Jersey Shore Attractions

Jersey Shore Attractions
While New Jersey's 83 miles of shoreline are an attraction on their own, the coast is littered with other amusements. Seaside towns tell the history of ocean-seekers while boardwalks mix classic games of skee-ball with the latest arcade technologies. Opportunities to commune with nature take you from beach to marsh, and you can visit towns that have Victorian architecture and chic arts revivals.

Boardwalks

Old-fashioned log flumes, wooden roller coasters and rickety old haunted houses remain on Jersey Shore boardwalks, but new rides and games haven't been ignored. Most have their own kiddie-ride area and all have classic greasy food. Try the sausage and peppers followed by an orange-vanilla soft-serve or Italian ice. Morey's Piers in Wildwood has three piers of rides, including three waterparks, while Atlantic City's boardwalk has rides and casinos.

Casino Beach Pier
800 Ocean Terrace
Seaside Heights, New Jersey 08751
Tel: (732) 793-6488
www.casinopiernj.com

Jenkinson's Boardwalk
300 Ocean Ave.
Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey 08742
Tel: (732) 892-0600
www.jenkinsons.com

Morey's Piers
3501 Boardwalk
Wildwood, New Jersey 08260
Tel: (609) 522-3900
www.moreyspiers.com

Atlantic City Boardwalk
2314 Pacific Ave.
Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401
Tel: (609) 348-7100
Tel: (888) 228-4748
www.atlanticcitynj.com

Nature

Staring at the sea or strolling on the beach are wonderful ways to soak in the nature of the Jersey shore. Island Beach State Park is a refuge from the noise of boardwalk-adjacent beaches. Only the necessary amenities are provided, offering a natural experience of the sea. Visit the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area to explore sea and marsh. The Wetlands Institute at Stone Harbor houses gardens and leads boat and kayak tours. The Nature Center of Cape May has an aquarium and environmental education center.

Nature Center of Cape May
1600 Delaware Ave.
Cape May, New Jersey 08204
Tel: (609) 898-8848
www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionNCCM/Introduction.aspx

Island Beach State Park
Seaside Park, New Jersey 08752
Tel: (732) 793-0506
www.islandbeachnj.org

The Wetlands Institute
1075 Stone Harbor Blvd.
Stone Harbor, New Jersey 08247
Tel: (609) 368-1211
www.wetlandsinstitute.org

Gateway National Recreation Area, Sandy Hook Unit
1 Bay Ave.
Highlands, New Jersey 07732
Tel: (732) 872-5970
www.nps.gov/gate

History

Visit Cape May's Victorian mansions and 1859 lighthouse for a charming day or weekend. Wildwood is famous for kitschy neon-signed motels from the 1950s. Many have been refurbished or restored. Learn more about their history and preservation at the Doo Wop Preservation League Museum, which has preserved 25 retro buildings. Once rundown Asbury Park is now an artists' hub. Shop its chic boutiques and art galleries on Asbury Avenue then have a drink at Bruce Springsteen's old haunt, the Stone Pony.

Doo Wop Preservation League Museum
3201 Pacific Ave.
Wildwood, New Jersey 08260
Tel: 609-729-4000
www.doowopusa.org

The Stone Pony
913 Ocean Ave.
Asbury Park, New Jersey 07712
Tel: 732-502-0600
www.stoneponyonline.com

Cape May Lighthouse
Lighthouse Avenue
Cape May Point State Park
Cape May, NJ 08204
(609) 884-5404
www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/capemay.html

Article Written By Kelly Aspen

Kelly Aspen's writing focuses on natural places, cultural sites and wildlife. She has more than 10 years of experience as an editor and writer for various magazines, books and websites.

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