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Island Beach State Park

Seaside Park, NJ 08752
732-793-0506
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Ranked #39 of 765 Attractions in New Jersey
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Islands, Beaches, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Birdwatching
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Owner description: One of the few undeveloped barrier island covering 3,000 acres. Activities include fishing, swimming, sunbathing and surfing. The state's largest osprey colony, as well as peregrine falcons, wading birds, shorebirds, waterfowl and migrating songbirds, are found here.
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New York, New York, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

If you've ever wondered what The Shore looked like before it became rows and rows of houses and fenced off beaches, look no further than Island Beach State Park. This truly marvelous state park has it all - - acres and acres of superb intact dunes and native species, both plants and animals (don't be surprised if a fox comes... More

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Levittown, Pennsylvania
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85 reviews 85 reviews
41 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

We went all the way to the end in our vehicle, parked then walked the beach. After a while we drove down a bit to the next "trail head" and walked it to the end. We explored the park in this way and got to see much of it without any problem. We ended up in really unique and beautiful... More

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Absecon, New Jersey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

It was a nice ride through the park .You ride along the main ride there are no bike trails. The roads is paved and flat .We parked outside of the park. Its a 16 mile round trip not much to see from road. You have to park your bike and walk to see this beautiful park. When we were finished... More

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Princeton, New Jersey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We've brought our daughter here twice, and fantastic both times. Bring a cooler with food and plenty of water, a beach umbrella and chairs, and arrive early! First time we stayed at the main beach with lifeguards on duty. Crowded for my tastes, but my far less crowded than other NJ beaches. The pavilion here had large dressing rooms and... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Such a beautiful beach with large dunes in a protected state park. Absolutely gorgeous. The opposite of what the rest of the world thinks of New Jersey. The water in August was a beautiful 78 degrees and crystal clear and the sand is like walking on a cloud! The showers are located off the beach, which is such a common... More

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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is how all the beaches should be. Beaches are still in their natural environment. Has adequate showers and bathroom facilities to clean up sand and such. Better than other beaches where you pay $6/head and the local townships provide no facilities. Only $10 per car load or in our case a van load. Lots to do on this island... More

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Kinnelon, New Jersey
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108 reviews 108 reviews
35 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

My favorite beach in this area....I always go to the Island! Get to see red fox at times, I have many pics! The beach is always clean and the life guards are tentative! Great place to also fish which i have for many years owned a beach buggy pass for my 4 wheel drive vehicle to drive on the beach... More

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Boonton, New Jersey, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

I love this beach. Away from the (often obnoxious) crowds of some of the northern beaches, IBSP is the perfect combination of surf, sand and nature. If you don't care about lifeguards, venture further in and park at section 21 or 23. Both have bathrooms and the beach is just a short walk from the parking area over the dunes.... More

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Rockaway, New Jersey
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

This beach is pristine and the water conditions were fantastic! Dogs are allowed on the beach past the second swimming pavillion all year round. We were not allowed to swim but we were able to walk with our leashed dog down the beach and stopped to talk to other dog owners who were equally having a great day out. Being... More

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North Haledon, New Jersey
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

I grew up going to Island Beach State Park, so being able to bring my boys here now is a wonderful thing. This beach is beautiful, great for families and conveniently located near Seaside & Point Pleasant Boardwalks. An added bonus is the bath houses where you can shower after spending the day on the beach before heading to the... More

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