Beach Haven is located in Ocean County, New Jersey. It has few more that 1,000 residents. The town started out as a resort area for those that could afford to travel to the beach, and it later incorporated in the 1890's. The part of the town that is original to the 1800's is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, and there are many shops and attractions to see while visiting the area.
If the beach is where you like to spend your vacation, Beach Haven has several water activities to choose from. You can rent a chair or bring your own to lie out in the sun, or take a walk while enjoying the breeze. There are surf and body boards for rent if you want to try your hand at the smaller Atlantic waves, or you could rent a bike and tour the beach area while doing a little shopping along the way. If you bring your own boat on vacation, there are public docks and ramps that allow you to put into the water. However there is usually a small fee for docking your boat. And since you are at the water, there is ample opportunity to fish either by charter boat, your own craft or along the surf.
Fantasy Island is an old-style amusement and carnival park complete with a Victorian themed design right down to the lamp posts. There are rides and carnival games available for your enjoyment as well as entertainment and food. Magic shows are put on at different times of day, and animal shows involving birds and reptiles are also available. For a different type of activity, visit the Fun Factory. Here you can take a class in different art forms such as candle making, wood models, mosaics and stained glass.
Fantasy Island Amusements
320 Seventh Street
The Fun Factory
14 S. Bay Ave.
There are several things to do in town. These activities include shopping and and taking a walk through Veteran's Bicentennial Park. Many summer concerts and festivals are held at that location. There is also an ice cream parlor and a musical theater.
The Long Beach Island Museum has displays of life in the late 1800's and early 1900's. The museum is open seven days a week during the summer and on weekends during the spring and fall, and it also offers walking tours of the town.
Long Beach Island Museum
Engleside and Beach Avenues
Beach Haven, NJ 08008
Article Written By Keith Dooley
Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.