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Island Beach State Park

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Finding nature in N.J.

We've been to Island Beach State Park twice so far -- once in search of snowy owls in December, and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
New Tripoli, Pennsylvania
Great family beach!

When you want a beach but don't want the boardwalk scene, you come here. But you have to get early... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Forked River, New Jersey
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“beautiful beach”(20 reviews)
“out of state”(15 reviews)
“seaside heights”(13 reviews)
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...more
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Seaside Park, NJ 08752
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We've been to Island Beach State Park twice so far -- once in search of snowy owls in December, and once on the first day of summer 2018. It's truly a lovely beach -- a world away from the crowds, boardwalks etc. associated with much...More

1  Thank Foodshldbefood
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When you want a beach but don't want the boardwalk scene, you come here. But you have to get early as the park can be closed if too full and even if you get in, there may be some walking involved after finding a parking...More

1  Thank gostartraveler
Reviewed 5 June 2018 via mobile

Knocked three off me and another five from my two dogs. Stick to the road and your tick count should be way down.

1  Thank david r
Reviewed 28 May 2018

Such a clean, wonderful beach with hot showers, clean dressing rooms, a snack bar and easy parking!!

1  Thank mghdi1120
Reviewed 18 April 2018 via mobile

This is a great beach! You pay by the car not the person. It is less during the week than weekends. Weekdays for 2017 was $6, weekends was $10 I think. We always go during the week though. If you hit the first parking lot...More

6  Thank Tammy W
Reviewed 7 April 2018

A surprise to out of state visitors. This is not a carnival beach or built up. And not what people think of NJ! Go there!

1  Thank Salvatore F
Reviewed 15 March 2018

beautiful and relaxing area. i am talking about visiting there in the winter. it is completely empty, very calm and tranquil. go the to unwind, its a million times better then yoga!

1  Thank bigkal
Reviewed 14 March 2018 via mobile

There are, of course, beaches, but also trails for hiking either along the bay or along the ocean. There are areas for boating, fishing, and hunting. There are nature centers. This is a great place for wildlife photography. There is a fee to enter, with...More

1  Thank Kristine R
Reviewed 23 December 2017

Stopped here hoping to find a snowy owl - and did find it. Very nice state park. They charge a fee year round, but it's free for seniors 62 and over. Very scenic park and drive away from Seaside Heights and Seaside Park. At the...More

Thank P F B
Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

Went here early on a Saturday to ensure I got in - actually found there are lots of car parking places and that in September it doesn't get too busy. Stopped at one of the car parks and walked up the wonderful beach which was...More

1  Thank Mark D
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Erick S
25 August 2017|
Response from Christopher D | Reviewed this property |
I believe there are areas you can bring dogs but I don't think they can go on the swimming beaches.
25 May 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