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In addition to the listings below, see the Historic Sites, Museums, Outdoors, Music & Dance and Theatre categories for more listings down the shore.

From the boisterous boardwalks of Ocean City, Wildwood, Point Pleasant and Seaside / Seaside Park to the Victorian beauty of Cape May or natural beauty of Island Beach State Park and Long Beach Island, you'lre sure to find a favorite beach down the shore to suit your interests and needs. While all seaside communities offer public beach access, finding parking is often the biggest obstacle. Street parking is limited and public parking lots fill up early on summer weekends and holidays.

For a current list of public beaches and amenities, visit the New Jersey tourism website, order or download the state's annual travel guide online or visit the websites of the shore counties below:
        • Monmouth County, 800-523-2587
        • Ocean County, 800-ENJOY33
        • Cape May County, 800-227-2297
        • Atlantic City Region, 888-AC-VISIT

Asbury Park
Renowned for live music, Asbury Park also has an expansive beach and growing, revitalized boardwalk. See listing under Big Shows & Concerts for music info.

Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
GSP exit 63, at the northern tip of Long Beach Island, Barnegat Light, 609-494-2016. In season: Park gate hours: 8am-10pm. Lighthouse open daily 10-4:30, weather permitting. Fees Memorial Day-Labor Day: Ages 12 & up $3, ages 6-11 $1, under 5 free. Reduced hours off season.
           Originally lit in 1859, Barnegat Lighthouse, affectionately known as Old Barney, guided vessels along New Jersey's coastline at a crucial "change of course" point. Climb to the top for a panoramic view of Island Beach, Barnegat Bay and Long Beach Island (children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult). An interpretive center showcases the history of the lighthouse and the changing coastal environment and a short 1/5-mile loop trail leads through one of the last remnants of maritime forest in New Jersey. The park is an excellent area to observe migrating birds in spring and fall and wintering waterfowl in winter. Picnic tables; saltwater fishing; sunbathing. Friends of Barnegat Lighthouse sponsors lectures, special events and night climbs. Donations appreciated.
Oct, May
        Best times to view migrating waterfowl.
2017 Events
Jun 24
          Campfire, Concert & Lighthouse Night Climb, 7-9:30pm.
Jul 8
          Lighthouse Full Moon Night Climb, 7-9pm.
Jul 22
          Lighthouse Night Climb & Concert, 7-9pm.
Aug 7
          National Lighthouse Day Lighthouse Full Moon Night Climb, 7-9pm.
Aug 26
          Lighthouse Night Climb & Concert, 7-9pm.
Oct 21-22
          Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey 2017, 8am=6pm.
          Campfire & Night Climb, 7-9pm.

Cape May Point State Park
Seashore Road, Lower Township, Cape May, 609-884-2159. Open daily dawn to dusk. Museum: Daily 8:30am-4pm. Lighthouse admission: Adults $8, ages 3-12 $5. Located on the southern tip of New Jersey, Cape May Point State Park is a major migratory route, with an environmental center that houses a classroom for interpretive programs and a museum on the area's natural and historic features. Several blazed trails lead visitors to various pond, coastal dune, marsh and forest habitats where wildlife can be viewed from observation platforms. Climb the 199 steps to the top of the 1859 Cape May Lighthouse and enjoy the best view of the Jersey Cape. Summer Family Fun Days and other special events are sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities.

Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
800 Great Creek Rd. (off Rt. 9), Galloway, 609-652-1665. Visitor Information Center features changing wildlife displays: Open weekdays 10-3, weekends 9-4. Wildlife Drive and trails are open seven days sunrise to sunset (check website for periodic closings). $4 entrance fee supports refuge operations.
     46,000 acres of coastal area in southern New Jersey is actively protected and managed for migratory birds. The refuge's location in one of the Atlantic Flyway's most active flight paths makes it an important link in the vast network of national wildlife refuges administered nationwide by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. An eight-mile auto trail and nature trails lead visitors through tidal salt marsh, field and woodland habitats visited by more than 275 species of migratory land and water birds (trail map and refuge brochure available online). Adult and family bird walks; Nature Discovery Area for children; Junior Refuge Manager, school, home school and scout programs, summer internships. Follow FB page for updates.
Junior Refuge Manager, workbooks for ages 4-7 and 8+ are available online or at the Visitor Center. Receive a badge upon completion.
      Nature Backpacks can be borrowed from the Visitor Center.
      Electric Tram Tours, offered Saturdays from 1-3pm. Reservations required, 609-652-1665. $10 per person suggested donation.
      Friday Bird Walks,
with refuge staff and volunteer naturalists, 8-10am. Free. Friday Bird Walks are suspended during summer.
Oct, May
      Peak of fall and spring migration
s. Bird walks and birding workshops may be scheduled.

Island Beach State Park
Rt. 35, Seaside Park (GSP exit 82), 732-793-0506. Nature Center: 732-793-1315. In season: Park open daily 8-8; Sat., Sun. & holidays 7-8. Entrance fee per vehicle Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day. One of the last remaining undeveloped barrier islands on the east coast, Island Beach State Park offers beautiful wide beaches, dunes, surf fishing, nature center and 16 miles of trails including an 8-mile bike path along the main road, nature trails and canoe/kayak trail in Barnegat Bay. Horseback riding by reservation only Oct. 1-Apr. 30. Kayak rentals available through private concessionaire. On hot, sunny, summer weekends, it's best to arrive before 9am or after 1pm to avoid park closure. Surf chairs available for disabled. The Forked River Interpretive Center, located 7 miles from park entrance, features exhibits about barrier islands and their habitats, Barnegat Bay history, a herbarium and bird identification station. Trail guides are available at the Gate House, Pavilion at Ocean Swimming Area #1, Park Office and the Interpretive Center.
     Summer Programs, sponsored by a unique partnership between Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, New Jersey Division of Parks & Forestry, Island Beach State Park, and Friends of Island Beach State Park, include seining, guided walks, kayak tours, surf fishing clinics, fishing, clamming and crabbing activities, photography seminars and more. Visit website for schedule. Some programs require advance registration, 732-793-1315.
Selected Events
Jun 25, Jul 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30, Aug 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31, Sep 3,
Sedge Islands Kayak Eco-Tour, ages 14 and up. Learn about one of the largest estuaries in New Jersey on a tour with a Park Naturalist. Dress appropriately, bring drinking water, bug spray. Watershoes required. 9am-noon, rain or shine. $25.
Jul 1, 15, Aug 12, 26,
Birding by Kayak, ages 14 and up. Join Park Naturalists and observe the many species of birds at IBSP. All equipment provided. Dress appropriately, bring drinking water, and bug spray. Watershoes required. 8-11am. $25.
Jul 2, 16, 30, Aug 13, 27, Sep 24, Oct 8
          Island Foraging Tour (American Sign Language Interpreted), focuses on the role of lichen, fish, small plants and fruits in the ecosystem. Each week focuses on a different topic. 9-10:30am. $5.
Jul 3, 10, 17, 24, Aug 7, 14, 21, 28,
          Shellfish Gardening 101, learn all about shellfish and ReClam the Bay, an environmental organization that grows and maintains millions of baby clams and oysters used to restock the Barnegat Bay. 1-2pm.
Jul 4, 6, 13, 20, 27, Aug 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22,24, 29, 31,
Surfing Safari, two-hour drop-off surfing lessons for ages 8-17. Various times. $25.
Jul 4, Aug 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
          History Hike, learn about the history of the Island, the old pound fishing industry, historic fishing shcks, Life Saving stations, hotels and more. 2-4pm. $5.
Jul 5, 12, 19, 26, Aug 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
          Nature Toddlers, hands-on activities, stories, crafts and hikes for ages 3-5 with caregiver. 10:30-11:30am. $5.
          Island Explorers, drop-off program for ages 6-12. A different topic is explored each week. 12-1:30pm. $10.
Jul 5, 8, 22, Aug 5, 19, Sep 2,
          Sunset Paddle, with Park Natural Educators. Dusk is peak time for viewing wildlife. Ages 14 and older, minors must be accompanied by a paying adult. Bring drinking water and bug spray, binocular are optional. Watershoes required. 6-8pm. $25.
Jul 7, 14, 21, 28, Aug 4, 11, 18, 25, Sep 1,
Beginner Surf Fishing Clinic, ages 10 and older. Minors must be accompanied by a paying adult. All participants ages 16 and older must register with the state saltwater fishing registry. 8am-12pm. $10.
Jul 7, 14, 21, 28, Aug 4, 11, 18, 25
          Moonlight Hike, hike through the dark, dense martime forest, over the rolling dunes and down to the beach for a bonfire, marshmallows and s'mores. ASTRA Astronomy Club will be there. 7-10pm. $10.
Sep 10
          Beach Plum Festival, annual family fun day, 8am-5pm rain or shine.

Marine Mammal Stranding Center
3625 Brigantine Blvd., Brigantine, 609-266-0538. Open daily 10-4 summer. Hours change seasonally; call before you visit. Donation. Organization rescues, rehabilitates and releases stranded or otherwise distressed marine mammals and sea turtles. Sea Life Education Center features life-size replicas of marine mammals and fish, educational exhibits and gift shop. Outreach programs; group tours; college internships; summer camp.
           Seining, beach walks, mock dolphin or sea turtle stranding programs are offered in Brigantine, Long Beach Island, and Ocean City. Check website link, call 609-266-0538 or email for schedule. Registration opens on Memorial Day weekend.

Ocean City Music Pier
825 Boardwalk, Ocean City, 609-525-9300. Concert hall since 1929 hosts music, pageants, including the Miss New Jersey pageant, theater, children's theater, special events, and Ocean City Pops summer concert series.
Selected Summer Events
Jul 3
          Madagascar, A Musical Adventure, The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company. 10:30am.
Jul 11
          The Trial of Goldilocks, The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company. 10:30am.
Jul 12-14
          Fiddler On the Roof, Ocean City POPS and The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company. 2 & 7:30pm.
Jul 18
          Curious George: The Golden Meatball, The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company. 10:30am.
Jul 25
          The Adventures of Flat Stanley, The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company presents a sensory-friendly production.
Jul 28-29
          Pippin, The Greater Ocean City Theatre Junior Company. 7:30pm.
Aug 1
          Stinky Kids The Musical, The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company. 10:30am.
Aug 8-11
          Mary Poppins, Ocean City POPS and The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company. 2 & 7:30pm.
Aug 10
          Disney Junior's Choo-Choo Soul "With Genevieve!" 10:30am.
Aug 25-26
          Seussical Junior, The Greater Ocean City Theatre Junior Company. 7:30pm.
Sep 16
          Gymnastics Expo featuring Nastia Liukin & Shawn Johnson. 9am & 2pm.

Seven President’s Oceanfront Park
221 Ocean Ave. (GSP exit 105, Hwy. 36E), Long Branch, 732-229-0924. Monmouth County Park System: 732-842-4000; Activity Line: 732-460-1167. Daily 7am to dusk. Admission and parking fee charged 8-4 Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day weekend. Expansive beach; Tony's Place, an award-winning universally accessible playground; snack pavilion; jetty fishing; designated areas for surfing; volleyball area; skateplex; restrooms and showers. Surf chair for persons with disabilities available at pavilion. Lifeguards are on duty 10-5 daily mid-June through Labor Day.

Surflight Theatre
Engleside and Beach Aves., Beach Haen, NJ 08008, 609-492-9477. Professional Mainstage and children's theatre all summer, comedy and music concert series, and December holiday shows. Individual tickets and subscriptions available. Show Place Broadway Ice Cream Parlour next door.
Jun 23-Jul 9
Jul 11-23
          Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Jul 25-Aug 13
Aug 15-27
Aug 29-Sep 10
          Million Dollar Quartet.
Dec 8-17
          Home for the Holidays – A Surflight Celebration!

Children's Theatre
Shows Wed.-Sun. at 6pm.
Jul 5-9
          Peter Pan.
Jul 12-16
          Snow White.
Jul 19-23
          Wizard of Oz.
Jul 26-30
          Sleeping Beauty.
Aug 2-6
Aug 9-13
          Jungle Book.
Aug 16-20
          Wizard of Oz.
Aug 23-27
          Peter Pan.

Aug 30-Sep 3
          Winnie the Pooh.
Surflight Concert Series
Comedy and music on select Monday nights.
Jul 17
          The Coasters, Drifters and Platters. 5:30 & 8pm.
Jul 31
Comedy Tonight, performer TBA.  8:30pm.
Aug 7
Mike Marino. 8:30pm.
Aug 21
Comedy Tonight, performer TBA. 8:30pm.
Nov 25
The New Millenium Jazz Band plays the Sinatra songbook.
Dec 31
The Rave-Ons, Todd Meredith and his band plays Buddy Holly and more.

Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen's Museum
120 W. Main St. (GSP exit 58), Tuckerton, 609-296-8868. Open daily 10-5. Adults $8; srs. $6; ages 5-12 $5, under 5 free; group rates; student rates.
     Recreated seaport village traces the area's maritime history with docents and artisans bringing the village to life. Buildings include Tucker's Island Lighthouse, a cafe, oyster house, sawmill, boat works, decoy shop, surf museum, yacht club and houseboat. The Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve conducts scientific research and hosts interpretive programs and a "Life on the Edge" exhibit exploring the unique ecosystems of the Pinelands, Bay, barrier island and open ocean. Group tours and outreach programs.
Folklife Demonstrations & Craft Classes include surfboard shaping, carving, basketmaking, print making, Lunch 'n Learn series and more; Youth Carving Club; Youth Boatbuilding Club; Pickin' on the Porch, monthly jam sessions.
Selected Special Events
Sat Jul-Aug
         Saturday Summer Programs, walk-in program for children and parents included with general admission. 2-4pm.
Jul 4
July 4th Fireworks, 4-9pm. Parade down Main St. to the Seaport, 10am. 4pm: Children's Patriotic Walking Parade. 4-9pm: Food Trucks. 4:30-8:30pm: Live music with September's Brew. 6-8pm: The Juggling Hoffmans. Fireworks at dusk. Free admission all day into the Seaport.
Aug 12-13
TRUCKerton Food Truck & Brew Fest: "Grease" Edition (50's Theme), Saturday 11am-7pm, Sunday 11am-5pm.
Sep 23-24
Decoy & Gunning Show, two-day event highlights the culture of the Barnegat Bay region. Demonstrations, contests, seminars, crafters, carvers, vendors, food and music. Includes the Dock Dog competition. Two locations: Tip Seaman Park, 120 W. Main St., and Tuckerton Seapart. Free off-site parking and shuttle bus. Free admission.
Sep 30
          Classic & Antique Car & Truck Show, over 100 antique and classic cars and trucks on display, hosted in conjunction with the Vintage Auto Museum of New Jersey. 10am-2pm.
Oct 7
TRUCKerton Food Truck & Hard Cider Fall Fest, 11am-6pm. Raindate on Sunday.
Oct 21-22
Lighthouse Challenge 2017, climb to the top of the Tucker's Island Lighthosue as one stop during the annual Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey. Visit all of New Jersey's historic lighthouses and related museums and help raise funds for the continued preservation, education and restoration of these historic structures. Visit website for details. 8am-8pm Saturday, 8am-6pm Sunday. $3.
Oct 26-28
          Haunted Seaport, pirates and sea captains long lost at sea stroll the Seaport's boardwalk, hayride through the Haunted Woods, non-scary Pumpkin Patch with crafts, stories, games and fall activities. 6-9pm.
Dec 1-3
Christkindlmarkt, a European style holiday market outdoors and under huge heated tents. Craft and gift vendors, food court, kiddie rides, Santa, rolling chair sleigh rides on the boardwalk, horse and wagon rides, demonstrations and entertainment. 4-8pm. $5, under 5 and members free.
Jan 1, 2018
Food Trucks & Fireworks 2018. 12-6pm.
Summer Friday Night Concerts
 Free concerts on Friday evenings, 6:30-8pm, in July and August.
Jul 7
RB Express, doo wop and oldies.
Jul 14
Joey D's, doo wop.
Jul 21
Basement Musicians, Johnny Cash.
Jul 28
The Fabulous Silver Wings, a tribute to classic country.
Aug 4
The Kootz, rock & roll.
Aug 11
Rave-On, Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison.
Aug 18
Big Wave, classic rock.
Aug 25
Strictly 60's Band, pop and rock of the 60's.

Wetlands Institute
1075 Stone Harbor Blvd. (GSP exit 10), Stone Harbor, 609-368-1211. Mid-Oct.-May: Sat.-Sun. 10-4. May-mid-Oct.: Daily 9:30-4:30. Mid-June-Labor Day: additional evening hours Tues.-Thurs. until 8pm. Adults $8, ages 3-12 $6. 6,000 acres of coastal wetlands are a living laboratory for ­education and research with salt marsh trail, observation tower, exhibits and museum shop. Open in winter for self-guided tours, weekend activities, Lunch and Learn lectures and covered dinners. In summer, daily events may include wetlands and wildlife workshops, back bay boat rides, paddleboarding, kayaking, live animal interactions, family entertainment and guided beach and dune walks. Birthday parties; scout, homeschool, outreach programs; summer internships.
          Official New Jersey site for Junior Duck Stamp entries & judging, for K-12 students.
          Environmental Education for Homeschool Students, 90-min. interactive program meets monthly for students ages 5-15.
          Seasonal Science Activities & Crafts, Creature Feature & Craft, Aquarium Feedings, weekends year-round.
          Naturalist-Led Programs, guided beach and salt marsh walks, fishing, crabbing, back-bay boat and kayak tours or other activities are scheduled daily.
          Summer Nature Programs, weekly programs for children ages 5-13.
Selected Special Events
Jul 14
           Crabulous Crab Day, a day filled with crab themed activities. 9:30am-3pm. Adults $10, children $8, family 4-pack $30.
Sep 23
           Fall Migration Festival, experience the changing of seasons and spectacle of migration of raptors, warblers, waterfowl and more in the heart of the Atlantic Flyway. Guided viewing, live monarch presentations, guided nature walks, back-bay boat and kayak tours, animal presentations, special autumn Terrapin release, and more. 9:30am-4:30pm. Adults $10, children $8, family 4-pack $30.
Annual Turtle Fest, pancake breakfast and activities for the whole family. 9am-3pm.
New Jersey Audubon World Series of Birding, annual day of birding for conservation. 12am-11:59pm.
          Spring Shorebird and Horseshoe Crab Festival, conservation-based, hands-on activities for all ages for two days in May. The Wetlands Institute is front and center for one of nature's spectacular wildlife events. Horseshoe crabs climb onto the beaches of Delaware Bay to lay their eggs, while thousands of shorebirds time a stop on their northbound spring migration route to feed on the energy-packed eggs. Proceeds from the event help support The Wetland Institute's conservation and education programs focused on shorebird and horseshoe crab conservation.