Growing up in North Jersey, coming down to the shore was such a treat. My family would always rent a beach house in Lavallette and we would come down for two weeks. Sometimes, we were lucky enough to bring a friend and every year as the time got closer to leave for the shore, we would plan out what we were going to do. As we got older, we still enjoy going to the shore and spending a day at the beach, boardwalk or one of the many great restaurants and attractions that only the Jersey Shore can offer. Plus the music venues are incredible!
Here are 50 things I love at the Jersey Shore!
Sunny Hunny (Lavallette): A restaurant that is enjoyed by every family that enters it. Serving breakfast and lunch, you can satisfy any hunger at this lovely seaside restaurant.
Iceberg Ice Cream (Lavallette): Home to 30 plus homemade ice cream flavors, there is something for everyone.
Shore Fresh Seafood (Point Pleasant): A hidden gem that has the freshest seafood around. Its all in the name!
Smithville Historic Village (Galloway): A perfect spot to walk around with the family when you want to do some shopping.
Lenny’s Pizza (Lavallette): Home to some of the best Italian food that you can get on the island. Known for their pizza, pastas, and more.
Bum Rogers (Seaside Park): Known for their delicious seafood, especially crabs. You can not go wrong choosing Bums as your go-to dinner spot.
Sunrises at Island Beach State Park (Seaside Park): Nothing tops a NJ sunrise. At IBSP you can either walk on the beach or drive your car directly on the sand to enjoy the morning rise.
Jenkinson’s Boardwalk and Aquarium (Point Pleasant): A perfect place to spend the day with the family. Home to plenty of attractions: restaurants, a pier full of ride, mini golf, and even an aquarium.
Wildwood Beach (Wildwood): Another place that is sure to please the family. A boardwalk full of rides, waterparks, arcades, restaurants, and more attractions.
Atlantic City Casinos and Steel Pier (Atlantic City): A little getaway for the adults when they need it most. AC not only is known for their casinos and pier, but is home to plenty of delicious restaurants and shops.
Oceans Organic (Toms River): A local plant based restaurant that thrives on the most organic and fresh ingredients. With their menu being completely plant based you are sure to have a healthy and delicious meal.
Silverton Farms (Toms River): Organic farm producing fruits, vegetables and even farm fresh eggs.
Lava Java (Lavallette): A local staple to Lavallette. Open for breakfast and lunch, Lava Java has some of the best options that you can ask for. Not to mention their delicious teas and coffees.
Chicken or the Egg (Long Beach Island): A popular summer restaurant that has the best wings you can ask for, amongst many other things on their diverse menu.
Ron Jon Surf Shop (Ship Bottom): One of the biggest surf shops in NJ. Clothes, boards, shoes, and more.
Mini-golf (Lavallette, Seaside Heights, etc.): Mini golf is a fun activity that anyone can participate in. Not to mention that it is a fun activity for the entire family.
Playa Bowls (Toms River, Lavallette, Seaside Heights, Bayhead): A cool and delicious treat that has originated in NJ. Frozen fruit bowl, smoothies, poke bowls, and more.
Charlie’s (Bayhead): Upscale dining with a waterside patio, fresh seafood, and a great wine list. Open for Sunday brunch too.
Mueller’s Bakery (Bayhead): Located next to Charlie’s this bake shop has fresh coffee and daily treats like danishes and crumb cakes.
Splash Zone Waterpark (Wildwood): This waterpark will sure keep you cool with all the slides. Feel like relaxing? Enjoy a trip down the lazy river.
Casino Pier and the Seaside Boardwalk (Seaside Heights): This pier is full of fun things for the family and adults. Rides, arcades, ice cream, restaurants, and bars. The day and night life here can not be beat.
Stephen Crane House (Asbury Park): For rainy day activities, head to Asbury Park and take a tour through the famous author’s home.
Paramount Theatre, Convention Hall and the Asbury Park Boardwalk (Asbury Park): One of the most majestic landmarks on the Jersey Shore. Known for performances by Elton John, Frank Sinatra and the Rolling Stones, among other legends.
Mud City Crab House (Long Beach Island): There are so many fresh seafood markets with restaurants and this one makes the list! It’s a busy spot but worth the wait. Even has an outdoor patio and fresh fish market.
Cape May Lighthouse (Cape May): Visitors can climb the top of the lighthouse for beautiful views.
River Lady Cruises (Downtown Toms River): If a cruise around Toms River and the Barnaget Bay is more your speed, check out this Mississippi paddle wheel boat. You won’t be disappointed.
Lucy the Elephant (Margate): A six story, wood and tin elephant is located on the beach in Margate. Don’t miss this historic landmark.
Local farmers market and craft fairs (Downtown Toms River, Seaside Park, Belmar, Brick): We love to support local, that being said you should too! Visit local farmers markets and support local craft shows.
Silverball Retro Arcade (Asbury Park): Another fun rainy day activity is going to to the retro arcade and playing pinball machines from the 1930’s to now.
Sea Hear Now Festival (Asbury Park): Canceled last year due to COVID-19, it is back on this summer! Pearl Jam and the Smashing Pumpkins are on the line up. Don’t miss this 2-day music, surf and art festival held right on the beach in mid September.
Concerts at the Stone Pony (Asbury Park): This historic music venue is known for launching Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi.
Watermark (Asbury Park): A trip to Asbury wouldn’t be complete without stopping by for some tapas and drinks on this waterfront deck. They even have a fireplace for that cool ocean breeze.
Maruca’s Pizza (Seaside Heights): Best boardwalk slice.
Coney Waffle (Asbury Park): If you have a sweet tooth you will love this location. Visit Coney Waffle to experience dessert on another level!
Obco’s Donuts (Toms River): Homemade donuts, made fresh every morning. Obco’s is sure to impress.
Six Flags (Jackson): This amusement park has rides, a water park and a drive through safari.
Belmar Seafood Festival (Belmar): This annual seafood event is unfortunately cancelled for 2021.
Concerts on the beach (Belmar): Hosted by 90.5 the Night, Brookdale Community College Radio, these free concerts were cancelled last year. Hopefully, they’re back this year. They are usually Thursday nights and run from July-August.
Floatchella (Tices Shoal): This annual event is spread through word of mouth and social media. It’s a bit chaotic with all the floats and boats, but lots of fun and a local favorite.
Dock’s Oyster House (Atlantic City): Opened in 1897, this upscale seafood restaurant has nightly piano music.
Sunsets at Island Heights boardwalk (Island Heights): Much like a beautiful sunrise on the shore, our sunsets are just as great and Island Heights is the perfect place to catch the breathtaking show.
Paddle Boarding in the Bay (Toms River): Check out Jersey Shore Mermaids for an awesome paddle board morning experience.
Yoga on the Beach (Bayhead): Therapeutic Touch, a wellness center, offers yoga on the beach during the summer.
A day at that beach being salty whether its swimming, surfing, boogie boarding or just catching some sun! (Any Jersey Shore Beach town)
Bar Anticipation (Lake Como): This bar and grill hangout has sand volleyball and VIP cabanas.
Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (Southern NJ): An animal refuge center that protects more than 47,000 acres of land in southern NJ. Full of plenty of educational activities for children and families.
Martell’s Tiki Bar (Point Pleasant): Beachfront dance club with beautiful views of the ocean and live music.
10th ave Burrito (Belmar): Known for its feature on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives; be prepared to be addicted to arguable the best burritos on the shore.
Gillian’s Wonderland Pier (Ocean City): Ocean City is a dry town so it’s a great family get away. Plus playing boardwalk and arcade games is fun no matter how old you are.
Cedar Post Farm and Garden Market (Lakehurst): A local favorite since 1976 for fresh produce, flowers, pies and honey.
I’m so glad that I call the Jersey Shore home. After being down here for 13 years and opening Atlantic Wellness and Spine Center, I’m no longer a Benny and consider myself a local!