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For some low-cost fun, visit the tallest lighthouse in New Jersey, the Absecon Lighthouse. It's free to enter the museum and gift shop but a small fee applies to climb to the top....
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Located in Farmingdale, New Jersey, about 20 minutes from the Jersey Shore (exit 98 on the New Jersey Garden State Parkway), Allaire State Park is a great stop for families looking to ...
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Located in Forked River, New Jersey, just a short drive from the beaches of the Jersey Shore, Argos Farm Country Fun offers families seasonal activities for all ages. Enjoy a corn ...
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A stroll along this hip and happening boardwalk is bound to leave you feeling alive. It's lined with delicious restaurants, such as ...
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Families will be delighted to jump in one of these swan-shaped (and flamingo-shaped and duck-shaped) pedal boats and cruise along Wesley Lake, located right in between Asbury Park and ...
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Located right on the Asbury Park Boardwalk is this little waterpark, an ideal place for toddlers and children to cool off from the hot ...
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Built in 1870, Atlantic City's boardwalk was only ever intended to keep sand away from the area's high-end, beachfront hotels and railroad passenger cars. Today, it's lined with the ...
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If the kids tire of quiet days on the beach, visit Barnegat Lighthouse on the northern end of Long Beach Island, where you can also bird-watch. The lighthouse, known as Old ...
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The Jersey Shore truly is a beauty to behold, and Barnegat Lighthouse State Park is an absolutely perfect representation of this. Families are typically delighted by the ...
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If you need some time indoors and have explored everything else in Branson, stop in this intimate, low-key facility tucked in behind the Welk Theatre and Resort. The ...
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Cape May's rich and storied history, beautiful Victorian mansions (many of which are now bed-and-breakfasts) and adorable town center with shops and restaurants make it a popular ...
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The Cape May Lighthouse is another must-see attraction for families vacationing at the Jersey Shore. Travelers come from far and wide to check out the absolutely breathtaking ...
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Traveling from Cape May Harbor to Sunset Beach, families can catch a ride and learn a bit of the history of Cape May aboard a red and green trolley. The trolley is $10 for adults ...
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Families who have their sea legs should book a whale-watching trip in Cape May. Kids will enjoy watching humpback whales and bottlenose dolphins from the deck of the 80-foot M/V ...
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About a five-minute drive from town, the zoo is a must-see for families. First of all, it's free. And for a free zoo, it has an amazing variety of animals, including tigers, ...
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In Seaside Heights, New Jersey, you can't pass up a visit to Casino Pier and Breakwater Beach, an iconic amusement park. The park sustained severe damage during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, but has rebounded to ...
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Just 15 minutes from Seaside Heights, New Jersey, Cattus Island County Park (located in Toms River) has a small nature center with snakes, turtles, fish and other critters. ...
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A trip to Wildwood isn't complete without a more in-depth look at the area's famous Doo Wop architecture! Wildwood has the largest concentration of Doo Wop construction in the ...
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You won't find any glitzy amusements on Long Beach Island, with the exception of the Fantasy Island Amusement Park -- a tiny park in Beach Haven. The amusement park features small ...
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Families can experience Wildwood's fascinating history at Hereford Inlet Lighthouse, an 18th-century landmark that recently underwent a painstaking restoration. When I initially ...
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Atlantic City isn't a place often thought of by parents as the perfect family-friendly escape. But there are plenty of things for families to do together outside of the casinos. ...

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Located right on the boardwalk overlooking the ocean, the aquarium will be a highlight for younger children. The two-story, dimly lit attraction is a great place to seek solace ...
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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 ...
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Long Beach Island, or "LBI" to which it is commonly referred, is an 18-mile-long barrier island that's accessible by a causeway, located off the coast about mid-way down Jersey ...
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No visit to Margate, or the Southern Jersey Shore, for that matter, is complete without a visit to see Lucy. Be sure to take a tour inside the six-story wooden elephant, which was ...
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Morey's Piers is a massive system of amusement and water parks spread out on different points of the Wildwood boardwalk. The parks are chock-full of family-friendly attractions ...
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Dive into New Jersey's rich maritime history when you visit this museum, located in Beach Haven. Artifacts include a rare post card collection, antique navigational equipment and ...
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Considered by many to be one of the cleanest beaches in New Jersey, Ocean City Beach is a haven for family-friendly fun in the sun. Though Ocean City Beach spans more than ...
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Ocean City's two whole miles of boardwalk, located right on the edge of New Jersey's most pristine coastline, is the perfect place for any family to spend a day -- or a few -- soaking up all the sun and ...

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Music-loving families should consider catching a live concert at the Paramount Theater and Convention Hall in the midst of their fun-filled Asbury Park day. This venue can seat ...
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The oldest amusement park in Ocean City, located right on the Boardwalk, has been providing family fun for more than 50 years. The park features rides for little ones, including ...
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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 ...
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Housed in a building with a crack down the middle, the museum is known for its collection of bizarre artifacts. Check out, among other freaky treasures, the Fiji Island "mermaid" ...
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Cape may is a wonderful place to visit on New Jersey's beautiful coast. Tons of great restaurants, entertainment and beautiful beaches make this place an ideal family vacation spot. But if there's ...

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Sandy Hook is another one of those New Jersey attractions that just perfectly captures everything the Jersey Shore is all about. Imagine picturesque, family-friendly beaches, speckled with wonderful ...

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Families enjoy a wide array of shops and eateries at this fishing village in Beach Haven, N.J. It's conveniently located near several amusement park rides and Thundering Surf ...
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The five vintage tramcars that carry people up and down the boardwalk (while broadcasting that famous phrase, "Watch the tram car please!") were originally built in 1939 for the ...
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Take a step back in time with the family at the Silverball Pinball Museum in the heart of Asbury Park. Machines include a plethora of pinball machines (obviously), skee ball, mini-golf, and the ...
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Six Flags Great Adventure features Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom, the tallest drop tower in the world! Other thrill rides include Kingda Ka, where riders accelerate from 0 to 128 mph in 3.5 ...
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A long-time attraction on the boardwalk, the Steel Pier was rebuilt in 1993 after a fire destroyed it a decade earlier. The pier has dozens of rides, a roller coaster, rock-climbing ...
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Most people know this beachside music venue as the place Bruce Springsteen got his start, but there's so much more to it. Big-name concerts play all year long (as well as some ...
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About 20 minutes from Atlantic City is Story Book Land, a quaint little theme park that, although showing its age, has some cute rides and attractions for young children. Families ...
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Perhaps Cape May's most popular family attraction, Sunset Beach is famous for its beauty and tranquility, providing some of the best picturesque sunsets New Jersey's coastline is known ...

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For water park fun on Long Beach Island, visit Thundering Surf, where kids can surf the flow rider as well as enjoy traditional water park amusements. Waterslides, a toddler play ...
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Just off Sunset Beach, in Cape May Point, kids will enjoy looking for the remains of the U.S.S. Atlantus, which went down during a storm in the 1920's and sank just offshore....
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A seemingly hidden gem in Spring Lake, N.J., Washington Ave. Beach is perfect for families. It is quiet, uncrowded and exceptionally clean. Visitors aren't allowed to bring food ...
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Wildwood's beaches are some of Jersey's best. Sandwiched between a classic American boardwalk and the seemingly endless Atlantic Ocean, these white-sand beaches are impeccably ...
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You're likely to get pangs of nostalgia while strolling along Wildwood's two-mile boardwalk, where carnival games, arcades, amusement park rides, junk food and souvenir shops ...
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Families visiting Wildwood during the summer can take advantage of a myriad of seasonal local events, most of which are free. Scheduling several visits to these events is an ...
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Wildwood Wildlife Park seems too modest of a name for what's an impressive family-run zoo offering unique ways to interact with close to 750 animals. Kids love feeding the goats, ...
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Yet another historic music venue in Asbury Park is the Wonder Bar, home to delicious food, good drinks, and even better music. All shows are for those ages 21 and up, unless otherwise noted, ...
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