More Day Trip Ideas in South Jersey

If you’ve never been to Long Beach Island (LBI), you’re missing a unique Jersey Shore treasure. You won’t find any walks and there is only one entrance and one exit. This keeps the atmosphere and feel of a less developed barrier reef island more peaceful and authentic. It also causes major traffic headaches getting up and down and up and down the island.

Here is a solution that not everyone knows in summer. Beach Haven is probably the busiest town on the island. There’s plenty to do for all members of the family and it’s still one of the prettiest towns on the coast. So go by boat! There is a ferry from Tuckerton to Beach Haven on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays in the summer. Before you leave, visit Tuckerton Seaport.

If you don’t mind the traffic going up and down from LBI, turn left and head for the quieter side of the island. About a 15 minute drive north will take you straight to the end of the road at Barnegat Light. Of course, you’ll want to check out Old Barney, Barnegat’s lighthouse. Even though the website says the lighthouse is open the next day, it was closed this summer for renovations. That still shouldn’t deter you from wandering around the pier and entrance.

TSM Jersey Shore

TSM Jersey Shore

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more peaceful scenic spot on the Jersey Shore. Besides the lighthouse, visit Viking Village.

Grab a bite to eat at Kelly’s after a long walk on the pier.

One of the nicest hotels on the Jersey Shore outside of AC is of course the LBI Hotel. It’s right at the entrance to the island and well worth stopping in for a meal or a stay if they’re not full. Long Beach Island is off the Garden State Parkway at exit 63 and Tuckerton is at exit 58. You won’t be disappointed coming down any time of the year, but summer is the perfect time to experience these gems of the South of Jersey.

More Day Trip Ideas in South Jersey

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