Seaside Heights & Seaside Park, NJ: 15 sensational places

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Seaside Heights has been an oceanfront beach destination from the start.

The developers organized train trips for potential vacation home owners as the borough came to life between Seaside Park and Ortley Beach. In 1915, the first toll bridge was opened, giving visitors more options for getting to Seaside.

The first version of Casino Pier opened in 1932 – and the first American Himalayan merry-go-round was installed on the pier in 1963.

Along the way, the Seaside Heights Boardwalk and Casino Pier were hit by tragic disasters, including catastrophic fires before and after the devastation of Super Storm Sandy. Both communities have proven their resilience through reconstruction and expansion.


What to do in Seaside, NJ

(Casino pier and breakwater beach)

Casino Pier and Breakwater Beach

800 Ocean Terrace, Seaside Heights
Numerous rides for all ages, the Smuggler’s Quay mini-golf course and the water park make this outing an unforgettable outing!

(Casino pier and breakwater beach)

The pier offers rides for kids, a Ferris wheel (131 feet high), and thrill-seekers rides like the Hydrus roller coaster.

(Casino pier and breakwater beach)

Breakwater Beach attractions include a wave pool, inner tube rides, and an aquatic freefall (a 50-foot slide).

(Photo by Yana Paskova / Getty Images)

Seaside Heights Boardwalk

800 Ocean Terrace & Grant Avenue
Stroll on the boards and fill up your appetite. Lucky Leo’s can be found along the promenade with plenty of arcade games, and you can grab a (giant) slice or whole pie at Maruca’s Pizza or Three Brothers from Italy, maybe a margarita at Spicy’s. You’ll also want to save room for a midway cheesesteak, House of Fries, and of course – ice cream.

Island Beach State Park

2401 central avenue, seaside park
Island Beach State Park has a total of eight trails, each under 1 mile. Trails lead to different parts of the island’s beach or bay. Visitors can also choose to explore the ten miles of pure white sand beaches.

There is a mile-long ocean beach for swimming, when lifeguards are on hand from mid-June to Labor Day. Nearby are parking areas and bathing pavilions with changing rooms, first aid stations and concessions. There are also possibilities for surfing, windsurfing and saltwater fishing.

(Ocean County Parks and Recreation)

Cattus Island County Park

1170 Cattus Island Boulevard, Toms River
Not by the Sea but nearby and free!
This park spans 530 acres and 7 miles of trails. Take a leisurely stroll along the main path to the beach or hike a footpath and enjoy many wonderful views over Barnegat Bay. Cattus Island is home to the Cooper Environmental Center – with educational exhibits such as osprey live view camera, habitat tree and tunnel, bird watching area, kids activity corner children and a spectacular collection of live reptiles and fish.

(Pedals N Paddles via Facebook)

Pedals and Paddles

1200 Route 35 South, Seaside Heights
732-830-5757
Email: pedalsandpaddles@yahoo.com
For the 2021 summer season, single and double kayaks, paddleboards, pedal boats, aqua trikes and Hobie steppers are available for hire by the half hour or by the hour.

Bay side location, open weekends from Memorial Day to June 23. Open 7 days a week from June 24 to Labor Day, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Where to eat in Seaside, NJ

(Bum Rodgers Crabhouse via Facebook)

Bum Rogers Crabhouse

2207, central avenue, seaside park
732-830-2770
The Seaside Park seafood restaurant offers “hearty food, local beers and live music.” Although a landmark for over 50 years, the current owners are four friends who bought the restaurant in 2013.

(Van Holten’s Sweet Shop via Instagram)

Van Holten’s confectionery

802 Ocean Terrace, Seaside Heights
732-830-2220
This iconic boutique located right at Casino Pier offers “60 flavors of house fudge, 82 flavors of saltwater taffy, 70 flavors of Gourmet popcorn and 22 different specialty apples.” There are also plenty of other treats, depending on availability. Van Holten’s also has a chocolate factory in The Brick and another in the port of Lanoka.

(Chief Mike’s ABG via Facebook)

Chef Mike’s ABG (formerly Atlantic Bar & Grille)

10 24th Ave. at Central Avenue, Seaside Park
Executive Chef Mike Jurusz has earned a rightful reputation as a talented professional, with over 37 years in the restaurant industry.

(Chief Mike’s ABG via Facebook)

Open for dinner, while Chef Mike’s ABG’s TikiBar starts serving at 11 a.m. in midsummer. Opening hours change seasonally.

(Erin Vogt, Townsquare Media)

Surf tacos

212 SE Central Ave., Seaside Park
732-830-2111
The Jersey-born “coastal cuisine” chain started in Ocean County in 2001. There are now a dozen locations, mostly on the Jersey Shore.

Macc’s

2 Ocean Terrace, Seaside Heights
email: maccsseaside@gmail.com
The new quick and casual spot with decadent macaroni and cheese sits just along a stretch of Ocean Terrace, with a number of different dining options.

(Heavy Reel Brewing Co via Instagram)

Heavy Reel Brewing Co.

1520 Ocean Boulevard, Seaside Heights
Each of his small beers is handcrafted in the brewery, just one block from the Atlantic Ocean.


Where to sleep in Seaside, NJ

Lazy river rental

Locations at Seaside Park and Seaside Heights, offering suites, cottages and houses.

Lazy River by Beach – 702 Bay Boulevard, Seaside Heights
Lazy River at the Pier – 36 Sherman Avenue, Seaside Heights
Lazy River in the Park – 52 “O” Street, Seaside Park
Lazy River by the Sea – 122 DuPont Avenue, Seaside Heights
C’est Blue Lavallette – Bayfront House at 27 6th Terrace, Ortley Beach

All one, two, three, four, five and six bedroom vacation properties are owned, managed and rented exclusively through Lazy River Rentals, with amenities such as in-ground pools and fitness centers .

Lazy River has grown from a single property over 25 years ago to around 50 properties that see over a thousand rentals per year.

There are seven to 15 properties at each location.

Motel Charlroy

1601 N Ocean Ave, Seaside Park
A family owned and operated beachfront motel in the “Heart of Seaside Park”. The renovated rooms are just steps from the ocean and the hustle and bustle of the boardwalk.

Beachfront condos for private rental via Airbnb, VRBO

There are a number of newer condominium complexes that are within a block or two of the beach and boardwalk.

Searching through Airbnb and VRBO will find a number of two- and three-bedroom units, with parking and washer-dryer, among other amenities that families will appreciate – like this three-bedroom condo hosted on Airbnb and this two-bedroom unit. on VRBO.

Starlight Motel and Luxury Suites

1963 NJ-35, Ortley Beach (section of the Toms River)
732-793-4321
These rooms can comfortably accommodate two to five people. All suites have separate bedrooms from the living room and kitchen. Large suites at Starlight: two queen beds and sofa bed (up to six people), Small suites at Starlight: one queen bed and sofa bed (up to four people).

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