Highlights at the Jersey Shore: Parks and Restaurants

8:42 am  |  11.04.2022

The Atlantic coast of New Jersey, with its beaches and sidewalks, stretches from the Sandy Hook Peninsula in the north to Cape May County in the south. Fresh ocean breezes blow over 203 km of sandy beaches.

Family Fun in Seaside Heights

Seaside Heights

Thanks to MTV, the Jersey Shore is primarily associated with what you know from the “Jersey Shore” series. Seaside Heights has become known as the place for the biggest, most exclusive parties. This is of course not the case in reality. Seaside is much more than the Jersey Shore’s party temple. Many of our friends have bought small beach houses there in recent years and use them to relax.

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The area is beautiful, also has great beaches, great seafood and a small marina. But you can actually rent the house that was shown in the series. Depending on the season, this can cost up to $6500 per night.

During Hurricane Sandy, Seaside Heights was particularly hard hit. The popular Casino Pier was completely submerged and one of the roller coasters landed in the middle of the sea. Everything has been restored over the years and as a result Seaside shines in a whole new light. Hopefully for the locals cheered up by the ghosts of the Jersey Shore series that they never really wanted to bond with. The amusement park has been completely renovated and is definitely worth a visit.

Pure Nature at Island Beach State Park

Island Beach State Park

After a visit to Seaside, we definitely recommend stopping by Island Beach State Park. The park covers a 16 km long headland with partly untouched beaches, dunes and even more nature. Be sure to drive to the end of the park and go to the beach there.

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On the one hand it is much emptier and on the other hand you can also admire the lighthouse of the park from there. Many anglers come to Island Beach State Park, as well as kayaking, surfing, or just soaking up the sun. A place of tranquility and an absolute insider tip on the Jersey Shore.

To get into the park, you pay per car Memorial Day through Labor Day: $6/NJ resident and $12/non-resident on weekdays. Weekends: $10/NJ Resident and $20/Non-Resident. Off-season, the state park is free.

Taste the Best Seafood in the Area

Try something delicious at Jersey Shore seafood restaurants

The Jersey Shore is famous for one thing in particular and that is great seafood. Every place has its own, very special places that offer only first-class, fresh cuisine. Many of the restaurants are located on one of the fine sandy beaches by the sea, at the marinas, or on one of the countless boardwalks.

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An absolute local tip is Bum Rogers Crabhouse right next to Island Beach State Park. Here are some of our favorite Jersey Shore seafood restaurants.

  • Red’s Lobster Pot Restaurant (57 Inlet Dr, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ).
  • Mr. Shrimp Seafood Restaurant & Market (1608 NJ-71, Belmar, NJ 07719).
  • The Shrimp Box & Outside The Box Patio Bar (75 Inlet Dr, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742).
  • Charlie’s of Bay Head (72 Bridge Ave, Bay Head, NJ 08742).
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