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Life’s a beach! For you and your kids

Parents Daniella and Nissan Holzer with Shlomo, 15 months old, enjoying a beach day at Midland Beach in Staten Island.
Parents Daniella and Nissan Holzer with Shlomo, 15 months old, enjoying a beach day at Midland Beach in Staten Island.

The Garden State, indeed. New Jersey is filled with green places and spaces and aptly earned her moniker. But she’s also especially this time of year, a magnificent play of pristine coastlines that make for summer fun at the beach not only so anticipated but famous, think the series “Jersey Shore.”

New Jersey beaches are well-loved by beachgoers because they are family-friendly, spacious, and have plenty of amenities for the kids.

We discovered the Jersey Shore through our friends, who have a house just steps away from the sun and surf in Bradley Beach. Each summer, we would bring our young kids there and not only enjoy the company of our friends, but have a great weekend family-friendly time, including Shabbat.

Bradley Beach

Bradley Beach

Phone 732-776-2999

Because of my familiarity, this low-key town tops my list. Bradley Beach is the perfect combo of simple town life and quiet isolation of the beach. Bradley Beach has a small, old-fashioned boardwalk with a spacious area to walk, bike, or jog, even play mini golf. For Shabbat, there are a few synagogues in town, and Deal, a hub of Syrian Jewish residents, is a short car ride away for lots of dining options for the kosher diner.

Asbury Park Beach

Asbury Park

(732) 502-8863

Asbury Park Beach is a kid-friendly beach destination featuring many amenities that make traveling convenient and more comfortable. Forget its lively boardwalk and its fame (Bruce Springsteen!), not only will your kids get to swim in the pristine water under the watchful eyes of lifeguards, but here are also two on-site playgrounds they can fully enjoy for free. This beach has amenities that include beach umbrellas and beach loungers, perfect for a relaxing day, clean restrooms and showers, spacious parking, free Wi-Fi for all beachgoers, numerous water fountains, and an oceanfront boardwalk filled with shops and eateries.

Brigantine Beach

Brigantine

(609) 266-7600

Brigantine Beach is a popular beach right next to Atlantic City. It features miles of oceanfront shoreline and plenty of fun things to do for the whole family. The child-friendly coastline of Brigantine Beach offers many enjoyable things your family can do while vacationing. You can relax on the shore and work on your tan as your kids make sandcastles or fly kites. If you want to do more adventurous things, you may go into the water and enjoy surfing, kayaking, jet skiing, sailing, canoeing, and fishing.

Sandy Hook Beach

Highlands

(609) 599-6540

Sandy Hook Beach is nirvana for families seeking to do a wide array of enjoyable things. Sandy Hook Beach is great for your next family outing because of the many activities that you can do with your tribe. You can bring a ball or frisbee and play family games on the shoreline, or help your kids make sculptures out of the sand. There are also sand dunes your kids will love playing You can also get in the ocean and go scuba diving, windsurfing, surfing, kayaking, boating, and more.

Long Branch Beach

Long Branch

(732) 222-7000

Long Branch Beach is one of the nicest family-friendly beaches in New Jersey. It offers its guests a well-maintained shoreline, numerous amenities, and beautiful blue water. Found within a resort town, Long Branch Beach is easily
accessible and brings convenience to your family vacations because it is close to many other attractions your family will adore visiting. This coastline is just a walk away from Pier Village, an oceanfront recreation area filled with restaurants, shops, and a large carousel.

Beach Haven

Beach Haven

(609) 361-3395

Beach Haven, found on the southern end of Long Beach Island, is a beautiful coastline with white sugary sand and sparkling blue water. There’s a lot you can do at Beach Haven. The sunsets here are also quite beautiful. Nearby, Fantasy Island Amusement Park for your family to enjoy carnival rides, an arcade, fun games, casual food, and more.

Atlantic City Beach

Atlantic City

(888) 228-4748

One of the most popular and well-known beaches in all of New Jersey, Atlantic City Beach draws in beachgoers from all over the country. Four different beach sectors divide this beach where you can enjoy various activities like surfing, fishing, kayaking, windsurfing, parasailing, and canoeing. Take time to explore the amazing oceanfront boardwalk and pier that Atlantic City is known for. The legendary boardwalk features numerous shops and eateries selling various food and delicacies. The iconic pier features carnival rides and a giant Ferris wheel.

Wildwood Beach

Wildwood

(800) 992-9732

Wildwood Beach, found in a resort town, is an award-winning beach and one of the top toddler-friendly beaches in New Jersey. Wildwood Beach is one of the best family-friendly beaches in New Jersey and the safest beach young children because the fine white sand is spacious, flat, has a gentle slope and no small rocks that can potentially blister their feet. As your little ones play on the sand and swim at the shallow shoreline, your teenagers can have a blast doing fun activities like sailing, surfing, boogie boarding, kayaking, parasailing, jet-skiing, powerboating, and plenty more.

Point Pleasant Beach

Point Pleasant Beach

(732) 892-1118

Point Pleasant Beach is a local favorite for families because of its well-maintained shoreline, sparkling clean water, and a magnificent oceanfront boardwalk. Point Pleasant Beach is one of the best family beaches in New Jersey. It is a great place for you to go into the water with your tribe as you enjoy canoeing, kayaking, surfing, and so on. One of the features that make Point Pleasant Beach so popular and iconic is its very own Jenkinson’s Boardwalk. Take time to explore this mile-long boardwalk because you not only get to snack on delicious treats, but you can also visit an aquarium, play fun carnival games, go on thrilling rides, explore a funhouse, play a game of miniature golf, and so much more.

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