The Jersey Shore Gears up for Tourists
Lined with over 40 beach communities, The Jersey Shore is the happening, summer hot spot for tourists near and far. Not just a summer sand box, the Shore offers a variety activities for everyone including Six Flags Great Adventure and the Keansburg Amusement Park, Gateway National Park, the Monmouth Park Racetrack, the shops at Pier Village in Long Branch, the casinos in Atlantic City and the well known nightlife of Red Bank.
Known for its beaches, New Jersey features 127 miles of Atlantic Ocean coastline with over 60 designated beaches. With so many options, it can be difficult to decide where to go first! If you’re looking for that perfect quaint town head to Cape May, home to beautiful Victorian homes that sit along the pristine shoreline. Spring Lake is a quieter beach with a two-mile stretch of sand that hosts the largest non-commercial boardwalk in New Jersey. If you are looking for more family fun, Seaside Heights is famous for its beachside amusement park and colorful entertainment. For a more peaceful beach experience, check out Asbury Park, the beach where Bruce Springsteen started his career. For a full list of beaches visit http://www.visitnj.org/all-beaches.
Beyond the beach activities, New Jersey gears up for the tourist season by offering events all summer long. Jenkinson’s Boardwalk on Point Pleasant’s Beach hosts a free Fireworks at Dark show every Thursday night throughout the summer. Starting June 26, the spectacular show can be caught from 9-10PM. For more information visit http://www.jenkinsons.com/events.
The Shore is also home to food events galore. The New Jersey Seafood Festival is a popular food celebration every June in Belmar. More than 40 restaurants and vendors participate offering an array of fresh seafood, a wine tent, live music and activities for the kids. For more information visit http://www.belmarseafoodfestival.com. If BBQ is more your thing, check out the New Jersey State BBQ Championship, hosted in North Wildwood July 11 – 13. The event coincides with the Anglesea Blues Festival and draws grill masters from up and down the east coast to cook up tasty meats and compete for prizes. Food vendors and live music make this festival a must do. Whether you are visiting for a weekend or the entire summer, the New Jersey Shore has something to offer everyone!