Two adventures in one? Done and done. #NJMOMs are the masters of all things multi-tasking, and visiting a beachfront playground with the littles is the perfect way to check two things off your summer bucket list. With one eye on the kids and the other on the crystal blue waters, you’ll always be able to keep your toes in the sand during these playground excursions. From award-winning designs at Seven Presidents Park and Asbury Park Boardwalk Amusements to Seaside Park’s bay-side playground and the serene waters of Old Bridge Waterfront Park; playtime can’t get any more beautiful than these New Jersey beachfront playgrounds.
Here are the Best Beachfront Playgrounds in NJ:
Filled with slides and other fun features, this award-winning castle of joy is fun for all children. In addition to providing activities for all, it’s close to Skateplex skate park, making it perfect for families with both older and younger kids. Tony’s Place at Seven President’s Park also offers children with special needs the fun and accessibility they deserve, and a chance to play, by offering them and their families free access to the park. This park requires no money to access, but a permit is required to enter Seven President’s Park. To obtain one, call (732) 842-4000, ext. 1, Monday-Friday, 8AM to 4PM and reference program #Q0162A.
221 Ocean Ave. North, Long Branch, NJ 07740
For more information, visit monmouthcountyparks.com or call (732) 842-4000 ext. 1.
Open year-round from 8AM to dusk
Some of the features that keeps families coming back to vacation in North Wildwood year after year are the wooden play structures on the sandy beaches along natural dunes. You can find access at 16th Avenue, but the play equipment span the course of a few blocks length. As you stroll along the beach, your little ones can have fun pretending on wooden ships and trains, and rock back and forth on car-shaped rockers.
16th Ave, North Wildwood, NJ 08260
Spacious and well-kept, this playground always has plenty of room for the little ones to let out their energy. Younger children will benefit from the sturdy, pint-sized swing set and age-appropriate slide. With the sand between their toes, this beach day just became even more fun.
33rd and Atlantic Avenues, Longport, NJ 08403
Why decide between water or land activities when your kids can have both at once? Asbury Park Amusements is composed of Asbury Splash Park and Asbury Eighteen Mini-Golf, both of which are located right on the boardwalk. What makes this water park unique is its unique features, such as the famous Tipping Tea Cup and sprinklers that look like garden tools used to water the plants—but instead, they splash the kiddos. To enjoy, make sure your young ones have swimming suits and sunscreen. If splashy fun isn’t floating your little one’s boat, the park also offers beachfront mini golf that’s perfect for the whole family.
Asbury Splash Park: On the boardwalk & 2nd Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Asbury Eighteen Mini-Golf: On the boardwalk & 3rd Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
For more information, visit asburyparkamusements.com or call (732) 897-6538.
This waterfront park is a cooperative project between the County of Middlesex and Old Bridge Township and was designed to improve visitor access to Raritan Bay. With the improvements that were made in 2005, two playgrounds were added to maximize the area’s potential for families. Since this beach area offers places for the kiddos to have fun, its closeness to the water makes it an ideal weekend destination. This serene setting is a laid-back alternative to a beach day, while still being able to enjoy the soothing waterfront views.
Two access points:
Laurence Harbor at Laurence Parkway, Old Bridge Township, NJ 08879
Pirate’s Cove at Cliffwood Beach, Raritan Boulevard, Old Bridge Township, NJ, 08879
For more information, visit middlesexcountyn.gov
Pair your play time with a day of sunbathing and swimming at Windward Beach Park in Brick. Free parking and admission to the park grants you access to the playground, tot lot, volleyball nets, picnic tables, gazebo, fishing and crabbing piers, bocce courts, and horseshoe pits. Although, a beach badge is required to use the bathing beach. Nonetheless, the playground is located directly on the sand with wonderful waterfront views.
Windward Beach Park
265 Princeton Ave, Brick, NJ 08724
For more information, visit bricktownship.net or call (732) 262-1044
If your family enjoys quieter vacations, Seaside Park might be your perfect summer spot. This laid back bay-side beach is family-oriented and even home to a cute playground. Dad can soak up the sun, the older ones can keep swimming, and you can enjoy the swings with the younger cuties since this playground is literally located on the beach. Pop your little one on the swing and give them a push without ever having to take your eyes off those blue waters.
Lake Avenue Playground and Beach
1510 Lake Ave, Seaside Park, NJ 08752
For more information, visit seasideparknj.org or call (732) 793-5100.
Thanks to the city of North Wildwood, Matador Oceanfront Resort on 16th Ave received brand new playground amenities this year, suitable for young children. These modern amenities include everything your little ones need to swing, spin, and climb: a four-seated merry-go-round, slides, monkey bars, ladders, and chutes – all on a soft turf base. Though located at the base of the motel, the playground is accessible from the street. With beach access just steps away, this playspace is an oceanside favorite.
Matador Oceanfront Resort
511 E 16th Ave, North Wildwood, NJ 08260
Located on the banks of the Navesink River, Victory Park is Rumson’s flagship park. Its location in the heart of town makes this attraction easy to walk or drive to with your family to enjoy the playground’s ship-themed structures and enclosed slide. Victory Park also is home to two tennis courts and basketball court (both with lighting), a bocce court, and our favorite – a sandy beach along the Navesink. This neighborhood park also includes a bandstand, where local music and community events can be found taking place throughout the year.
Lafayette Street and River Road, Rumson, NJ 07760
For more information, visit rumsonnj.gov or call (732) 842-3300
Located directly on the boardwalk of “New Jersey’s Family Resort,” Bradley Beach, this playground is literally feet from the sand. With soft wood chips at your feet, this park features swings for kids of all sizes, a large playscape, a kid-sized rock wall, and slides. Additionally, this playground is entirely enclosed, steps away from a mini-golf course, and just adjacent to a popular food stand with breakfast, lunch, and snack items. During your stay at Bradley Beach this summer, be sure to stop by this beachfront playground during your walk along the boardwalk.
Ocean Ave at Park Place Ave, Bradley Beach, NJ 07720
Can’t make it down to the Jersey Shore for some playtime? You can still visit Hudson County’s “urban beach” with a visit to Newport Green Park in Jersey City. This park along the Hudson River is an oasis among busy family life in the city, with cool river breezes, waterfront and Manhattan skyline views, and plenty of sunshine to go around. Its clean, modern playground equipment are fun and safe for little ones, including a splash pad and carousel. A walkway to Hoboken and close proximity to plenty of local eateries makes this park an easy stop for happy playtime.
Newport Green Park
14th Street and Washington Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07310
For more information, visit newportnj.com or call (201) 626-5000.
A trip to the tip of Long Beach Island will land you in the family shore borough of Beach Haven. This playground embraces the island lifestyle with its laid-back setup, and the perfect amount of amenities to keep your little ones happy. The best part about this playground? It’s location. Whether you’re relaxing at a picnic table, climbing to the top of the kid-friendly rock walls, or flying high on the swing set, you’ll practically have a 180 degree view of the beautiful blue Atlantic.
Boat Ramp Dr, Beach Haven, NJ 08008
While many of these playgrounds are close to the beach, this playground is actually on the beach. Instead of wood chips, blacktop, or rubber turf, your little ones get to play with the sand between their toes. This enclosed kid-safe space features a playscape with slides and climbing units attached. Since this park is located so close to the boardwalk, your whole family can easily grab a bite on your way to your next oceanside activity.
Boardwalk, Asbury Park, New Jersey 07712