Summer Beach Fun in New Jersey

With the hottest months quickly approaching, New Jersey's shore towns are happily welcoming beachgoers from near and far.


In Avalon, the fine-dining BYOB Café Loren opened its doors for its 36th year of serving residents and visitors. Moran's Dockside is renting out kayaks through Labor Day, both hourly and by the day, and Buccaneer Ice Cream and Candies recently reopened for the summer season, bringing back popular flavors such as pirate praline, cookies and cream, butter pecan and birthday cake.

In Sea Isle CityLarsen's Marina, which offers boat rentals and also houses a café, opened for the season in May. Housed in a beautiful Victorian-style building just one block from the beach and boardwalk, The Colonnade Inn invites guests to explore its Victorian style interior spaces, which boast beautiful woodwork and eclectic charm, and relax on its giant wrap around porch.

In nearby Cape May, the professional equity theatre Cape May Stage celebrates its 26th season this year and will perform The Mountain Top and Moon Over Buffalo in the coming months. The Cape May County Zoo welcomed a baby giraffe in fall 2013, the first born in the facility in twelve years, and visitors can see the calf this summer. Meanwhile, inside the historic Caroll Villa Hotel, The Mad Batter restaurant serves up live music seven nights a week and features a number of different exhibits to browse.