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Jersey Shore prepares for summer

From morning to night, enjoy the beaches of the Jersey Shore
From morning to night, enjoy the beaches of the Jersey Shore
Belmar Arts Council Member, Jersey Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau

The beaches of the Jersey Shore are among the top beaches in the United States. The Jersey Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau invites you to make the Jersey Shore your summer destination.

The beaches of the Jersey Shore are ready to welcome your family this summer
Bob Hilton, Jersey Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau

Find news, events, activities and travel information for the Jersey Shore at New Jersey Going Strong. You'll find food, fun, festivals, fireworks and much more at the Jersey Shore.

From the beautiful sandy beaches to the bustling boardwalks, the Jersey Shore offers something for everyone. As you make your summer plans, here are some events and activities to enjoy this summer at the Jersey Shore.

Memorial Day weekend kicks off summer at the Jersey Shore. Choose your favorite destination for Memorial Day weekend fun at the Jersey Shore.

Enjoy the Food Truck Wars at Monmouth Park, a 3-day event which features more than 20 trucks and live music. Last year's event attracted almost 33,000 people. You don't want to miss this year's event.

The Wildwood International Kite Festival is the largest kite festival in North America. Head to Wildwood over the Memorial Day weekend and enjoy the brightly-colored kites soaring overhead.

The Unlocking of the Ocean is an Ocean City tradition which began in the 1800s. After the ocean is unlocked, people dressed in business attire celebrate by taking a plunge in the Atlantic with the Business Persons Plunge.

At Point Pleasant Beach, enjoy the Todd Show's 2014 Summer Kick-Off on Friday, May 23. The event begins at 6 a.m. at Jenkinson's in Point Pleasnt Beach and features live music from The Fray, Kacey Musgraves, magic and Hot Chelle Rae.

Stone Harbor celebrates summer with a Beach Opening Celebration on Thursday, May 22 at 3 p.m. at the 96th Street Beach. The Stone Harbor Annual Memorial Day Parade takes place Monday, May 26 at noon on 96th Street in Stone Harbor.

Hit the beaches this summer at the Jersey Shore. Ride on the 140-foot ferris wheel at Ocean City and enjoy the amusement park and water park. There are three new rides this summer at Ocean City: Buccaneer Ship, New Scream Machine and Kiddie Speedway. Ocean City fun also includes a stop at Fralinger's or Shriver's for salt water taffy and fudge to enjoy now or take home.

Wildwood is one of Jersey Shore's favorite family beaches. Morey's Piers has been part of Wildwood's family fun since 1969. The boardwalk offers more than 100 rides and attractions spanning over 18 acres along six beach blocks and includes three amusement piers and two beachfront waterparks.

Grab a bite to eat at a family-friendly restaurant while you're at Wildwood. Duffer's, Maui's Dog House and Shoobie's are always popular. Maybe you'd rather try one of the new restaurants: Big Wave Burritos, Tony Luke's, Jake's Steaks, Keenan's Cabana Grille, The Taco Joint or Poppi's Pizza Napoletana.

Visit Jenkinson's Boardwalk at Point Pleasant Beach this summer. Be sure to check out the aquarium, which is open year round. Summer comes alive at Point Pleasant beaches. Purchase your daily or seasonal beach badge for access to the public beaches.

Sandy Hook's beaches are considered among the greatest in New Jersey with their breathtaking NYC skyline views and pristine sandy beaches. The 7 miles of beaches offer plenty of space for swimming, playing and soaking up the sun. Enjoy a short ferry ride from New York to Sandy Hook. Explore the Sandy Hook Lighthouse, the oldest operating light house in the United States.

The boardwalk at Seaside Heights is always busy. There's plenty of tasty boardwalk food, lots of rides and you'll find great souvenirs to take home. New rides for Casino Pier this year include the Drop N Twist, Musik Express, Air Race, Jump Around, Bumper Cars and Super Storm.

If your family loves camping, check out camping Jersey Shore style. Beachcomber Camping Resort is South Jersey's largest family owned campground. Located at Cape May, Beachcomber offers kayaking, beach bonfires, tug boat and hay rides and lots of fun activities for the entire family to enjoy.

Located midway between Atlantic City and Wildwood, Ocean View Resort will open its new pirate-themed splash park over Memorial Day weekend, offering families a fun way to cool down. You'll also enjoy treasure hunts, music, miniature golf and lots more at Ocean View.

Between Cape May and Wildwood, Holly Shores Camping Resort is one of the best family-oriented campgrounds along the Jersey Shore. Holly Shores was chosen as the National Association of R.V. Resorts and Campgrounds Large Park of the Year in 2010 and 2012 and is listed as one of the top 300 campgrounds by Woodall's. Bring your own camper or enjoy a rental unit. Boating, fishing, hiking and the beach top the activities at Holly Shores, but you'll also enjoy themed weekends with lots of fun activities for all ages.

With so much to do at the Jersey Shore, it will be hard to decide where to begin. From sunrise to sunset and beyond, you'll have a blast when you make the Jersey Shore your summer destination.

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