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THINGS TO DO IN AND AROUND SPRING LAKE:

BEACH AND BOARDWALK:
Spring Lake, NJ has been a unique resort for more than 100 years. We offer two miles of beach and the longest non-commercial boardwalk in New Jersey. Relaxation, not achievement, is the main reason for doing nothing during your relaxing beach getaway.

SEE VICTORIAN HOMES: At the turn of the 20th Century, it was one of the renowned luxurious vacation retreats for the wealthy and privileged. It has earned a place in history by maintaining its architectural integrity, old-world charm and grace. "Spring Lake" is a multitude of underground springs surrounded by wide tree-lined streets, hidden paths and rock gardens peeking through the weeping willows along the shoreline.
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JENKINSON'S AQUARIUM: Exhibits such as Atlantic sharks, Pacific sharks, coral reefs, penguins, and seals give you the opportunity to get up close to animals from around the globe. Another attraction, the touch tank, allows visitors to touch live animals ranging from a sea star to a sting ray!

Jenkinson's Aquarium is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). AZA is America's leading accrediting organization for zoos and aquariums, and accredits only those institutions that have achieved rigorous, professional standards for animal welfare and management, veterinary care, wildlife conservation and research, education, safety, staffing, and more.

The aquarium is open all year for your convenience, closing only on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. If you would like information on the aquarium, please call (732) 899-1212.

jenkinsons.com/aquarium

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STAY AT THE INNS: Located in a town that is delightfully out of date and where time seems to stand still, there is a distinguished collection of Victorian Bed and Breakfast Inns and Boutique Hotels (circa 1870-1888). They are unequaled for personalized service and amenities, genuinely bringing romance, elegance and history to life.

Whether enjoying gourmet breakfast in a grand dining room or by a warming fireplace, relaxing on a breezy open air porch or painting in a wildflower garden, each season the Historic Inns of Spring Lake welcome you to enjoy the privacy and tranquility of their seaside paradise.
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RIDE A BICYCLE: Cruise down the two-mile boardwalk beside a pristine beach in a seaside town. Stroll upon a very scenic lake with three covered bridges and swans. Cherry blossoms drip their pink lavender leaves on the sidewalks and streets.

CROSS THE FOOTBRIDGES: Perhaps ride a bicycle on a two-mile boardwalk beside a pristine beach in a seaside town. Stroll upon a very scenic lake with three covered bridges and swans. Cherry blossoms drip their pink lavender leaves on the sidewalks and streets.

DIVINE PARK NATURE WALKS: Don't Forget Your Camera Perhaps ride a bicycle on a two-mile boardwalk beside a pristine beach in a seaside town. Stroll upon a very scenic lake with three covered bridges and swans. Cherry blossoms drip their pink lavender leaves on the sidewalks and streets.
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GOLF: as we know it today, enjoyed at one of our local, Spring Lake golf clubs, is very different from its origins as a game played on the eastern coast of Scotland in the Kingdom of Fife during the 15th century. Players would hit a pebble around a natural course of sand dunes, rabbit runs and tracks using a stick or primitive club. Today, we invite you to enjoy golf the New Jersey Shore way at one of our Spring Lake golf courses, celebrating each glorious round with family and friends.
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SEA GIRT: How about starting the day with a bicycle ride into this charming town south of Spring Lake and visit DECORATE ON A DIME to explore vintage one-of-a-kind finds and antiques. Relive your youth in this quaint shop!

Then have lunch at ROD'S OLD IRISH TAVERN. It's a scene ....a turn of the century old-fashioned saloon... one of the most popular destinations on the shore. Casual, lively, burgers and hand-cut steaks to salad and seafood. After lunch grab an ice cream cone or try the award winning custard across the street at SURFSIDE FROZEN CUSTARD. Perhaps on your ride back, you cruise the boardwalk and take a look at the SEA GIRT LIGHTHOUSE.

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FISHING & BOATING: Let the Fresh Air and Waterways Seduce You for a Day.

Replicas of Mississippi Riverboats, the River Belle and River Queen cruise the calm inland waterways of the Manasquan and Metedeconk Rivers, Point Pleasant Canal and Barnegat Bay. Mahogany decks and unparalleled views make these journeys perfect for sightseeing, dining or dancing the night away. riverboattour.com. 732-528-6620
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SPRING LAKE THEATRE & LIBRARY: For ninety years the Community House has served the people of the Spring Lake area nobly. During the past thirty-six years especially, it has been the home of the highly acclaimed Spring Lake Theatre Company and a children's Theatre Workshop and Dance Program. This is a very rare place that is constantly alive with the arts, children's programs and civic groups, as well as the Spring Lake Public Library. springlaketheatre.com
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TOP SPRING LAKE PICKS
FOR LUNCH & DINNER

Larimar:
An effortless blend of cuisine, service and design. Focused in Italy and drawing on influences from Provence and the Riviera, Larimar's cuisine is based on seasonality and the freshest of ingredients. Soothing blues from the Larimar stone are reflected in the chic design and stylized service.
larimarrestaurant.com

Whispers: The Zagat's Top Elegant Pick ...tucked inside a 19th Century Spring Lake Victorian. This Jersey Shore restaurant is on everyone's list as a culinary jewel, where food is a fine art. "Charming and a Mistake to Miss" (NY Times)
whispersrestaurant.com

The Breakers: The landmark oceanfront restaurant serving lunch and dinner that transports you back to the luxe days of vintage Spring Lake, NJ (circa 1880). The grand verandah and intimate cocktail lounge welcome you. A classic Italian/seafood menu matches the refined stylized ambience.
breakershotel.com

Ray's Cafe: Serving Breakfast and Lunch daily, plus Dinner (Thurs-Sun). A local favorite, plus some very uniquely appetizing Chef's Dinner Specials, such as Seafood FraDiablo, Steak Murphy, and Sauteed Chicken with Lump Crab Meat.
rayscafenj.com

Spring Lake Pizzeria & Italian Bistro: Open 11AM daily and a quick walk from the Spring Lake beach. A great place for a slice, sandwich or Italian dinner combined with a trip to the lake and Divine park. It's especially nice to sit at the sidewalk tables and watch the world (OK maybe just Spring Lake) go by.
springlakepizzeria.com

Top Picks for Lunch or Dinner
near Spring Lake


Spring Lake Tap House:
It's a modern take on your local sports bar. They serve upscale tavern cuisine and boast 2 pour-your-own draft tables! 28 beers are on tap, with an excellent bottled beer and wine selection, and an extensive specialty cocktail list. Great happy hour Monday through Friday, great daily food and drink specials, and game-watch specials for just about every fan. Spring Lake Heights
springlaketaphouse.com


Brandl.:
Zagat ’07 says, "lavishly prepared food and fine service. Period." Innovative American Cuisine where you can indulge in caviar, wild boar, exotically prepared dishes and adventure the globe with Johnso& Wales Chef/owner Chris Brandl. Belmar
brandlrestaurant.com


St. Stephens Green Publick House: Fun, fabulous food with true Irish flair. The bar is lively, the fireplaces welcoming and the music - right out of an Irish novel. Spring Lake Heights
ststephansgreenpub.com

Klein's: Savor Atlantic-fresh seafood or Sushi on the Inlet. Don't dress up. It's a staple for locals & visitors. Lobster rolls and steamers...yummy! Lunch & Dinner daily, with a seafood market when you yearn to cook yourself. Belmar
kleinsfish.com

Pete & Elda's: Raves in for 50+ years, their thin-crust pizza and home-made Italian specialties are served daily for lunch, dinner and late-night munchies until 1:15am. Who can resist a salami & provolone platter, fried ravioli or Stuffed jumbo shells! Neptune City
peteandeldas.com
DAYTRIPPING
FOR FUN AND FOOD:

Allenwood General Store: Take Time for Tradition! Eat a pork roll sandwich and shop for dusty antiques in this 150+ year old wooden floored general store. You'll find area memorabilia and Philly cheesesteak. You're on the honor system. Tell them what you ate and then pay! Open daily til 2pm. Allenwood 732-223-4747

Avon Pavilion: Gourmet breakfast and dinner, fresh seafood lunch served on the boardwalk for those who cherish the simple divine pleasure of the Shore. Enjoy the Pavilion's olde-fashioned ice cream parlor or the Boardwalk Grille without leaving your beach blanket. Avon
avonpavilion.com

Shipwreck Grille: From Sushi Tempura to creative seafood delicacies, flawlessly prepared and presented. Imagine a butter-poached lobster over fresh saffron fettuccine! Add a killer view of Brielle's Manasquan Marina.
shipwreckgrill.com

Moonstruck: Housed in a multi-story Victorian style building with wonderful views across Wesley Lake to the Victorian Homes of Ocean Grove and The Great Auditorium... And sometimes the full moon! Menu - Filet Mignon to Rosemary Chicken to Seafood Combinations. Asbury Park - moonstrucknj.com

Hoffmann's Ice Cream Parlor: Life should always include a little ice cream, especially when you're on the Jersey Shore. The homemade flavors are endless, with combinations like caramel nut cluster and espresso mocha chunk. Spring Lake Heights
hoffmansicecream.net

Shore Fresh Seafood: Over the last fifteen years, Shore Fresh Seafood has established itself as the Jersey Shore's face of simple, fresh, and genuine seafood. The atmosphere is something truly extraordinary. Always loaded with take-home options from clams to shrimp to tuna steaks. Point Pleasant Beach
shorefreshseafood.com

Brennan’s Steakhouse: There's something Sinatra about the style, menu and sophisticated piano music. Rivaling the BEST steakhouses anywhere, begin with crusted onion soup or shrimp scampi, then indulge in a classic NY strip or filet mignon, colossal pork chops or rack of lamb. Happy endings are NY cheesecake, even chocolate chip cookies & milk! Neptune City 732-774-5040

Pier Village: It's truly a little European Village by the sea ...elegant yet casual...transporting you to St. Tropez, Roma, Mykonos, Tuscany...within steps of each other. The collection of restaurants are fabulous, the shopping sublime. Spend a memorable evening dining and strolling or an afternoon of pure luxe indulgence.
Long Branch

piervillage.com

Red’s Lobster Pot: The ‘Maine’ thing on the Jersey Shore. Waiting for one of 12 cozy tables is fun at the riverfront raw bar. Lobsters of all sizes for patrons of all sizes! BYOB and let the sunset do the rest. This is for folks who love rustic reality! Point Pleasant Beachredslobsterpot.com

The Windmill: The legendary hot dogs say it all. "Even if the summer is over, the taste of summer never ends" with 1/4 pound griddle cooked dogs your way, cheese fries, burgers, wings, steak, chicken sandwiches and fun! The original Windmill is in Long Branch, but you can enjoy the same magic in Belmar
windmillhotdogs.com

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READ A BOOK:
Some great places to curl up:

Chateau Inn & Suites: Settle into the front porch of the Villa with a panoramic view of Constitution Gazebo in the Park and let the ocean breezes relax.

Breakers Hotel: Select a favorite chair on the only legendary oceanfront verandah listening to the waves breaking on the Shore

Ocean House B&B: Find peace and serenity in the intimate Library, a sanctuary of automobile memorabilia, Hollywood collectibles and elegant 1920's antique furnishings.

Villa Park Inn: Nestle into a wingback chair next to the fireplace and listen to the soft sounds of the player piano.

White Lilac Inn: Feel the glow of the fireplace in the parlor, legs stretched out on the ottoman in Jack's Chair (circa 1950's)

Beacon House B&B: Find peace in a rocking chair on the wraparound porch or stretch out on a chaise lounge by the tranquil pool in the summertime

Spring Lake Inn:
Hide away in the Parlor on Andy's favorite comfy wingchair with your feet up on the ottoman

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