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Beach      Mention the Shore Region, and certain images immediately come to mind: more than 60 miles of pristine beaches from Sandy Hook down to Holgate; surfcasting off Seaside Park; perhaps some bodysurfing off Bay Head; or maybe a moonlit walk in Surf City.

     But while thereıs so much for beachgoers and water-sports enthusiasts to do in the Shore Region, history, culture and entertainment also abound here. Diversity is the hallmark of this part of the Garden State. So bring along more than a bathing suit or fishing rod if you want to enjoy all there is to offer.

     For example, the land-based sports enthusiast will find fast-paced horse-racing action at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, or Freehold Raceway in Freehold. If you prefer under-the-hood horsepower, check our Raceway Park in Englishtown, or Wall Stadium in Wall Township.

     The Shore Region is filled with possibilities that will literally take you to new heights. From the traditional roller coasters and sky-high rides of Seaside Heights to the latest thrill-a-minute wonders of Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, one of the countryıs largest theme parks and drive-through safaris, youıll be able to take in the region from a different perspective, a hundred feet or so off the ground, on one of the parkıs many roller coasters or get your feet wet at the new Hurricane Harbor Wate Park. If camping is your desire, there are many campgrounds in which to pitch a tent or set up your RV - especially around Jackson.

     For a more tranquil high-rise look, tour any of the four historic lighthouses that tower over the region, each in a style all its own.

     On the northern fringe of the Gateway National Recreation Area at Sandy Hook stands the nationıs oldest operating beacon, the Sandy Hook Lighthouse. Several miles to the south are the Twin Lights of Navesink, the site of Marconiıs first ship-to-shore broadcast. Further south is Barnegat Light, affectionately know locally as "Old Barney," built by Civil War hero George Gordon Meade in 1857. And now the newly reconstruted Tuckers Island Lighthouse in the Tuckerton Seaport.

     These lighthouses call you to revel in the beautiful beach towns where youıll find fantastic fishing, boating and all watersports as well as summer concerts by the sea, your favorite musicals and the annual New Jersey Seafood Festival each June in Belmar.

     And some of todayıs top performers entertain at the 5,200-seat PNC Garden State Arts Center in Holmdel, where a variety of ballets, concerts and musicals and a series of ethnic festivals are held all summer.

     From rollicking Asbury Park to the genteel towns of Ocean Grove and Spring Lake to the rolling horse farms that dot the inland countryside, to Long Beach Island and Islane Beach State Park one of the longest natural dune beaches in the northeast, you wonıt have to look far to determine that the Shore Region is an inviting area of seashells and sand-and a whole lot more.

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Campers Favorite places to visit in the Shore Region
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
Barnegat Light, north tip of Long Beach Island. 31 acres of unspoiled beach surrounding historic Barnegat Lighthouse. "Grand Old Champion of the Tides", built 1857-58 at the scene of more than 200 shipwrecks. You can climb to top.
(609) 494-2016
Fantasy Island Amusement Park
320 West Seventh, Beach Haven. Created with a Victorian air that is timeless in its appeal. Features a family casino arcade, east coast's most spectacular Sculptured Miniature Golf Course, adult and kiddy rides, games, prizes, Victorian Ice Cream Parlor and tri-state food specialties.
(609) 492-4000.
Historic Batsto Village
Washington Township. Restored Revolutionary village in the Pine Barrens. (609) 561-0024. Island Beach State Park - Seaside Park, SR 35. A 10 mile strip from Seaside Park to Barnegat Inlet. There are a nature center, kayak tours, and nature walks
(732) 793-0506.
Salt Water Fishing
Anglers catch over 35 million fish in New Jersey each year. For a guide to New Jersey's Marinas and charter boats, write the Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife, Trenton, NJ.
Englishtown Auction
Route 9 and 527, 90 Wilson Ave. 50 acre flea market, over 1000 venders. Weekends. Closed in February.
(732) 446-9644.
Allaire State Park
Route 524, Wall Township. Ride the Pine Creek Railroad to the 18th century historic Allaire village.
Monmouth Park Race Track
Garden State Parkway Exit 105, Oceanport. Home of thoroughbred racing. (732) 222-5100.
U.S. Army Communications Electronics Museum
Bldg. 275, Kaplan Hall, Fort Monmouth (off GSP exit 105). Unique museum featuring communications electronics from 1917. Spy cameras, rare heliographs, carrier pigeon memorabilia. Guided tours of museum and fort. (732) 532-4390.
Monmouth Battlefield
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, off Rt. 33 (mailing address: 347 Freehold Englishtown Rd.), Manalapan 07726. Site of the longest battle of the American Revolution and of Molly Pitcher's well.
(732) 462-9616.
Fort Hancock
Gateway National Recreational Area Highlands, NJ, (PO Box 530). Beautiful beaches and the oldest operating lighthouse in the US, Sandy Hook. (732) 872-5970.
Barnegat Bay
Crabbing and clamming along this forty mile stretch. License needed for clamming. Check at local bait and tackle stores. No license for crabbing, but they must be at lest 4" across. Popcorn Zoo - Humane Way, Bamber Lake Section, Forked River. Home for abused and unwanted wild animals ranging from elephants and tigers to rabbits and ducks.
(609) 693-1900.
Navesink Light Station at Twin Lights Historic Site
Off Rt. 36 on Lighthouse Rd, Highlands, 07732. Two-beacon lighthouse marks western entrance into New York Harbor. Artifacts of marine history in museum. (732) 872-1814.
PNC Bank Arts Center
Exit 116, GSP, Holmdel, 07733. A summer-long concert series of contemporary and classical music, dance and opera; ethnic festivals, special events at outdoor amphitheater. Picnic facilities and nature trail at Telegraph Hill Park on the premises. (732) 335-0400.
Beach Haven Walking Tours
Downtown Victorian district, 08008. (609) 492-3885. Tours include 25 houses and six bed & breakfasts. Tuesdays and Fridays in the summer.
Jenkinson's Aquarium
Boardwalk & Parkway, Point Pleasant Beach, 08742. Exotic fish, mammals, birds. Petting tank, fossil room. Also features 1/2 mile beach miniature railroad ride; Wednesday concerts by Jenkinson's Symphony Orchestra in the summer. (732) 892-0600.
Seaside Heights Amusements and Arcades
Exit 82, GSP, Boardwalk & Atlantic Ocean, Seaside Heights. Big Top Arcade, Casino Arcade, Casino Pier & Water Works, Central Arcade, Coin Castle Amusements and Royal Arcade.
Six Flags
offers three great parks at one location, Great Adventure Theme Park, Wild Safari Animal Park (largest safari outside Africa) and Hurrican Harbor Water Park. CR 542, Jackson. (732) 928-1821.
Tuckerton Seaport
A working maritime village, located on a 40-acre site along the Tuckerton Creek featuring re-created historic structures, exhibits, demonstrations, seminars and hands on workshops. 120 W, Main Street. Open all year.
(609) 296-8868
Monmouth County Arts Council/Count Basie Theater
99 Monmouth St., Red Bank. 07701 (732) 842-9000. A 1,500 seat theater featuring year-round symphonic and popular music, ballet, jazz, rock, modern dance and children's programs.
Monmouth Museum
761 Newman Springs Rd. Lincroft, 07738. (732) 747-2266. On the campus of Brookdale Community College. Exhibitions of art, science, nature and cultural history.
Casino Arcade
Hamilton and the Boardwalk, Seaside Heights, 08751. (732) 793-0131. Video games, family entertainment.
Cream Ridge Winery
Rt.. 539, PO Box 98, Cream Ridge, 08514. (609) 259-9797. Ten minutes from 6 Flags. Custom labeling, private group tours by reservation. Monthly themed wine festivals.
Freehold Raceway
Rts 9 & 33. Live horse racing. (732) 462-3800. New Jersey Off-Road Vehicle Park, Inc. - P.O. Box 501,Chatsworth, 08019 Non-profit organization dedicated to providing off-road enthusiasts safe and legal riding areas.
(732) 657-6338
Lakewood Blue Claws
Inaugural season for this South Atlantic Class A Professional Baseball Team. (732) 901-7000

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