Of New Jersey’s roughly 45 coastal towns that face the Atlantic Ocean, five have the rides, games, and thrills of a wooden amusement park.
From Wildwood to Pt. Pleasant Beach, the Seven Ocean “Piers”, as most of them are known in the state, have been and continue to be the cornerstone of a stay on the Jersey Shore.
In the far north of Ocean County is the Jenkinson Pier at Point Pleasant Beach. Home to a boardwalk, aquarium, and candy store, Jenkinson’s keeps people entertained day and night, rain or shine.
Travel 11 11 miles south will bring you and you will come to Casino Pier, which juts out from the infamous Seaside Heights promenade. Casino Pier is home to one of the Jersey Shore’s most extreme rides, the Shore Shot, pulls thrill seekers 125 feet in the air at 45 mph, plunging them to land almost as fast. One block inland is Breakwater Beach Waterpark.
Closer to home is the Atlantic City Steel Pier: the historic 300-meter-long pier on the famous Atlantic City Boardwalk has been welcoming seaside masses since 1898.
The pier is perhaps best known for “The Wheel,” which opened in 2017. The 227-foot-high spinning wheel, with an array of 14,500 lights, can be seen for miles at night.
A few blocks away is Central Pier. This walking amusement is known for its large arcade and NASCAR-style go-karts and is a great place to get away from the beach.