Jenkinson’s Boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach: A Family-Friendly Beach Day


Shore season is coming, and Jenkinson’s Boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach checks off all the family-friendly boxes for a family-friendly spot at the shore. With games and rides, long stretches of beach, food stands with local seafood and treats (hello, ice cream), and a place where you can freshen up after a hot day, it’s definitely one of the most popular beaches on the Jersey Shore. And while the Boardwalk and Aquarium are the main draws, you’ll find a lot for your family to do on and off the boards for a day trip or week-long vacation. Thinking of heading there this summer? Read on for everything about the Point Pleasant Beach Boardwalk and Jenks (as locals affectionately call it) and what to know before you go. (featured image of the Point Pleasant Beach boardwalk)

Jenkinson’s Boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach Things To Do

Jenkinson's Beach

There’s something about those palm trees on the beach at Point Pleasant Beach. Photo Credit: NJ MOM

Catch some rays at Jenkinson’s Beach off of the Point Pleasant Beach Boardwalk

First, get your bearings—the Point Pleasant Beach boardwalk and shoreline extend from the Manasquan Inlet to the north (a great place to watch the boats enter) and New Jersey Avenue to the south. The off-season is free to stake a spot in the sand, but come Memorial Day, Jenkinson’s Beach requires a daily beach badge or a half or full-season badge. Unlike other shore beaches, Jenks has excellent facilities, letting you rent beach chairs, beach umbrellas, and lounge chairs without lugging them from home. And good news for the daytrippers that want to stay all day and night—there are bathhouses to rinse off, use the restroom, and change, including the Pavilion Bathhouse (available on weekdays and weekends) and the Jenkinson’s South Bath House. During the season, Jenkinson’s Boardwalk hosts several kid-friendly activities, like kiddie shows, movies on the beach, fireworks, and posts info on their website and social media pages. 
Jenkinson's Boardwalk in front of the sweet shop, Point Pleasant

Sittin’ pretty on the Point Pleasant Beach Boardwalk. Photo Credit: NJ MOM

Stroll the boards on the Point Pleasant Beach Boardwalk

The Jenkinson’s boardwalk is about a mile long with a kid’s paradise of games, rides, and sugary treats, giving kids plenty to do (and tire them out for a sleepy car ride home). Test your skills at the arcade offering the latest video games, take a ride on the Seven Seas at Jenkinson’s Amusement Park, or win a plushie playing traditional boardwalk games like water balloons. If you’re up for a family game, stop by Castaway Cove Adventure Golf or see if you can find your way through Jenkinson’s Boardwalk Fun House. Along the way, stopping by these boardwalk food stands is a must—load up on treats at Jenkinson’s Sweet Shop (don’t forget to try the fudge or candy apples), or taste some taffy at Carousel Candies, ice cream at Inlet Ice Cream or try the unique Dippin’ Dots. If you are looking for food and adult treats, grab a burger at Little Mac’s, pizza at Joey Tomato’s, or lobster at the Boardwalk Bar & Grill, where you can sip on a pina colada while enjoying the spectacular sea views.

Aquarium at the boardwalk

You can’t miss the waving penguin at Jenkinson’s Aquarium. Photo Credit: NJ MOM 

Dive into Jenkinson’s Aquarium at the Point Pleasant Beach Boardwalk

Need a break from the sun? Jenkinson’s Aquarium is a top spot on our NJMOM Aquarium Guide and the perfect place to cool off. The two-story aquarium has marine exhibits designed to emphasize the importance of wildlife conservation with Atlantic sharks, Pacific sharks, coral reefs, penguins, and seals. View the sharks in their 58,000-gallon tank or see them overhead on the Shark Balcony, get playful with Turbo, a local aquarium seal celebrity, talk to the parrots, or explore the Pine Barrens. Meet Captain Jack, Kringle, Betty, and the other friendly penguins at Jenkinson’s Aquarium during the adopt-a-penguin program. But perhaps the biggest highlight is Wally, the adorable two-toed sloth who hangs out on a branch and entertains kids for hours. See him when you sign up to participate in The Scoop on Sloths program or reserve a Sloth Encounter. Jenkinson’s Aquarium on the Point Pleasant Beach Boardwalk is always a crowd-pleaser, which is why many families love coming here whenever they visit the shore.
Jenkinson's rides on Point Pleasant Boardwalk

Jenkinson’s Amusement Park is full of high-flying fun. Photo Credit: NJ MOM

Take a ride at Jenkinson’s Amusement Park

From toddlers taking their first amusement ride to teens and adults who want thrills, Jenkinson’s South Amusement Park has something for everyone. Let your little ones soar up high on the mini planes, float on the cute ring of boats, or take a spin on the Samba Balloons. Then, the whole family can hop on the carousel and board a train ride afterward. Are your older kiddos looking for more of a thrill? Try out the Starship 3000, feel the pendulum motion on Pendolo, or take the 50-foot tall Pirate Plunge. If your family likes to be active, test your skills and balance on the two-level Adventure Lookout Ropes Course and Zipline. Or get out your thrills at the 7D Dark Ride with 3D vision, sound, and movement featuring either a zombie or carnival-themed movie. Insider tip: If you purchase an Emusement card, you can also earn rewards with Jenkinson’s E-rewards program. 

the arcade at Jenkinson's on Point Pleasant Boardwalk

The Point Pleasant Boardwalk arcades have classics like skee ball or modern games for all ages. Photo Credit: NJ MOM

Win at the arcade on the boardwalk

Go old school and have your kids learn the finer points of skee ball—Jenkinson’s has several arcades lined up and down the boardwalk, including Jenkinson’s South Arcade, Pavilion Arcade, South Beach Arcade, and Frank’s Fun Center. See if you can score baskets on the basketball arcade game or grab a prize with the crane game, along with the latest video games. Kids will love playing for hours and winning tickets they can redeem for prizes afterward.

mini golf near Point Pleasant Boardwalk

Ahoy matey—test your putt-putt skills at the Castaway Cove mini-golf course. Photo Credit: NJ MOM

Test your putting skills with mini golf

A round of mini-golf fires up friendly family competition and can get even the littlest players well-deserved bragging rights. There are two major ones on the Point Pleasant Boardwalk, with courses appealing to beginners and pros. Discover Castaway Cove on the upper part, where the legend says the Wheeler family was shipwrecked and used the remains of their ship to create two fun mini-golf adventures. The most challenging course takes you through waterfalls and caves, and when you discover the crow’s nest at the top of the cove, you’ll be rewarded with amazing views. Down the boards, the Lighthouse Point Mini Golf course is on the southern end of Jenkinson’s Boardwalk, with a lighthouse and two 18-hole courses that offer lots of land-themed fun to play on.

Point Pleasant Beach, near Point Pleasant boardwalk

Find lots of shops and restaurants off the boards in downtown Point Pleasant Beach. Photo Credit: NJ MOM

Explore the quaint town of Point Pleasant Beach

Off the boardwalk, downtown Point Pleasant Beach is full of interesting shops and eateries. Find something unique at Stella e Luna or stock up on beach day essentials at Bain’s Ace Hardware. For seafood specialties, grab a table at The Patio Bar, The Shrimp Box, or The Wharfside—these are all fantastic options offering lobster and local catch and sometimes live music. Or, if you’re thinking of a sunset picnic (yes, please), head to the OG Jersey Mike’s subs or the famous Joe Leone’s Italian Specialities & Catering for a true on-the-beach feast.

For more information, visit the Point Pleasant Beach Boardwalk website or Jenkinson’s website.

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About Author

Melanie Bodner has always had a love for writing, but now she has a new love…being a mom. Before having her kids, Melanie was no stranger to writing or working with children. She wrote for a local newspaper as a reporter and taught English and Dance in a public school. Now Melanie enjoys spending time with her kids, doing yoga, writing and decorating her home. Check out her Instagram @burlapbythebeach.