Looking back over the photos from our most recent family vacation visit to the Jersey Shore, we continue to be thrilled at how well the area is doing as it recovers from Super Storm Sandy. For Photo Friday we wanted to share a few of our favorite Jersey Shore boardwalk and beach images from summer 2013. Walking the beachfront in Belmar, NJ Enjoying classic boardwalk food – fries, ice cream and candy.. did we miss anything? Playing all those classic arcade games – skee-bowl is a favorite! A visit to the recently re-opened Jenkinson’s aquarium – love those penguins. And any excuse for fireworks! Hope to see you all at the Jersey Shore real soon! In the meantime, you can find links to lots of great family travel photos from around [...]
Although we have made annual family visits to the Jersey Shore for the last 20 years, we still keep finding new things to do on our family vacations. This year we discovered a Ground Round Sports Grille and Bowling Alley in Bradley Beach, the Silver Ball Pinball Museum in Asbury Park and the 9th Avenue Pier waterfront outdoor restaurant and mini-golf in Belmar. Also discovered on the Asbury Park boardwalk, the Asbury Splash Park and Asbury Eighteen mini-golf which are perfect for families with younger kids. All these activities offer a nice break from the beach. The 9th Avenue Pier opened last year at the Belmar Marina and has been an instant hit offering a beautiful waterfront outdoor setting with bands and a menu that features Mexican, burgers, salads and seafood. Food orders are made at the [...]
Having just returned from a week at the Jersey Shore visiting some of the beaches and boardwalks hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy along the coast between Sea Bright and Point Pleasant, we can confirm that the Jersey Shore is very much back in business for the summer of 2013. While the recovery effort is ongoing, everywhere we visited found businesses, beaches and boardwalks open and well stocked. Here are some of our favorite images of the Restored Jersey Shore starting with a view of the beach in Belmar, NJ. Post-Sandy, beach sand was found covering streets and lawns as much as 8 blocks away from the beach. Businesses located across the street had more than two feet of sand covering their floors. Throughout the winter the town plowed, shifted, cleaned and reclaimed [...]
The Jersey Shore is coming back. After taking a pounding from Hurricane Sandy, the New Jersey Shore’s barrier islands and beach towns have been quickly reopening year-round businesses and are pulling out all the stops to make sure the boardwalks, arcades, rides, and beaches are ready to welcome visitors for Summer 2013. Here’s a quick run down of how some of our favorite haunts are doing with the recovery effort. Jenkinson’s Boardwalk, in Point Pleasant Beach has already reopened the aquarium, as well as some of the arcades, bars, restaurants and shops. The $2 million boardwalk repair effort is under construction and is expected to be ready for summer. The rides, many of which had been taken off the boardwalk for winter storage prior to the storm, are already being [...]
The teens are big fans of the Jersey Shore boardwalks having spent much time over the years strolling the boards on the way to the beach in Belmar, shopping in Asbury Park and Atlantic City and hitting the arcade games and rides in Pt. Pleasant and Wildwood. This year, we added a new Jersey Shore boardwalk to the bucket list with a visit to the infamous mile long Seaside Heights, NJ boardwalk, where, in recent years, the rides, shops and games on the boardwalk have been a bit overshadowed by MTV’s reality show headliners including Snookie, Pauly D, the Situation and the rest. Like any good tourists we made a point to ride the classics including the roller coaster, the merry-go-round, the tilt-a-whirl, the go karts, bumper cards, a death defying vertical round-up type ride [...]
In our neighborhood, autumn came early this year when Hurricane Irene washed out the last weekend of summer and school started before Labor Day. Just a few days before the hurricane barrelled across New Jersey, New York and Vermont we enjoyed one last summer sunset in Long Branch, NJ. #1 Son caught this image which pretty much sums it all up for us. The last summer sunset of 2011 The lifeguards are all off duty and the bathing suits and suntan lotion have been put away. The backpacks are full of newly purchased school supplies and a new season of Travel with Teens and Tweens adventures awaits. Happy Fall! Note: we shared this post with the Delicious Baby photo friday roundup which is a great place to discover lots of fun family travel bloggers.
With school getting out and summer coming in, many families with teens and tweens will be thinking about hiking, camping and getting into the great outdoors. State and National Parks offer access to a wide array of natural wonders and family adventures. If you are looking for ideas consider some of our favorites from across the country including: Custer State Park in South Dakota Stay at one of the park’s lodges, drive the wildlife loop to see the buffalo herd, big horn sheep, antelope, begging burros and more. Don’t forget to visit Sylvan Lake. Take a mile long stroll around the lake or follow the trail for a thrilling day hike to 7,244 ft. Harney Peak. Its a great hike for teens and tweens. Side trips to Jewel Cave [...]