The Shore Gears Up for Tourists

All along the New Jersey shore, the warmer weather is generating excitement for a tourist-filled Summer.

The Sandy Hook Unit of the Gateway National Recreation Area, which did suffer Sandy storm damage, is scheduled to reopen May 1, with three beaches—B, Gunnison and North—opening by Memorial Day weekend. Ferry service and bike paths, however, are not expected to be back up by then, and some beaches will have temporary restroom facilities. The beloved Sea Gulls’ Nest restaurant is hopeful for a late-summer reopening.

In Lakewood, it’s business as usual for Future Classics and the Strand Center for the Arts. Route 70 Flea Market continues to welcome bargain shoppers every weekend. At M. Christina Geis Gallery, on the campus of Georgia Court University, upcoming exhibits will feature student works.

Fall flood damage to the barns at Monmouth Park in Oceanport won’t slow down the racing on “The Shore’s Greatest Stretch.” The track opens for its regular season on May 11. Work up an appetite at the park’s new 36-hole miniature golf course, and then head to Bobby’s Burger Palace for one of their 10 signature burger creations. A loss of electricity following the storm kept them from serving customers for a few days, but they were quickly back serving burgers inspired by owner Bobby Flay’s travels.

Captain Ed of Oceanport’s Great Ga-Zee-Boat reports no damage to his one-of-a-kind boat. He’ll be welcoming sightseers for cruises beginning May 15.

In Seaside Heights, work to rebuild the wrecked boardwalk is underway. Hemmingway’s Café has reopened following repairs to the roof. The restaurant offers dinner and dancing on Friday and Saturdays for now, but will be open seven days a week during the summer. Nearby, Coral Sands Motel reports no damage.

New Jersey’s shore is open and ready to welcome you this spring.

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