If you’re from the tri-state area, you probably have memories of visiting the Jersey Shore as a child. Families have been vacationing here for generations, enjoying mini golf, bike rides, boardwalk games, and more. Below, we’ve outlined the top Jersey Shore kids activities. Read on to discover our favorites and use our complimentary Vacation Guide to plan your next family getaway!
The Best Things to Do in NJ with Kids: A Parent’s Guide
At home, it can be difficult to peel your kids away from the TV. But, down the shore, it’s a different story! Summertime means endless excitement for the whole family. Cool off at the Asbury Splash Park on a hot day, or take a road trip to Belmar where kids can explore the beach, visit the marina, and play retro arcade games. In the evening, challenge your family to a round of mini golf. There are plenty of places to play nearby.
Other outdoor destinations include:
- Ocean Grove Beach
- Pirate Adventures in Brick
- Storybook Land in Egg Harbor Township
- Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park in Long Branch
Don’t let a few clouds get you down! There are lots of rainy day activities to enjoy at the beach. When you stay with us in Ocean Grove, you’ll be just minutes from Asbury Park. Head to the newly renovated Asbury Lanes for bowling, dining, and live music. Or, check out the vintage pinball machines at the Silverball Museum. You can even catch a movie at ShowRoom Cinemas in Asbury or Bradley Beach.
If you have a family of animal lovers, drive down to Point Pleasant and explore the underwater world at Jenkinson’s Aquarium. The aquarium is open year-round and offers events, tours, and exhibits for visitors of all ages.
Free Things to Do with Kids
They say the best things in life are free, and this is especially true when you have children. (Hey, it can be expensive to entertain the entire family!) Here a few recommendations for having fun on a budget:
- Stroll the Asbury Park Boardwalk
- Fly a kite on the beach in the evening, and look for shells in the sand in the morning (when beach access is free)
- Admire historic homes in Ocean Grove
- Attend an event at the Great Auditorium
It’s Time to Book Your Stay in Ocean Grove, New Jersey
There’s no need to reserve a pricey vacation rental or hotel room for your loved ones. The Ocean View Inn has everything you need! Our deluxe, three-room Family Suites are perfect for a getaway. Each features a bedroom with two queen beds, a living room with a pull-out sofa, and full kitchen. Don’t forget to bring your furry family members along with you; the Ocean View Inn is pet-friendly! Your stay also includes daily maid service and breakfast every morning.