The Ultimate Jersey Shore Beach Guide

Need tips on what to do and see at the Jersey Shore this summer? Look no further than our incredible beach guide!

Sandy Hook
Exit N-105 | S-117

Vibe: National Recreation Area with wide sandy beaches, including Gunnison Beach, the state’s only legal nude beach. The Seastreak ferry brings visitors from New York.
Don’t Miss: The 7-mile-long Multi-Use Pathway for hiking and biking; Sandy Hook Lighthouse (which celebrated its 250th Anniversary in June 2014); historic Fort Hancock (grounds open daily, 5 am to 9 pm, from April 1 to October 31); Sandy Hook Beach Concerts (Wednesdays at 6pm); Sandy Hook Proving Ground.
Beach Fee: Free.
Parking: Daily, $15. Season, $75.

Sea Bright
Exit N-105 | S-117
Vibe: The Shore’s northernmost beach town is dominated by private oceanfront clubs, mostly rebuilt after Sandy.
Don’t Miss: Gracie & the Dudes Ice Cream Parlor; Yumi Sushi Restaurant; Bain’s Hardware Store (for sand chairs and barbecue grills); BeachWalk at Sea Bright (the former Fairbanks Motel, renovated post-Sandy); David Burke’s Drifthouse.
Beach Fee: Daily, $8; under 12, free. Season, $100; seniors (65+) and disabled, $35. Active military and families, free.
Parking: Metered parking available for $1 per hour 9 am to 9 pm, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

Monmouth Beach
Exit N-105 | S-117
Vibe: Large vacation homes look across Route 36 at the rocky seawall that kept most of them relatively safe from Hurricane Sandy.
What’s New: The 2019 line-up of shows at the Count Basie Theatre, including David Crosby and Friends (June 10); Kevin James (June 13 and 14) and Blondie (June 22).
Beach Fee: Daily, $9; under 12, free. Season, $75;
Parking: Limited on street, free. Season permit, $45. Season permit grants access to parking at main pavilion and a separate lot.

Long Branch
Exit 105
Vibe: The trendy restaurants and shops of Pier Village have enlivened this historic oceanfront resort. Families flock to Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, a public park with a mile of sandy beach.
Don’t Miss: Oceanfront dining at Avenue, McLoone’s Pier House, Sirena and Rooney’s; brunch at the Turning Point in Pier Village; hot dogs at the Windmill and Max’s Famous; cocktails at Mix Martini Lounge; the Tiki Bar at Ocean Place; Live! Summer Music Concert Series at Pier Village (starting July 8 at 7 pm); 29th Annual Oceanfest, July 4th weekend; Jazz & Blues Festival (Aug. 24th, 1 pm)
Beach Fee: Weekdays, $5; ages 14-17, $3. Weekends & holidays, $7; ages 14-17, $3. Seniors and 13 & under, free. Season, $45; students (13-17), $30. Badges only for Long Branch Municipal Beach, not Seven Presidents Park.
Parking: Metered and free on street; garages in Pier Village; Mon-Thu $15/day, Fri-Sun $25/day.

Deal
Exit N-98 | S-105
Vibe: Wealthy, insular suburb by the sea.
What’s New: The rebuilt Conover Pavilion is open to the public (daily and yearly memberships available) with lockers, showers, and a snack bar.
Don’t Miss: Shopping on Norwood Avenue; the pool at Casino Beach Club (open to public; daily and yearly memberships available).
Beach Fee: Weekdays, $8. Weekends, $10; under 12, free. Season, $150.
Parking: Free on street; lot at Conover Pavilion.

The Wonder Bar in Asbury Park remains one of the city's most popular destinations.

The Wonder Bar in Asbury Park remains one of the city’s most popular destinations. Photo by Iain Ogilvie

Asbury Park
Exit N-100A | S-102
Vibe: Music- and arts-centric town, with a love for good food, good drink and a good party.
What’s New: The eclectic music lineup at Asbury Lanes; southern cuisine at Modine; dishes made with sustainable fish at Proven Poke Co.
Don’t Miss: Jersey Gay Pride Festival (June 2); 6th Annual 5 Alarm 5k (June 11); The Stone Pony’s Summer Stage Series (June 4-August 30); Jams on the Sand Concert Series (Thursdays June 20-August 29); Asbury Park Promenade of Mermaids (June 29th); The Salvation Rooftop Bar (at The Asbury Hotel); Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten
Beach Fee: Weekdays, $5. Weekends, $7. Season, $70; teens (13-17) and seniors (62+), $20. Children under 12, active military and veterans are free.
Parking: Metered on street by the beach, parking lots with daily fees, and free parking a couple of blocks away from the beach.

Ocean Grove
Exit N-100 | S-100B
Vibe: Founded as a religious retreat, this quiet, dry town still serves a large religious community in the summers, but also attracts artsy year-round residents.
Don’t Miss: The historic tent city; Giant Spring Flea Market (June 1); Bridgefest (June 22); Independence Day Parade (July 6, 10am); Boogie Board Race at North End Beach (July 27, 1pm).
Beach Fee: Daily, $9 Weekly, $40. Season, $90; seniors, $45; juniors (12-17), $45.
Parking: Free on street.

Bradley Beach
Exit N-98 | S-100B
Vibe: Throwback town with bench-lined stone boardwalk and ornate fountains.
Don’t Miss: Annual Lobster Fest (August 31-September 1, Sat: 11am- 8pm, Sun: 11am-6pm); 5th Avenue Gazebo Line Dancing (every Tuesday in July and August, 7 pm); Citricos Mediterranean Italian Grille; Vic’s Italian for pizza; the Sandcastle Inn B&B.
Beach Fee: Daily, $9; 12 and under, free; active military, free. Season, $75; seniors (65+), $30; juniors (13-15), $25.
Parking: Metered street parking near ocean ($1.50/hr). Free parking west of the ocean.

Avon-by-the-Sea
Exit N-98 | S-100B
Vibe: Family-friendly Victorian community with ample beachfront.
Don’t Miss: Boardwalk entertainment starting in July; fishing at Shark River Inlet; the swans at Sylvan Lake; historic downtown Main Street; the Macaroon Shop; Bedrock Bistro; Boardwalk Craft Fair; and at the Avon Pavilion – breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the sand.
Beach Fee: Daily, $10; 11 & under, free. Season, $95; seniors (65+) and juniors (12-18), $50.
Parking: Free on street.

Belmar
Exit 98
Vibe: Families opt for the north end, while the younger crowd hits the south-end beaches.
Don’t Miss: The restaurant scene (Brandl, Klein’s, La Dolce Vita); alfresco dining on the 9th Avenue Pier; B&Bs (Inn at the Shore, Saltwater Inn, Tandem Bike Inn); nightlife at D’Jais; Bar A (AKA Bar Anticipation) in neighboring Lake Como; the Beach Haus Brewery; Saturday Night Movies on the Beach (every Saturday, starting July 14th on 8th Avenue Beach); Annual Sandcastle Contest (July 17); Belmar 5 Mile Run (July 13)
Beach Fee: Daily, $9; 15 & under, free. Season, $70; seniors (65+) and disabled, $30; Active military and their families, first responders, and veterans with proper ID get on to the beach for free.
Parking: Metered on street. Free parking is available on the west side of Ocean Avenue and along side streets.

Spring Lake
Exit 98
Vibe: Unhurried small town that seamlessly melds resort amenities with charming, upscale residential areas.
Don’t Miss:  Third Avenue shops; Hoffman’s Ice Cream (Spring Lake Heights); the Scone Pony; lunch on the veranda at Breakers; B&Bs, including the Ocean House and the Chateau; Whimsicality, an eclectic home goods store; Spring Lake Irish Festival (June 15); ‘Art in The Park’ at Spring Lake Divine Park, (Saturday, June 8); Spring Lake Garden Tour (June 26); Spring Lake Summer Art Walk (Saturday, July 6); Spring Lake Summer Sidewalk Sale (Saturday and Sunday, August 17-18).
Beach Fee: Daily, $10. Season, $105. Under 12, free. Late Season (August 1- Labor Day), $65.00; Seniors (65+), $75.
Parking: Free on Ocean Avenue.

Sea Girt
Exit 98
Vibe: Quiet, elegant hamlet that shuts down at midnight.
What’s New: Browse various styles of active and lifestyle apparel at Barefoot.
Don’t Miss: Sea Girt Lighthouse; Rod’s Olde Irish Tavern; the Parker House for food and drink; Joe Leone’s for Italian specialties.
Beach Fee: Daily, $10. Coupon book with 10 daily passes, $100. Season, $105; seniors (65+), $60; 12 & under, free. Active military and their families, free. Add $5 to beach badge prices if paying with credit card.
Parking: Free on street.

Manasquan
Exit N-90 | S-98
Vibe: Quaint town with a bustling business district and quiet boardwalk.
Don’t Miss: Squan Tavern; Max DevrosRemington’s; Leggett’s; Carlson’s Corner; burgers at the Reef & Barrel; the beachfront nightclub Osprey; sailing along the Manasquan River, Point Pleasant Canal and Barnegat Bay on the River Belle; Surfboard Art Contest (July 15-20). Summer Festival (July 20).
Beach Fee: Daily, $9 (12+). Weekly (Sat-Fri), $40. Season, $80 (17+); juniors (12-16), $35; seniors (65+), $25.
Parking: Free on street. Daily weekday, $7; daily weekend, $12. Season parking, $85.

Thrill-seekers get into the swing of things on the Samba Balloons at Jenkinson's South Amusement Park in Point Pleasant Beach.

Thrill-seekers get into the swing of things on the Samba Balloons at Jenkinson’s South Amusement Park in Point Pleasant Beach. Photo by Laura Moss

Point Pleasant Beach
Exit N-90 | S-98
Vibe: Family-friendly destination, with lively boardwalk amusement rides, arcades, mini-golf and ample ice cream joints.
Don’t Miss: Jenkinson’s Aquarium (Kiddie Beach Shows every Monday in July and August, Fireworks at Dark every Thursday in July and August, Movies on the Beach every Friday in July and August); Jake’s Crab House; Martell’s Lobster House; Hoffman’s Ice Cream; Patio Bar at Jack Baker’s Wharfside. Martell’s Tiki Bar is a popular beachfront spot for drinks.
Beach Fee: Jenkinson’s North and South Beaches: Daily, $9; kids 5-11, $2.50. Weekends and holidays, $10. Season, $90 full, $65 half; ages 5-11, $45 full, $35 half; seniors, $65. (Seasonal rates include beach and boathouse facilities. Beach chairs and umbrellas available for rental); Martell’s Beach: Daily, $25. Season, $125.
Parking: Free or metered, on street and in private lots.

Bay Head
Exit N-90 | S-98
Vibe: With no public restrooms on the beach, upscale Bay Head is predominantly a destination for homeowners and seasonal renters.
Don’t Miss: Try out the local favorites like Mueller’s Bakery, Charlie’s of Bay Head, the Jolly Tar, or Dune Grass Café. Artist sisters Alexandra Vaga Fallon and Maie Vaga-Webb have opened up two must-visit stores; Source and Tradition features handcrafted pottery made by Alexandra and local artists; Noon Design Shop sells slickly designed home goods (stores are adjacent to one another on 524 Lake Avenue).
Beach Fee: Daily, $8; 12 and under, free. Season (before June 14), $80.
Parking: Limited on street, free.

Mantoloking
Exit N-82 | S-98
Vibe: Wealthy residential community that has seen increased development of larger properties with oceanfront views in the years since Superstorm Sandy.
Beach Fee: Daily, $8; 11 and under, free. Season, $85. Military personnel are entitled to free badges.
Parking: Four-hour limit street parking, free.

Dover Beaches North
Exit N-82 | S-98
Vibe: A narrow stretch along Route 35 (mostly part of Toms River) that includes the Ocean Beaches, Chadwick Beach, Chadwick Island, Seacrest Beach, Monterey Beach, Silver Beach, Normandy Shores and half of Normandy Beach.
Beach Fee: Varies from beach to beach.
Parking: Limited free on street.

Lavallette
Exit 82
Vibe: Lavallette is the quintessentially quiet Shore town, with a yacht club, shops and restaurants.
Don’t Miss: Ohana Grill, Polynesian-Japanese fusion cuisine with a dash of American ambience; William Kemble Lifeguard Tournament (July 9, 6pm); Kick Off to Summer Food Truck Festival (June 22); Movies on the Bay Gazebo (every Tuesday from July 9 to August 20); Lavallette Cancer Walk (Aug 4, 8:30am); Lavallette Founders Day with local vendors, live music and activities for kids (September 7).
Beach Fee: Daily, $10; under 12, free. Weekly, $30. Season, $50 ($40 before June 1); seniors (65+), disabled, active military or veterans, $15.
Parking: Season, $10; limited street parking, free.

Ortley Beach
Exit 82
Vibe: A summer retreat for families who bike to the beach and keep coming back, year after year. Sandy left significant damage. Reconstruction is ongoing.
Don’t miss: The cluster of restaurants on Route 35, including Barnacle Bill’s, Papa Grande Grill, Sunny Hunny by the Sea (for pancakes) and Rockafella’s by the Sea.
Beach Fee: Daily, $7 on weekdays; $8 on weekends and holidays. Weekly, $25. Seasonal, $35. Lifetime senior badges (65+), $15.
Parking: Limited street parking along the boardwalk, free. Public pay-to-park lots at the end of 3rd Avenue and between 6th and 7th Avenues in front of the Surf Club.

Seaside Heights
Exit 82
Vibe: Family-friendly arcades meet youth-oriented nightlife scene.
What’s New: The Centrifuge ride returns to Seaside Heights’ Casino Pier.
Don’t Miss: Casino Pier’s ferris wheel and roller coaster, Hydrus; Arts and Crafts on the Boardwalk (June 8); Fourth of July Fireworks (July 4); Movies on the Beach (Sundays in July and August); Drive-In Movies (Every other Friday in July and August).
Beach Fee: Daily, $8; Weekends and holidays, $8; 11 and under, free. Season, $60 (after May 15th); seniors (65+) season pass, $10. Active military and veterans, free. Bay Beach is free everyday.
Parking: Metered and private lots. Meters range from $1-$2/hour depending on the location.

Seaside Park
Exit 82
Vibe: A close neighbor to Seaside Heights.
Don’t Miss: Farmer’s Market all summer long (May 24 – September 6) on J Street and Central Avenue (Mondays and Fridays, 10 am-3 pm).
Beach Fee: Daily, $10; under 11, free. Weekly, $35. Season, $60 ($55 before June 14); seniors (65+), $20.
Parking: Municipal lots with park-and-pay kiosks along Ocean Avenue; free parking along side streets.

Island Beach State Park
Exit 82
Vibe: This narrow finger between the Atlantic and Barnegat Bay is one of Jersey’s last stretches of untouched oceanfront. The place to go for nature and solitude.
Don’t Miss: 10 miles of undeveloped beachfront, bike paths and fishing; guided kayak and nature tours.
Beach Fee: Free, entrance is charged per vehicle from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Parking: NJ Residents: $6 on weekdays, $10 on weekends and holidays, $5 motorcycles. Non-residents: $12 on weekdays, $20 on weekends and holidays, $7 motorcycles. Walk-in entrance at Fisherman’s Walkway, $3.

The rooftop bar at Daddy O, one of LBI's choice accommodations.

The rooftop bar at Daddy O, one of LBI’s choice accommodations. Photo by Matthew Wright


Long Beach Island

Exit 63
Barnegat Light
Don’t Miss: Barnegat Lighthouse; Mustache Bill’s Diner; Viking Village; the Daymark Bar & Restaurant for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch; the Blessing of the Fleet (June 16).
Beach Fee: Daily, $5. Weekly, $22. Season, $40 ($30 before June 5); seniors (65+), $12. 11 & under, free. Heads up—there’s a $1 surcharge for badges purchased on the beach.
Parking: Free.

Harvey Cedars
Don’t Miss: Plantation RestaurantBlack Eyed Susans; Craft Day by the Bay (July 6); 32nd Annual Art Festival (July 21); Blue Claw Craft Show (August 17); Wednesday night live music in Sunset Park (July 10-August 14).
Beach Fee: Daily, $7. Weekly, $20. Season, $40 ($30 before June 15); seniors (65+), $9. 11 & under, free.
Parking: Free.

Surf City
Don’t Miss: Surf City Island Golf, Yellow Fin restaurant; Surf City Farmer’s Market (Mondays June 24 – August 26; 9am at the Surf City Volunteer Fire House; the gallery scene at M.T. Burton and Solace studios.
Beach Fee: Daily, $8. Weekly, $20. Season, $40 ($30 before May 31). Seniors (65+), free. 11 & under, free. 
Parking:
Free.

Ship Bottom
Don’t Miss: The Arlington, a gastropub with an extensive craft beer list; Crabby Paddy’s; free concerts by the bayfront in Waterfront Park (July 11-25); Original Ron Jon Surf Shop; and the 19th Annual Classic Car Show at 10th St and Shore Ave (July 27).
Beach Fee: Daily, $10. Weekly, $25. Season, $45 ($35 before May 31); seniors, $10. 11 & under, free.
Parking: Free.

Long Beach Township
Don’t Miss: Daddy O (Brant Beach); Free concert series in Bayview Park (June 24-August 27: Monday and Tuesday nights); Lighthouse International Film Festival (June 6-9); Baymen’s Seafood & Music Festival, located at Tuckerton Seaport (across the bay from LBI) (June 22); TRUCKerton with a Side of Bacon, located at Tuckerton Seaport (July 6-7).
Beach Fee: Daily, $7. Weekly, $20. Season, $40 ($30 before June 15); seniors, $5. 11 & under, free
Parking: Free.

Beach Haven
Don’t Miss: Shore Good Donuts, made-to-order delectable donuts; Fantasy Island; Thundering Surf Water Park; Chicken or the Egg; Tuckers Tavern, a seafood-infused gastropub; romantic dining at the Gables; the Ship Bottom Brewery tasting room; the tiki bar at The Sea SellParker’s Garage & Oyster Saloon; cheesesteaks at Barry’s Do Me a Flavor; Museum of NJ Maritime History; Hop Sauce Festival (June 1).
Beach Fee: Daily, $5. Weekly, $20. Season, $40 ($30 pre-season). Seniors (65+), free. 12 & under, free.
Parking: Free.

Brigantine
Exit 38B
Vibe: Family-friendly community with plenty of seasonal homeowners.
Don’t Miss: Marine Mammal Stranding Center; Laguna Grill & Martini Bar; Tai Chi/Qigong Classes (Wednesdays during July & August); Annual Brigantine Beach Luau (July 25); Sand Castle Contest (August 3).
Beach Fee: Daily, $10. Weekly, $15. Season, $20 ($15 before June 1); seniors (60-64), $20 ($8 before June 1). Seniors (65+), free. 12 & under, free. Veterans, free. Active military, four free passes.
Parking: Parking permits for municipal parking lots can be purchased for $25/seasonal or $8/daily; Limited free parking.

The casinos tower over the beach in Atlantic City.

The casinos tower over the beach in Atlantic City. Photo by Sam Rosenblatt


Atlantic City

Exit 38B
Vibe: What happens in AC stays in AC.
What’s New: The renovated Sea Spa at the Tropicana. The Arena Football League (AFL) also welcomes its newest franchise in Atlantic City: the Atlantic City Blackjacks! Their June schedule includes face-offs against the Baltimore Brigade (June 1), the Columbus Destroyers (June 7), the Albany Empire (June 22) and the Washington Valor (June 29).
Don’t Miss: The casinos (of course); shopping and dining at The Playground at Caesars; classic restaurants (Knife & Fork Inn, Chef Vola’s, Harry’s Oyster Bar); the Pool at Harrah’s; the Atlantic City Airshow (August 21); and the Atlantic City 3-Day Caribbean Music Festival (June 12-14).
Beach Fee: Free.
Parking: Metered. Private lots and casino parking roughly $5 on weekdays, $10 on holidays and weekends.

Ventnor
Exit 36
Vibe: Resort community at the southern end of the Atlantic City Boardwalk.
Don’t Miss: The Fishing Pier; Community Yard Sale (June 22-23); Ventnor Summer Free Concert Series (May 27 – September 2); Good Eats Food Truck Festival (June 16).
Beach Fee: Weekly, $10. Season, $15 ($7 before June 1); seniors, $3.50; under 12, free.
Parking: Metered and free.

Margate
Exit 36
Vibe: Year-round home of Lucy the Elephant, the Shore’s most beloved icon.
Don’t Miss: Lucy! Yes, you can actually tour the insides of this six-story-tall wooden elephant; Beachstock (June 29); Margate Free Beach Day (Every Thursday in July and August); and Thrilling Thursdays every week (July 4-29).
Beach Fee: Season $15 ($7 before June 1st).
Parking: Metered parking and street parking closer to beach.

Longport
Exit 36
Vibe: Upscale community at southern tip of Atlantic City’s Absecon Island.
Don’t Miss: Enjoy the sunrise and sunset on the beautiful, quiet beach; an extensive wine list at Catch Restaurant & Bar; Longport Historical Society Museum; Caffe Luciano.
Beach Fee: Season: regular, $30 ($15 before June 15); seniors (65+), $10 ($5 before June 15); 12 & under, free.
Parking: Limited free.

Ocean City
Exit N-25 | S-30
Vibe: Surf’s up in this dry town that’s hopping during the summer months—especially on the busy boardwalk.
What’s New: Four new rides at Playland’s Castaway Cove — The Double Shot, The Matterhorn, Squadron 66, and the new 3-lane Super Slide.
Don’t Miss: Gillian’s Wonderland Pier and Island Waterpark; Playland’s Castaway Cove; OC Water Park; pizza at Manco & Manco; hoagies at Voltaco’s; Miss NJ Parade and Pageant (June 15); 65th Annual Night in Venice Boat Parade (July 13); 110th Annual Baby Parade (August 8).
Beach Fee: Daily, $5. Weekly, $10. Season, $25 ($20 before June 1); 12 & under, free.
Parking: Limited free street parking, pay-to-park lot.

Strathmere
Exit N-13 | S-25
Vibe: Sssshhh. This secluded beach is the Shore’s best-kept secret.
Don’t Miss: Whale Beach; Old Shack Ice Cream; Twisties Tavern on the Bay (said to be a one-time speakeasy); and the Deauville Inn.
Beach Fee: Free.
Parking: Free.

Sea Isle City
Exit N-13 | S-17
Vibe: Tight-knit town with lots of bars and a youngish crowd.
Don’t Miss: Mike’s Seafood & Dock Raw Bar in historic Fish Alley; Henri’s Bar; Sea Isle City Historical Museum; Irish/Italian Festival (June 1); free concerts on Saturday nights (June 29-August 31); Skimmer Antique Auto Show & Parade (June 16); Junior Olympics (July 4); Sea Isle Wiffle Classic (August 10).
Beach Fee:  Daily, $5. Weekly, $10. Season, $25 ($20 before May 15); Wednesdays are free.
Parking: Metered lots at 125 JFK Blvd; 40th St & Central Ave; 42nd Pl & the Bay; 45th St & Landis Ave; 48th St & Central Ave; and 94th St & Landis Ave. Free parking on street.

Avalon
Exit 13
Vibe: Sophisticated seaside enclave with large, secluded oceanfront homes.
Don’t Miss: The dolphins at the 8th Street jetty during high tide; fine dining at the Diving Horse; Avalon’s Beach Movies (Tuesday nights free from June 25-August 27); Dune Drive for shopping; Avalon Garden Club Flower Show (June 8); Avalon Freeze, a retro-style ice cream hut; Festival of Lights Boat Parade (August 17).
Beach Fee: Daily, $6. Weekly, $12. Season, $28 ($23 before May 31). 11 & under, free. Tags accepted in Stone Harbor.
Parking: Free throughout Avalon.

The Water Star Grille at the Reeds in Stone Harbor.

The Water Star Grille at the Reeds in Stone Harbor. Photo by Marc Steiner


Stone Harbor

Exit 10
Vibe: Lively downtown shopping and dining scenes add to the summer fun.
What’s New: The new Salt Spa at The Reeds at Shelter Haven.
Don’t Miss: Wetlands Institute; Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary; 96th Street for shopping; waterfront dining at Water Star Grille; Quahog’s Seafood Shack; family-friendly dining at Fred’s Tavern; Springer’s for ice cream (be prepared to wait on summer weekends); Stone Harbor’s Annual Pickleball Tournaments (June 22-23); 7 Mile Island Restaurant Week (June 2-9); Crabulous Crab Day (July 19); 57th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival (August 3-4).
Beach Fee: Daily, $6. Weekly, $12. Season, $28 ($23 before May 31). 11 & under, free. Tags accepted in Avalon.
Parking: Metered on street. Daily lot at 95th street and the Beach; seasonal permit: $225.

The Wildwoods
Exit N-4 | S-6
Vibe: Retro fun for the whole family.
What’s New: Two new family-fun attractions – The Runaway Tram Coaster and the Flying Hatchets!
Don’t Miss: Morey’s Piers and Waterparks; Splash Zone Water Park; Hereford Inlet Lighthouse; the Doo Wop Experience Museum; Mud Hen Brewing Company; Country Band Concert Weekend (June 1-2); 80’s Dance Band Concert Weekend (July 6-7); Barber Battle by the Beach (July 21) Jazz and Wine Festival (August 10-11).
Beach Fee: Free.
Parking: Metered on street.

Cape May
Exit 0
Vibe: Historic resort town with something for everyone—especially if you love the Victorian ambiance.
What’s New: Cape May’s Boarding House, NJ’s New Surf-Chic lodging experience, is now taking reservations!
Don’t Miss: Shopping on the Washington Street Mall; the fine-dining scene (Union Park, the Ebbitt Room, the Washington Inn, Peter Shields Restaurant & Inn); cocktails at the Blue Pig Tavern; a cold one at the Rusty Nail; lunch at Beach Plum Farm; sunsets at Sunset Beach (where else?); the bird observatory; Emlen Physick Estate; Cape May County Zoo; Cape May Brewery; Strawberry Festival (June 1);  Cape May Music Festival (May 26-June 14); Cape May Hops Festival: Blues & BBQ (June 22); Annual Baby Parade at Cape May Convention Hall (August 2); Craft Beer & Crab Festival (August 3); the state’s most memorable assortment of B&Bs.
Beach Fee: Daily, $6. Three-day, $12. Weekly, $18. Season, $28. Active military and their families, free.
Parking: Metered on street.

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