Point Pleasant Beach is a great choice for families because it is small enough to walk just about everywhere, yet there is plenty to do. There is a large public beach (badges required), which stretches in front of Jenkinson’s boardwalk. The boardwalk has rides and games, as well as a wonderful little aquarium and great mini-golf, all within walking distance to the borough of Point Pleasant. The borough itself is a great place to window shop, with its eclectic and charming array of restaurants, shops and antiques.
Jenkinson’s Aquarium, located right on the boardwalk overlooking the ocean, will be a highlight for younger children. The two-story, dimly-lit attraction is a great place to seek solace from the sun and crowds on a hot day. You’ll find a wide variety of fish, sharks, penguins, seals and even crocodiles in this modest aquarium. Try to visit during feeding times; there is a schedule out front. Older kids will enjoy the roller coasters at the boardwalk amusement park, several arcades or a round of mini-golf at Castaway Cove, a giant pirate-themed course with waterfalls and several stories.
At the end of each season, Point Pleasant hosts the Festival of the Sea, a very popular event that combines local vendors and a delicious assortment of seafood. There is also a fireworks show once a week during the summer months.