DescriptionThe Unami Indians spent spring and summer fishing and collecting shells along the coast of what is now Point Pleasant Beach, a livelihood that was disrupted in the 18th century with the arrival of the first European settlers. This area began to take on the air of a seaside resort by the mid-19th century. The completion of the Garden State Parkway turned Point Pleasant Beach into one of New Jersey's leading summer vacation destinations.
Family-oriented amusements prevail along mile-long Jenkinson's Boardwalk. Neighboring Manasquan Inlet provides ocean access and boating opportunities.
Everyone looks forward to the Festival of the Sea, a street fair complete with goodies like funnel cakes and fried Oreos, not to mention clam chowder, shrimp skewers and other seafood favorites. The event, which takes place in mid-September along Arnold and Bay avenues downtown, also offers pony rides, hundreds of craft booths and live entertainment courtesy of local musicians.
Visitor InfoPoint Pleasant Beach Chamber of Commerce 517A Arnold Ave. POINT PLEASANT BEACH, NJ 08742. Phone:(732)899-2424 or (888)772-3862
Things to SeeJenkinson's Aquarium