Saturday, April 9, 2016

Top 8 things To Do in Long Beach Island this Spring

Top 8 things To Do in Long Beach Island this Spring


Spring has Sprung!   By the end of April on LBI this sleepy island will starting to come to life! Picture yourself at work on your computer in the middle of the day when all of a sudden a "Do You Remember the Sand in Your Toes?"  email pops up. Immediately you get taken away to the sunny lazy days of your last trip to the beach (or the "Jersey Shore") as those who come time and time again call it.

You are itching to head over the causeway between Manahawkin and LBI, that arch that is the moment your tension starts to drain away... you dream of heading down for that first taste of the relaxation and rejuvenation only the beach can bring, but.. WHAT IS OPEN?

Put your worries aside, because there is SO MUCH TO DO in the spring! Here is a list of the Top 10 Things To Do in Long Beach Island in the Spring to start you on your way to planning your first trip to the shore this year.

1.     The Beach
 LBI has some of the best beaches in New Jersey and they are FREE in the spring. Bring your dog down because they are welcome until varying dates.  In Beach Haven they are allowed on the beach until Memorial Day. The Island Guest House Bed and Breakfast at the Beach, in Beach Haven, accepts dogs in some areas of the Inn so you can extend your stay. (http://www.theislandguesthouse.com/long-beach-island-new-jersey-pet-friendly-lodging.htm ). You can walk the entire length of the island on the 18 miles of uninterrupted beach, and every block has beach access and plenty of parking in the spring. Brink a bag to find shells, silver dollars, and beach glass, and don't forget to get that photo of your feet with the ocean in the background!


2.  Fantasy Island Amusement Park

Located in Beach Haven, (www.fantasyislandpark.com). this amusement park with rides and games is the only one on LBI.  The arcade opens in April on the weekends, and every day by Memorial Day.


3.  Kayaking

Now is a great time to get back outside and experience the beauty of nature.  If you do not feel like getting into the water just yet, consider kayaking. It is a great way to enjoy the outdoors!  South End Surf 'N Paddle (southendsurfnpaddle.com) is open and ready to help. They have a 2 hour eco-tour that includes the use of a kayak. 


4. Miniature Golf

There are several mini golf courses up and down Long Beach Island.  Heartland Mini Golf  (http://www.hartlandgolfandarcade.com/) is located in Ship Bottom, just south of where you come over the causeway bridge.  Enjoy a round of mini golf with family or friends.   It is the perfect place to invite a special someone to for an afternoon of fun and conversation.


5.  New Jersey Maritime Museum

Located near the Bay in Beach Haven, the New Jersey Maritime Museum (www.njmaritimemuseum.org) is quoted as being "The most amazing collection of shipwrecks and other disasters at sea." Best of all, it’s free, although you can certainly make a donation to the museum. Be sure to make this a must see on your visit to the Jersey Shore!



6.  Pickleball

It is described as "Funny name..great game." Pickleball is sweeping the nation, and It has arrived on Long Beach Island!  Over the last year it has become so popular that it has expanded to several towns, including Beach Haven and Brant Beach. It is a great sport for teens and up, including millennials, baby boomers, and active seniors.

The racket sport Is played with a whiffle ball and paddle on a tennis court taped off to be a slightly smaller playing area.  It is a  combination of tennis, ping pong, racquet ball and badminton, it is less strenuous than tennis and can be played as easily by a 70 year old as well an an 18 year old. 

St. Francis Center in Brandt beach (stfranciscenterlbi.org/recreation) has pickleball now on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 12:15 to 3pm. Feel free to drop in. For $5 you get use of a paddle and there are always beginners coming for the first time.  They are happy to give a lesson and pair you up with some of the other beginners together...you can walk in the first time and leave having played several sets of enjoyable pickleball in the same day!   Also you do not need to come with a partner. Play is generally set up as a round robin with beginners, intermediate and advanced players loosely grouped.  So give this enjoyable sport a try, and you too will be hooked like so many others!

7. Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
                                           
The park includes trails, fishing, birdwatching, an interpretive center and picnicking. There is no entrance fee to Barnegat Lighthouse State Park (www.longbeachislandjournal.com/attractions/barnegat-lighthouse), which is open daily from 8am to 6pm.  One of the main attractions to the park is the "Old Barney" lighthouse, which sits on the northern tip of LBI, with 217 steps culminating in a breathtaking view of Long Beach Island. The lighthouse is open daily from 10am to 4:30 pm, and costs $3 per person age 12 and older and $1 for children 6 to 11.

8. The Chicken or the Egg

The "Chegg", as it is called by locals, has become an island tradition, with waves of its loyal customers taking the pilgrimage down to Beach Haven as close as possible to its April 15, 2016 opening.  The Chicken or the Egg (www.492FOWL.com) is open every day, and they are famous for their wings, with sauces from mild to "ludicrous". 



Come Stay With Us at the Island Guest House Bed and Breakfast at the Beach!

Now that you have enjoyed yourself around Long Beach Island, you probably realize that you are not finished with your list.  Complete your vacation by staying at The Island Guest House Bed and Breakfast Inn. (www.theislandguesthouse.com). The Island Guest House opens April 29, 2016 and is a delightful Bed and Breakfast located in Beach Haven with friendly and knowledgeable Innkeepers that can help you get the most from your vacation in Long Beach Island.  Explore more of the many things to do by taking out one of their complimentary bicycles or just relax with one of their beach chairs...yes… with your toes in the sand. You are guaranteed to love what we offer here, so check our availability online and book your room with us.



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