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New Jersey’s 127 miles of beachfront properties rival those of many traditional vacation destinations like California or Florida. And our Garden State Parkway is one of the longest “Ocean Drives” in the nation, with beach and bay towns all along the southern exits. Below you will find the full list of places to visit compliments of New Jersey Monthly and their handy guide “Ultimate Beach Chart” covering destinations that stretch from Sandy Hook down to Cape May. Check out their web site for cool tips for both sunny and rainy days. Be sure to also check out the Jersey Shore Virtual Guides:,,,, or for additional info.

Exit #117: Sandy Hook
beach + 5 mile path for walking, running, skating or biking. Sandy Hook Lighthouse might also be of interest, America’s oldest surviving lighthouse with free tours seven days a week during the summer.

Exit #S-117 or #N-105: Sea Bright
beach + grab a bite at the boathouse deck at McLoone’s Riverside Dining, 816 Ocean Ave. Other attractions include Brahma Yoga Spa, 1050 Ocean Ave.

Exit #105: Monmouth Beach
check out live beach cam: also check out Sally Tee’s Grille, 33 West Street featuring everything from New York style deli to the sushi bar, and a “Fagedaboudit Lounge”

Exit #105: Long Branch
beach + surf, fish or stroll on the beach at SEven Presidents Oceanfront Park with a playground for the kids, volleyball courts and a snack bar. Also check out Uncle Vinnie’s Comedy Club, 1 Ocean Blvd.

Exit #S-105 or #N-98: Deal
beach + check out the volleyball action at Conover Pavilion located at the foot of Phillips Ave, also be sure to browse the “Gallery on Grant” at the Ruth Hyman Jewish Community Center with exhibits featuring and selling artwork.

Exit #S-102 or #N-100A: Asbury Park
beach + check out blues, jazz, bluegrass, folk and swing music at the fourth annual “Guitarbecue Festival” at Bradley Park in July 7/8. Also check out a live show at the Stone Pony, 913 Ocean Ave where Bruce Springsteeen and Bon Jovi got their start.

Exit #S-100B or #N100: Ocean Grove
beach + explore a historic district during the Historical Society’s walking tours on Wenesdays and Fridays at 1pm or Saturdays at 11am this June through September. Also check out the floriography exhibit at the Centennial Cottage, Central Ave and McClintock.

Exit #S-100B or #N-100A: Bradley Beach
beach + try your hand at bocce – the courts are located on 4th Avenue at the Boardwalk. Also check out the indoor version at Brunswick Bradley Beach Bowl, 1217 Main Street, be sure to bring your own bocce balls.

Exit #S-100B or #N-100A: Avon
beach + learn water ballet at the Department of Recreation or Suba diving at Divers Two, 1 Main Street. Also check out East Coast Pilates and Yoga at 40 Main Street.

Exit #98: Belmar
beach + check out concerts on Friday featuring a variety of local talent at the Pyanoe Plaza on Main Street during June, July and August. You could also feast on seafood from lobster to alligator sausage at the 21st Annual New Jersey Seafood Festival at the Silver Lake Park and Ocean Ave June 9/10.

Exit #98: Spring Lake
beach + linger downtown every fourth Friday where the shops downtown offer special events. For wine connoisseurs and wannabes alike, check out free wine tastings at the Bottle Shop 1400 Third Ave, every Saturday from 3 to 5pm.

Exit #98: Sea Girt
beach + run the Sea Girt 5k on August 5th, live music, rock-climbing wall and an obsticle course will be among many festivities offered. Also be sure to stop by the Parker House, a victorian home with a restaurant, bar, live music, games and a dance club.

Exit #S-98 or #N-90: Manasquan
beach + pedal the Manasquan Bike Trail through the Allaire State Park. For kids the Algonquin Art’s Summer Stage might be of interest, featuring a half-day camp that includes classes in playwriting, acting voice, music, and dance:

Exit #S-98 or N-90: Point Pleasant Beach
beach + bait a hook aboard the Sea Devil NJ Party Boat, 405 Channel Dr. where the crew teaches all ages how to fish. Explore Jenkinson’s Aquarium on the Boardwalk which is open year round, rain or shine.

Exit #S-98 or #N-90: Bay Head
beach + windsurfing, kiteboarding and surf kayaking at the Bay Head Trading Co. 520 Main Ave. Also enjoy the ocean-inspired art at Bay Head’s galleries on Mount Street and Bridge Avenue.

Exit #82: Lavallette
beach + grab a bite to eat at the Bayside Cafe, 607 Bay Blvd. If you enjoy classical tunes, hear piano music at the Crab’s Claw Inn, 601 Grand Central Ave weekdays at 1pm.

Exit #82: Seaside Heights
beach + excellent cheesesteak at the Midway Steakhouse along the Seaside’s mile-long boardwalk featuring games for kids of all ages and plush prizes to be won. Like Jazz? Check out the French Quarter vibe played at Fat Cat’s, 406 Blvd.

Exit #82: Seaside Park
beach + cool down with an ice cream cone from Charlie’s Ice Cream, 800 Central Ave, relax to live jazz performances too.

Exit #82: Island Beach
beach + enjoy a self-guided tour along the eight trails marked with exhibits. Stop by the Emily DeCamp Herbarium in the Forked River Interpretive Center to check out over 400 of the island’s plants.

Exit #63: Barnegat Light
beach + Viking Village, at 19th and Bayview Aves with its dock tours and hosting antique and craft shows for the landlubbers. Check out Old Barney – the town’s trademark red-and-white lighthouse which coincidentally is the second tallest in the country.

Exit #63: Loveladies
beach + check out some Aussie life guards in action mate, Long Beach Island Beach Partrol participates in lifeguard exchange program with Australia, be sure to say g’day! Stop by Plantation Restaurant and Bar for a cocktail at 7908 Long Beach Blvd in Harvey Cedars.

Exit #63: Harvey Cedars
beach + learn about some of the great storms of the Jersey Shore on July 12th in the 80th Street Firehouse where many other community events are hosted.

Exit #63: Surf City
sunny-day heaven featuring both ocean and bay beaches plus numerous playgrounds and basketball courts to use near Division Ave and South First Street. BYOB to the Yellowfin, 104 Long Beach Blvd for seafood in an upscale setting.

Exit #63: Ship Bottom
beach + romantic atmosphere in the gazebo at Sunset Point Gardens, 13th through 16th along the bayside. Taste award-winning Manhattan clam chowder at family-friendly Greenhouse Cafe, 6th St at Long Beach Blvd.

Exit #63: Beach Haven
beach + Fantasy Island Amusement Park, 320 7th Street for the whole family to enjoy some magic, featuring illusions and reptiles to pet. The Long Beach Island Museum on Engleside and Beach AVes hosts tours, music, fairs and events all summer long.

Exit #38: Brigantine
beach + check out dolphins play at the sea wall on the north end of Brigantine Ave, 7th St to 14th St North. The Marine Mammal Strading Center, 3625 Brigantine Blvd cares for injured ocean creatures which could be seen up close, be sure to get a souvenier at the gift shop.

Exit #38B: Atlantic City
beach + a historic 4 mile long boardwalk for biking and walking. Don’t miss “The Show” one of the largest water fountain displays at a mall, and don’t forget to spend or win some money at the casinos!

Exit #38: Ventnor
beach + many tennis courts at the South Suffolk and Atlantic Aves. Indulge a sweet-tooth at Jagielky’s Homemade Candies 51158 Ventnor Ave.

Exit #36: Margate
beach + Lucy! No not I Love Lucy, Lucy but a six-story wood and tin elephant at 9200 Atlantic Avenue. Grab a table at Tomatoes, 9300 Amherst Ave a chic restaurant on the bay side.

Exit #36: Longport
beach + tennis or basketball at the Longport Recreational Complex, 3498 Atlantic Avenue. The Longport Historical Society, 2301 Atlantic Avenue features many exhibits about history of Longport

Exit #S-30 or #N-25: Ocean City
beach + 140 foot ferris wheel on the Boardwalk and 6th St, check out movies on the Boardwalk featuring “Rainy Day Marinees” when the weather gets sloppy.

Exit #S-17 or #N-14: Sea Isle City
beach + Sea Isle Historical Museum , 4208 Landis Ave displays an expensive exhibit of postcards, from the early 1900’s.

Exit #13: Avalon
beach + putt your way through pirate ships, caves, and waterfalls at the Pirate Island Miniature Golf, 27th St at Dune Dr. Stop by the Community Hall, 3001 Avalon Ave for arts and crafts, Mon/Wed/Fri mornings.

Exit #10: Stone Harbor
beach + Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary a 21 acre national natural landmark between 2nd and 3rd Aves with over 26 known bird specials to check out.

Exit #4B: The Wildwoods
beach + boardwalk and three unique amusement parks featuring the Ocean Oasis Waterpark on Morey’s Surfside Pier, kids can cool off and parents can get a massage or snooze in the hammocks. The “Doo Wop Trolley Tour” guides visitors through the 1950’s aura of the Wildwood, Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Exit #0: Cape May
beach + build a sand castle with the kids, check out the city sponsored Sand Sculpture Contest on August 3rd. Also be sure to check out photography exhibits and educational programs at the Nature Center of Cape May.

Exit #0: Cape May Point
beach + climb the 199 steps of the Cape May Lighthouse in Cape May Point State Park which features trails, picnic areas and nature walks besides the museum. Catch views of beautiful sail boats, and the setting sun while duning at the Sunset Beach Grill, Sunset Blvd.