Destination guide

40 square miles that feel like your best friend's back yard

Say hi to your new friend Tom(s River). Okay, he's not a person. He's a riverside township, but Toms River gives visitors the feeling that they're in a laid-back neighborhood rather than a bustling port town with a population of close to 100,000. Toms River has a community-oriented downtown, beautiful beaches, sunny parks with well-kept walking trails, and a proud history of patriotic heroism. Your Toms River vacation rental will be the perfect home base for your family, your sweetheart, or your nature-loving friends.

Things to do

Be inspired – by heroes of yore or wonders of the universe

Toms River knows how to tell an exciting tale. Huddy Park, set just off the riverbank, is dedicated to the patriotic hero of the Revolutionary War, Captain Joshua Huddy, and signage through downtown helps visitors follow his troop's movements. The park features a replica of the original block house that was stormed by Loyalist armies in 1782. When you've wrapped up your tour through the past, look to the stars. The Robert J. Novins Planetarium offers views of the night sky and special programs to inspire both grown-ups and junior astronomers.


Bays, beaches, and bonny views on the banks of Toms River

You can't be this close to the water without checking out a beach or two, and Ortley Beach, across Barnegat Bay from the mainland, is the most popular in Toms River, with long sandy stretches perfect for sunbathing or a picnic. If your Toms River vacation rental is near downtown, you'll love the walking tour of local historical sites, including Huddy Park, site of the town's summertime Clamfest. For unspoiled views of Silver Bay, head to Cattus Island Park and its 500 acres of walking and hiking trails.


Summertime perfection for 4 months every year

The subtropical climate of Toms River means that the summers are warm and humid, with temperatures in the mid-80s, tempered by ocean breezes. Those ideal temperatures last from June through September, when Toms River is a popular destination for vacationers. The winters are chilly and windy, and it's recommended that visitors have an umbrella at the ready year-round. Festivities and farmers' markets take a break in the colder months, but hiking trails and parks are still in tip-top shape for those looking for a Toms River vacation rental at an excellent price.

Natural features

They could've called it Toms Bay, Forest, and Wildlife Park

Most of Toms River is on the mainland, but it includes a portion of the Barnegat Peninsula, a long, narrow barrier peninsula that separates Barnegat Bay from the Atlantic Ocean. The river, the bays, the forests, and the wetlands make a home for local species of snakes, fish, and turtles. Hovnanian Sanctuary offers protection for plants like sandwort, swamp azalea, and sheep laurel. It's also a great place to spot rare wildlife species like the Pine Barrens tree frog, the eastern box turtle, and the American kestrel.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Toms River

Fly into Belmar, NJ (BLM-Monmouth Executive), the closest airport, located 16.2 mi (26.1 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into Atlantic City, NJ (ACY-Atlantic City Intl.), which is 40 mi (64.4 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Toms River?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,065 vacation rentals near Toms River. From 776 Houses to 59 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Toms River for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Toms River?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Toms River:

  • Ortley Beach: 434 vacation rentals
  • Normandy Beach: 173 vacation rentals
  • Dover Beaches North: 156 vacation rentals
  • Ocean Beach III: 108 vacation rentals
  • Vision Beach: 216 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Toms River?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Toms River. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Toms River Country Club: 1,445 vacation rentals
  • Shelter Cove Park: 1,638 vacation rentals
  • Ocean County Community College: 1,535 vacation rentals
  • Playdrome Lanes: 1,464 vacation rentals
  • Ocean County Library: 1,433 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Toms River listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Toms River?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 776 Houses in Toms River. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Toms River include:

  • Cottages: 59 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 59 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 185 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Toms River?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 176 vacation rentals with pool available in Toms River. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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