Updated Sept. 10
Attractions & Food
List created by R.C. Staab, author of new book, 100 Things to Do at the Jersey Shore. Get special tips and suggestions by purchasing the book here.
All Boardwalks,Water Parks, Amusement Parks, Aquariums and Arcades along Boardwalks are open. Most Water Parks are open with two exceptions.
ATTRACTIONS & SHOPPING
For more details about these attractions and creative ways to explore the Jersey Shore this summer, buy my book here. Unless noted, everything below is open with social distancing and reduced admissions.
Jersey Shore - North
Allaire State Park – Walk and hike among historic village. The Historic Village at Allaire offers tours.
Allenhurst Historic District - Architectural significant town.
Asbury Hotel & Other Asbury Park Hotels - Open
Atlantic Highlands Boat Charters – Full and half-day daily trips
Breakwater Beach Water Park, Seaside Heights
Casino Pier, Seaside Heights -- Amusement park and Breakwater Beach water park are open. Retail stores are open, along with Smuggler's Quay Golf, Midway Games and Go-Karts. Pier Grill, Curley's Fries and Waffles & Ice Cream are open for take-out.
Classic Boat Rides, Atlantic Highlands - Shrewsbury and Navesink Rivers tours. Charters available daily.
Englishtown Auction - Giant flea market, open Saturday and Sunday
Hartshorne Woods Park, Highlands- Hiking trails
Henry Hudson Trail, Atlantic Highlands & Highlands -- Biking and hiking trails.
Howling Woods Farm -- Interactive experience with wolf dogs. Open every day except Monday. Reservations required.
Island Beach State Park -- Beaches are open with parking restrictions.
Island Heights Cultural and Heritage Association -- Architectural significant Victorian-era town.
Jackson Premium Outlets
Jenkinson's Boardwalk -- Amusement rides, outdoor dining, foot stands, batting cage, Adventure Lookout Ropes Course and mini-golf courses, Lighthouse Point and Castaway Coves are open.
Jersey Shore Pirates, Tom Rivers
Jersey Shore Premium Outlets
Keansburg Amusement Park
Monmouth Battle Monument, Freehold
Monmouth Battlefield State Park - Revolutionary War battlefield site
Monmouth Park Racetrack -- Season continues through Sept. 27 including onsite betting. Free parking and free admission . Large venue easily able to handle reduced capacity to 25%.
(John F.) Peto Studio Museum, Island Heights -- Open to members only
Pier Village, Long Branch - Carousel open along with outdoor dining and retail.
Pine Creek Railroad/ NJ Museum of Transportation
Pinelands Adventures -- Guided Pine Barren river tours through end of October.
Point Pleasant Beach -- See Jenkinson's Boardwalk above.
Popcorn Park Zoo, Forked River -- Open every day.
Runaway Rapids Water Park , Keansburg
Sandy Hook National Park - Beaches are open. $15 per car, 4000-car limit
Seaside Heights Boardwalk -- Shops and food stands are open. See Casino Pier above.
Seastreak Ferry - Daily service to and from NYC. Whale watching and NYC skyline sunset tours.
Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, Long Branch
Silverball Museum, Asbury Park -- Open. Cafe on the Boardwalk also open.
Six Flags Great Adventure and Safari -- Safari drive-thru is open daily, with separate admission from amusement park (except for season pass holders and members). No walk-up. Advance reservations required.
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Water Park -- Separate admission from amusement park. Reservations required.
Long Beach Island
Black Pearl Pirate Excursions
Fantasy Island Amusement Park
Green Hat Kiteboarding
New Jersey Maritime Museum
Ron Jon Surf Shop
Show Place Ice Cream Parlor (with singing waiters.)
Surflight Theatre -- presenting Mama Mia and full fall season of shows
Thundering Surf Water Park, Beach Haven
Jersey Shore - South
African American Museum of Southern New Jersey
Atlantic City Boardwalk – Steel Pier and Central rides and arcades are open. Outdoor dining, food stands and retail are open.
Atlantic City Casinos
Atlantic City Tanger Outlets
Bay Springs Farm - closed until further notice
Cape May Carriage House Museum Shop (with special exhibit)
Cape May Lighthouse and Museum Shop
Cape May Tours - Walking tour Painted Ladies, Porches & More. Trolley tour re-start this month.
Cape May County Park & Zoo -- It's free!
Cape May Hotels, Motels & B&Bs
Cape May-Lewes Ferry
Cape May Whale Watch and Research Center
Cape May Whale Watcher
Carroll Gallery, Emlen Physick House with new exhibit
Civil Rights Garden, Atlantic City
Doo Wop District, Wildwood and Wildwood Crest plus Doo Wop Diner on the Boardwalk and the Doo Wop Drive-In on New Jersey Avenue
East Lynn Theatre Company, Cape May
Emlen Physick House (Cape May)
Fun Time Crabbing, Somers Point
Historic Cold Spring Village
Historic Smithville and Village Green
Hoys 5 & 10
Jersey Shore Alpacas
Longport Dog Beach
Lucy the Elephant
Marine Mammal Stranding Center
Morey's Piers, Wildwoods -- Amusement rides on all three piers open. Raging Waters Water Park open. Ocean Oasis Water Park closed for season. Outdoor dining, foot stands, retail stores, games, arcades and Starlux Mini Golf are open.
NAS Wildwood Aviation Museum -- now open daily.
OC Water Park, Ocean City
Ocean City Boardwalk - OC Water Park and Gillians Wonderland open, plus arcades. Outdoor dining, foot stands, retail stores, games and mini golf are open.
Ocean Oasis Water Park - Closed for the season.
Raging Waters Water Park, Wildwood
Sea Isle City Beachcomber Tours
Somers Point Dock and Dine Marina -- New this year
Splash Zone Water Park, Wildwood
Steel Pier, Atlantic City Boardwalk
Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen's Museum -- Ferry rides to and from LBI and creek tours
Wildwoods Boardwalk -- Retail and food stands open. See Morey's Piers above. Splash Zone Waterpark open.
West End Garage (shops), Cape May
World War II Lookout Tower, Cape May Point
FAMOUS FOODS AND SELECTED RESTAURANTS
(Outdoor dining has opened. No indoor available yet.)
For more details about these restaurants at the Jersey Shore this summer, buy my book here. Check back for regular updates.
Jersey Shore - North
Allenwood General Store, Allenwood
Bahrs Landing Restaurant, Highlands
Donovan's Reef, Sea Bright
Frank's Deli, Asbury Park
Good Karma Vegan Cafe, Red Bank
Hoffman's Ice Cream, Pt Pleasant Beach, Spring Lake, Long Branch
Jake's Downtown, Belmar
Jersey Pork Roll, Seaside Heights
JBJ Soul Kitchen, Red Bank & Toms River
Joe Leone's Italian Specialties, Pt. Pleasant Beach
Mister C's Beach Bistro, Allenhurst
My Kitchen Witch, Monmouth Beach
Pier Village -- Numerous restaurants offering outdoor dining and curbside pick up
Pucker, Asbury Park Boardwalk
2nd Jetty Restaurant, Sea Bright
Shut Up and Eat, Toms River
Van Holten's Sweet Shop, Seaside Heights
WindMill Restaurants, Long Branch and and five other locations
Long Beach Island
Chicken or the Egg, Beach Haven
Ship Bottom Shellfish, Ship Bottom
Jersey Shore - South
Chickie's and Pete's, Ocean City and Wildwood Boardwalks
Crab House at Two Mile Landing, Wildwood Crest
Crab Shack Seafood Market & Restaurant, Brigantine
The Crap Trap, Somers Point
Curley's Fries, Wildwood Boardwalk
Doo Wop Drive In, 6200 New Jersey Ave., Wildwood (new)
Fishin' Pier Grille, Avalon, Sea Isle City and Stone Harbor
Good Earth Organic Eatery, Cape May
Johnson's Popcorn, Ocean City and Wildwood Boardwalks
Knife & Fork, Atlantic City
Kohr Frozen, from Pt. Pleasant to Cape May
Lime Ricky World, Wildwood Boardwalk
Mike's Seafood, Sea Isle City
Quahog's Seafood Shack, Stone Harbor
Taco Shop, Cape May
Vintage Restaurant at Emlen Physick Estate
BEACHES AND BADGES
Jersey Shore - North
Sandy Hook Park (part of Gateway National Recreation Area) – Beaches are open. No picnicking. $15-per-car admission reinstated. Parking at regular levels allowing 4,000 cars at any one time.. Lighthouse, History House and campground closed until at least June 30. Click here for photos.
Sea Bright – Beach is open. Seawall walkway is open. For guarded beaches downtown and at Anchorage Beach, beach badge required (use Viply app for seasonal badge). Seasonal and daily badges available. Other beaches free. Municipal parking is open 9am to 9pm (use mpay2park app.)
Monmouth Beach – Beach and parks are open. Seasonal and daily beach badges available at Bathing Pavilion. Use Viply app for $9 daily beach badge. Lot parking only with seasonal permit.
Long Branch -- Beach, boardwalk, promenade and adjacent bike paths are all open. Plenty of parking available along Ocean Avenue and in and around Pier Village (use mpay2park app). Beach badges required weekends until June 11 and the daily through Labor Day. Use viply app or buy badges at Beach Office at South Bath and Ocean Blvd.
Long Branch/Seven Presidents Park – Beach is open. Parking lot is small. Strongly recommend buying daily beach badge and daily parking pass through viply app.
Deal – Beach is open. Limited daily beach badges available. Non-resident parking available on grass lot on Ocean Avenue by Conover Pavillion.
Allenhurst – Beach and boardwalk are open. Extremely limited parking. Beach badge required. Purchase through viply app or onsite.
Loch Arbour -- Beach is open. Extremely limited parking. Purchase a weekday or weekend daily badge through viply app or at beach office.
Asbury Park -- Beach is open. Boardwalk is open. Face masks/coverings required on Boardwalk. Beach badges required. Number of seasonal and daily passes will be limited so buy in advance through viply app. Restrooms open. Hotels and short-term rentals can start June 25. Plenty of paid metered parking. Download Parkmobile or Asbury PARK app.
Ocean Grove – Beach and Boardwalk are open. Badges required. Purchase through viply or onsite.
Bradley Beach -- Beach and Boardwalk are open. Badges required. Purchase through viply or onsite.
Avon by the Sea -- Beach and Boardwalk are open. Badges required. Check avonbytheseanj.com website for update.
Belmar - Beach and Boardwalk are open but dogs, bikes and skateboards are banned. Beach badges required weekends through June 14 and then daily. Badges available at booths along the Boardwalk. Download Parkmobile app to aid in parking.
Spring Lake -- Beach is open. Boardwalk is open. Badges are required and must be bought in advance at www.springlakeboro.org at picked up at train station office.
Sea Girt - Beach is open. Boardwalk is open. Season beach badges sold out. No daily badges offered.
Manasquan -- Beach is open but no dogs allowed. Check https://www.manasquan-nj.gov/community-pass for updates on beach badges which are required. Municipal parks are closed.
Pt. Pleasant Beach -- Beach and boardwalk are open. Beach badges required. Plenty of parking. Sit-down outdoor dining and lots of Boardwalk dining stands are open plus retail. Batting cages, minature golf and some games open now.
Bay Head – Beach is open. Beach badges required as of June 20 but no daily passes available. Seasonal and half-seasonal passes available at viply.
Mantoloking – Beach is open. Beach badges required as of June 20 but no daily passes available. Seasonal and half-seasonal passes available at badge trailer or mail in via mantoloking.org.
Brick Beaches – Beaches are open. Beach badges required. Daily wristbands available at the beach.
Dover Beaches North/Toms River Township – Beaches are open. Beach badges required on weekends and then daily starting June 20. Badges available at Recreation Administration Office in Toms River or at the beach.
Lavallette - Beach is open. Boardwalk is open. Beach badges required as of June 20.
Ortley Beach/Dover Beaches South – Beaches are open. Beach badges required on weekends and then daily starting June 20. Badges available at Recreation Administration Office in Toms River or at the beach.
Seaside Heights – Beach is open but not swimming. Boardwalk is open with some lots of outdoor dining options and take-out food. Retail stores are open. Seasonal or daily beach badges required and ONLY available through viply app. Use m2pay parking app for parking.
Seaside Park – Beach is open. Boardwalk is open. Beach badges required on weekends only until June 29 and then daily thereafter. Purchase badges at Beach Control Building by the Seaside Park Police Station.
Berkeley Township - Beach is open. Beach badges required on weekends only until June 22 and then daily thereafter
Island Beach State Park – Open except for camping or picnicking. Parking limited. Restrooms and food concessions are closed. At the moment, there are no entry fees, which may continue through Memorial Weekend.
Long Beach Island
Barnegat Light - Beach is open. Badges required. Purchases can be made via viply app or with beach badge checker at the beach.
Harvey Cedars - Beach is open. Badges required weekends. Purchases can be made via viply app or with beach badge checker at the beach.
Surf City -- Beach is open. Badges required starting June 20. Purchase with beach badge checker at the beach.
Ship Bottom - Beach is open. Badges required weekends. Purchases can be made via viply app or with beach badge checker at the beach.
Long Beach Township - Beach is open. Badges required. Purchase at Beach Badge Shack at 68th Street or from beach badge checker at the beach.
Beach Haven - Beach is open. Badges required. Purchases can be made via viply app or with beach badge checker at the beach.
Jersey Shore - South
North Brigantine Natural Area -- Beach is open.
Brigantine – Beaches are open. Beach badges required through viply or from beach badge checker at beach. Plenty of parking
Atlantic City – Beach and Boardwalk are open. Free beach access. Plenty of paid parking.
Ventnor – Beach is open. Boardwalk is open. Beach badges available through viply.
Margate – Beach is open. Beach badges available at Martin Bloom Pavilion behind the Library.
Longport – Beach is open. Beach badges available through viply.
Ocean City – Beach is open. Boardwalk is open. Beach badges required.
Ocean City/Corsons Inlet State Park -- Open but with no parking but boats can launch from parking lot. No swimming, camping or picnicking.
Strathmere – Beach is open. Free. Parking at Beesley's Point and free street parking.
Sea Isle City – Beach is open. Promenade is open for walking, running, biking and skating.
Avalon -- Beach is open. No beach tags are required until July 3. Buy badges via viply.
Stone Harbor -- Beach is open. Beach tags available via viply. Municipal Marina is open.
North Wildwood -- Beach and Boardwalk are open. Beaches are free. Hotels are open and short-term rentals are available.
Wildwood – Beach and Boardwalk are open. Beaches are free. Hotels are open and short-term rentals are available.
Wildwood Crest – Beach is open. Beaches are free. Bike Path is open for recreation only.
Diamond Beach – Beach is open. Hotels will start booking June 1.
Cape May – Beaches are open but no swimming. Free for Memorial Day. Badges will be required in June and can be purchased on the beach. Promenade is only open for walking and jogging. Hotels, motels and B&Bs are booking rooms. Use Parkmobile app for parking.
Cape May Point – Beaches and Pavilion Circle are open for running, jogging, fishing and walking, but not swimming. Beach tags are required and can be purchased at temporary building behind Borough Hall.
Higebee Beach – Beach is open. Free.
Lower Township/Sunset Point – Beach is open.