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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“Hike around the lighthouse on pavement along the water, climb to the top and enjoy the view!”
  • 23 locals recommend
Nature
“NJ's creme de la creme beach. There is much to explore here. Undomesticated beaches, biking (your own), trails, plenty of botany, driving on the beach at its distal end (given you have the proper permit/vehicle), kayaking (your own) in the Sedge Islands, and more. Lots of nature, ecology, and wildlife (falcons, foxes, etc.). I've seen dolphins and stingrays coasting through on the shore while I basked in the sun. If you love the feel of fine, pristine sands below your feet, none of that crunchy sand on the tourist beaches in NJ, this is the place for you. It can get packed on the distal end with many vehicles lined up on the beach on summer weekends. Low to mid activity on weekdays. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Sushi & Oyster Bar. Very busy in the summer. Call ahead for reservations or take a chance for open seating at the Oyster Bar. BYOB.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“One of the best diners anywhere. This place has been featured on many TV programs. Great for breakfast and lunch, but be warned the lines can be long, so go early. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bar
“Excellent for lunch or dinner, and there is a great, outside bar area to enjoy in the summer. Full bar available.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Park
“ Free but its a bit of drive unless you are in the toms river area. nature center in the silver bay. but a beautiful park and good hiking trails.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Nice mall to visit on a rainy day. Anchor stores are Macy's, Boscov's and JC Penny.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
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“People tell me the food is hit or miss but for a drink this is a beautiful setting. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Just over the Toms River bridge on the left side. Main dining room is excellent - also lively bar area that serves full menu with dancing and live music on weekends. Book ahead.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
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“The Food is fabulous, and if you go in the off season, they offer date night on Friday night with a limited, but fantastic menu at a discount! ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Park
“The 32 acre park was created in 1957. The main attraction is the lighthouse, which you can climb to the lightkeepers catwalk. From this lofty perch there are wonderful views of LBI, the Atlantic Ocean, Barnegat Bay, Barnegat Inlet and Island Beach State Park. Besides the lighthouse people come to the park to walk, birdwatch, learn about maritime history and fish.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Cool tiki bar on the water with boat dockage for water travelers. Great atmosphere, live music, drinks and food>>>>good times! Restaurants across the street had sit down menus. The only downfall of this place is, it is a local favorite and gets packed with lots of people having a great time. If a good time with lots of people dancing isnt for you , stay away from this place :-D ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
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“Long time favorite for island guests, outdoor and indoor seating, full license for cocktails”
  • 8 locals recommend
Department Store
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“basic needs and the same as most walmarts. large store, crowded on weekends and sometime mid day but decent selection and stock”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great outside bar with water views. Live music on weekend and during the week too! Look for shorty long and the jersey horns playing you wont be disappointed! ”
  • 3 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Sushi & Oyster Bar. Very busy in the summer. Call ahead for reservations or take a chance for open seating at the Oyster Bar. BYOB.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of the best diners anywhere. This place has been featured on many TV programs. Great for breakfast and lunch, but be warned the lines can be long, so go early. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bar
“Excellent for lunch or dinner, and there is a great, outside bar area to enjoy in the summer. Full bar available.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Bar
“People tell me the food is hit or miss but for a drink this is a beautiful setting. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Just over the Toms River bridge on the left side. Main dining room is excellent - also lively bar area that serves full menu with dancing and live music on weekends. Book ahead.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
“The Food is fabulous, and if you go in the off season, they offer date night on Friday night with a limited, but fantastic menu at a discount! ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Cool tiki bar on the water with boat dockage for water travelers. Great atmosphere, live music, drinks and food>>>>good times! Restaurants across the street had sit down menus. The only downfall of this place is, it is a local favorite and gets packed with lots of people having a great time. If a good time with lots of people dancing isnt for you , stay away from this place :-D ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“Long time favorite for island guests, outdoor and indoor seating, full license for cocktails”
  • 8 locals recommend

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