We all know that Monmouth & Ocean Counties is the best place to visit, work and play all year long. We also have the best attractions for families. Both counties are located in the northern part of the Jersey Shore, closest to New York City , Philadelphia and Canada. It is the prime Jersey Shore destination close to home. We have something for everyone but we are most proud of our year round culture, music and history. Through an independent survey we give you the top attractions, in no particular order. Visit the Jersey Shore, laugh, smile and create lasting memories one trip at a time.
I Play America New Jersey’s Premier Indoor Theme Park
Fun Time America located in Freehold is the perfect place to bring your kids or book their next birthday party. With a wide range of fun activities including arts and crafts, indoor rides, laser tag, and even indoor go carts, this venue is a fun time for all. For more information about hours of operation or to book your child’s next party, call (732) 577-8200 or visit their website at www.iplayamerica.com
Six Flags Great Adventure is an amusement park located in Jackson, New Jersey, owned by Six Flags Entertainment Corp. Situated between New York City and Philadelphia, the park complex also contains the Hurricane Harbor water park.
On August 30, 2012, Six Flags combined its 160-acre Great Adventure Park with its 350-acre Wild Safari animal park to form the 510-acre Great Adventure & Safari park, making it the largest theme park in the world.
The premises of the park have been used for concerts. Notable artists that have performed at Six Flags Great Adventure include The Ramones, The Beach Boys, Heart, Kansas, Cheap Trick, Joan Jett, Big Time Rush and Alice Cooper.
This is one of the best attractions on the Jersey Shore according to many visitors and it’s tiume for you to find out for yourself. Check them out on the web at https://www.sixflags.com/greatadventure
The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ is the perfect night out for music lovers. Friends and couples can grab a drink and enjoy a night of music, fun and dancing at one of the best venues in Monmouth County. For more information about concerts and ticket prices, call (732) 502-0600 or check out their website at http://www.stoneponyonline.com/
Keansburg Amusement Park is a family fun amusement park. Geared towards the younger crowd this park is a great day away. Fantastically fun times, games of chance, and a family-friendly atmosphere are closer to home than you think. For decades, Keansburg Amusement Park has been supplying the carefree summertime fun in the sun we all yearn for. Come experience it for yourself! If you need a little cooling off try Runaway Rapids, located directly across the street from the amusement park. Take a ride down a slide or just a relaxing trip in the lazy river. Call today for more information 732-495-1400 or check them out on the web at http://keansburgamusementpark.com/
Atlantic Farms in Manasquan, NJ is the perfect place for you and yours to spend a day in the fresh air. With a wide variety of activities, which include picking your own fruits and vegetables, a petting zoo, a corn maze and a hayride, families and friends are sure to have a fantastic time. For more information, call (732) 528-8680.
Families and friends can enjoy the beach and a very unique Jersey Shore Experience with an authentic boardwalk with ice cream, funnel cake, miniature golf, games and so much more. Home to the famous Jenkinson’s Boardwalk Bar and Grill the well know Jenkinson’s Aquarium still enjoy a unique way to cool off at the shore and play mini golf at Asbury Splash Park. For only $14, this water park is sure to be a great time.
To learn more about how you can take part, call 732-897-6538 or visit their website at http://www.jenkinsons.com. New this year, online ordering of your favorite salt water taffy and sweets from Jenkinson’s Sweet Shop. Stop up for the holidays and order today.
Welcome to the fabulous Jersey shore and Belmar Parasail. Belmar Parasail is a family owned and operated business. Come join us 500 feet above the Atlantic Ocean for the 2015 summer season. Enjoy the views of your favorite beaches and wave to your friends below as you check out schools of sealife.
Take off from the back of our 31 foot parasail boat’s flight deck and get ready for the ride of your life. You can choose to be gently dipped a little or a lot in the ocean water and land on the back of the boat just as gently as you took off.
Our experienced crew is certified drug-free and have flown folks of ALL ages safely. You can fly solo or with a friend. Bring the whole family and enjoy the Jersey Shore from a whole new view. We look forward to seeing you, come join us.
For about $75 per person at Belmar Parasail, you can soar through the sky 500 feet in the air and enjoy the beautiful landscape of the Monmouth County and the Atlantic Ocean. Open daily from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., you can call (732) 681-8359 or visit their website at http://www.belmarparasail.com/ for more information about how you can bookBoardwalk Bar and Jrill
Come enjoy Jr’s Ocean Bar and Grill, a classic of seaside heights bars, located in the middle of the historic Seaside Heights, NJ boardwalk. We feature daily drink and food specials all year long. Take a break from the Boardwalk and Ocean and come relax with us!
Jr’s Ocean Bar and Grill is the perfect destination when visiting Seaside Heights! Enjoy a signature cocktail or ice cold draught beer serviced by our top notch bar staff by day! Every night Jr’s comes out to play. Our non-stop nightlife will keep you coming back!
On the boardwalk side of Jr’s is the world famous Maruca’s Pizza or tomato Pie as they call it. It’s a boardwalk legend. Maruca’s Tomato Pies Proudly offers their classic cheese and sauce swirled pizzas and more! For more check them out on the web at http://www.jrsoceanbarandgrill.com/
Join Captain Lance and his family aboard The River Lady, a 150 passenger, 85′ authentic reproduction of a paddle wheel riverboat. The River Lady splendidly captures the ambiance of a 19th century Mississippi Paddleboat. Located in Toms River, it is a great opportunity to see the sights from the water and enjoy a great meal with family or friends.
The interior design of the lower deck is of the Victorian style. The deck is completely enclosed and is climate controlled for year-round comfort. The upper deck offers awesome views and is the perfect atmosphere for outdoor waterside dining. This deck is covered and can be enclosed with translucent weather panels should the need arise. For more information call today at 732- 349-8664 or check out more info on the web at : http://riverlady.com/
Classic Boat Tour
With Classic Boat Tours in Highlands, NJ you can book your next event on the water.
|Classic Boat Rides offers Private Charters for Sight Sea-ing, Weddings, Eco Tours, Sunset Cruises, Dock and Dine, Birthdays, Office Parties, and more. They cruise the Two Rivers (Navesink and Shrewsbury) and Sandy Hook Bay. The MARINER is also available for Statue of Liberty and Light House cruises.
Our Mansion Tour of the Navesink offers stunning views of the majestic homes of the rich and famous, including the Bon Jovi estate.
Our Sandy Hook Bay Tour offers a refreshing bay cruise with an up-close look at Fort Hancock and Officers Row on Sandy Hook. Plus the Sandy Hook Light house from the bay side. This tour presents the most stunning sunsets over the bay.
For a combination of both tours ask Capt. Dan about the special 3 hour private charter tour price. We will cruise out of Atlantic Highlands Harbor, up the Shrewbury and Navesink Rivers to Red Bank’s Marine Park, then we head out into the bay to watch the sunset over the Sandy Hook bay. Charters aboard the MARINER may include NYC Harbor tours if desired and weather permits
The Mariner can carry 40 passengers comfortably. She is equipped with a FULL SERVICE BAR for adult beverages and soft drinks. Catering is also available.
For more information about rates and booking, call (732) 337-9292 or visit their website at http://www.classicboatrides.com
Family and friends can take scuba lessons, swim lessons, and even book parties at the indoor pool at Dosils in Middletown, NJ. Open daily, you can find out more by calling (732) 787-0508 or check out their website at http://www.dosils.com/
At Freehold Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ, you and yours can enjoy a night at the racetrack. With live races held weekly this is sure to be an exciting evening out. For more information and even to book your next event, visit their website at http://www.etownraceway.com/ or call (732) 446-7800.
Monmouth Park Racetrack is an American race track for thoroughbred horse racing in Oceanport, New Jersey, United States. Home to the famous Haskell Monmouth Park is a great way to spend a day out with the family without breaking the bank. Monmouth Park also is home to the new Miniature Golf Course, so take a minute and check all they have to offer. Call 732-222-5100 or look them up on the web at www.monmouthpark.com
The Two River Theater is located on the west side of Red Bank, A great town voted one of the best small towns in America. The Two River Theater creates great American theater by developing and producing new works and world masterpieces that most richly direct our gaze to the life of the human spirit. We cultivate an audience that cherishes the intimate joy of theater, enriched when shared by a community of others.Two River Theater is easily accessible by car, train, or bus, with great restaurants, shopping and hotels within walking distance of the theater. For more information, call 732.345.1400. Visit them on the web at Two River Theater Website
Popcorn Park Zoo is a small 7-acre (2.8 ha) zoo located in Forked River, New Jersey, within Lacey Township. According to the Associated Humane Societies, the zoo is “a sanctuary for abandoned, injured, ill, exploited, abused or elderly wildlife, exotic and farm animals, and birds.” The zoo has programs to educate visitors about animals and their environments and offers hundreds of rescued dogs and cats for adoption. Call today to check out the summer and fall activities 609-693-1900 or visit them on the web at POPCORN ZOO
Time is running out to join the big crowds and the BlueClaws in their 2015 Summer of Fun at FirstEnergy Park. The 2015 season, the BlueClaws’ 15th season, concludes on Monday, September 7th.
There are three fireworks shows left this year: August 28th (presented by Harrogate), September 4th (presented by New Jersey Natural Gas) and September 6th (presented by Oliverie Funeral Home).
In addition, the BlueClaws are hosting a special Extravaganza of Fun at the game on Saturday, September 5th. The gates will open at 3:30 pm and include free inflatable rides, cotton candy, and water ice plus a pre-game team autograph signing. There will be live music plus college football on the all-new, 1,859 square-foot video board before the 7:05 pm BlueClaws game. From 6 pm until the end of the seventh inning, there will be dollar beer and soda in the Coors Light WRAT Trap. Then after the game, fans can sleep over on the field (to register for Buster’s Sleepover Bonanza, call Kyle Volp at 732-901-7000 ext 142). For more on the Extravaganza of Fun, click here.
The BlueClaws will also Celebrate the Garden State at their game on Thursday, August 27th. The night includes a special New Jersey, Jersey auction, a Salute to Pork Roll, jug-handles on the concourse preventing left turns, and much more.
Tickets to all remaining BlueClaws home games are available by calling 732-901-7000 option 2 or online at BlueClaws.com.
See Bugs Like You Have Never Seen Before!
Insectropolis is a fun and unique insect learning center that dazzles visitors of all ages. Located right in Toms River NJ. There is plenty to see and do here! Set within the architecture of a bug-themed city, our creative displays entertain guests as they learn about these fascinating creatures.
View thousands of beautiful and bizarre exotic insects from all over the world. Play bug games on our touch-screen computers. Pretend you are a termite as you crawl through our mudtube. Watch ants forage for food and build tunnels in our live ant nest. Safely get up close to our observation hive and see our busy bees. Or spy on our many other live insects. Of course, your visit is not complete unless you touch a bug! Touch a live tarantula, scorpion, millipede, and a hissing cockroach before you leave. Whether you are a bug enthusiast or just a curious visitor, Insectropolis has over a dozen exhibit areas that are sure to educate and entertain. For more information call 732-349-7090 or visit them on the web at http://www.insectropolis.com/
Come sail with Jersey Shore Pirates as we bring the most unique form of family entertainment to the NJ Shore area. Bring your young pirates aboard the Sea Gypsy for a swashbuckling Pirate Adventure on the Metedeconk River in Brick NJ. A perfect adventure for families of all sizes! This year they added a Pirate Themed Birthday party room and tons of fun things to make the day magical.
For more information on the Jersey Shore Pirates call today or check them out on the web http://www.jerseyshorepirates.com/
Casino Pier Amusement Park & Breakwater Beach is located right in the heart of the action in Seaside Heights. Breakwater Beach is a state-of-the-art water park with one of the largest interactive play area on the North Atlantic Coast. The renovation of “Jenkinson’s Breakwater Beach Waterpark at Casino Pier” (Formally Water Works) offers our customers a fun and exciting family attraction.
Starting with our Toddler Area, it is ideal for the smallest member of any family. With safe, soft play throughout, your little one will slide and have a splashtacular good time.
Casino Pier welcomes children, families, thrill-seekers, and boardwalk pleasure admirers. Stroll through the variety of rides our amusement park offers situated on a classic Jersey Shore pier, extending into the heart of the Atlantic Ocean. Whether you are looking to take your family to experience the rides for the first time or you are a returning visitor, with plenty of rides, cool ocean breezes, and a spectacular view, the Casino Pier amusement park has something for everyone!
The Casino Arcade is jam packed with all of the latest video & redemption games of chance, along with all of the classic slot machines, skee ball and pin ball games. No matter what your age, you will appreciate the variety of games in our arcade. You can
win tickets that are redeemable for great prizes, take a ride on our antique carousel or compete against each other in one on our numerous racing video games.
For more information call Casino Pier and Breakwater Beach at 732-793-6488 or visit them on the web at www.casinopiernj.com
At 266 feet, this overlook in Atlantic Highlands sits on the highest natural elevation on the Atlantic seaboard (excluding islands) from Maine to the Yucatan providing beautiful views of Sandy Hook, Sandy Hook Bay, Raritan Bay and the New York skyline. This 12-acre site is also home to Monmouth County’s 9/11 Memorial. It is located at 460 Ocean Boulevard, Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716 or you can call 732-872-0336 – the Ranger Station.
While in the area we also highlight for you Sandy Hook National Recreation Area
Gateway National Recreation Area: Many Places, One Park
Summer is here and there are lots of things to do at Gateway. Check out the listings and program guides posted below. Please do not swim when the lifeguards are not on duty. Find Your Park and have fun !
Sandy Hook Summer Guide
The seven-mile stretch of spectacular ocean and bay beaches are excellent for surf casting, swimming, and relaxing on the sand. Nature lovers will revel in the 300 – plus species of migratory birds, as well as the pristine holly forest. The Sandy Hook / Highlands area remain a favorite Jersey Shore getaway for Manhattanizes due to the convenience of a forty-minute ferry ride from the Wall Street area. Come to Sandy Hook to spend the day enjoying the ocean and basking in the sun, top it off with a wonderful seafood dinner and cocktails in Highlands!
If you’re coming down for the weekend or just an overnight check out some special rates at the one of the Hotels Unlimited properties. They offer a special CVB rate so ask for it! They also sponsor this blog. Some on down this fall and make a long weekend out of it. The Jersey Shore Is More Than Just The Shore!
For more information on the Jersey Shore, Jersey Shore Amusements, Jersey Shore Beaches, Jersey Shore Festivals, Weddings at the shore, parties, beaches, fireworks at the shore, rainy day activities, bonfires at the beach, New Jersey Tourism or maybe you just want to call and remind us how beautiful the Jersey Shore really is, visit us on the web at http://www.visitthejerseyshore.com or call Robert Hilton Executive Director of the Jersey Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau at 732-244-9283. Come for the beaches and stay for the History, Art and Culture.