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

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It’s shore season, mamas, and Point Pleasant Beach Boardwalk checks off all the family-friendly boxes—a boardwalk filled 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—making it one of the most popular beaches on the Jersey Shore. And while Jenkinson’s Boardwalk and Aquarium are the main draws, you’ll find there’s 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

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Point Pleasant Beach Boardwalk Things To Do

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There’s something about those palm trees on the beach at Point Pleasant Beach.

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 come in) and New Jersey Avenue to the south. While the off-season is free, Jenkinson’s Beach requires a daily beach badge or a half or full season badge starting May 22. Yet, unlike other shore beaches, there are excellent facilities at Jenks, letting you rent beach chairs, beach umbrellas, and lounge chairs without having to lug them from home. And good news for the daytrippers that want to stay all day and night—there are two 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 on weekends like kiddie shows, movies on the beach, and fireworks—make sure to check their website for details
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Sittin’ pretty on the Point Pleasant Beach Boardwalk.

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 to give them 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 Moby Dick 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, these boardwalk food stands are a must—stop by 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 substance and some 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 and take in the spectacular sea views. 

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You can’t miss the waving penguin at Jenkinson’s Aquarium.

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

Need a break from the sun? Jenkinson’s Aquarium, a top spot listed on our NJMOM Aquarium Guide. is the perfect place to cool off and entertain the whole family. The aquarium has marine exhibits designed to emphasize the importance of wildlife conservation with Atlantic sharks, Pacific sharks, coral reefs, penguins, and seals. While COVID has put some exhibits on hold for now (check before you go since rules are constantly changing), there’s still plenty to see at this two-story aquarium to stay busy all afternoon. View the sharks in their 58,000-gallon tank or see them overhead on the Shark Balcony, get playful with the seals (don’t miss Luseal, the blind seal, and local aquarium celebrity), talk to the parrots, or explore the Pine Barrens. Meet Betty, Captain Jack, Checkers, and Dr. Bunsen, the 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.  And Jenkinson’s Aquarium on the Point Pleasant Beach Boardwalk is always a crowd-pleaser, which is the reason why many families love coming here every time they visit the shore. 
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The Jenkinson’s Amusement Park is full of high-flying fun.

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, after, board a train ride. Are your older kiddos looking for more of a thrill? Try out the fast-paced Moby Dick ride, 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 (new for 2021) and zip-line. Or get out your thrills at the newly opened 7D Dark Ride with 3D vision, sound, movement with a Zombies, or Carnival-themed movie. Insider tip: If you purchase an Emusement card, you can also earn rewards with Jenkinson’s E-rewards program. 

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The Point Pleasant Boardwalk arcades have the classics like skee ball or the more modern games for all ages to enjoy.

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 the 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 after.

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Ahoy matey—test your putt-putt skills at the Castaway Cove mini-golf course. 

Test your putting skills with mini golf

A round of mini-golf fires up some friendly family competition and can get even the littlest players some well-deserved bragging rights. There are two major ones on the Point Pleasant Boardwalk with courses appealing to both 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.

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Find lots of shops and restaurants off the boards in downtown Point Pleasant Beach.

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 Luna, get a caffeine boost at Berritazza Cafe, stock up on beach day essentials at Bain’s Hardware. For a down-shore, seafood specialties grab a table at The Patio Bar, The Shrimp Box, or The Wharfside—are all fantastic options offering lobster and local catch and sometimes live music. Or, if you’re thinking 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. Looking for more to do in Point Pleasant? Check out our guide to this classic beach town. 

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

What are your favorite Point Pleasant Beach Boardwalk activities? We would love to hear more in the comments below.

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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.

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