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
Catch some rays at Jenkinson’s Beach off of 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.
Dive into Jenkinson’s Aquarium at the Point Pleasant Beach Boardwalk
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.
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.
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.
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.