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Which Ocean County Town Is Right For You?

Are you thinking of moving to Ocean County? Ocean County, New Jersey is a popular destination for people looking for a relaxed and comfortable lifestyle by the ocean. With several towns to choose from, each with its own unique characteristics and attractions, it can be challenging to decide which one to call home. In this blog, we will compare the benefits of some of the different towns in Ocean County, and some of their popular attractions, to help you make an informed decision!

  1. Point Pleasant

Point Pleasant is a beautiful town located on the Jersey Shore, making it an ideal destination for beach lovers. The town is known for its family-friendly atmosphere, with several parks and playgrounds, making it an excellent place to raise a family. Additionally, Point Pleasant is home to several excellent schools, making it an ideal place to raise children. Some attractions to check out in Point Pleasant include Jenkinson's Boardwalk, a family-friendly boardwalk with amusement rides, games, and a waterpark; Point Pleasant Beach, a clean beach that includes a boardwalk with plenty of bars and restaurants; Fisherman's Cove Conservation Area, a nature reserve that includes hiking and fishing spots as well as picnic areas!

  1. Toms River

Toms River is the county seat of Ocean County, making it the most populated town in the county. The town has a vibrant downtown area, with several shops, restaurants, and bars, making it an excellent place for young professionals. Additionally, Toms River has excellent schools, making it an ideal place to raise a family. Some attractions in Toms River include Cattus Island State Park, a nature park preserve with hiking trails, picnic areas, and a nature center; Toms River County Club which has a golf course with gorgeous scenic views of the Toms River; the Ocean County Mall, with plenty of shops in the heart of Ocean County!

  1. Brick

Brick is known for its beautiful beaches and parks, and its access to plenty of businesses around town! The town has a diverse population, with excellent schools, making it another great choice to choose to raise a family. Additionally, Brick has several shopping centers, restaurants, and entertainment options, making it an ideal place for young people and professionals looking to settle in central New Jersey. A few of the attractions of Brick include Windward Beach Park, a beach with playgrounds and picnic areas; Brick Township Reservoir, a reservoir with hiking, fishing spots, and picnic areas; Forge Pond County Golf Course, a golf course with scenic views and challenging holes suitable to all different golfers' skill levels, as well as a driving range. 

  1. Jackson

Jackson is known for its numerous family-friendly attractions and natural beauty. With a population of around 56,000 people, Jackson offers a blend of suburban and rural living, making it a popular destination for families and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Jackson is a great place for those looking for a blend of outdoor recreation, shopping opportunities, and a combination of quiet New Jersey life with accessibility to popular destinations. Jackson is also one of Ocean County's popular retirement destinations, with multiple low-cost 55+ communities with easy access to shopping and dining. Jackson is filled with attractions including Six Flags Great Adventure, home to some of the most thrilling rollercoasters and water rides in the world; Jackson Premium Outlets, a shopping center with over 70 stores getting you the best deals on popular clothes and goods; Prospertown Lake, a 200-acre park located in the New Jersey Pine Barrens which includes biking trails, fishing and boating opportunities, picnic areas, and playgrounds. 

  1. Seaside Heights

Seaside Heights is a borough located in Ocean County, known for its lively boardwalk and amusement park. The town is ideal for people looking for a vibrant and exciting lifestyle. Additionally, Seaside Heights has several restaurants, bars, and entertainment options, making it an excellent place for young professionals. Some of the many popular attractions of Seaside Heights include Casino Pier, a boardwalk amusement park with roller coasters, rides, and games; Seaside Heights Beach, a popular, well-maintained beach with a boardwalk as well as plenty of restaurants and bars.

  1. Barnegat

Barnegat is known for its combination suburban and rural atmosphere. The town has excellent schools, making it an ideal place for families with children. Additionally, Barnegat has several parks and natural areas, making it an excellent place for outdoor enthusiasts. Barnegat is also a popular town for retirees, with several large 55+ communities each with different housing and amenities suited to all types of retirement lifestyles. Some attractions to check out in Barnegat Township include the Barnegat Rail Trail, a 1.3 mile trail perfect for walking, jogging, biking, and scenic views of the Barnegat Bay; Cloverdale Farm County Park a 130-acre park that features hiking trails, bird watching areas, and other outdoor activities. 

  1. Little Egg Harbor

Little Egg Harbor is a township located in Ocean County, known for its coastal and inland waterways. The town has a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere, making it an ideal place for people looking for a tranquil lifestyle. Additionally, Little Egg Harbor has several parks and natural areas, making it an excellent place for outdoor enthusiasts. Some great places to check out in Little Egg Harbor include Tuckerton Seaport, a maritime museum with exhibits on boatbuilding, decoy carving, and local history; Bass River State Forest, a forest with hiking trails, camping areas, and swimming spots; Great Bay Boulevard Wildlife Management Area, a wildlife reserve with birdwatching, scenic views, and fishing spots. 

  1. Forked River

Forked River is an unincorporated community located in Lacey Township. The town has a relaxed atmosphere, with several parks and natural areas. Additionally, Forked River has several shopping centers and restaurants. Forked River's affordability make it a great destination for both young people and retirees. Attractions include Forked River Beach Bay Front Park, which includes two nautical themed play parks, walking trails, and a fitness area; Popcorn Park Zoo, a sanctuary for rescued and abandoned animals with a petting zoo and wildlife rehabilitation center; Double Trouble State Park, a park with hiking trails, fishing spots, and picnic areas. 

  1. Manahawkin

Manahawkin is a hidden gem in the southern part of Ocean County: in recent years, this town has transformed from a hidden gem by the shore to a more popular destination for restaurants and businesses. The town has a suburban atmosphere, with several parks and natural areas, as well as easy access to Long Beach Island, perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. Along with close access to Long Beach Island, some Manahawkin attractions include Manahawkin Lake Park, a park with a lake, playgrounds, and picnic areas; Manahawkin Flea Market, a market with vendors selling antiques, collectibles, and other goods; Stafford Township Arts Center, a venue for concerts, plays, and other local events. 

  1. Long Beach Island

Long Beach Island is a barrier island located in Ocean County, known for its beautiful beaches and relaxed atmosphere. The town is ideal for people looking for a peaceful and serene lifestyle. A close-knit community, Long Beach Island moves at a slower pace than other shore towns. Attractions in Long Beach Island include Fantasy Island Amusement Park, an amusement park with an arcade, games, and rides; Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, home of historical lighthouse "Old Barney" and great maritime views; Long Beach Island Historical Museum, a museum that includes exhibits on the local history and culture. 

In conclusion, Ocean County, New Jersey, has several incredibly charming towns perfect for any age or lifestyle! Whether you are looking for a peaceful rural area, a suburban atmosphere, or a vibrant and exciting business-centered area, there is a town in Ocean County that will suit your needs! With an AMAZING realtor by your side from Century 21 Action Plus Realty, we can find the perfect town and home for YOU! 

CENTURY 21 Action Plus Realty has offices strategically located in Monmouth, Ocean, Middlesex, and Mercer counties. We look forward to helping you with all of your real estate needs in Central New Jersey. Contact us today!

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