Of all of the beautiful New Jersey beaches, Seaside Heights (not to be confused with its quieter southern neighbor, Seaside Park ) is one of the most popular family beaches. Loaded with rides and attractions that tempt you away from the wonderful sand and surf, this seaside town does everything it can to make a beach vacation a fun and affordable goal for families.
Beach entrance is among the cheapest in the area, with a season's pass costing only $30, and children under 12 free. For a two week vacation, that means a little over $2.00 a day for the beach. If your stay is shorter, day passes are only $5.00, and Wednesdays and Thursdays are free. And on top of that, military, whether active or retired, are invited to the beach for free by Seaside Heights. What more can this family friendly town do to entice you to their beaches?
Fishing spots abound, and you can rent just about any kind of boat except the Queen Mary. Kayaks, sailboats, hydro bikes or paddle boats are available, as of course, are jet skis, wave runner and fishing boats.
But the beaches and the water are only half the story. Amusement parks, water parks, arcades, carousels, miniature golf and so much more are right there on the Boardwalk and Pier.
With the calm bay on one side and the spectacular Atlantic Ocean on the other, this is a compact town with a lot of vacation packed into about only 80 square blocks. Of course, if you want to venture outside this homey enclave, New York, Philadelphia and Atlantic City are a little over an hour away, and Great Adventure is only a half hour away.
And you can check out the real scene where all the "Jersey Shore" buddies had all of their adventures! (Now that they are becoming staid married folks, the fun may be over.)
Most families that stay in Seaside either rent a property for a couple of weeks or a month (some the whole summer if they are lucky) or stay in one of the dozens of motels. Many of the motels have attractive packages for families, and offer such great amenities as pools, free breakfasts, laundry rooms, pool parties, barbecue facilities, and even free beach passes! They are all friendly, well run and reasonably priced.
Seaside really suffered from Super Storm Sandy, but true to the Jersey Shore Spirit, it is back with a roar. Most of the restaurants in Seaside Heights have re-opened, and the bargains and good fun are still there. Even the Economist, an international business magazine, reported that the crowds and the fun are back. Don't
expect gourmet fare in a formal setting. The food is good, but like the
rest of the town, the eateries cater to the family and so expect your
basics such as pizza/pasta and burgers and fries in a relaxed
atmosphere. Jimbo's Bar and Grill is a perfect example: from pizza to steamed clams, it has all of your favorite beach foods, served in a retro decor, right on the boardwalk!
Thought you couldn't afford a vacation this year? Well make your reservations and pack your bags. At the New Jersey beaches you can, and fun, friendly, affordable Seaside Heights is waiting to show you how!
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