According to “Family Vacation Critic” Long Beach Island, off the coast of Ocean County New Jersey, has been named one of the best family beach vacation destinations in the country. The island is home to about 20,000 people on a year-round basis. The population is distributed among six separate municipalities, the largest of which is Long Beach Township. However, the island's population swells significantly during the summer months and reaches about 100,000 people, including part-time residents and tourists.
According to Family Vacation Critic, “Nobody does a classic beach vacation like Long Beach Island. The island offers 18 miles of shoreline for sandcastle building and boogie boarding, with lifeguards patrolling many areas. New to the area is Daymark Bar & Restaurant in Barnegat Light, perfect for both families and date nights. In 2017, the area's iconic Surflight Theatre and ShowPlace Ice Cream Parlour will also reopen after a two-year closure. But the main highlight for kids remains Fantasy Island Amusement Park, where you'll find everything from a Ferris wheel to funnel cake, plus free concerts and magic shows. Plenty of hotels, motels and rentals dot the island, too.”
Listed among the 10 Best Beaches for Families in 2013, the island encompasses an 18-mile of stretch of pretty shoreline, complemented by relatively calm waves. The beach and towns never feel overly congested, especially in comparison with equally popular locales, like Wildwood and Sea Isle City.
LBI joins Ponce Inlet, Florida; Jones Beach State Park, New York; Rehoboth Beach, Delaware; Coronado Beach, California; Balboa Beach, California; North Beach Park, Wisconsin; Coast Guard Beach, Massachusetts; Weirs Beach, New Hampshire; and Seaside Beach, Oregon.
While the island doesn't have a traditional boardwalk, it features Fantasy Island Amusement Park and Thundering Surf Water Park, alongside Schooner's Wharf, where typical beach shops and eateries can be found. LBI also offers plenty of casual, kid-friendly restaurants and budget-friendly hotels and motels to round out a family vacation, or even just a weekend on the shore.
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