Top Beach in Ocean County
A one mile stretch of beach, Seaside Heights is famous for its soft white sand and ultimate boardwalk. The beach has received numerous awards over the years from the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium! Most recently, SSH was voted the #1 2019 beach in Ocean County. There is some important information you need to know though before you visit. Read on for the most important Seaside Heights Beach info.
Seaside Heights does charge daily beach fees. These fees help the town provide one of the cleanest and safest public beaches on the East Coast.
Beach Badges are in effect May 15th – September 15th. A beach badge or wristband is required to enter or remain on the beach from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm on the weekends and holidays. Monday to Thursday badges are needed from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. You can buy a wristband up until 6:00 pm when the cashier booths close. You can also buy badges online using Viply.
Lifeguards are on duty between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day. Swimming is only allowed lifeguards are present.
- Daily fee – $10
- Weekly badge – $35 (Sunday through Saturday)
- Season badge – $45 if purchased on or before April 1st
- Season badge – $50 if purchased after April 1st
- Senior Citizen season badge – $15 for persons 65 years of age and older, or two for $25 if both persons are there at the same time
- Children 11 years of age and under – free every day
- Active and retired military personnel and their dependents – free every day with the appropriate Common Access Card, Uniformed Services ID Card, DD Form 214, or Veterans Benefit ID Card issued by the VA.
Free & Discount Days
Bay beach – free every day.
Seaside Heights offers beach fee discounts throughout the summer, including Mom and Me Days, Dad and Me Days, Bring a Friend Days, and Bring a Hero Days.
Seaside Heights Beach Info, Frequently Asked Questions
Can I bring a cooler to the beach?
Yes coolers are allowed, but alcohol and glass are not permitted. Beach attendants will check bags and coolers as you enter the beach.
Are there beach wheelchairs?
Yes, beach wheelchairs are available. Please visit the Visitor’s Center at Blaine Avenue to obtain a beach wheelchair.
Are pets allowed on the beach?
No, pets are not allowed on the beach at any time.
Is it ok to feed the seagulls?
No, actually it is illegal in Seaside Heights to feed the seagulls. This is perhaps the most important piece of Seaside Heights beach info we have to share! Feeding the birds makes them aggressive and a nuisance to everyone trying to enjoy the beach. So please, be kind to the other beach goers, and don’t feed the gulls.
Can I rent umbrellas or chairs?
Yes, umbrellas and chairs are available for rent directly on the beach.
Can I swim in the ocean if there are no lifeguards on duty?
No, swimming is not allowed when there are no lifeguards on duty in Seaside Heights. You may see people in the ocean after 5pm, if the ocean is not rough it’s likely you will be left alone. However, on red flag days the lifeguards still tend to patrol up and down the beach in an ATV making people leave the water. If you are difficult and don’t listen, changes are you will receive a citation. Lifeguards are posted on the beach from 10 AM until 5 PM every day from mid June to Labor Day. In May and early June they are only on duty on the weekends.
Can I surf in Seaside Heights
Yes! Surfing is allowed both north and south of Casino Pier. To the south of the pier there is a dedicated stretch just for surfers.
Can I fly a kite on the beach?
Yes, you can fly a kite on the beach, however, you can only do so when the lifeguards are not on duty. The rest of the time it is not allowed. The same goes for playing ball and throwing objects. Generally though the lifeguards will leave you alone if you keep the throwing toward the back of the beach and away from the other people.