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It’s summer in New Jersey and everyone has the same thing in mind: let’s go to the beach! We are lucky enough to live in Monmouth County, which has an abundance of beaches to choose from. But to someone not familiar with the area, all of the choices may be confusing.
Where should we go? Which Monmouth County beach is best for our family?
As a mom of three kids, we are always on the search for a great beach that works well for our children. I’ve listed my favorite Monmouth County beaches for families, including some tips to keep in mind when visiting. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
Monmouth County’s Best Beaches for Families
1. Seven Presidents, Long Branch – With a mile-long sandy beach and a 38-acre park, 7 Presidents Beach is our favorite Monmouth County beach for families to visit. In addition to the guarded beach, there is an amazing oceanfront playground (see our review here), volleyball courts, sheltered eating areas and a snack bar, outdoor showers, and changing areas.
- JFF Insider Tip: Don’t feel like packing a picnic lunch and the snack bar doesn’t interest you? Located within walking distance of the park’s entrance gates are a casual (burgers, fries, etc.) restaurant and an ice cream/Italian ice shop.
- Prices: Weekday $8 (under 17 years old free), Weekend and Holidays $8 (under 13 free), Parking $8
2. Asbury Park – Asbury Park beach offers guarded beaches, a beachfront playground, and a ton of different food options along the boardwalk. There is a long rocky jetty where people fish, and the kids love to watch to see what they reel in. Added bonus? There’s a great sprayground (see our review here) located right on the boardwalk.
- JFF Insider Tip: Parking is more expensive right by the beach. Generally the beach-front spaces are $2/hour. If you park just one block back, the prices drop to a more affordable $1/hour.
- Prices: Weekday $5, Weekend $6.
3. Sandy Hook – With a long stretch of beautiful oceanfront and bayfront beaches, you can choose which type of beach you’d prefer. Sandy Hook’s guarded beaches are beautiful and clean, and with an expanse of parking lots, it’s never hard to find a spot. There are also miles of bike and walking/running trails, so you can bring your bikes if you feel like going for a ride after hitting up the beach. (See details about a recent trip to Sandy Hook here.)
- JFF Insider Tip: If you decide to take the trip to Sandy Hook on a Wednesday, stick around afterwards. Every Wednesday night there’s a free concert on the beach at 6pm on Beach E.
- Prices: No entrance fee, $15 per car daily parking fee
Check out our post on other New Jersey beaches and beach tag information.
Interested in more summer fun? Check out our Summer Guide, information on New Jersey’s spraygrounds and splash pads by county, and our listing of Fairs and Festivals in New Jersey.
In full disclosure this is not a sponsored post.