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Island Beach State Park

#103 of 1,261 things to do in New Jersey Features Animals
Seaside Park, NJ 08752
+1 732-793-0506
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Lovely beach

We love to bring our dog here in the off season and swim in the ocean during the summer. The beach... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
NEW Beach Bar but Windy, Rough Waters & Biting Green Flies

This is our Beach of choice. We live about 20 minutes away and love that at IBSP you pay per car... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Tiffanie C
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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.
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good21%
  • Average3%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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Seaside Park, NJ 08752
+1 732-793-0506

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We love to bring our dog here in the off season and swim in the ocean during the summer. The beach is very clean and they have showers and changing areas. There is also a snack bar. Seaside Heights' board walk is close by, but...More

Thank sarinanina2993
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is our Beach of choice. We live about 20 minutes away and love that at IBSP you pay per car load. $6 on weekdays for and $10 on weekends for NJ residents. They have a tiki bar called Red Fix Beach Bar & Grill...More

Thank Tiffanie C
Reviewed 5 days ago

I love Island beach. Even though there are beaches that are closer to my house, we drive an extra 30-40 minites to get to Island Beach. We have been enjoying Island beach Bath house #1 left side handicap boardwalk access. In past years the boardwalk...More

Thank misty1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Natural, unspoiled beach. We visited on a showery, cool day so we didnt swim. The water was cold. Plenty of lifeguards. Restroom, shower, & changing facilities available as well as a concession stand.

Thank 20michele
Reviewed 1 week ago

cost weekdays $8 dollars a car---$10 on weekends--nj residents only---$20 for out of state cars------if you get a west wind the greenhead flies will appear----it can get ugly-all and all a nice place---they have restrooms, showers and hiking

Thank agomez380
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a pleasant beach day without all the hullabaloo of too. Many people and blankets squished next to each other. A $10 fee per car to enter the park. We drove all the way down to the end (easy drive up ON the beach if...More

Thank Jeanette L
Reviewed May 17, 2017

If you like surf fishing in the Atlantic ocean and have a 4x4 vehicle and don't mind letting the air out of your tires so you can drive on the beach, this is a fisherman's paradise! You can enter at a place called "Gillikens" or...More

Thank pertzel
Reviewed May 15, 2017

Worth a ride to see the natural dunes and wide beach. There's a visitor's center with history of the park...interesting and relaxing.

1  Thank Nava1203
Reviewed May 9, 2017

This park is by far the best of the best. Whether you are looking for a simple day at the beach or one of exploration of the sedge byways by kayak, or canoe this is the place for it. The beaches are guarded and offer...More

2  Thank M B
Reviewed February 15, 2017

Miles of isolated white sand and dunes. Easy access to the beach with natural native plants. There are two swimming areas with bathrooms and showers. It is a great place to spend an hour or the day. There is a $5 entrance fee per vehicle.

Thank Christopher T
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May 25, 2017|
Response from M B | Reviewed this property |
Travel by Boat across the Inlet then just about 1/2 hr travel. however in order to get to the lighthouse by auto, you must first travel to Long Beach Island via GSP and Rt. 72 East. Lighthouse is at the extreme northern... More
October 10, 2016|
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Response from ocfishguy | Reviewed this property |
...As far as I know...?...In the life guard protected areas of swim...NO Fires! In the unprotected areas....YES. You have to dig your pit close to where high tide will put it out and take it out if you're not there and... More
August 19, 2016|
Response from M B | Reviewed this property |
Yes there are two swimming beaches open to the public. They are both staffed by our wonderful crew of certified life guards. The other part of your question is that yes this is definitely an ocean facing beach and you can... More