What to do when Visiting Toms River New Jersey

The fascinating history of Toms River, New Jersey includes a chapter from the Revolutionary War when the land was attacked by the British in 1782. Located on the east coast of central New Jersey in Ocean County, Toms River Township is a 40-mile region offering restaurants, cafes, and shops in its downtown area, and the recreation and scenery of its Atlantic Ocean beaches. Vacationers can stroll the boardwalks of towns along the waterfront, or learn more about the community at the Ocean County Historical Museum, a building dating back to 1820. Lakehurst Naval Air Station and Fort Dix are also nearby.

Beaches such as Shelter Cove, Island Beach, and Money Island Beach are popular summer destinations. One of the prettiest on the New Jersey Shore is Ortley Beach, a white stretch of sand with beach buggy trails, fishing, and a lifeguard during the summer months. The waterways of Toms River provide access to a variety of boating and fishing activities, including a paddleboat cruise on the river. Hiking, horseback riding, and the Funtown Pier Amusements supply entertainment for the whole family. Wooded trails become popular in fall when visitors come to see the autumn foliage. Atlantic City is approximately a 54-mile drive from Toms River, for visitors who enjoy casino gaming and a variety of nightlife.

There are a number of good restaurants in the area with a variety of ethnic and American cuisines. Excellent Italian food and service is waiting at Il Giardinello on Route 166. Prepared dishes include fish, pasta, and veal, with a specially priced menu for lunch. Hearty American fare is served at Friendly’s Restaurant on Hooper Avenue. Tiffany’s Restaurant and Bar, on Route 37 East, is another casual dining venue, known for its barbeque ribs.

For travelers seeking accommodations, the Holiday Inn of Toms River has 173 rooms with complimentary breakfast, heated indoor pool and sauna, and the Palms Restaurant and Lounge. Rooms have work desks with free Internet service. Another large hotel is the Ramada Inn Toms River with 153 rooms and Jacuzzi suites, tennis and basketball courts, free Internet service, and the Angles Café Grille. Suites offer bedroom, living room and a full kitchen. Atlantic City, Seaside Heights Beach and Boardwalk, and Point Pleasant Beach are all within an hour's drive. This Ramada Inn is also 5 minutes away from the Eagle Ridge Golf Club for another enjoyable way to unwind while on vacation.