Shore Bets: Take in nature, a show, and a meal in Long Beach Island

Start at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, complete with an interpretive tourist center and maritime forest. Climb “Old Barney” Lighthouse to see the natural beauty of Long Beach Island, or enjoy views of the bay from the jetty.

A quick drive south to the historic Viking Village in Barnegat Light provides free behind-the-scene dock tours each Friday morning during the summer. It also features a fish market and access to the Miss Barnegat Light, a fishing and cruise boat that accommodates deep-sea fishing tours during the day and sunset cruises at night.

Ultimate Shore Guide 2019

This year, The Inquirer’s Ultimate Shore Guide gives you a town-by-town look at the best of the Shore’s old routines and new additions. You’ll never have to worry about finding something fun to do – even on a rainy day.

Now celebrating its 70th season, Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven hosts a lineup of main-stage and children’s productions each night. Bonus: The theater houses an old-fashioned ice cream parlor with servers who sing and dance.

For beachside dining, dip into LBI favorites like Howard’s in Long Beach Township (try the fried lobster) and the Chicken or the Egg in Beach Haven (the wings!). The elephant-ear pastries at Crust and Crumb bakery get lots of love, as do the creamy fudge at Country Kettle and the home-spun ice cream at the WooHoo.