The Jersey Shore is now known as the hotspot for tan 20-somethings to congregate in nightclubs while fist pumping to dance music. But, looking beyond the party town that is shown on MTV, the Jersey Shore has plenty of excitement to offer, even if dancing the night away isn’t your idea of a good time. There are dozens of activities for everyone to enjoy, from celebrity-owned nightclubs, lighthouses and wineries, to over-the-top zoos for the kids.
If you’re a fan of the hit MTV series ‘The Jersey Shore’, visiting Seaside Heights, the small beach town that the show was originally filmed in, is a must. Shop the infamous Shore Store on the boardwalk to truly become a Jersey Shore insider. Be sure to wear your swimsuit when visiting the Shore Store, as it’s on the boardwalk. If the weather permits, sunbathing on the beach to replicate an authentic Snookie tan and taking a dip in the ocean is almost a requirement for enjoying the full extent of Seaside Heights. After you dry off, take a walk to the Funtown Pier amusement park. Admission is just $15 on weekdays; this price allows unlimited access to rides.
The romantic resort town Cape May, NJ is a historic and enchanting destination. Families, couples and girlfriends alike will find their share of ideal activities on this shoreline town. Cape May County Park and Zoo is the ultimate destination for families. With unique zoo animals such as kangaroos, flamingos, zebras and camels, children have an endless supply of exotic animals to explore. The zoo and park have free admission for the whole family, as well as an area where you can prepare your own meals or simply purchase from existing vendors. Cape May’s Salt Marsh Safari also offers plenty of wildlife excitement. Turdo Vineyards and Winery is an ideal destination for couples and girlfriends. The exquisite and extensive selection of vintage wine can impress even the most discerning wine connoisseurs. After enjoying Cape May activities, settle into a quaint Bed and Breakfast to enjoy an authentic Cape May stay.
Instead of booking a flight to Las Vegas, take a trip to the Vegas of the East Coast by traveling to Atlantic City. Atlantic City is home to six major casinos, including two of the biggest contenders Trump Taj Mahal and Tropicana Casino. Nearly all of the hotels feature breathtaking views of the ocean. The boardwalk offers plenty of excitement as does the Absecon lighthouse, New Jersey’s tallest and most charming lighthouse. Atlantic City has no shortage of nightclubs. Some of the most popular bars and nightclubs are Mixx at the Borgata, the retro themed Night Fever, and rapper Jay Z’s very own 40/40 nightclub.
If you’re planning a day trip to one of these Jersey Shore hotspots or enjoying a week-long vacation, it’s a sure bet that you’ll never run out of fun activities and entertainment to enjoy. Whether you’re an MTV fan trying to live like Snookie for a day or a wine-loving couple seeking a romantic weekend away, the Jersey Shore has plenty to offer.