You have an adventurous mind, with a have a passion for traveling and just simply getting out there. Unfortunately, we simply don’t have time to gallivant all over the planet. This is how you can make it exciting even though it’s only within driving distance…15 to 45 minutes away. Visit the Jersey Shore!
Let’s assume you’re in the Lakewood, NJ area like I am. Thankfully, there is no shortage of places to go that are right off the Garden State! But why schlepp to the Garden State when your destination could really be off of I-195? Let’s talk about some places that you can venture off to, either with your family, or just you and your spouse. Either way, it’s bound to be an adventure.
Point Pleasant Beach
Let me preface that I do NOT in any which way suggest that you go here in hot weather. But, on a pleasant day (no pun intended), Point Pleasant Beach is definitely the place to go for a nice family outing, especially Chol Hamoed and other off days during Bein Hazmanim.
The boardwalk is very family-friendly, with a lot of wide space for walking alongside the adjacent beach and shoreline.
Get a glimpse of the Atlantic Ocean either in a calm state or making big waves for both amateur and experienced surfers to test their skills. The sand on the beach is clean and inviting. A big plus for your architect children who can’t wait to build their state-of-the-art sandcastles!
Also, don’t forget to get your feet wet and avail yourself of the cool sensation of the Atlantic waters running over your feet, as the white foamy waves crash up onto the shoreline.
Back on Jenkinson’s Boardwalk, allow your kids (and your spouse!) to have some fun in four arcade complexes that can be found within a small distance of each other.
- Jenkinson’s South
- South Beach
- Frank’s Fun Center
(FYI, my wife and I have spotted many a young Lakewood couple availing themselves of these wonderful facilities on the late summer nights. You may have been one of them. If you happen to have spotted me…well…regards back I guess!)
If you are worried about having cash for the video games, not to worry. Jenkinson’s (that’s the official name of the boardwalk, by the way) offers Emusement Cards (also known as E-Cards) where you can add credits for a set price. Sometimes they even have deals on certain days of the week (see the sign in the arcade for details). The same is true for Frank’s Fun Place further down (although I cannot vouch for any deals over there. Sorry!) Playing various games yields tickets which can then be used to get some fun stuff over at the main desk. Tickets are put into a machine to calculate points, producing a receipt that is brought over to the main desk, from which you can then pick your prizes.
(As of late, the tickets have become electronic and are automatically saved to the E-Cards).
All in all, it’s a lot of fun and makes for a great time not far from home. Definitely worth your time and money. A must in my opinion.
But I would be remiss to leave out another attraction of Point Pleasant Beach and that is Jenkinson’s Aquarium.
This place is open all year round (hours and prices vary throughout the year; see their website here for details).
This is perhaps the most family friendly of all the attractions on Jenkinson’s Boardwalk. You and your children will definitely get a kick out of seeing the underwater wildlife and more with this up close and personal experience. Be dazzled by the vast array of fish, sharks, turtles, etc. behind the tremendous glass partitions as they swim by in a collage of color and varying swimming motions. Don’t forget to check out their seal feedings and penguin section as well. Your kids will be begging you to go again. Just wait and see.
Other family fun can be found at the Castaway Cove and Lighthouse Point mini-golf courses just off the boardwalk. Family fun for all ages and stages and something to keep all the little ones occupied in an exciting fashion. (Hey! How many holes-in-one can you get?) (See website link for details. Viewer discretion may be advised for some pages on this website. Please make sure that your filter has image filtering if you will be looking around on the various pages).
If your little one’s need to get their energy out, definitely be on the lookout for the Adventure Lookout Ropes Course. There are 2 tall and exciting courses allowing your explorative children to look out and see many things from up high as they navigate their way around the courses (safely harnessed of course). It’s a real thriller. Check out the Jenkinson’s Boardwalk website for more info).
Now, for our super young couples reading this, you probably want something for just the two of you, eh?
Not to worry in the slightest. Just leave your kids with your mother-in-law and you’re good to go. And if you are newlyweds, well in that case forget about your mother-in-law! (Wow! That is going to get me in so much trouble! But let’s not get off topic.)
There is no shortage of motels and bed-and-breakfasts in Point Pleasant. While I can’t go through all of them, I can at least tell you about my favorite. The Tower Cottage Bed and Breakfast is a nice, cozy getaway located on Forman Ave. not far from the boardwalk. While it is a bit pricey, this place is good for couples who want to get away for the night. The owners are very gracious and accommodating, always looking out for the welfare of their customers.
Jewish and can only eat Kosher (like yours truly writing this article)? Just tell them you’re Orthodox Jews and they know not to cook breakfast for you in the morning! (Good idea to bring your own breakfast while you’re at it.)
Speaking of breakfast, there is a beautiful common room on the second floor where you can enjoy your meals together. Just make sure to specify your needs ahead of time. And like I said, they are very gracious. Tony and Maureen will take care of everything you need.
The five rooms of the Tower Cottage are clean and very well kept, each one with a different theme of the class. These elegant accommodations are suited with… a Whirlpool bath (in some rooms), gas fireplace, and other good stuff for your little getaway! (See website for details click here).
This nice cozy and comfortable getaway is only 20-25 minutes out of Lakewood. After breakfast, enjoy the morning breeze coming from the Atlantic, as you stroll on the boardwalk only a few blocks away.
As pleasantly (pun intended this time!) as I was able to describe to you, there are definitely a lot of memories to make at Point Pleasant Beach.
Want to know more about the Jersy Shore? See our post on Bradley Beach!
Note: Please contact the places before visiting to ensure they are open to visitors.