We are now in our third week of living at the beach before our big move to Virginia.
Experiencing Long Beach Island, NJ with kids is something entirely different than experiencing it in my twenties. Instead of looking up fun bars, I’m Googling new playgrounds and ice-cream shops.
Here are some of my favorite stores and attractions on Long Beach Island, NJ…whether you have kids or not. I hope to add to this list every summer. Feel free to comment with your favorite hotspots on L.B.I.!
How You Brewin? (Coffeehouse/Internet cafe): According to the website, there is a second location in Barnegat Light, but I can only attest for the Surf City location. The coffee is delicious and they have an assortment of pastries and desserts available, too. There are a couple specialty flavors of coffee each day. Some of my favorite flavors have been: French Toast, Bananas Foster, Almond Biscotti, and Coffee Cake. (8 No. Long Beach Blvd., Surf City or 14 West 19th St., Barnegat Light)
Shore Fire Grille (Restaurant): This has been my favorite place to eat this summer. On the menu: signature burgers, hot dogs, and sandwiches plus wings, tacos, and tasty sides. Casual atmosphere and BYOB. I had the salmon burger and my husband had the mahi-mahi taco. (18th Street & Long Beach Blvd., Surf City)
Narwhal Frozen Yogurt: This is one of those “pay what you weigh” places where you fill your own cup with yogurt and the abundance of topping options. I had white chocolate dipped strawberry frozen yogurt with Butterfinger crumbs. The yogurt comes from Honey Hill Farms. (17th Street & Long Beach Blvd., Surf City)
Fantasy Island Arcade & Amusement Park: I remember going to Fantasy Island as a child and now I get to bring my own kids there to play the arcade games and ride the Sea Dragon. My only complaint– the rides don’t open until 6:00 P.M., making it difficult to do with little ones who go to bed early. The arcade is usually open at noon, but check the website to be sure. (Bay Village, Beach Haven)
Country Kettle Fudge: Fudge and clam chowder…what more could you want from a store? This is the best New England Clam Chowder I’ve ever had. It’s not too thick and it has a bit of spiciness. My mom and my mother-in-law both like to mix the New England with the Manhattan Clam Chowder. The chowder is sold in quarts and is a bit pricey at $16 each, but well worth it. The fudge is great, too! (Bay Village, Beach Haven)
BEACHED (Home Decor/Gift Shop): I was so excited to check this store out ever since I started following them on Instagram. Lovely housewarming or hostess gifts, plus great home decor for your beach house! (Bay Village, Beach Haven)
Sunset Park: Large, spacious playground complete with a pirate ship. There’s also a gazebo, a dock, basketball court, and a volleyball court. (W. Salem Ave., Harvey Cedars)
Surf City 5 & 10: Forget something for your vacation? Order a beach wheelbarrow for your two-year-old on Amazon that turned out to be a way too tiny? Head to the 5 & 10 for swimwear, beach toys, lotion, toys, books, and souvenirs! I scored an awesome romper for $10 at their end of summer sale. (4th St. & Long Beach Blvd., Surf City)
What are your favorite spots in L.B.I.?