Generations have spent their weekends at the Jersey Shore because it is chock full of kid-friendly attractions. From the Boardwalk and the Atlantic City Outlets to Storybook Land and Lucy the Elephant, your family is sure to enjoy their getaway to the Jersey Shore.
Forget the latest "horror film" at the megaplex and experience some true haunted history at the Cape May Lighthouse, one of the five haunted lighthouses to climb, if you dare. During the day, the panoramic view atop this 199-step tower is a sight to behold. At night, take a guided tour on the exclusive trolley to learn even more stories behind the haunted places that dot the area. A footnote: if you visit the Cape May Lighthouse and see a woman in a white gown with a lantern in one hand and a child in the other hand, the woman probably isn't really there. How spooky!
The Boardwalk is one of the top Jersey Shore tourist attractions. The first boardwalk in the United States opened on June 26, 1870 in Atlantic City, NJ. Ever since, the combination of salt water taffy, roller coasters, unique shops, and an overall carnival atmosphere has been a magnet for families all around the world. That is why some people feel that no Jersey Shore family vacation is complete without at least one day on, or under, the Boardwalk.
Other kid-friendly attractions at the Jersey Shore include Storybook Land, a fairy-tale-themed park designed to let your entire family release their inner Mother Goose. Take your time exploring this vast 20-acre park. If your family includes wildlife aficionados of any age, be sure and include Wetlands Park and the Atlantic City Aquarium in your list of Jersey Shore activities.
Lucy the Elephant is a popular attraction that is over 100 years old. She was built in the 1880's out of tin and wood. Ever since, the six-story example of late-19th Century novelty architecture has been delighting visitors to the National Historic Landmark.
Shopping is a favorite activity on many lists of things to do at the Jersey Shore. True to its name, "It's Sugar" is a can't-miss candy store located on the pier. House specialties include the Addicted to Sugar Sweet Teeth and the Marilyn Monroe Chocolate Shoe. Be sure you include the ultimate in kid-friendly attractions at the Jersey Shore: the 1,000-foot Steel Pier Amusement Park. The onetime home of memorable acts such as Rex the Wonder Dog and the High Diving Horse made the Steel Pier "The Showplace of the Nation."
When thinking about accommodations, there are a number of family hotels in Atlantic City. Many of them are within easy walking distance of the many kid-friendly attractions at the Jersey Shore. A trip to the Jersey Shore is certain to create a lifetime of memories.