Occupying the Barnegat Peninsula at the mouth of the Manasquan River, Point Pleasant Beach lies on New Jersey’s Atlantic coast. It’s famed for its lengthy boardwalk lined with amusement rides and family-friendly attractions while it also boasts a wide expanse of sand for swimming and sunbathing in the summer months.
Things to do in Point Pleasant Beach
Dominating the waterfront of Point Pleasant Beach is Jenkinson's Boardwalk, which is home to family-friendly rides, arcade games and eateries. Challenge your family and friends to a game at Castaway Cove Adventure Golf or explore the Boardwalk Fun House, then treat yourself to ice cream at the Sweet Shop. For something more substantial, you can dine on pizza at Joey Tomato’s or feast on lobster at the Boardwalk Bar & Grill.
One of the boardwalk’s most famous attractions is Jenkinson’s Aquarium, which is home to Atlantic and Pacific sharks, Harbor seals and African penguins. You can get hands-on with sea stars in the touch tank and admire the tropical fish in the coral reef exhibit, then explore the educational exhibits detailing New Jersey’s local marine life.
Car enthusiasts shouldn’t miss a visit to the Vintage Automobile Museum of New Jersey, where you’ll find an impressive collection of classic and vintage vehicles. Admire a 1917 Ford Model T and a 1927 Buick Master, then get up close to a Ford Thunderbird and a Chevrolet Bel Air. In addition to cars, there’s a fascinating range of vintage signage and memorabilia on display.
Getting around Point Pleasant Beach
Point Pleasant Beach is around an hour’s drive from Newark and 1.5 hours from New York. Newark Liberty International Airport is just under an hour away and has flights to destinations across the globe. Regular trains connect to the Point Pleasant Beach railway station and buses travel throughout the borough.