Aside from all the things you can do within walking distance, there are also many activities within a short ride of Seaside Heights. Whether it’s a sunny day or a rainy one, here are some different things you can do to have fun on your family vacation
Just a short bike ride or car ride ($20/$12 per car entry fee on weekends/weekdays) is Island Beach State Park. One of New Jersey’s last significant untouched barrier island ecosystems, there are mile of pure white sandy beaches for beach goers to enjoy. It is also one of the few remaining barrier island beaches along the whole Atlantic coast. There are also several trails to enjoy hiking and plant life.
Baseball fans in the family? Then you definitely should check out the Lakewood BlueClaws! The Lakewood BlueClaws are a class A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. In their first 12 seasons they have won three titles and sent many of their players up to the majors. Within a short 30 minute drive, you could be enjoying the smell of crackerjacks and a first class Minor League baseball team.
About 30 minutes away you can also find Six Flags Great Adventure – Over 100 rides and attractions, water shows, and wild animals in their natural habitat. From big kids to little kids, the whole family is sure to find something fun to do here. Google promotions before you go, there are always deals and coupons for the park.
A bit further away, but if you are in a musical state of mind, jump on the GSP and head north to PNC Arts Center. This concert center is ranked in the top five amphitheaters in the country and ranked in the top two outdoor arenas within the New York Metropolitan area. 2014 summer concerts include the Dave Matthews Band, Journey, Rascal Flatts, James Taylor and Chicago. Bring a blanket, hang out on the lawn….and enjoy the music.
Rainy Day Blues? No worries, there is still lots to do. A short ride north on RT 35 will bring you to Point Pleasant and Jenkinson’s Aquarium. With very family friendly prices and exhibits such as Atlantic sharks, Pacific sharks, coral reefs, penguins, alligators and seals the kids are sure to have a great time. There is also a touch tank, which allows visitors to touch live animals ranging from a sea star to a sting ray!
Instead of heading north on 35 you could also head west on 37 and spend some time at the Ocean County Mall. Located at 1201 Hooper Ave in Toms River it features all of the normal stores any mall in the country would have. There are also other things to do in the area such as bowling and movie theatres.
A bit further away you will find the Robert J. Novins Planetarium. A state of the art facility, there are several sky shows and events through the year. For kids 7 and under, they offer a special show featuring Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu, a Muppet from China. They will take children on a journey of discovery and imagination to learn about the Moon, the Earth, bright stars and constellations. We will kick off the presentation with our live presenter giving a brief tour of the night sky over New Jersey so children can learn where to look for some of the constellations and visible planets of the season.
A bit further away in Egg Harbor, you will find Renault Winery. Nearly a century and a half old, Renault Winery is a recognized New Jersey State Historical site and one of the oldest continuously operating wineries in the United States. Tours run through the week (reservations recommended) and last about 40 minutes and include a wine tasting following the tour.
If you are making a day of it, you can also include an all you can eat lunch or dinner starting with fresh tossed garden salad with homemade Italian dressing, pickled beets, pasta in chef special marinara sauce, Italian meatballs, baked sesame chicken, fresh baked Italian bread, dessert, coffee, tea, decaf coffee.