There’s an endless list of fun things to do in Long Beach Island. This 18-mile long strip at the Jersey Shore serves up everything you need to have an enjoyable and relaxing vacation, from historic attractions and exciting dining and shopping options to an expansive beach and many more.
Here’s a list of the top ten things to do in Long Beach Island (LBI).
As a beach location, LBI is synonymous with a variety of fun activities on the water, like swimming in your chosen spot in the ocean or sightseeing; having your own boat gives you the freedom to plan your own boating itinerary. You can rent a boat or even charter a yacht from one of the many places offering rentals and use it to explore the adjacent waters. If you don’t have a New Jersey boater’s license, which is required to rent and operate a boat in LBI, consider enrolling for a boat tour.
Another popular activity you can enjoy in the adjacent waters is fishing. Having the bay and the ocean at your feet comes with the advantage of having numerous fishing opportunities. Vacationers can choose between going fishing on their own or engaging in one of the many fishing tournaments held in the area.
Whether you are simply looking to stock up on some supplies for your Long Beach Island vacation, or are looking to purchase a few souvenirs or gifts for friends or family, the local shops have everything you need. You will find all sorts of wares and goods in the outlets at 9th and Bay Avenue. You add some historic charm to your shopping experience by checking out Viking Village; which is home to some of the oldest shops in LBI.
4. Spending Time At The Beach
You can’t talk about vacationing on Long Beach Island without talking about spending time at the beach. The perfectly maintained and well-secured beach gives visitors the perfect opportunity to relax and soak in the amazing summer sunshine. You can rent beach chairs and umbrellas on site for the most comfortable time at the beach. Dog lovers who have their pets with them can head out to the dog-friendly beach right next to Bay Village.
5. Exploring The Past
If you are a history or art lover, LBI has lots in store for you as well. To soak in some local history you can tour some of the museums on the island, including the Long Beach Island Historical Museum and the Museum of NJ Maritime History. Art lovers can check out the exhibitions and workshops hosted by the Long Beach Island Foundation of Arts and Sciences or visit the numerous local art studios all across the island.
6. Enjoy Live Music
To make your holiday as eventful as possible, LBI hosts a variety of live performances all year long. From outdoor musical performances and concerts to Broadway-quality performances suitable to viewers of all age groups at the Surflight Theatre, there’s always something for everyone to enjoy!
While eating might not seem like the most fun exciting activity, LBI’s wide selection of world-class eateries serving a huge variety of dishes will definitely change this perception. Tantalize your taste buds with some of the tastiest and most exciting dishes, like chowders, custom steaks, one of a kind burgers and club sandwiches among others, in the many dining establishments on the island whenever you feel the need to. It is worth mentioning that LBI is said to be home to the best seafood in the whole of New Jersey.
8. Visiting Amusement Parks
For some exhilarating, heart-thumping fun, for people of all ages, be sure to check out the local amusement parks. The renowned Fantasy Island Amusement Park in Beach Haven has a variety of games and rides for you to enjoy. Thundering Surf Water Park is the place to be if water slides are more of your thing.
9. Exploring Local Wildlife
Nature lovers can explore the local wildlife and some of the most scenic views of the local landscape by visiting local parks. While the Long Island Beach State Park is located along the Barnegat Bay coastline, Barnegat Lighthouse is situated on the northern edge of LBI. The former is home to a huge variety of plant and animal species.
10. Playing Mini Golf
Mini golf, which is fun for people of all ages, regardless of what anyone else thinks, is huge in LBI. Visitors can spot numerous mini-golf offerings when using Long Beach Boulevard. Some of the best places to play mini golf include Flamingo Miniature Golf Course and Sand Trap Mini Golf among others.
If you wish to engage in some, if not all of the above mentioned fun things to do in Long Beach Island, then it’s important for you to choose the right type of accommodation. Using a vacation rental as your base of operations during your vacation gives you a unique opportunity to explore this exciting destination at your own pace. More importantly, you can enjoy all the conveniences of home during your vacation. Renting the same property every time you visit LBI also ensures that it feels more like home, complete with neighbors.
Whether you are looking for a place to host a group of friends or a large family, like spectacular beach homes, or something smaller for couples, like a warm cozy cottage, Shore Summer Rentals offers a variety of properties designed to meet the varying needs of all sorts of vacationers and travelers.
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