Everyone loves the beach, so this month, we compiled a list of the best towns throughout the Jersey Shore and highlighted what keeps us coming back.
First known as Peck’s Beach, Ocean City is famous for being family-oriented. It boasts eight miles of beaches, and a two-and-a-half mile boardwalk, complete with two amusement parks.
During the summer, it is estimated that the year-round population grows to 150,000. And the city offers plenty to entertain its guests and residents alike. There is a summer concert series on Monday nights, and Family Night every Thursday in July and August. There are fireworks and musical and theatrical productions at the Music Pier, as well as numerous places to shop and eat. Some of the best eateries include Maco & Manco Pizza (formerly Mack and Manco), Johnson’s Popcorn and Striver’s Salt Water Taffy.
-Fourth of July Celebration- Thursday, July 4th
-10th Annual Baby Parade- Thursday, August 8th
Some people equate Seaside Heights as the home to the MTV show Jersey Shore, but upon closer inspection, you will find that it has much more to offer. It’s beaches offer surfing and swimming during the season, and the boardwalk has something for everyone. Sadly, the famous Funtown Pier suffered severe damage from Hurricane Sandy, but the Casino Pier still offers attractions for all ages. Thrill-seekers can enjoy rides such as Disk’O and Super Storm, while kids can take a spin on Dizzy Dragon or float on a water boat.
For those looking for fun away from the boardwalk, Seaside Heights offers exciting nightlife and restaurants for every appetite. Enjoy a cup of coffee at Coffee Talk or have dinner at Midway Steak House.
-Music Mondays Concert Series- Monday in July and August
-Movies on the Beach- Thursday in July and August
Located in Cape May County, Sea Isle City is a town that truly offers something for every beach-goer. Its beaches offer swimming, surfing, rafting, kayaking, volleyball, sailboat launching, kite board launching and surf fishing.
After a long day at the beach, kids can enjoy the rides at Gillian’s Funland Pier. It offers rides like mini bumper cars, a carousel, Kite Flyers and the Wacky Worm Roller.
For those who prefer to explore what the rest of the town has to offer, you can take a trip down memory lane at the Sea Isle City Historical Museum, enjoy some mini-golf at Pirate Island Golf or browse through stores such as Sunsations or Heritage Surf and Sport. Those seeking an adrenaline rush can head over to Island Water Sports, while foodies can enjoy a meal at Steak Out, Shoobies or Rig-a-Toni’s.
If you want to do all of this and more, consider staying in Sea Isle City for a while. The Colonnade Inn offers great accommodations. Or better yet, rent a beach house for a week or two. Sea Isle City has a lot for you to experience!
-Junior Olympics- Thursday, July 4th
-10 Mile Island Run- Saturday, August 10th
Long Beach Island offers traditional summer fun for beach-goers of all ages. Spend the day relaxing under the summer sun or building sand castles at one of the many beaches. Or spend time with the family at the Fantasy Island Amusement Park, where there is a ride for everyone. The amusement park also offers a family-style arcade, games and an old-fashioned ice cream parlor. Enjoy a bite to eat at the Boathouse Restaurant, which just completed renovations after being damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Or stop by the highly recommended Chicken or the Egg. Seriously, the menu alone is mouth-watering! Whatever you want to do, LBI will cater to you.
-Star-Spangled Magic- July 1st-July 5th
-Beach Haven Summer Concerts- July 3rd-September 4th
Situated between an ocean and a bay, Margate was originally known as South Atlantic City. That is, until a large wooden elephant named Lucy was built. Lucy became the benchmark for Margate’s future, and is the most commonly recognized landmark in the area. You know you’re in Margate when you see Lucy!
But that’s not all Margate has to offer. It has endless, pristine beaches for you to soak up the sun or go for a swim. It also offers world-class dining, with something for every palette. Some of the best restaurants include Steve and Cookie’s by the Bay, Red Room Café and Sage Restaurant. Margate also has great shops and stores that offer everything from clothes to beauty supplies to novelty items.
Margate is a quiet, peaceful, close-knit beach community. It’s perfect for those looking to get away from the busy bustle of traditional beach towns and relax.
-Fourth of July Fireworks- Thursday, July 4th
-Margate Memorial Lifeguard Race- Friday, August 2nd
One of the coolest features of Point Pleasant Beach: the palm trees!. You can feel like you’re on a vacation in Florida without even leaving the state. The highlight of Point Pleasant Beach, aside from the palm trees, is Jenkinson’s Boardwalk. From one end to the other you will find attractions such as Jenkinson’s Aquarium, Martel’s Tiki Bar, a fun house, outdoor restaurants, an ice cream parlor and a gift shop.
The boardwalk also offers mini golf, arcades and batting cages. Plus, there is an amusement park with rides like Crazy Bus, Motor Jump, Boardwalk Bounce, Starship, Pendolo and Bumper Cars.
-Independence Day Fireworks- Thursday, July 4th
Wild West Day- Monday, July 17th
There is always something to do in Wildwood, no matter what your interests are. Take a stroll down the boardwalk, but make sure you “Watch the Tram Car, Please.” Stop by Morey’s Piers and enjoy flips, dips, twists and turns from some of the many rollercoasters, including the Sea Serpent, The Great Nor’Easter and The Great White. Other rides include the Skyscraper, RipTide and AtmosFear. Kids can enjoy carousel rides, bumper cars and many other age-appropriate rides. There are also two water parks.
Wildwood offers great places to eat, both on the boardwalk and around town. Sam’s Pizza Palace, located right on the boardwalk, is a must! There are tons of concession stands spanning the length of the boardwalk and offering everything from hot dogs and French fries to ice cream and funnel cake.
For restaurants around town, Westy’s Irish Pub, Cattle n’ Clover, Crab Cake Hotline, Coconut Cove and Smokin’ Bones are some of the best.
Wildwood also hosts many parades and festivals throughout the summer season, including the Independence Day Parade in July, the Irish Pipe Brigade Parade in August, and the Fireman’s Convention and Irish Fall Festival in September.
-Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular- Thursday, July 4th
-Wildwoods Restaurant Week- Sunday, August 25th
Bordered on the East by the Atlantic Ocean and on the West by the Intercoastal Waterway, Stone Harbor offers plenty to do for the entire family. Start your morning with something delicious from Coffee Talk. Relax on the beautiful beaches and cool off afterwards with an ice cream cone for the famous Springer’s Homemade Ice Cream. “Extreme fun” is waiting for you at Island Water Sports, where you can rent wave runners and kayaks or go for a bounce on the water trampoline! Enjoy fine dining at Luciano’s, Jay’s on 3rd or the brand new Reeds at Shelter Haven, and visit Green Cuisine for a meal that’s as healthy as it is delicious! If you’re looking for laid back night life, Fred’s Tavern is a must for a great time. If you find yourself on vacation in this town with gloomy weather, never fear! Catch a movie at the 96th street theater or stop in to Just Bead It and make your own jewelry, key chains and more. This is just a snapshot of all the great things to do in Stone Harbor. Book your vacation here and you’ll never be disappointed.
-July 4th Festivities and Fireworks – Thursday, July 4th
-Wetlands Institute Sunset Soiree – Saturday, July 13th 2013
Cape May is one of the nation’s oldest and most beloved resort towns and just a brief drive through the streets of this famous island will show you why. Its breathtaking Victorian architecture is sure to make you feel as though you’ve traveled back in time. Its historical points of interest include the Cape May County Lighthouse and the Cape May County Historical Museum. When it comes to dining, the Lobster House is a must for any visitor who hasn’t yet been. Sample New Orleans fine dining at 410 Bank Street and top-notch American cuisine at the Blue Rose Inn and Restaurant. Venture onto the mainland and eat at Menz’s for delicious food and a casual, quirky atmosphere. While you’re there, visit the Cape May Zoo, where there’s tons of fun for the entire family. The list goes on when it comes to Cape May. The southernmost point in all of New Jersey has so much to offer for every facet of your beach getaway.
-Independence Day Celebration: Thursday, July 4th
-Family Fun Day at the Cape May Lighthouse- Wednesdays in July
Before it was a beach, Sea Girt was originally farmland. When a lighthouse was built, the rest of the town took shape.
Currently, Sea Girt’s beaches offer swimming, fishing and surfing on designated beaches. If you’re not in the mood for a day at the beach, Sea Girt has restaurants and shops for you to check out. Rod’s Tavern, Fratello’s and the Parker House are great places to try.
Sea Girt is a small, peaceful community, and is a nice change-of-pace from bustling resort towns.
-Yoga on the Beach- Every morning and Tuesday/Thursday nights
-Sea Girt 5K Run- Saturday, August 3rd
Did we miss any? Tell us about you favorite Jersey Shore Towns.