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Island Beach State Park

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Seaside Park, NJ 08752
+1 732-793-0506
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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 2 days ago
gostartraveler
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Forked River, New Jersey
Tick Haven

Knocked three off me and another five from my two dogs. Stick to the road and your tick count... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
david r
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oceaan springs, ms
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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.
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  • Very good22%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“beautiful beach” (20 reviews)
“out of state” (15 reviews)
“seaside heights” (13 reviews)
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Seaside Park, NJ 08752
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"beautiful beach"
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"out of state"
in 15 reviews
"seaside heights"
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"the jersey shore"
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"car load"
in 10 reviews
"snack bar"
in 11 reviews
"bath house"
in 7 reviews
"nj residents"
in 7 reviews
"white sand"
in 6 reviews
"changing facilities"
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"clean water"
in 4 reviews
"entrance fee"
in 7 reviews
"great place for families"
in 4 reviews
"life guards"
in 8 reviews
"bathroom facilities"
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"barnegat lighthouse"
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"concession stand"
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Reviewed 2 days 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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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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

5  Thank Tammy W
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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!

Thank Salvatore F
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Reviewed 14 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
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Reviewed 13 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

Thank Kristine R
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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

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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

Thank Mark D
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Reviewed 19 September 2017

Island Beach State Park is a fabulous spot for families. The swimming beach is the main attraction, but there are opportunities to hike, bike and even a nature center. When you approach the "bathing beach" you will find a large parking area with a HUGE...More

Thank KPTcouple
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Erick S
24 August 2017|
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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.
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desirrelovesjake
25 May 2017|
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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
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JerseyOrganic
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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
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