My daughter was up visiting from Miami before she heads up to work this summer at Camp Kiniya. I really don’t know all the fun things to do with her in NJ yet. With the heat wave that came through last week, we decided to head to the Jersey Shore. I just set the GPS to Monmouth Beach where I thought we could start and work our way south.
We started in Long Branch and worked our way through neighborhoods Asbury Park, Ocean Grove, Avon by the Sea, Spring Lake and others. It was a totally different feeling from South Florida. I really loved how there were beach neighborhoods each with their own personalities. There were some lovely beaches to stop at but with Megs by my side, I was definitely looking for a little more excitement. After being diverted away from the beach back, we hit Point Pleasant…
I knew this was exactly what we were looking for.
Boardwalk, shops, restaurants, rides and more… It was a perfect day out. We ventured into Martel’s for lunch. Meg looked longingly at the Tiki area with kids just a few years older all mingling at the beach bar. (Only 2 more years ) After lunch, we saw an aquarium which we HAD to visit. It was really nice for a small aquarium on the Boardwalk! We were there amongst kids on their field trips, but enjoyed watching feedings for the harbor seals and penguins. Megan loves anything with animals, so it was a nice stop before we hit the beach.
The beach was very busy for midweek but there was a “heat wave” … The temperature on our phones read 90 degrees but there must have been colder weather off shore because it was chilly when the sun disappeared behind the sun. Megan ended up wrapping herself up in her towel like a burrito, I stayed in the sun and ended up with a bit of color. Not a person found in the water with the water temperature and the waves crashing against the shore. It brought memories of a childhood vacation to Atlantic City where my dad liked to throw us into the waves. When we had enough beach time, we picked up ice cream cones to go and headed home.
Other than the 2 1/2 hours of traffic on the way home, it was an amazing day!
Above: Megan wrapped in burrito
What is your favorite spot on the Jersey Shore? Or fun thing to do in the Garden State?