Most days I can’t remember what I did five minutes ago. If you were to ask me what I was up to on a specific day I most likely wouldn’t be able to tell you. Unless, of course, there was a significant event tied to a particular day. Such is the case as on October 29, 2012. You see, this is the day that Super Storm Hurricane Sandy barreled through my home state of New Jersey and ripped apart the Jersey Shore. I stayed glued to the television and internet coverage watching the destruction that was happening all around me, until the power went out. My power remained out for 12 days, but I was one of the lucky ones. My home and my property remained intact. My family was safe. I wish I could say the same for all of my friends.
The Jersey Shore was severely impacted during the storm. Boardwalks were ripped apart, businesses were flooded, and homes washed out to sea. I’m sure many of you are familiar with the infamous photo of the roller coaster in the ocean. My kids and I have ridden that coaster. But here is the thing. The newscasters stayed in town to report the destruction to the nation and to the world. But, they didn’t stick around to broadcast the spirit of New Jersey and our Jersey Strong attitude. Families and businesses began to fight back against Sandy and began the rebuilding process almost immediately. Each and every day has been one step closer to regaining a sense of normalcy. The sense of community and pride has never been stronger.
I am here to tell you that the Jersey Shore is open for Summer 2013! Businesses are reopening every day, boardwalks are being rebuilt, and everyone wants you to know they are here and ready to welcome you and your family.
The Jersey Shore
The “northern” part of the Jersey Shore lies in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. You will find family friendly beach towns such as Point Pleasant, Lavallette, Seaside Heights, and Seaside Park.
Point Pleasant Beach has rebuilt the boardwalk, the rides are open, as is Jenkinson’s Aquarium. One of the most exciting things happening here this summer is the construction of the Sandy Castle. This sand castle aims to make the world record for being the tallest sand castle built and will serve as a fundraiser to help aid Hurricane Sandy victims. This will be something you won’t want to miss!
Seaside Heights and Seaside Park have been busy rebuilding the boardwalk and removing the roller coaster from the ocean. You will find many businesses and games stands open along the boardwalk and the Casino Pier will have its lower pier open with rides. Breakwater Beach will have its water slides ready for you to zip down! I am also thrilled to report that nearby in Lavallette, The Music Man has rebuilt and will be back for another summer of fantastic entertainment and ice cream.
A little further north, Sandy Hook will be looking to welcome visitors to the beaches and to climb the lighthouse. In Long Branch, the Ocean Place Resort and Spa can’t wait to welcome you for a stay while you enjoy the beach and surrounding areas.
The Southern Shore
The Southern Shore area lies in Atlantic and Cape May Counties. You will find family friendly towns such as Ocean City, Wildwood, and Cape May. The southern shore suffered less damage and is up and ready to go for the Summer 2013 season.
Atlantic City welcomes you with its beaches, and the multi-million dollar expansion of Steel Pier will be sure to delight the ride lovers in your clan. There will be plenty of fun events returning as well including the Atlantic City Air Show, the 3D light show, Duality, and the Miss America Pageant. Be sure to check out Atlantic City With Kids for more family friendly ideas.
Wildwood is always a hotbed of family fun. The beaches are consistently voted some of the best around and the boardwalk offers plenty of entertainment. Morey’s Piers is ready to turn up the fun and thrill factor on the rides, and Raging Waters will delight the whole family. After the storm, the folks of Esplanade Suites welcomed many storm victims in need of a place to stay and would love to offer you their hospitality this summer!
Cape May is, in my opinion, one of the prettiest areas in the state. A few of our favorite spots are the Cape May Zoo, Sunset Beach, and the Cape May Lighthouse. It is also a great spot for families who love to spot wildlife. Check out this sample itinerary to help you plan.
This post is just a sampling of all the fun things to do at the Jersey Shore this summer. So download some Bon Jovi and Springsteen, grab your sunscreen and beach towel, and join us! Don’t forget to check out our Pinterest Boards and Top 10 Things for Families to do in New Jersey for other fun ideas around the state.