One hundred twenty-seven miles of of beaches and coastal towns are home to a complete array of watersports and related recreation in this region. Families will find much to do. Everything from water parks to historic sites is available here. In addition, equestrian events from riding to racing have several venues, and musical expression is eclectic, from jazz in Red Bank to a 9,000-pipe organ in Ocean Grove.
In Monmouth and Ocean counties, some 53 beach-side businesses offer accommodations and activities. Island Beach State Park in Seaside Park features the Aeolium Nature Center and Emily deCamp Herbarium, housed at a relatively undisturbed barrier beach - one of New Jersey's last. More than 1,900 acres of saltwater marshes, freshwater bogs, sand dunes and a host of outdoor amenities grace this state park. Jackson is home to Six Flags Great AdventureWild Safari and Hurricane Harbor. Billed as the country's largest seasonal theme park, it boasts more than 100 rides, the world's largest car-tour safari (excepting Africa) and the world's largest new water park.
For history enthusiasts, the Stephen Crane House Museum in Asbury Park displays memorabilia and literature from the life of the author, who penned The Red Badge of Courage. The Sandy Hook unit of Sandy Hook Unit, Gateway Nat'l Rec Area is home to Sandy Hook Unit, Gateway Nat'l Rec Area. Overlooking New York Harbor, this site has played a role in harbor defense and navigation since the Sandy Hook Lighthouse was erected in 1764. The Spermaceti Cove Life Station was part of the system inaugurated in the 1800s. The fort was built in 1898. Visitors will encounter gun batteries and more than 100 outbuildings.