The New Jersey shore features clean and sandy beaches, as well as a host our outdoor recreational opportunities. Bird watching, surfing and whale-watching tours are among the many offerings for visitors. The boardwalk area provides rental booths where bicycles, in-line skates and surfing gear can be rented.
Cape May Beach whale-watching tours cruise along the waterway by the Cape May Bird Observatory. This New Jersey aviary in known as the "birding migration capital of North America" and draws large crowds from around the country. The annual "World Series of Birding" is hosted by the New Jersey Audubon Society at the observatory each May. This section of the New Jersey shore is also popular with surfers during the summer and fall seasons.
Cape May Beach
470 West Perry Street
Cape May, NJ 08294
Avalon Beach is located a full mile farther in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean than any other part of the New Jersey shoreline. The boardwalk along Avalon Beach is a half-mile long, with bicycling and in-line skating permitted. Also situated next to the beach area are playgrounds, a skate park, and tennis and basketball courts. Surfers frequent Avalon Beach throughout the year to catch a wave or two. During the cooler spring months, a wet suit should be worn to protect the surfer from the cold water temperatures.
3001 Avalon Avenue
Avalon, NJ 08202-1734
The Sandy Hook State Park offers 1,665 acres of outdoor recreational space, including a spacious beach area. Visitors can relax or break a sweat on either ocean-side or bay-side beaches, fish, surf, scuba dive, windsurf, picnic or explore the winding hiking and bicycle trails. Nearly 300 species of birds are reported to live within the park, which include salt marshes and forested area.
Sandy Hook State Park
84 Mercer Road
Fort Hancock, NJ 07732
Article Written By Tara Dodrill
Tara Dodrill began writing professionally in 1990. She is a travel writer and photographer working for print and online media, primarily covering Florida, ecotourism and off-the-beaten-path destinations. Her writing credits include RUMBUM, Yahoo News, Visit South magazine,and North Carolina Coastal Guide. She studied journalism and education at Ohio University and real estate at Hondros College.