Update January 2013
As most readers know the Jersey Shore was devastated by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. The Hurricane Sandy relief efforts are ongoing. communities such as Belmar, Asbury Park, Point Pleasant and Seaside are doing everything they can to rebuild their boardwalks and infrastructure and to be ready to great tourist in the Summer of 2013. As these communities recover we encourage you to visit each one. Every tourist dollar spent will help to rebuild the many small businesses that characterize the Shore. The Top 10 list shown below was created pre-Sandy so do be sure to check as to what is open. As we are starting to plan our annual 2013 summer vacation to the Jersey Shore, this list reminds us of some of our most favorite Jersey Shore memories. We look forward to many more!
The Jersey Shore stretches 130 miles from Sandy Hook Gateway National Seashore, 50 miles south of New York City, to Cape May at the southern tip of the state. Each shore community has its own personality, but many offer offer sparkling clean public beaches, life guards, parking, boardwalks, beachfront restaurants, amusement rides, mini-golf and more. With so much to do, it is easy to keep teens and tweens busy while getting in a whole lot of sun and surf.
Top 10 Jersey Shore Activities with Teens and Tweens
To help you get started planning your time at the shore we will be writing about our Top 10 activities for families vacationing at the Jersey Shore with teens and tweens. Before we are done we’ll add a post with pictures and links for each. They include:
- Boogie boarding and body surfing in Belmar
- Wildwood boardwalk and doo wop motels
- The Point Pleasant Boardwalk and beach
- Sandy Hook Gateway National Seashore
- Twin Lights of the Navesink lighthouse
- Kayaking in Cape May Salt Marshes
- A rainy day in Atlantic City
- Firework cruises and speed boat rides
- A day trip to South Street Seaport in New York City
- Hikes, history and more in the county and state parks
But Wait, There’s More!
Updated September 2010: We recently returned to the shore and wanted to share a few more fun ideas!
- A day on the boardwalk at Asbury Park
- A night out with the Lakewood Blueclaws minor league baseball team
We also have a word of advice – if the lifeguards close the beaches, pay attention and follow instructions! See the power of the waves in our article Down the Shore … With Earl.
Rent and Relax
We recommend renting a house or condo within walking distance to the beach (check out sites like VRBO) and planning on staying for at least a week if not longer. It is a good idea to make sure you are renting in a town that caters to families, enforces late night quiet hours, and discourages group rentals. Towns like Seaside Heights, of MTV fame, are good for young adults looking for a lot of nightlife, but families with teens and tweens are more likely to enjoy areas such as Belmar, Ocean Grove, or Wildwood Crest. Depending on your plans, the Jersey Shore can also be a good vacation for teens and tweens to bring along friends or for families to meet up with cousins.
The Shore is so varied and there are so many things to do we haven’t gotten to them all yet! Please add comments to share your own favorite things to with teens and tweens down the shore! Our recommeded reading shown below will generate lots more ideas as well.