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Island Beach State Park

Seaside Park, NJ 08752
732-793-0506
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Ranked #53 of 653 attractions in New Jersey
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Beaches, State Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Islands
Activities: Birdwatching
Owner description: One of the few undeveloped barrier island covering 3,000 acres. Activities include fishing, swimming, sunbathing and surfing. The state's largest... more » 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. « less
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English first
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

We took our horses there and it was great. It was a weekend and their was a lot of people on beach with trucks fishing but it was still nice. Horses did not like that big scary monster ( the ocean ) but we finished with a great sunset

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Runnemede, New Jersey
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

The state park is beautiful. It has a clean beach for fishing and swimming. There is a large bath house. with decent showers. If you own a 4 x 4 vehicle, you may get a beach license and bring the car on the dunes. The wildlife was abundant. I saw dolphin in the water where I was fishing. The hawks... More

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New Jersey
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64 reviews 64 reviews
42 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

It's basically going to any Seaside beach without the bathers and just a few fisherman. If you want to just stroll the beach and pick up seashells than this is the place to do it. It's away from the chaos of swimmers beaches and at the most you'll encounter a few people fishing along the beach. That's about all there... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

I have been to many of the beaches in New Jersey, and this one is by far the best. It can get crowded (especially if you get the early afternoon during the summer), but we try and get there before 10 and never have much of a problem finding parking of a spot on the beach. Weekend admission fees are... More

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Emmaus, Pennsylvania
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

We run and walk down in IBSP every year on vacation. Always great nature scene. Saw fox playing with her kits one year, this year a couple of osprey, one with fish in talons. Fishing supposedly better but have to prove it to me. Nice day trip for family.

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Yardley, Pennsylvania
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

After living in Bucks County for nearly 21 years, this was the first year that my wife and I have actually hit the NJ Shore beaches. We wanted to find one that was within 1-1.5 hours from our home for 1-day trips. Island Beach State Park is probably the most beautiful beach on the NJ Shore. The sand is soft... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

I have never thought that I would find such a nice place in New Jersey shore. My type of beach are the ones where you won't see a boardwalk in sight! The beaches here at Island Beach Park were really nice. We were 4 adults two 14-18month old babies. Each car paid $20 to get into the park. we looked... More

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New Jersey
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Island Beach State Park is our favorite spot in the Jersey Shore by far!!! Please keep in mind that this a "State Park" (feel free to check their official website for details and regulations on the park), so do not expect to find an amusement park or boardwalk with shops and restaurants there. If that is what you are looking... More

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Lakewood, New Jersey
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37 reviews 37 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Cant beat this place for the cost. It would cost a family of four $50 to buy beach passes and pay to park anywhere else. At this place $10 gets you in. The beach is in good shape, and it seems to be a less rowdy crowd that you find at other beaches. Great place to bike ride,as well.

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NJ
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17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

By far, this is the best beach I have been to, with the showers, and availability of food. Best of all that the entrance to the beach closes after reaching certain number of cars for parking. That way the beach does not get overcrowded. $10 for NJ and 20 otherwise. The beach water is clean and the place is very... More

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