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Beach Guide
Published: Tuesday, April 06, 2010
People spread out their towels under the palms in front of Jenkinsons.
Point Pleasant

Point Pleasant is one of the more family-friendly beach destinations in Ocean County. With a boardwalk featuring rides, games, arcades, a mini-golf course, a funhouse, and an aquarium, there is no shortage of fun things to do on and off the sand.

On hot days and weekends, the beach and boardwalk can be crowded, so arrive early to claim the best spot. Be prepared to pay for parking unless you're willing to walk several blocks. There are metered spots and pay-to-park lots with rates ranging anywhere from $4 to $12 depending on the day.

The south end of the boardwalk features rides, amusements, and arcades. Ride unlimited rides for $15 per person on Wristband Day, which is Tuesdays from noon until 6 p.m. and Fridays from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m.

Learn about marine life at Jenkinson's aquarium on the north end of the boardwalk. Admission is $10 for adults and $6 for children ages 3 to 12 and seniors. Further north past the aquarium, the boardwalk is lined with charming shore houses. Keep your ears open for the sound of Frank Sinatra tunes, as one resident is known for playing Old Blue Eyes over outdoor speakers for passers-by all summer long.

Beginning June 24th, bring the whole family on Thursdays at dark for a free fireworks show.

The beaches along the boardwalk in Point Pleasant are privately owned, so access rates vary depending on what section of the sand you decide to claim. All are lifeguarded during the summer, but rules vary. None of them allow pets, alcohol, or glass containers.

Jenkinson's Beach runs about a mile from the north end of the boardwalk at the Manasquan Inlet to the amusement ride area along Trenton Avenue. Season passes can be purchased at the office on the boardwalk, ranging from $80 for adults ages 12 and up to $45 for children ages 5 to 11. Half season passes are $55 for adults age 12 and up and $35 for children ages 5 to 11. Children under 5 are free. Season and half season passes include access to bathhouse facilities. Daily badges may be purchased at the Jenkinson's beach access points. Children ages 5 to 11 are only $2 weekdays and weekends. Twelve and up are $7 on weekdays and $8 weekends. Access to the bathhouse is $4 for adults and $3 for children. If the sun is too intense, beach umbrellas can be rented for $8.

Martell's beach is a small beach off Central Avenue, near the large Martell's Tiki Bar complex at the center of the boardwalk. Kids under 12 years of age are free with an adult, and daily rates are $6 for weekdays and $7.50 for weekends. Season passes are $70 after May 1st. Rent a beach chair for $6 to avoid lugging one along. Enjoy the live entertainment and sample the drinks and seafood available both indoors and out. There is convenient restroom access in the complex for beachgoers. However, because it can be crowded, frisbees, ball playing, and boogie boards are all prohibited from the Martell's, so it may not be the best choice for everyone.

Risden's Beach is located between Trenton and New Jersey Avenues. There is a bathhouse with restrooms and changing rooms in a parking lot next to the boardwalk. Daily badges for children ages 4 to 11 are $2, and for ages 12 to adults, $7 on weekdays and $8 on weekends. Half-season badges are available for $25 for children ages 4 to 11 and $50 for ages 12 and up. For the full season pass, expect to pay $40 for children ages 4 to 11 and $80 for 12 to adult.

Bradshaw Beach, at the end of Washington Avenue, is $6 on weekdays and $7 on weekends for ages 3 and up. Season passes are $90.



 

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