America's first seaside resort doesn't readily embrace change, and that's a good thing. Visitors explore the Victorian gingerbread buildings of the historic district on bicycle, carriage, and trolley bus. They sleep amid floral-print wallpaper, on four-poster beds, in homes formerly owned by bluebloods of the 19th century. They dine and drink where U.S. presidents once did. And when flocks of migrating birds arrive at the same time every spring and autumn, they put the binoculars to their eyes and see yet another thing that has enticed beach pilgrims for over two hundred years.
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Things You Can't Miss
Breathe sea air and celebrate the real Jersey Shore along the concrete seawall reconstructed after storms destroyed the old boardwalk.
Rent a beach chair and umbrella and sift pristine sand for quartz pebbles. Stay on the beach for the flag-lowering ceremony at sunset.
On a rainy day get up close and personal with a variety of World War II planes and helicopters. Kids of all ages can climb into the cockpits.
A 199-step spiral staircase leads to a stunning view of the ocean, beaches and Victorian gingerbread-style homes.
You’ll see and learn about the world’s largest mammals and how scientists are working to keep them alive on this sea safari.
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