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Island Beach State Park

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Seaside Park, NJ 08752
+1 732-793-0506
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Snowy owls

Stopped here hoping to find a snowy owl - and did find it. Very nice state park. They charge a fee... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Edison, New Jersey
Beautiful sand, dunes surf and some quiet places

Went here early on a Saturday to ensure I got in - actually found there are lots of car parking... read more

Reviewed 24 September 2017
Mark D
Portishead, United Kingdom
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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.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good22%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“beautiful beach” (19 reviews)
“seaside heights” (13 reviews)
“out of state” (14 reviews)
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Seaside Park, NJ 08752
+1 732-793-0506

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank Mark D
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
Reviewed 10 September 2017

The park is kept clean and there is plenty of parking. It's a beautiful beach with bathroom facilities in all parking areas. One can ride a bike, roller skate, walk, or run along the road.

Thank Miryam F
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Lots of things to do in the Park. Swimming beaches with good changing facilities and food/drink option. Lots of walking trails to the Ocean and Bay sides. A bit pricy for visitors at $20 per car, but it cost $8 each to go on the...More

Thank Pikemere
Reviewed 29 August 2017

This beach has 2 different areas, both with bathrooms, shower, and food and beer tent. Once parking is full they close so it is never too crowded. Water was clear and clean. Waves were not rough. Beach was not too crowded. No boogie boards allowed....More

Thank Amy R
Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

This beach for years has been a low cost, clean beach. There are two swimming beaches and miles of other access (trails, fishing, wildlife, etc)

Thank Christopher D
Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

We were thrilled to visit this park for the first time this year. Lots of restrooms. Beautiful swimming beaches with lifeguards. Well maintained. Lots of people but didn't seem crowded. Very happy with our visit. And being able to take our dog (not allowed on...More

Thank Gamer C
Reviewed 21 August 2017

This year we paid the fee and drove into Island Beach State Park. You can't find a better sandy beach. The facilities were good, but this year they have added a grill and outdoor pavilion which serves adult beverages- what a great addition.

Thank Steve H
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

The beach is clean. Has bath houses and a restaurant. Beach opens at 8am. Get there early for best sitting location. $12 for out of state vehicles, but worth it.

Thank Dan G
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Questions & Answers
Erick S
24 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
11 October 2016|
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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