There are many attractions, activities, and events for your Jersey Shore vacation at the Island Guest House. Mark and I both have our favorite things to suggest to our guests, so below is our pics for the places to go and sites to see! Almost all are within walking distance from our Inn! THAT IS HUGE! We have been here forever and still have not been everywhere!
Sand, Surf and Flipflops...The beach is what you are really here for!
9 Houses to the left...leave your
sandals at the entrance to the dune and enter 18 miles of uninterrupted beach.
Powdery white sand, shimmery blue water, a kaleidoscope of multicolored
beach umbrellas. Relax, swim, suntan, surf, boogie board, read, or get an
ice cream from the vendor. Or do absolutely NOTHING!
Water Sports on the Bay
Fishing and Crabbing...
our traps and walk over to the bay at the end of Center Street and go crabbing
or drop in a line if
fishing is for you. The Miss Beach Haven Party Boat departs daily right down
Jet Skiing ... Beach Haven Parasailing has it all.
Kayaking ..Walk to Faria's a few blocks north, or 2 blocks south to rent
few minutes drive to Beach Haven Parasailing and watersports will get you set
Boat Rentals ..Walk down to Polly's Dock on the Bay 3 blocks, and rent a small boat for a ride or fishing in the bay.
Sailing ..Island Surf and Sail
Kitesurfing, Windsurfing, stand up paddle, Island surf and sale, drive up to Brant Beach it seems to be all encompassingl
Mini Golfing ..So Mr "T"'s is where my son worked, and I like it because it may be a little less crowded than Fantasy Island...but there are 4 put-puts right within walking distance, most near a frozen custard stand. Mr T's has a second location about 10 blocks north.
Water park..Walk 4 blocks to Thundering Surf has 8 slides, a lazy crazy river, little kids' squirt works, and a surfing deck just like the big cruise lines.
Amusemient Park Fantasy Island Amusement park is next door to Thundering Surf and has arcades, rides, food and games in a carnival like setting. There is a huge indoor arcade there also.
Movies ..A few miles up the Island is the Beach Theater, showing 5 screens several shows daily...on rainy days they just keep running the movies all day!
Arcades abound in town, as do the ice cream parlors and mini golf. Good old fashioned fun at the Shore!
Pirate Boat ..Pirate Adventures is down at the end of Dock road, 5 to 7 minutes walk on the Bay. Bring the kiddies! A "Real " Pirate ship will sail you around the Bay! Lot of Fun!
Arts and Culture
Beach Haven Museum.. Walk 3 blocks to Engleside Ave and check for the times that this historic Museum is open. Small donation.
Bed and Breakfast Tour...We are on Tuesday's Tour, so you can enjoy hearing about our history by either myself or Mark whilst sitting on our front porch sipping lemonade. To see all of the B&B's on the tour, go to the Beach haven Museum on Tuesday or Thursday at 9am and sign up for their walking tour. A few dollars.
Surflight Theatre...3 blocks to Engleside Ave. Broadway at the Beach..Summerstock Broadway shows most evenings. Children's shows also. My son Cliff did acting and lighting for 13 years, and this is top grade, high caliber broadway. Well worth it. Very Affordable
Maritime Museum ..Walk over to the Bay on Dock road and see Deb's fabulous new museum. She also is the wedding officiant of note, past mayor, and sparkling personality. Small Donation
Wednesday night Concerts at the Park .. Bring a lawn chair (bring one of ours! ) and stroll down 2 blocks to Bicentennial Park on a Wednesday night for their popular concerts on the green. 50's to big band to country to popular, all will enjoy! Free
Dining within walking distance. Young crowd...OUr age...Oldies but goodies...Yes! Saturday poolside at the Shell!
Ice Cream Parlours ..Definitely make time for the Showplace Ice Cream Parlor just 2 blocks over...Dessert and a Show!
Restaurants ..The Chicken or the Egg..(locals call it the Chegg) for 24 hour in season wings and more. There are about 20 you can walk to, but my pick is the Engleside for sushi, prime rib and real tableclothes and silverware, with piano and a bar. Mark's choice is to hop in the car and drive a few minutes up the Island to Pinky Shrimp's. You get your dinner in a styrofoam box to eat outside at the picnic tables or bring home (or here in the garden), but I have to agree it is the best seafood!. Slice of Heaven is hands down the best Pizza. Murphys Market just 3 blocks is a gourmet Grocery to buy goodies to eat at the Inn.
Shopping...You can walk to all these too! Craft Fairs in Bicentennial Park, just a few blocks' walk, or at the Jewish Community Center.
Antiquing at Wizard of Odds, or Artifacts are Treasures,
There is so much shopping withing walking distance it totals over 100! Shop at Consignment shops such as Coastal Consignment, Finding Beach necesssities at Silver Sun, Hunting down that perfect designer dress or shoes at Run for Cover, finding hand made jewelry, perfumes or bags, or souvineers at Bay Village and Schooner's Wharf, and even a Christmas ornament at Undert the Mistletow, or treat for your pet at the Labaradore Store. Oh, and make sure you stop at Hands...they have everything!
Bed and Breakfast Tour in Beach Haven
See spectacular sunrises and sunsets just a few steps away.
Right Here in the Inn
Movie Nights in the Sea Glass room
Cook with the Innkeeper
- Atlantic City, Historic Smithville and Renault Winery,
- Great Adventure Theme Park (within an hour's drive)