Long Beach Island, NJ & Nearby Area Attractions
The following 20 Area Attractions are available on Long Beach Island, NJ and the nearby mainland, starting nearest to Lorry’s Island End Motel:
* Forsythe Wildlife Preserve – Beach Haven Inlet, NJ – – On LBI, NJ
* Thundering Surf Water Park – – On LBI, NJ
* Thundering Surf Adventure Golf – – On LBI, NJ
* Bay Village & Schooner’s Wharf – Beach Haven, NJ – – On LBI, NJ
* Maritime Museum – Beach Haven, NJ – – On Long Beach Island (Museum of NJ Maritime History)
* Art and Décor At The Terrace – Beach Haven Terrace – – On Long Beach Island, NJ
* Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences – On LBI
* Barnegat Lighthouse – Barnegat Light, NJ – – On LBI, NJ
* Barnegat Light State Park – Barnegat Light, NJ – – On LBI, NJ
* Viking Village – Barnegat Light, NJ – – On Long Beach Island, NJ
* Stafford Township Arts Center (OceanFirst Theater) – 16 Miles From Lorry’s
* Forest Edge Farm Equestrian Center – 20 Miles From Lorry’s Motel
* Tuckerton Seaport – 20 Miles From Lorry’s Motel
* Albert Music Hall – 20 Miles From Lorry’s Motel
* Popcorn Park Zoo – About 30 Miles From Lorry’s Motel
* Cattus Island County Park – Toms River, NJ About 40 Miles From Lorry’s Motel
* Insectropolis – Toms River, NJ About 40 Miles From Lorry’s Motel
* Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge – Medford, NJ About 30 Miles From Lorry’s Motel
* Robert J Novins Planetarium – Toms River, NJ About 36 Miles From Lorry’s Motel
* Lakewood Blue Claws (Minor League Baseball Team Lakewood, NJ) About
40 Miles From Lorry’s Motel
* Forsythe Wildlife Preserve – Near Lorry’s Motel (A Must See On Long Beach Island, NJ)
The Forsythe Wildlife Preserve Beach Haven Inlet (Holgate), NJ 08008
Very Close To Lorry’s Motel – The parking lot is Only 1 Street from Lorry’s Motel.
The LBI Wildlife Preserve is a 3.5 mile beautiful secluded beach that you can 4 wheel drive when open.
The First 500 Feet Of The LBI Wildlife Preserve Is Open Year Round. The full preserve is open from Labor Day to March 31. From April 1 – Labor Day the preserve is closed for the nesting of the birds and is a very important LBI stop over for the northeast flyway.
The Wildlife Preserve’s dunes, and all vegetated areas including the salt marsh, are closed to all public use or entry throughout the year. Just walking across dunes may harm stabilizing vegetation, and can result in erosion and loss of important wildlife habitat. (Closed Area signs show areas into which all entry is prohibited).
Because The Wildlife Preserve is such an important site for beach nesting birds in spring and summer, regulations for public use of its beach front and south tip differ greatly by season:
Nesting Season – April 1 through August 31:
The Wildlife Preserve is closed to all public use, including boat landings, during this season. This helps to ensure that endangered piping plovers have high-quality, undisturbed nesting habitat. Spring and summer beach public use would interfere with refuge objectives, and with the refuge’s established purposes. These dates may be adjusted based on actual use by beach-nesting birds. The southern tip of The Wildlife Preserve may be closed beyond September 1, to protect late-nesting black skimmers.
Non-Nesting Season – September 1 through March 31:
The beach front of The Wildlife Preserve is open to pedestrians and four-wheel-drive vehicles for such wildlife-oriented activities as wildlife observation, photography, nature study, and fishing. Bayside mudflats may remain closed until later September to protect migrating shorebirds. (Drivers must possess a valid Long Beach Township beach buggy permit for the vehicle they are driving.)
It is recommended that vehicles use the intertidal zone when possible. Its harder packed sands provide better traction than the loose sands of the beach. Occasionally some areas of The Wildlife Preserve’s beach may not be accessible to vehicles due to ongoing, naturally occurring variations in beach width, or because of excessively high tides. Drivers must use caution, and not enter closed areas.
Prohibited activities include entering closed areas — including dunes and saltmarsh; disturbing wildlife or vegetation; feeding wildlife; possession and/or use of fireworks, or weapons/firearms; trapping; hunting; fires; and non-wildlife oriented activities such as ball or frisbee playing, kite flying, horseback riding, camping, use of metal detectors, and collecting of valued objects; speeding; careless driving. Pets are prohibited.
LBI Show Place Ice Cream Parlour (Closed Hopefully Temporarily) You Must See The Show Place!
204 Centre Street
Beach Haven, NJ 08008
The Show Place Is Unique. There is nothing in the Northeastern U.S. like The Show Place.
The LBI Show Place is in its 33rd year serving Ice Cream by “Singing Waiters & Waitresses” that put on a show and involve you, the customer. You must visit The Show Place as you will remember it always. Bring A Camera – It’s Lots Of Fun.
Long Beach Island’s Surflight Theatre (Closed Hopefully Temporarily) www.Surflight.org
Surflight Theatre is the Only Live Professional Theatre on Long Beach Island, NJ – Live Actors
In 1950 it started as a tent and has grown to now having a 40′ by 24′ stage, 450 upholstered seats and A/C. It Is Really A Place That Everybody Should Visit At Least Once. But as the saying goes “You Can’t Have Just One”.
Annually: 10 Concerts On LBI
13 Main Shows April 11 – Dec. 21
12 Children Shows June 18-Sept 7
Surflight’s Opening Gala Is Held Every Year – Call 609-492-9477 www.Surflight.org
The Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven, NJ Is Only 4 Minutes By Car And 15 Minutes By Bicycle From Lorry’s Island End Motel on LBI.
Main stage Shows
(Matinee 2 pm – Show 8 pm) Children’s Theatre
(Show Time 6 pm – Call For Tickets)
Surflight Theatre information changes – please check before planning.
Bay Village & Schooner’s Wharf – Beach Haven, NJ
Bay Avenue Beach Haven, NJ 08008 609-492-2800
More than 40 LBI shops and 6 eateries in 1 location in the center of Beach Haven, NJ on Long Beach Island, NJ – only 4 minutes by car and 15 minutes by bicycle from Lorry’s Island End Motel.
NJ Maritime Museum On Long Beach Island
You Must See The NJ Maritime Museum (Only 5 Minutes By Car From Lorry’s Motel)
NJ Maritime Museum
Dock Road And West Ave.
P.O. Box 1250
Beach Haven, NJ 08008
New Jersey’s Premier Maritime Museum (Only 5 Minutes From Lorry’s Motel)
* Free Admission
* Open All Year
* Free Wireless Internet Access
* Computer Stations
* Public Lending Library
* Largest Collection Of NJ Maritime Artifacts (2 Floors of Exhibits)
* NJ Shipwreck Database
* Black Whale Gift Shop
* Guest Presentations
* 1827 Aurora Exhibit
* Shipwreck Artifacts
* Moro Castle Room
* Rare Postcard Collection
* On-Site Parking
* Handicapped Accessible
Art & Decor At The Terrace 12904 Long Beach Boulevard Beach Haven Terrace, NJ 08008 Phone # 609-492-0010
120 Long Beach Blvd.Loveladies, NJ 08008
Phone # 609-494-1241
Get your hands dirty in the ceramics studio. Explore the local LBI ecology by taking a walk in the 20 acre wetlands. Experience breathtaking art shows from local and national artists in the main gallery. The LBIF offers family programs, youth classes, and adult education for all skill levels. They also offer weekly childrens summer camps, yoga classes, rentals, and more !
Barnegat Lighthouse On Long Beach Island, NJ
In June 1834,Congress appropriated $6,000 for construction of a lighthouse at the north end of Long Beach Island (LBI). Work soon began on the 40-foot tower, and Barnegat Lighthouse was put into commission in 1835. It’s non-flashing, fifth-class light was deemed inadequate by mariners of the day.
In 1855, Lt. George G. Meade, a government engineer, was assigned to design a new lighthouse. Meade, an 1835 West Point graduate, had recently designed Absecon Lighthouse, but he earned his place in history in the War between the States. Promoted to brigadier general, Meade defeated General Lee in the Battle of Gettysburg.
Encroaching seas threatened the original lighthouse so its light was installed atop a temporary wooden tower in June 1857 and the original lighthouse tragically fell into the sea later that year. Meade submitted his construction plans in 1855 and construction began in late 1856. The new tower would be four times as tall as the previous and cost about $40,000. It was built about 100 feet south of the original because erosion in the inlet off of LBI remained a problem.
The current lighthouse is really two towers in one. The exterior conical tower covers a cylindrical tower on the inside. Barnegat Light, the second tallest lighthouse in the United States, was commissioned January 1, 1859. The tower light was 165 feet above sea level. It remained a first-class navigational light until August 1927, when the “Barnegat Lightship” was anchored 8 miles off the coast. The tower’s light was reduced over 80 per cent, but it was not extinguished until January 1944. The lightship was removed in 1965, made obsolete by electronic navigation.
In 1988, the lighthouse was closed for repair; re-opening for visitors in 1991, Although its light no longer functions, the tower is flood-lit at night and continues to attract thousands of visitors every summer. Include you and your group in this number.
Barnegat Light State Park – Long Beach Island, NJ (Barnegat Light, NJ)
Maritime Forest Trail
One of the last remnants of maritime forest on Long Beach Island is found at LBI Barnegat Lighthouse State Park. The forest, which is dominated by Black Cherry, Sassafras, Eastern Red Cedar, and American Holly, is an important resting and feeding area for migratory birds on their long journey to and from their breeding sites. The Maritime Forest Trail is a 1/5-mile long, self-guided loop trail through this unique environment.
Saltwater anglers have access to the bulkhead along the picnic area where they can catch striped bass, bluefish, weakfish, summer flounder, tautog, winter flounder, and black sea bass. A 1,033-foot concrete walkway with handrails on top of the south jetty provides fishing access for people with disabilities. The picnic areas are also accessible for people with disabilities.
The park is perfect for observing the many species of migrating waterfowl during the spring and fall. Shorebirds and wading birds, including black-crowned night herons, snowy egrets, and brown pelicans can also be seen.
Picnic tables are located along Barnegat Inlet where visitors can picnic, relax, and observe the waterway. Two picnic shelters with tables are also provided for picnicking. Visitors who enjoy sunbathing and fishing can picnic on the sand along the jetty. Fires, propane stoves, and alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
Viking Village On Long Beach Island, NJ 18th Street and Bayview Barnegat Light 609-494-0113
Viking Village on LBI was founded in the 1920’s by first generation Norwegian fishermen and was at that time primarily a lobster fishing co-op known as the Independent Fish Company. After several years when the lobsters began to get scarce John and Ole Larson found they could modify the gear to catch sea bass and that fishery flourished well into the 50’s. Over the years as the dock grew, it evolved into scallop, gillnet and longline fishing that characterizes our operation today.
In 1975 the facility, by then named Viking Village, was purchased by Capt. John Larson Jr. and Capt. Lou Puskas. The two friends had pioneered tilefishing in the Mid-Atlantic and were operating out of Meyers Dock at 6th Street in Barnegat Light. Forced to leave 6th St. when the party boat season opened for the summer, they seized the opportunity to buy Viking Village when it arose.
Shortly after incurring the substantial debt necessary to buy the dock, Capt. Lou and Capt. John were heading out in their boats into deteriorating weather for a tilefish trip and as the weather worsened Lou suggested that the two boats should probably turn back….whereupon John replied, you know what Lou, we have a payment to make…. we can’t afford to turn back !
Forest Edge Farm – Equestrian Center Little Egg Harbor Twp., NJ
Contact: Pat Johnson
Everyone rides on their first lesson. The farm is a state of the art riding center.
Indoor Arena 80 X 80
Outdoor Arena 110 X 190
Both Western Pleasure and “Hunter Under Saddle” (English) Style Riding Are Taught.
Tuckerton Seaport Near Long Beach Island, NJ Tuckerton Seaport 120 West Main Street
Tuckerton, NJ 08087 609-296-3875
The Historic Tuckerton Seaport is a 40-acre working Maritime Village with 16 restored and replicated buildings, including the Tucker’s Island Lighthouse.
Popcorn Park Zoo Near Long Beach Island, NJ
Humane Way at Lacey Road
P.O. Box 43
Forked River, NJ 08731
A number of people visit Popcorn Park Zoo while staying at Lorry’s Island End Motel on Long Beach Island, NJ.
Popcorn Park Zoo is only about 30 miles from Lorry’s LBI Motel.
Make Sure You Bring Your Camera!!
Popcorn Park Zoo is truly one of a kind. It was established in 1977 as a refuge for wildlife, exotic and farm animals that were abused, ill, injured, handicapped, elderly or exploited. Each animal faced a questionable future at best.
Located on 7 acres in New Jersey’s beautful Pinelands, Popcorn Park offers an environment of safety, wonderful care, and peace to its residents, a diverse array of animals unfortunate enough to need a rescue, but lucky enough to wind up here.
Four magnificent tigers live here today: a bonded pair named Dante and Gina (shown above) and Caesar and Bengali. All came from Texas thin, malnourished and homeless. Dante and Gina had been raised to be slaughtered in a canned hunt. Now they share a compound with rocks, trees and a waterfall. Caesar and Bengali each have their own similar home.
Bunky the lion lives here, too, and Oliver the bull, once headed for a veal crate, makes his home at Popcorn Park. Trudy and Seven, a mother and daughter pair of Belgian draft horses (below), left behind a life of starvation and came to Popcorn Park Zoo. And just arrived, Princess the camel.
A monkey house shelters macaques, capuchins, rhesus monkeys and more, while the reptile house features caimen, snakes, iguanas, tortoises, and turtles. A black bear, wallabies, bobcats, cougars, foxes, a llama, sheep, goats, muntjacks, pigs, emus, rheas, and manyother animals call Popcorn Park home today. Each animals has a name and a unique story.
Visitors can see them all, support the zoo, and renew their faith in humanity, knowing that despite the cruelty man is capable of, so much good can and is being done.
Popcorn Park is also a full service humane society, with dogs and cats for adoption and a complete medical facility for pets. Note that pets are not allowed in the Zoo area for safety reasons. Air-popped popcorn may be purchased to feed some of the animals.
Hours: 11 am to 5 pm every day, year round, except for holidays, when the Zoo closes at 2pm.
Admission (Pricing Subject To Change):
Children & Seniors $4
Groups call for group visit info. Group Reservations: Call 609-693-1900
Lunch: Picnic area. Handicapped: Accessible.
Directions: Garden State Pkwy, exit 74. Turn west (left) onto Lacey Rd. and go 6.7 miles to Humane Way. Turn right into Popcorn Park Zoo.
Popcorn Park Zoo near LBI is only about 30 miles from Lorry’s Island End Motel on Long Beach Island, NJ.
Ocean First Theater Stafford Township Arts Center 1000 McKinley Avenue Manahawkin, NJ 08050 For Live Theater Performance Schedule Call 609-489-8600
Cattus Island County Park 1170 Cattus Island Boulevard Toms River 732-270-6960
The unspoiled beauty of nature is the main attraction at Cattus Island County Park. This environmentally sesitive park spans almost 500 acres and boasts miles of trails, many offering lovely vistas of the adjacent Silver Bay. Cattus Island is home to the Cooper Environmental Center, where visitors of all ages will enjoy our many displays and collections of snakes and reptiles, as well as numerous programs and presentations run by our professional staff. One of its most popular programs is the Junior Naturalist, which encourages young environmentalists to partake in hands-on activities at the Cooper Environmental Center. New to the park is the beautiful Butterfly Garden.
Birding, boardwalk through wetlands, conservation area, environmental education site, crabbing, cross-country skiing, fishing, handicap-accesible, nature trails, picnic are, playground, restrooms and scenic overlooks.
Garden State Parkway north to exit 82 – Route 37 East/ Seaside Heights. Take jughandle to Fischer Boulevard, then approx. 3 miles to Cattus Island Boulevard. Turn right at light, and left at Park entrance.
Insectropolis – Bug Museum 1761 Lakewood Road Toms River, NJ 08755 732-349-0559
Insectropolis is a valuable learning center for schools, summer camps, and families. We accomplish this by providing visitors with the most professional, educational and entertaining experience possible.
Operations are open all year except for holidays. Hours of operation will be 10am-3pm, Tuesday through Saturday. General admission will be $7 per visitor with children under 3 being free. Group admission (groups of 15 or more) will be $5 per visitor and a group tour can be arranged by appointment only.
Insectropolis is New Jersey’s most entertaining insect learning center. The construction of Insectropolis was made possible by the Koerner family, owners of Ozane Termite and Pest Control. (The owners are: Thomas Koerner- President, Chris Koerner- VP, David Koerner- VP, Jeffrey Koerner- VP)
Ozane Termite and Pest Control, under the management of Thomas Koerner, has been providing quality termite and pest control services in the Monmouth and Ocean County areas for 40 years.
Insectropolis features 12 separate exhibit rooms:
Central Park (Multi-purpose room)
Bug University (Bug Basics)
Unique Physique (Evolutionary Marvels)
Caterpillar Cafe (World Wide Food Web)
WBUG Radio (The Communication Station)
The Rock (State Prison- Good Bugs & Bad Bugs)
Battle Arena (Offensive and defensive Strategies)
Rubber Tree Power Plant (The Industrious Ant)
The Tube (Termite Subway)
Hive Airport (Live Bee Hive)
Bugseum (The Museum of Arthropods)
Insectropolis Zoo (Live Insect Rearing Room)
The inspiration that led to Insectropolis occurred nearly eight years ago. After visiting the Stone Museum in Monroe Twp, Chris Koerner was struck with an idea that would inspire him and many of those around him. Having observed a plethora of rock and gem displays, he began to contemplate whether Ozane Pest Control could create such a place for school kids and families using insect exhibits. Chris pitched the idea to his father, Thomas Koerner, who quickly got behind the project and provided the leadership and the financial support to make the project possible. Thomas’ plans for the construction of a 7200 sq. foot building to house the museum presented Chris with a challenge that he could not accomplish on his own.
A committee of (4) Ozane employees was formed to help brainstorm possible exhibits and do research for this unique attraction. The group consisted of Chris Koerner, Jeff Koerner, Diane Redzinak, and Valerie Redzinak. Chris contrived the name Insectropolis while doing some research on the project and from that name; the committee developed the idea for 12 separate exhibit rooms.
By June 2004, the general construction phase was completed on building to house Insectropolis and Chris Koerner, Diane Redzinak and Valerie Redzinak began exhibit work. Chris Koerner was in charge of the research and construction of the various exhibits while Diane and Valerie Redzinak were in charge of the artistic design and painting of the exhibit spaces. A little over a year later, the exhibit spaces have been completed enough for opening.
Admission: (Pricing Subject To Change)
General: $7 per visitor
(children under 3 are free)
Group: $5 per visitor
(groups of 15 or more)
*Group tours are arranged by appointment only.
Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge
“The following information and photographs are courtesy of Cathy Antener from www.PineyPower.com and used with permission.” If you and your family are looking for a great way to experience the Pine Barrens, make the Woodford Cedar Run WIldlife Refuge a “must see”. Located in Medford NJ, this wonderful place is a haven for injured animals of all types. Whenever possible, the animals are rehabilitated and released, but some have become permanent residents here at the refuge due to the nature of their injuries.
The refuge is run entirely on donations – they receive no government funding. Donations are welcomed and I encourage everyone to donate more than the small admission fee.
The scenery is gorgeous. A long dirt road fringed by pines leads to the Refuge, and it’s located along the shores of peaceful Cedar Run Lake.
“Snowy” the Snowy Owl lost his wing, apparently in a collision with a jet at Maguire Air Force Base.
You’ll also see barn owls, screech owls, and my favorite, great horned owls.
This bald eagle is magnificent to see. He is another permanent resident due to a broken wing. Other raptors include red-tailed hawks, Cooper’s Hawks, Perigrines, Ospreys and a beautiful turkey vulture! Raised as a pet, this grey fox could not be released into the wild, so he too is now a permanent resident of WCRWR .
He has a large enclosure with lots of “toys”. Other mammals include deer, beaver, squirrels and more.
The Visitor’s Center has a nice display of snakes and turtles, and a variety of taxidermied animals.
There are lots of activities for kids – of all ages!
Even “Piney Senior” is having a great time!
Route 70 to Route 541S (Medford). Go through town (and a beautiful town it is). Make a right on Jackson Rd. Keep going on Jackson Road. It will become a dirt road. Continue until you see the Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge sign on the left.
We all need to connect with the earth that God made, at least once in a while. Whether you live in the Pine Barrens, the coastal regions, or the bustling cities of Philadelphia, Trenton, Newark, New York City or other nearby areas, a day in the beautiful Pine Barrens will do wonders for your soul. The Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge is a great starting point for anyone who wants to reconnect with nature. It’s a magical place….give it a try!
Visit their website at www.cedarrun.org, or better yet, visit in person! Either way, help out this very worthwhile organization with a donation, or sign up for the “Adopt-A-Wild-One” program, ranging from $25 for a Box Turtle rabbit or songbird, to $150 for a Bald Eagle or Snow Owl. Various levels of memberships are also available.
Albert Music Hall – Nearby In Waretown, NJ
The Best Place on the East Coast to Hear Live Country, Bluegrass, and Old Time Music Concerts.
Since 1974 – The Best Place on the East Coast to Hear Live Country, Bluegrass, and Old Time Music Concerts
Every Saturday Night: 7:30 – 11:30 PM
Handicap Accessible & Smoke Free – Refreshments & Gifts Available
Air Conditioned (Doors open at 6:30 pm)
Admission for Saturday Evening Shows: $5 adults & $1 children 11 and under (Subject To Change)
Albert Music Hall is:
* The #1 Thing to Do at the Jersey Shore – Asbury Park Press
* One of “52 Things Every New Jerseyan Must Do” – NJ Monthly
* Albert Music Hall has been inducted in the American FolkloreCenter, Local Legacies Collection Archive at the Library of Congress, in Washington, DC.
The Pinelands Cultural & Historical Preservation Society and Albert Music Hall are registered in the Moving Image Collections Directory, Library of Congress, Washington, DC. The Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders has Proclaimed the 3rd Saturday in each November to be: “Pinelands Cultural & Historical Preservation Society Day”
Live! Every Saturday Night! All Year ‘Round at 7:30 PM (Doors open 6:30pm)
Albert Hall is located at 131 Wells Mill Road (Rt. 532) Waretown, NJ. (1/4 mile west of the Route 9 traffic light)
From Garden State Parkway – Take Exit 69 and go east for approx. 2 miles on Rt. 532.
The program features live stage presentations of bluegrass, country, and pinelands music. Sets change every 30 minutes. Typically, there are seven (7) music sets each Saturday night.
Refreshments and gifts may be purchased.
Albert Music Hall is air-conditioned and is wheelchair accessible. No alcoholic beverages or smoking allowed. A 600 sq. ft. Pickin’ Shed is on the grounds for musicians to informally meet and play. The Pickin’ Shed, as well as impromptu pickin’ space on the Hall’s porch and parking lot, is always available when Albert Music Hall is open. Practice/warm-up rooms, located inside the Hall, are available for the evening’s show musicians.
The Pinelands Cultural & Historical Preservation Society (PCS) operates Albert Music Hall. PCS is an all-volunteer, non-profit historical preservation society dedicated to the preservation of the Pinelands Cultural Heritage.
No payment is taken by either the managers, operators, staff, or musicians at Albert Music Hall. All proceeds benefit the Pinelands Cultural Society and the Albert Music Hall Scholarship Fund.
Robert Novins Planetarium at Ocean Co. College
Ocean County College, College Drive, Toms River, NJ 08754-2001 732-255-0400
Please call The Planetarium to check on hours of operation, the latest “outside-the-theater” events and how you can be a part of the New Novins Planetarium.
Beneath our 40-foot dome, there will be amazing transformations taking place. An extremely generous private donation will allow us to replace our aging star projector, incorporate a new full-dome video system, an updated surround audio system, digital production capabilities and more.
The new technology lets us unleash our creativity to bring you the full scope of the universe as never before. We’ll be able to bring you the small-scale world of atoms and molecules; journey inside the human body, to the depths of the oceans, beneath the Earth’s crust and, of course, venture to the farthest reaches of the universe. The stars themselves will shine brighter than ever before powered by modern fiber-optics.
NOTE: All Information Is Subject To Change