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A lifeguard sits amid a sea of people and their beach umbrellas trying to escape the heat and humidity of summer in Seaside Park. MIKE DERER

The small borough of Seaside Park is home to two miles of white sandy beaches. The oceanfront area is mostly residential, with spacious, well-maintained beaches that tend to be more quiet and less crowded than those in the neighboring Seaside Heights.

There is a borough-owned concession stand with a snack stand and restrooms on the north end of the Boardwalk at N Street & North Ocean Avenue. Otherwise, the boardwalk, which runs the length of the entire borough, is relatively empty. If you have young children, you may want to choose a spot close to the stand to avoid a long walk to the restrooms.

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Picknicking is not allowed on the beach, but if you do bring food, the boardwalk is lined with plenty of benches and gazebos to sit in while you eat. There are several restaurants, cafes, sandwich shops, and ice cream parlors along the main drag at Central Avenue. The boardwalk also connects to the Seaside Heights boardwalk at the north end, where plenty of amusements, rides, and eateries can be found if you don't mind walking.

Beach fees are $10 daily or $35 weekly. Seasonal badges can be purchased for $45 before June 14th and for $50 after at the N Street concession stand.

Lifeguards are on duty from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekends only beginning Memorial Day weekend, and daily mid-June through Labor Day weekend. Areas for swimming and surfing or boogie boarding are designated. South of H street, there are beaches designated for fishing. But leave the dog at home, as animals are not allowed on Seaside Park's beach or boardwalk.

Metered parking in town runs $1.50 an hour, so make sure to bring enough quarters. There are three metered parking lots close to the beach along Ocean Avenue, as well as spots on the streets. There are some free parking lots in the middle of Central Avenue, a few blocks away from the shore. Be careful to observe the speed limit of 25 miles per hour on Central Avenue, as local police strictly enforce the speed limit.

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