New Jersey's Famous Beaches

The Jersey Shore’s famous beaches and friendly towns are ready for summer visitors.

 
Ocean Galleries in Stone Harbor will host a number of special events this season, including a reception with artist and legendary singer-songwriter Graham Nash. The Wetlands Institute’s salt marsh facility is all about animals every day, and especially in the summer on Totally Turtle Tuesdays and the new Fabulous Family Night Thursdays, both of which offer live animal interactions.
 
In Millville, the Museum of American Glass at WheatonArts boasts the largest collection of American glass in the world and, thanks to a grant from PNC Arts Alive, visitors can now tour that collection free of charge for the entire month of July. Nearby New Jersey Motorsports Park is eagerly anticipating its ARCA Racing Series in late July and recently added a new convenience store to its property.
 
Morey’s Piers and Beachfront Waterparks in Wildwood introduced a new attraction called ArtBox this season. Consisting of 11 brightly colored shipping containers, it houses five local artists-in-residence and daily live music performances. The George F. Boyer Historical Museum added several new artifacts to its collection, including a 100-year-old wooden box that was used to ship fish.
 
Ocean City’s Music Pier has as lively a lineup as ever this summer, from the Ocean City Pops to local theatre groups to Leon Russell, Jars of Clay, and the Marshall Tucker Band. Gillian’s Wonderland Pier opened its usual weekend in March and for yet another summer season, its landmark ride — the Giant Wheel — will offer fantastic views of the Ocean City boardwalk and beach.

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