A Family-Friendly Adventure Down the Shore – Point Pleasant, NJ

Point Pleasant, NJ, is a charming coastal town perfect for a family-friendly getaway. Nestled along the Jersey Shore, it offers a variety of activities for all ages, making it an ideal destination for creating lasting memories. Here’s a guide to planning your perfect family trip to Point Pleasant! 

Getting to Point Pleasant

Point Pleasant is conveniently located within driving distance of major cities like New York City and Philadelphia. Driving from Philadelphia typically takes under 2 hours, which makes it an easy and cost-effective destination.

Where to Stay

Point Pleasant offers a range of accommodations suitable for families! We stayed at the perfect location, Legacy Beach House! The owners are super accommodating and make the whole process a breeze; they have their own app with a guide to nearby attractions and a home guide. The house is located 2 blocks from the beach and boardwalk and right on a lake; so if you have kayaks definitely bring them along! There are multiple parks / playgrounds within walking distance of the house as well. You can even walk into town, this really is the perfect location. 


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The house has 5 bedrooms and sleeps up to 16 guests, perfect for the whole family. One of the rooms have 2 bunk beds with a trundle, this was a favorite for the kiddos in our family! There is a game room in the garage with GIANT checkers, foosball, ping pong, and more. The backyard has a huge wood burning firepit, perfect for s’mores. 

Things to Do at the Jersey Shore

Enjoy Point Pleasant Beach

Obviously, this is Point Pleasant’s main attraction! Lifeguards are on duty during the peak season, ensuring a safe environment for swimming and sandcastle building. Jersey Shore beaches are usually pretty wavy, so bring those boogie boards! 

Jenkinson’s Boardwalk

A trip to Point Pleasant wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Jenkinson’s Boardwalk! It’s packed with family-friendly attractions:

  • Amusement Rides: Suitable for all ages, with everything from kiddie rides to more thrilling options for older children. This was our favorite part – Lily is 2 years old and she was able to go on about 10 rides! 
  • Jenkinson’s Aquarium: An educational and fun experience, featuring marine life including sharks, penguins, and seals. You can even experience feeding times – check out their website! The aquarium is small and super clean, we were pleasantly surprised and cant wait to go back. 
  • Arcade Games: Challenge your family to some classic arcade games or try your luck at winning prizes.
  • Mini Golf: Jenkinson’s Castaway Cove offers a pirate-themed mini-golf course that’s sure to be a hit with the kids.

Explore Nature

  • Island Beach State Park: A short drive away, this park offers pristine beaches, picnic areas, and nature trails. It’s a great spot for a family hike or a leisurely bike ride.
  • Point Pleasant Canal: Rent kayaks or paddleboards for a fun day on the water, or simply enjoy a peaceful walk along the canal.

Educational and Cultural Attractions:

  • Vintage Automobile Museum of New Jersey: Located in Point Pleasant, this museum showcases a collection of classic cars that car enthusiasts of all ages will appreciate.
  • Sea Girt Lighthouse: A short drive away, this historic lighthouse offers tours that provide a glimpse into the maritime history of the Jersey Shore.

Where to Eat in Point Pleasant

Point Pleasant boasts numerous dining options that cater to families and parents’ night out.

  • Boardwalk Eateries: Enjoy casual dining with options like pizza, hot dogs, and ice cream. Joey Tomato’s and Kohr’s Frozen Custard are local favorites.
  • Family-Friendly Restaurants: The Shrimp Box offers a variety of seafood dishes with beautiful waterfront views. For Italian cuisine, try Spano’s Ristorante Italiano.
  • Sweet Treats: Don’t miss Hoffman’s Ice Cream for a delicious end to your day.

Tips for a Smooth Trip

  • Plan Ahead: During peak season, Point Pleasant can get quite busy. Book accommodations and make dining reservations in advance.
  • Pack Smart: Bring beach essentials like sunscreen, hats, and plenty of water. Don’t forget beach toys for the kids!
  • Stay Flexible: While it’s good to have a plan, be ready to adapt based on the weather or your family’s energy levels. Lots of indoor fun options for those rainy days!

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