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Endless family fun in Manahawkin

As a gateway community to Long Beach Island, Manahawkin draws visitors with its family-friendly activities and endless recreational opportunities. The New Jersey community is just 60 miles from the hubbub of Philadelphia, but the surrounding parks, wildlife preserves and Manahawkin Bay offer plenty of opportunities to ditch city life in favor of rest and relaxation along the water. Once you've found your ideal Manahawkin vacation rental, it's off for island adventures, from thrilling boat excursions under the warm sun in search of dolphins and whales, to long summer days spent on water slides and spinning rides at nearby amusement parks.

Things to do

Uncovering maritime heritage near Manahawkin

No stay in Manahawkin would be complete without an excursion to the 18-mile Long Beach Island, where you'll find a wealth of entertainment and attractions at nearby sandy beaches, waterparks and amusement areas, as well as chances to uncover the maritime heritage of this area. Pop by the Interpretive Center at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park on the island's northern tip to learn about lighthouse technology and the coastal environment here. On the southern side, you can visit New Jersey Maritime Museum and view shipwreck artifacts, antique navigational tools and photo exhibits that preserve the history of the coastal communities.


Lake days in Manahawkin

While most of the water activities near Manahawkin take place along the barrier islands, the town has its own lakefront fun as well. Along Manahawkin Lake, A. Paul King County Park welcomes afternoon picnics under shady pine trees with views over the calm, rippling waves. Grab a kayak and launch out onto the water on warm days to discover every nook and look for wildlife along the shoreline. In summer, the beach area is perfect for sandcastle building contests and cooling off with a swim in the lake, while on land kids will love bouncing around on the playground.


Sunny spring days in Manahawkin

Warm, sunny days in Manahawkin are best spent waterside, cooling off with refreshing dips in Manahawkin Lake, or heading to Long Beach Island to stretch out on sandy swaths fronting the Atlantic Ocean. Summer afternoons average in the 80s, but the area gets its peak rainfall in July and August, so opt for a visit in late spring to take advantage of clear days, perfect for boat rides out on the bay and picnics with water views. The warmer months see the most visitors, especially to the nearby barrier island, so be sure to secure your Manahawkin vacation rental early.

Natural features

Wildlife wonders near Manahawkin

With the bay and barrier islands just a few miles away, Manahawkin Wildlife Management Area is a great spot to go birding. The nearly 3,500-acre site holds tidal saltmarshes and forested habitats, drawing ospreys, hawks and endangered species like black skimmers and pied-billed grebes. The nearby 47,000-acre Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge provides hiking opportunities, as well as an 8-mile driving path through wetlands, where you might encounter resident white-tailed deer, box turtles and black ducks. After a full day enjoying the great outdoors, it's just a quick hop back to your Manahawkin vacation rental for a relaxing evening.

How to get there

How to get to and around Manahawkin

The nearest airport is in Atlantic City, NJ (ACY-Atlantic City Intl.), located 24.5 mi (39.4 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to Belmar, NJ (BLM-Monmouth Executive), which is 33.5 mi (53.9 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Manahawkin?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 324 vacation rentals near Manahawkin. From 284 Houses to 29 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Manahawkin for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Manahawkin?

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 Manahawkin:

  • Ortley Beach: 446 vacation rentals
  • Brant Beach: 448 vacation rentals
  • Barnegat Light: 639 vacation rentals
  • South Beach Haven: 336 vacation rentals
  • Loveladies: 799 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 Manahawkin?

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

  • Seaside Heights Beach: 1,628 vacation rentals
  • Seaside Park Beach: 1,599 vacation rentals
  • Island Beach State Park Entrance: 1,764 vacation rentals
  • Borgata Casino: 2,073 vacation rentals
  • Barnegat Lighthouse: 2,003 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Manahawkin 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 Manahawkin?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 284 Houses in Manahawkin. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Manahawkin include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 29 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 3 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 6 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Manahawkin?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 19 vacation rentals with pool available in Manahawkin. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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