Making Plans for Labor Day Weekend

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How do you plan on sending summer packing with a bang? Here are my recommendations for the last hurrah before you head back to school.

There are nearly a 100 lakes and reservoirs in New Jersey. Many of them feature some terrific family activities.

  • Lake Hopatcong in Hopatcong State Park is New Jersey's largest freshwater lake featuring fishing, water sports, boating and swimming among many other family activities. It has 45 miles of shoreline with restaurants, marinas, playgrounds and public beaches make it a must visit for families.  

  • Sunrise Lake Beach Club – Morris Township has an inflatable obstacle course and Zoom Flume. You can play in the sandy beach, swim or go out on a paddle boat. It has public restrooms, showers and changing rooms.  

  • Hooks Creek Lake in Cheesequake State Park features a clean lake you can swim in. There are playgrounds, concession stands, restrooms, and changing areas and is home to fresh and salt-water marshes, five different trails, campsites, a nature center with live animals and a crabbing bridge.

Here are our recommendations for “kid/family friendly” Jersey Shore towns where you won’t encounter any uncomfortable ‘Situation’ nor get pummeled by crowds of marauding young people.

  • Point Pleasant Beach features a clean beach where kids under 5 are FREE. You can rent umbrellas and beach chairs. But the best feature is Jenkinson’s Boardwalk which has mile long attractions for all and lots of kid-friendly attractions, including an aquarium, arcades, mini-golf course, a rope course, and an amusement park with rides, roller coaster and a Historic train.

  • Ocean City has a lovely family friendly beach with a 2.5 mile boardwalk. You can rent bikes, indulge in mini-golf, arcade or go to the Ocean City Waterpark. There are plenty of food options and shopping on the boardwalk over 2 dozen rides, with rollercoasters. And just a little further up is Gillian's Wonderland Pier with 30 more rides! You can spend a day or a week in Ocean City.

  • Stone Harbor is a sweet, quiet and charming village. It has lots of restaurants and shopping but is generally pretty quiet and everything is walkable but mostly the water on the bay is pretty calm. You can rent bikes or kayaks and surfboards, play mini golf or visit the Wetlands Institute.

See you in September!