Back in June, my sister rented a house in LBI for a week. LBI (Long Beach Island) is a very popular vacation destination along the New Jersey Shore. When we were kids, our family would rent a house there for a week every July. So many fond memories from my childhood! This year, my sister invited the boys and I to stay at their rental house in the town of Beach Haven for a couple days. My husband stayed home and caught up with some of the golf he missed while coaching baseball all spring!
In the short time we were there, we hit many of the must-do-kid attractions:
Like the awesome water-slide!
As you can see, it wasn't even crowded that day.
As I said, it was still June
and some schools hadn't let out for summer yet.
We practically had the place to ourselves!
Even the "Crazy-Lazy River" was pretty empty!
And miniature golf was fun as always!
The beaches were as beautiful as I remember.
And the boys did some serious boogie boarding while there!
We spent an evening at the Fantasy Island Amusement Park and arcade.
Even that was pretty empty...and clean...very clean.
I forgot how neat the island is kept. We have become so used to the not-as-clean Seaside area of the Jersey Shore. Seaside could learn a few lessons from this sweet family resort town!
We made sure we had breakfast at the famous
Chicken or the Egg! And yes it lives up to its fabulous reputation!
Here is the view from our table at The Ketch Restaurant for dinner one night.
So nice having an outside table when you are dining with kids!
And speaking of kids...
We made sure we stopped at the Skipper Dipper for ice cream,
just like when my sister and I were kids!
I was glad to see it was still there!
I wish I took more pictures that weekend,
but I guess we were having too much fun!
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Way back in May I visited Blairsden, a Mansion in May designer showhouse located in Peapack-Gladstone, NJ. I took so many pictures on my iphone and then never got around to sharing them with you. Today, I am going to share one of my favorite rooms in the mansion...
We took advantage of the cloudy weather at the beach this past weekend
and visited a new Jersey Shore attraction:
The Sand Museum in Seaside Park, NJ!
The 5,000+ square foot museum is located inside a large tent along Ocean Avenue and N Street. The museum features sand sculptures by artist, Ed Jarrett who currently holds the Guinness World Record for the world's largest handmade sand castle. Last year he constructed "The Sandy Castle" in Point Pleasant Beach to raise money for victims of Superstorm Sandy. His new project, known as "Boardwalk Journey" displays his sand sculptures of iconic Jersey Shore landmarks - from the past and present.
His attention to detail is amazing!
How Jersey Shore is this?
We see the real version of this sign every time we arrive in town.
A classic Jersey Shore establishment - The Stone Pony in Asbury Park.
Springsteen has been known to show up and play there over the years.
This may look familiar to you. This section of the famous Funtown Pier on Seaside's boardwalk survived Superstorm Sandy only to burn down in a massive fire last year!
Here is a picture after the storm...
(but obviously before the fire!)
Still surreal to me...
The back wall of the museum (tent) displayed photos
of the shore towns devastated by Superstorm Sandy.
So sad to look back and remember what the area went through.
Make a wish we never see another storm like that!
If you have spent any time at the Jersey Shore,
this is one exhibit you will not want to miss!
The kids and I were very impressed with the museum.
Not only were the sculptures amazing
but the staff was helpful and very friendly.
Definitely a must see if you are in the area!
The admission which is donated to the nonprofit organization, Hometown Heroes is only $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for children, seniors and military.
"Hometown Heroes is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose main purpose is to foster an environment of goodwill, generosity and encouragement by supporting local communities in times of crisis." source - usahometownheroes.com/about