Surf City was originally called Long Beach City, but in 1899 the name was changed so that it was not confused with Long Branch in Monmouth County. Even though there are officially approximately 1500 residents, during the summer months the population of the town goes into the thousands.
It's a real family affair
Surf City has so many daytime and evening activities that there is literally something for everyone. Daily activities around the beach area include basketball and a playground at Division Avenue and South First Street, tennis, softball and a fantasy island water slide. Batting cages are located on Pearl St. and Bay Avenue. The arcades are open near Engleside Avenue and Amber Street except for Wednesdays, when they have concerts in Bicentennial Park.
There are areas specific for swimming, surfing is permitted on North First Street and North Third Street and fishing from North 23rd and North 25th Streets. Plus, to top it all off you can find 3 museums in Surf City that can fill you up with the history of it all. Not bad for a small town on a barrier island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean!
Daytime Relaxation, Night Time Fun!
Night life in this town is plentiful along Long Beach Boulevard; eateries of all kinds, and clubs and shops line the island's main street. There is always something to do for all types, regardless of whether you are a family, old, a teen, heterosexual or homosexual. This borough has something to offer everyone.
Beach badges for the season from June 19th through September 6th can be purchased at a pre-season rate for $25 if ordered by May 31st, so you can save a few bucks over the normal pricing by taking a drive down before the season opens. The normal rate for badges is: seasonal $30, weekly $15, daily $5, seniors 65 and older and children under 12 are free. (Gotta love those towns that are nice to our seniors.)
Parking is available along the beach between North First Ave. and North Third Ave. and in other designated areas on the island. The town provides beach showers for when you would like to wash the sand off, near 15th avenue and Barnegat Avenue. Restrooms can be found at the municipal building and Ninth Street.
All the towns on LBI know that summer visitors to the Jersey Shore are their bread and butter, and they do their best to take care of them. See the great selection of LBI restaurants here.
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