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7 Great Kid Activities On LBI
Fantasy Island Amusement Park, Beach Haven, NJ
Kids of all ages will enjoy the rides, games and arcade at this Victorian themed amusement park. For more than 25 years Fantasy Island has been a can't miss destination for visiting families. Rides include a historic carousel, teacups and trains for the little guys and the Sea Dragon, Himalaya and Drop Zone for the bigger kids. Take the entire family on their iconic ferris wheel for stellar views of the ocean and the bay. The Arcade, open year round, is a great rainy day destination. Fantasy Island also provides live entertainment including a summer Magical Christmas Show in July and Reptile World in August. Make sure to enjoy a "blend-in" at the Park's Thomas Sweet Ice Cream Parlor before heading home.
Thundering Surf Water Park, Beach Haven, NJ
We love this water park because it's the perfect size for a family outing. Grab a tube and climb on up to one of its six whirling water slides. Double tubes and life jackets are available so even the little ones can join in on the fun. The Lazy Crazy River features interactive water play both in and out of the water, including surprise mega water blasters and a giant tipping bucket. The park also features Cowabunga Beach, a fun spray ground designed for toddlers, and Flowrider, a fun, safe platform for visitors to ride the waves. Check out the website for prices and operating hours.
Black Pearl Pirate Tours, Beach Haven, NJ
Climb aboard the Black Pearl pirate boat for an hour long interactive family adventure. Show up 30 minutes prior to boarding and watch your children transform into little buccaneers as they get their faces painted and get to dress like pirates. As the boat heads out to sea, children will learn how to talk, sing and play games like real pirates. They will do battle against Pirate Pete to reclaim keys to their treasure. Kids even get to fire hire powered water canons at the enemy. The boat sails Monday through Friday at 2:00 and 4:00 pm, and Sundays at 4:00 pm. Cost is $20 for kids and adults 3 and older, and $10 for children 2 and under. Reservations are strongly recommended.
New Jersey Maritime Museum, Beach Haven NJ
This small museum packs in a lot of local history. Tucked away in Beach Haven, the NJ Maritime Museum is well worth a few hours during your day. Named as a 2014 Jersey Choice Winner by NJ Monthly Magazine, the museum provides tons of pictures and artifacts related to New Jersey's maritime history. The dedicated volunteers are more than happy to take the time to talk to visitors about all of the great exhibits. The Museum also hosts a Marine Science Camp for teens and school age children. Entrance to the museum is free, but donations are accepted. Check out the website for more details.
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, Barnegat Light NJ
Grab your sneakers and climb the 217 steps to the top of "Old Barney", LBI's historic lighthouse. A climb to the top is rewarded with panoramic views of Island Beach, Barnegat Bay and Long Beach Island. Kids who climb are rewarded with a certificate of accomplishment. An Interpretive Center, adjacent to the lighthouse, has displays on the history of the lighthouse, the local environment and local wildlife. After your climb take a walk along the water and jetty and check out the local fishermen and maybe even a harbor seal. The lighthouse is open daily during the summer from 10 am to 4:30 pm. Cost to climb is $3 per person 12 and older, $1 for children ages 6 to 11. Children 5 and under are free.
Viking Village, Barnegat Light NJ
A vist to Barnegat Light's historic Viking Village will take you back in time to the early days of a quaint fishing village. The tiny fishing shacks have been turned into shops with something special for everyone; clothing and supplies for the fishermen, everyday wear, antiques, jewelry, jersey-fresh produce, snacks and fresh seafood. Visit the shops, watch the fishing boats and walk the dock where kids will love watching the fishing fleet unload everything from scallops to tuna. Viking village hosts several events each year, including a summer series of dock tours every Friday morning. For more information, check out their website or call 609-494-0113.
Bayview Park, Long Beach NJ
If you have little ones and want to avoid the pounding ocean waves, bring the kids over to Bayview Park for some calm swimming and water play in the bay. Bayview Park is home to a guarded bay beach, basketball courts, gazebo, playground and picnic area. The Park also offers free concerts on Tuesday nights at 7 pm, as well as a variety of free programs throughout the summer.
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article originally written by Stephanie Forton and published on newjersey.mommypoppins.com
I grew up in Union County and moved to Long Beach Island in 2003. I loved living here so much that I got my real estate license in 2004 and have since helped many other people enjoy living and vacati....