Long Branch is an often overlooked New Jersey beach town steeped in history. One of the largest cities in jerseyshore, Long Branch has recently undergone a renaissance and there are plenty of fun activities for children throughout the year. Walk the boards, grab a bite to eat at one of the many family restaurants, catch a show, visit an art festival, spend time at the beach and more.
Here’s our list of 25 fun things to do in Long Branch, New Jersey for kids and families!
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Best Things to Do in Long Branch with Kids
1. Go to the beach
With over 2 miles of beautiful beach, you are sure to find a place that suits your family. And after Labor Day, the beaches are free again!
2. Dine at the Pier Village
Shop or dine in beautiful Pier Villagewhich offers restaurants and shops along the promenade.
3. See a show
Take the kids to Axelrod Performing Arts Centerwhere they can enjoy children’s programming throughout the year.
4. Attend a concert
Listen to live music by the ocean with the FREE Summer Concert Series Thursdays by the sea at Pier Village.
5. Eat Jersey pizza
Take a slice, it’s a Jersey Shore tradition. by Lezama on Broadway is considered by many to be one of the best pizza places in Long Branch.
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Tony’s Playground is suitable for all abilities. Photo courtesy of the park
6. Visit Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park
Go to the beach to play in the waves and the sand at Park of the Seven Presidents by the sea. Then enjoy the adjacent playground, Tony’s Place, when the kids are ready for drier activities.
7. Go skating
Do you have a skateboarder in the family? Let them try new tricks at the recently rebuilt Skateplex at Seven Presidents; the skate park is open all year round and is always FREE.
8. Get a history lesson
Visit the history Presidents Churchwhere the seven presidents who visited Long Branch spent time.
Grab some coastal cuisine at the Surf Taco. Photo courtesy of Surf Taco
9. Grab a taco
Feast on coastal cuisine with the kids at surf tacos.
10. Discover the Jazz Festival
Don’t miss the annual Long Branch Jazz and Blues Festival every August on the Great Lawn.
Create memories at Boardwalk Fun and Games. Photo courtesy of Pier Village
11. Play the arcade
Try to beat the kids at skee ball at Fun and board games arcade.
12. Visit the library
Catch a story time just for toddlers at the Long Branch Public Library.
Oceanfest is New Jersey’s largest Independence Day celebration. Photo courtesy of Oceanfest
13. See fireworks
Don’t miss the annual ocean party 4th of July celebration, one of the state’s largest fireworks and Independence Day events.
14. Choose an omelet
Meet your daily protein needs at Amy’s Omelet House where 220 varieties of omelets are available. Of course, the kids might prefer the Mickey Mouse pancakes.
15. Get theater tickets
Browse the room New Jersey Directory Companyof the current season for the family performances of this famous non-profit theater company.
Bring a picnic and chair to Bands by the Beach. Photo courtesy of the Town of Long Branch.
16. Listen to music on the beach
Spend your Sunday evenings watching various Groups by the beach in West End Park.
17. Play mini golf
Minutes from Long Branch is Horse Theme Bluegrass Miniature Golf. Enjoy one of two 18-hole courses.
18. Try the burgers
Fill up first Juniorhailed by some as the “best burger on the Shore”.
19. Walk the Boardwalk
Take a walk on the Long Branch Parkway. Take advantage of the wide and numerous boards and take a family stroll in the sea breeze.
20. Watch a movie outdoors
Watch a family movie on the beach during the summer months with the Movies at the Pier series.
Try the cheese fries and dogs at the Windmill. Photo courtesy of the restaurant
21. Get the best fries
22. See a concert
Attend a family concert at MAC at Monmouth University.
23. Stay at a funky hotel by the beach
24. Get Candy
If the need for chocolate and sweets takes over, go to Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Their selection of fudge, candies and caramel apples should help.
25. Enjoy an ice cream cone
This article was first published in September 2012 but has since been updated.
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