As part of our continued series on family travel to the Jersey Shore, we’re thrilled to share some ideas for planning a family vacation to Long Branch, New Jersey. While you can’t go wrong with a beach vacation in Long Branch, you don’t need to wait until summer for a family vacation at the Jersey Shore. Monmouth County offers lots of year round activities to help families have fun any time they visit.
Eat: Long Branch Area Restaurants
When traveling to the Jersey Shore with your kids, you need family friendly dining options. Take a look at our picks for where to eat with kids in and near Long Branch, New Jersey.
- Click over to read about our delicious dining experience at the Avenue restaurant in Long Branch, New Jersey.
- Our friends at Bread and Butter, who have helped us arrange our Long Branch family vacations also recommend The Turning Point Café as a great place for breakfast. You can see their menu and learn more at their site, theturningpoint.biz/long-branch. Bonus points, this restaurant has gluten-sensitive options for breakfast and lunch.
- We have also experienced a quick and tasty lunch with Habit Burger Grill in Eatontown. Check out the adult-sized healthy salad my 8 year old son devoured! You can see more pictures in this Facebook album.
- We’ll be adding more Long Branch restaurants to our recommendations, but you can also get ideas for restaurants in and learn Long Branch on The Pier at this site.
Stay: Long Branch Lodging Options
Our family vacations with kids to Long Branch have always included a stay at the Bungalow Hotel in Long Branch. What a glorious, relaxing family friendly place to stay. The pool table, the foosball table, a new lounge … all are inviting and welcoming to families. Dogs under 30 pounds are even welcome at this Jersey Shore hotel. Click over to read about our visit to this wonderful family friendly hotel at the Jersey Shore in Long Branch, The Bungalow Hotel, a Long Branch Hotel.
Play: Things to do in and near Long Branch with Kids
The wonderful thing about Long Branch, New Jersey is its convenient location in relation to all the fun things there are for kids to do in Monmouth County.
Sunny Day Activities
On warmer, sunnier days, take a walk along the Long Branch boardwalk, enjoy the beach, or play a while at Seven Presidents Park (click over to read about Seven Presidents Park and see our most recent pictures here). Seven Presidents Park offers kids classes and activities during the year, see their calendar here.
On our first visit to Long Branch with kids, we also took a drive over to Shark River Park, where we explored hiking trails and playgrounds for hours. We easily could’ve spent all day there. My boys loved being outdoors, walking along the creek and climbing hills. Take a look at these pictures in our Facebook album and read about Shark River Park in this article.
Parking fees are only in effect from Memorial Day to Labor Day, so your off season trip to Sandy Hook is free! During the off-season the Sandy Hook Nature Center may not be open. Check the Sandy Hook calendar of events to be sure and make the most of your visit! Kids can learn about seals, horseshoe crabs, trees, and more. While visiting, kids can also earn a Junior Ranger badge.
MORE things to do near Long Branch with kids
A visit to the Silver Ball Museum was on our New Jersey bucket list of things to do with the kids, for the longest time. We were all so excited to make a visit to this New Jersey pinball museum as part of our trip. The Silver Ball Museum is just minutes away in nearby Asbury Park. Open year round, you don’t need to wait until summer to enjoy some old fashioned gaming. Click over to watch our video tour of New Jersey’s pinball museum in this Facebook Live video.
Winter, spring, summer or fall, a family vacation to Long Branch with kids is a great way to travel to the Jersey Shore.
Let us know in the comments below what other areas of New Jersey you would like us to explore.