This one gets a 10 from us.

Red Bank...This one gets a 10 from us, too because one of our favorite places was placed at #1. The top thing to do in Red Bank according to Trip Advisor is a stop at the Basie! Always a great choice.

Belmar...It's an obvious answer, but it's the right one in my opinion. The Belmar beach and boardwalk are Trip Advisor's choice with Beah Haus Brewery a close second. We have to give these choices a 10 as well.

It's not like we don't know what to do around here. I mean, we are locals. But it is nice to see what the experts are saying and see if we agree.

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