The Jersey Shore is the perfect place to escape from your day-to-day life while having fun and relaxing with the family. What you see and do while in the area will greatly depend upon what you are interested in. However, there are some attractions that you just do not want to miss out on. Here are the top five things to see and do while visiting the Jersey Shore.

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Cape May Lighthouse
Cape May Point State Park
215 Lighthouse Ave.
Cape May, NJ 08212
(609) 884-5404

The Cape May Lighthouse is one of the most popular, historic landmarks in the area. This lighthouse has more than 100,000 visitors every year take the challenge and climb the tower stairs. Do you have what it takes to get to the top? This is definitely a destination you won’t want to miss when visiting the Jersey Shore, and you will see just why this is one of the top 50 attractions in Jew Jersey. If you are able to, make the climb to the top of the tower at night for a spectacular view of a moonlit Atlantic Ocean.

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Casino Pier And Breakwater Beach Waterpark
800 Ocean Terrace
Seaside Heights, NJ 08751
(732) 793-6488

Visiting the Casino Pier and Breakwater Beach Waterpark is something you’ll definitely want to do while visiting the Jersey Shore. You will have access to two amazing amusement parks in one single location. Casino Pier is located on the legendary boardwalk and features everything you would imagine to find in the area, including classic rides, amazing food at the Pier Grill and other food stands along the boardwalk. You will also find a variety of boardwalk-themed games and a giant arcade.

Just a few steps across the street you will find the Breakwater Beach Waterpark, which is home to a clean play area for both big and little kids to splash around at.

The Flanders Hotel
719 E. 11th St.
Ocean City, NJ 08226
(609) 399-1000

The Flanders Hotel is more than just a place to grab some shut eye. This hotel is one of the city’s most historic and luxurious places on the boardwalk. When staying in one of the suites you will be treated to a private bedroom, spacious living area and a kitchenette. You will definitely have plenty of room during your stay. The Flanders Hotel is also home to unique shops, a salon, spa and a specialty coffee shop. Even if you are not staying at The Flanders Hotel, make time to stop by, shop and stay for dinner and a show. You will quickly discover why this hotel is a must-visit while in the area.

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Jenkinson’s Boardwalk
300 Ocean Ave.
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
(732) 892-0600

If you are looking for an all-day activity while visiting the Jersey Shore, you definitely need to stop by Jenkinson’s Boardwalk. At the Boardwalk you will find games, rides, mouthwatering food, white sandy beaches and much more. This is everything you would expect to see, do and experience while visiting the area. Plus, there is an Aquarium which is home to sharks, seals, penguins, monkeys and many more amazing creatures. Before leaving Jenkinson’s Boardwalk, do not forget to stop by the Sweet Shop for some candies and treats to take home with you.

The Jenkinson’s Boardwalk features weekly events that are free and open to the public, plus many year round festivals that are perfect when celebrating a holiday or other special time of the year.

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Sahara Sam’s Oasis
535 North Route 73
West Berlin, NJ 08091
(856) 767-7580

Kids of all ages, and adults too, will have a blast at Sahara Sam’s Oasis. This waterpark is located both indoors and outdoors, making it possible to have a blast even when Mother Nature is not cooperating. You will find waterslides, pools, arcades and other entertainment activities available throughout the year at Sahara Sam’s Oasis. This location makes it possible for families to take a break from their day-to-day lives and relax in a fun, clean and safe atmosphere.

There are plenty of things to do when visiting the Jersey Shore, including activities that are fun for the entire family. So start packing those bags and get ready for your unique vacation getaway to the Jersey Shore this summer.

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