Photo: NJ Maritime Museum on Long Beach Island, Ocean County
OCEAN COUNTY’S businesses and attractions are ready for the final long weekend of the summer, even if Mother Nature doesn’t fully cooperate, Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari said.
“What better way to say goodbye to the summer than by spending an enjoyable weekend in Ocean County,” Vicari said.
While forecasters are calling for some rain showers later Saturday into early Sunday, Vicari said families will still find plenty to do.
“Ocean County is a destination that includes entertainment, history, educational activities and playful venues that will keep the dark clouds from disrupting your fun,” Vicari said.
For instance, Jenkinson’s Boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach, features oceanfront dining, arcades, a fun house and the spectacular Jenkinson’s Aquarium with its abundant sea life, penguins, tropical birds and more, providing an enriching indoor experience that is open all year long.
In Seaside Heights, indoor arcades are plentiful, and so are the restaurants and bars, both on the boardwalk and on the Boulevard. Many of these venues offer live entertainment depending on the day of the week and the time.
There are also many museums around Ocean County to satisfy the history buffs. Two of the largest are the Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum in Tuckerton, and the New Jersey Maritime Museum in Beach Haven.
As for the unusual, check out Insectropolis in Toms River. This unique ‘bugseum’ is home to thousands of insects to keep your kids dazzled and engaged when outdoor conditions are not the best.
For those who love nature and wildlife, Ocean County is an eco-tourism wonderland with classes and programs for adults and children available at many of county parks.
“Cattus Island’s Cooper Environmental Center and the Jakes Branch Nature Center are both outstanding choices rain or shine,” Vicari said.
Summer is slated to return in full force by Monday when temperatures climb into the mid-80s under sunny skies.
“Sounds like a perfect day to hit the beach and the boardwalks,” Vicari said.
Vicari also reminded visitors and locals alike that the tourism doesn’t end with Labor Day.
“Check our website www.oceancountytourism.com for a full slate of events scheduled throughout the Fall, he said.