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How to Enjoy a Trip to the Jersey Shore

You'll never run out of things to do along New Jersey's 127-mile-long coast. From sightseeing, to clubbing, to romantic getaways, the Jersey Shore offers something for everyone.


  • Step 1: Don't forget Atlantic City. Other than it's famous casinos, Atlantic City also has an historical museum, New Jersey's tallest lighthouse, an aquarium, and the famous Lucy the Elephant Museum.
  • Step 2: See Long Beach Island. Only a quarter of a mile wide, Long Beach Island has an amusement park, a water park, and numerous places to rent kayaks, wave runners, and to charter fishing boats.
  • Step 3: Stop in Ocean City. Featuring eight miles of beaches, Ocean City is home to an arts center, historical museum, and an orchestra. There are also amusement parks, golf courses, personal watercraft, surf buggy rentals.
  • TIP: Ocean City's Duke-O-Fluke offers fishing trips geared toward children.
  • FACT: New Jersey was the the first state to sign the Bill of Rights and the third state to ratify the United States Constitution.
  • Step 4: Don't forget southern Cape May, where you can shop, take a horse drawn carriage ride, and take a whale and dolphin cruise. Among the most popular Jersey destinations, you can learn to parasail and climb to the top of the historic Cape May Lighthouse. Whether you're going for a day, a week, or a month, the Jersey Shore offers infinite possibilities.
  • Step 5: Be sure to see Seaside Heights, which has experienced a significant tourism increase since a certain television program aired. Aside from the bars and restaurants, the boardwalk features old-fashioned amusements, arcades, and rides. Seaside Heights also has piers loaded with games and rides, as well as Breakwater Beach Waterpark.
  • TIP: While you're in Ocean City, be sure to check out the Jersey Shore Pirates, an interactive pirate adventure on the river.
  • TIP: Take the kids to nearby Keansburg Amusement and Water Park just off Route 36.
  • Step 6: Clean, uncrowded beaches dot Jersey's Atlantic Highlands. Known for seafood restaurants and its proximity to New York, the Highlands is great for a relaxed getaway. Don't miss the clothing-optional Gunnison Beach at nearby Sandy Hook.
  • Step 7: Make your way down to Ocean Grove. Great for sightseeing, Ocean Grove boasts the largest collection of Victorian architecture in New Jersey, and the Historical Society offers tours.
  • Step 8: Make sure you get to Belmar, home to dozens of nightclubs and party spots. Belmar's beaches stretch for more than a mile with a non-commercial boardwalk perfect for people watching.
  • Step 9: Don't miss Point Pleasant. Loaded with quaint restaurants and a rockin' bar scene, Point Pleasant also features tours on the River Belle, a replica Mississippi riverboat.
  • Step 10: Go to New Jersey's North Shore beaches. From Sandy Hook to Manasquan, the north shore offers several beaches accessible to the public. And Deal, in spite of limited access, is a hot spot for surfers.

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