Best Long Beach Island Vacations

Things to Do in Long Beach Island

If you're dreaming of the perfect beach getaway, you don't have to travel to some exotic Caribbean Island. There's an island right along the Jersey Shore, Long Beach Island that offers beaches so beautiful you will hardly believe you are still on the East Coast. Beaches provide a variety of things to do in Long Beach Island including surfing, boogie boarding, flying kites, and cruising on jet skis. For a family vacation or a romantic getaway, the upscale destination of Long Beach Island will provide all the sand, surf, and sun you need to make a memorable summer getaway.

long beach island beach vacationBeach Basics

A trip to LBI will be all about the beach basics. This is the perfect destination for building sandcastles with your kids, tossing a Frisbee, and planning sunset picnics. While many of the best Long Beach Island things to do are relaxing, there are also opportunities for adventure. Get out on the water for a day of fishing or take a sailing lesson to learn a new skill during your trip. Ship Bottom Beach in Ship Bottom is a favorite!

Don't be surprised if you see a pod of dolphins swimming by along the coast while you're sunbathing on Long Beach Island. This destination is known for its dolphins, and this fact causes many visitors to look into boat charters and fishing excursions. You might not think that encountering local wildlife would be a highlight of a trip to the Jersey Shore, but in Long Beach Island, this is the truth.

Outdoor Adventure

Many of the best things to do in Long Beach Island have to do with the great outdoors. Biking is a popular pastime, and there are many great biking trails for scenic rides on the island. Jet ski rentals and parasailing are popular for visitors who want to get out on the water while scuba diving lessons are available for those that are curious about marine life off the coast. Or why not spend a day at the Barnegat Lighthouse State Park in Barnegat Light?

Golfers have a few courses to choose from, including Little Egg Harbor's Ocean County Golf Course .

To gain a new perspective on the island, spend an afternoon parasailing. If you're interested in local wildlife, there are bird watching tours you can join to get an introduction to local species of birds. From eco tours to hitting the golf course to playing a few matches of tennis, there are many ways to have some fun under the sun.

Kid-friendly Fun

For some family fun off the beach, but still in the water, check out Beach Haven's Thundering Surf Water Park and Adventure Golf , featuring the new Flow House. There's also the Fantasy Island Amusement Park & Family Casino Arcade to keep the little ones happy, as well as several mini golf courses in Beach Haven.

Local Entertainment

Of all the things to do in Long Beach Island, some of them have nothing to do with the beach. LBI is known for its great restaurants, shopping, and nightlife in addition to its pristine beaches and water sports. Visitors can expect great Italian food, a vibrant bar scene, and plenty of live music for dancing the night away. Whether you're looking for a place to sip on a sunset cocktail or a restaurant for a romantic meal, Long Beach Island will have an option for you.

Visitors looking for a festive atmosphere will want to check out local party boats. These nightly tours are another fun option for Long Beach Island nightlife. If nightlife isn't your idea of entertainment, there are more cultural options too, including summer concerts and movie theaters. For a relaxing addition to the trip, book a treatment at a local spa.

Some highlights:
  • Shopping at the historic Viking Village in Barnegat Light
  • Enjoying a romantic night out at Beach Haven's The Gables Inn and Restaurant
  • Eating burgers at Woodys Drive-In in Ship Bottom
  • Unlimited chowder tasting, live music, and more, at the LBI Chowderfest in Beach Haven (every fall)

Museums, Too

There's plenty of culture and history to explore, too. The Museum of NJ Maritime History and Long Beach Island Historical Museum in Beach Haven make for a worthwhile visit. And if you're visiting the the Barnegat Lighthouse, then you certainly don't want to miss out on the Barnegat Light Museum !  

One of the best local things to do is to take advantage of your LBI vacation rental. Beach rentals in Long Beach Island come with a variety of amenities, from barbecues to hammocks to outdoor showers. Whether you're looking for the perfect place to plan a family fun night or a romantic rental with a soaking tub for two, Long Beach Island sets the stage for an unforgettable summer vacation.

Long Beach Island Rentals on the Beach

3 Bedroom Bayfront Home w/ Boat Slip & Central Air

The second floor of our Long Beach Island Bay Front house. **NO GROUPS** Just 2 blocks to the beach. There is a Boat Slip and an Extra Large Deck off of the living room Overlooking the Bay for Picture Perfect Sunsets. Enjoy the Bay Breeze or u...

OCEANFRONT, ~LBI~ Share w/ Family & Friends - Sleeps 22!

NOT AVAILABLE FOR PROM! NOT AVAILABLE FOR WEEKENDS ONLY! Must rent full week. Fabulous large beach front home just steps to guarded beach in Brant Beach on beautiful Long Beach Island, New Jersey. New central air conditioning! Guarded swimming...

Spectacular New Luxury Home, 3rd from Beach, Ocean Views, Open Layout, Elevator

Magnificent, custom, new luxury home with multiple ocean views and 3 levels of spacious decking. 3rd from the ocean, this house is seconds away from the beach on its own private lane with a paved walkway. This impressive 3200 square foot home with...

Oceanfront with 2 oceanfront decks on 2 floors, 2 baths, amazing views

TWO LARGE OCEANFRONT DECKS. Stunning oceanfront views! This 3 bedroom, 2 full-bath oceanfront is on Long Beach Island in Harvey Cedars and just STEPS to the beach! The north unit has 2 floors with an oceanfront deck on each floor! Watch the sun...

Great Location!: 2nd From Beach in Harvey Cedars

Enjoy a relaxing summer vacation with your family and friends at our quaint and comfortable 4 bedroom raised ranch home. Great for families with easy beach access. Private street and private beach! Recent home improvements include new carpets i...

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