While some New Jersey beach destinations are known for partying and nightlife, others have earned a reputation as the best for families. If you're planning a trip to the beach in New Jersey this year, your focus should be on a few specific destinations that offer safe beaches and entertainment for your kids too.


There's nothing wild about Wildwood—hands down, this is one of the most family-friendly destinations on the shore. Super wide beaches allow for all the families to spread out and enjoy their own space, while calm waters are ideal for young children. After a day spent building sand castles and tossing around a Frisbee, you will discover the other side of Wildwood. The Wildwood Boardwalk makes this beach destination special, and families will find endless hours of entertainment here. From watching fireworks on the Fourth of July to trying your luck at the endless games, the boardwalk is ideal for a night of family fun. Don't miss out on the rides and amusements too!

Ocean City

Ocean City is consistently rated among the best Jersey Shore beaches for families. With eight miles of unspoiled beaches, a two-mile boardwalk, and family-friendly restaurants, Ocean City has everything you could want in a beach destination. There are also many beach activities that are geared towards families such as fishing lessons and WaveRunner rentals. Ocean City also has everything parents would want in a beach getaway. The Jersey Shore beach rentals here are available in a range of prices and many offer barbecues and outdoor space. The restaurants here are also known for their seafood and your kids will be so entertained, you might actually get the chance to sit back and relax with a juicy novel!

Long Beach Island

The 18-mile barrier island of Long Beach Island (with destinations like Beach Haven and Harvey Cedars) is always named as one of the best Jersey Shore beaches for families. While other destinations have areas that are good for families and other areas that are great for nightlife, Long Beach Island is all about a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere. Parents will also feel safe with lifeguards keeping an eye on the beaches. Long Beach Island is known not only for its gorgeous beaches and luxurious rentals but also for its dining scene. Restaurants all have menus specifically for kids, but adults can enjoy excellent seafood and Italian-influenced cuisine.

More family-friendly options

Every Jersey Shore visitor will have his or her own individual favorite destination. Other great choices for families include Stone Harbor, Sea Isle, Lavallette, and Point Pleasant. If you're looking for a place where adults can enjoy some entertainment by night, the bright lights of Atlantic City might be calling your name. All along the Jersey Shore and South Shore you will find gorgeous beaches where your kids can splash and swim the days away. Nighttime entertainment can make a big difference in your trip, so choose a destination with a fun-filled boardwalk for the kids.

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