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Shop ’til you Drop This Weekend at the Shore!

This weekend kicks off the holiday season with two great shopping events.

In Ocean City, the annual Earlier Than The Bird is going on right now. From 8:00 am to 12:00 noon today, shoppers can stroll Asbury Avenue in search of the perfect holiday gifts. Refreshments are available and pajamas are welcome!

Also going on this weekend is Sea Isle City’s Girlfriends Getaway Weekend, where specials and discounts are available at shops, restaurants and bars. This event runs until Sunday November 18.

Stay tuned this week for more upcoming events including the many holiday festivities planned for Thanksgiving weekend.

Happy Shopping!

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Cape May is one of “10 Best Beach Towns to Visit in Winter”

 

Congratulations to Cape May for making Coastal Living Magazine’s “10 Best Beach Towns to Visit in Winter“. We wholeheartedly agree! Cape May’s Holiday Preview happens this weekend (November 16-18) so come on down and see why we believe that Cape May is THE best place to visit during the holiday season.

20151219_163317.jpgIt’s beautiful. During the holiday season, which generally runs from mid-November to January, virtually every square inch of the town is adorned with fresh greens, colorful decorations and beautifully created holiday vignettes. At night, the town sparkles with festive holiday lights.

20151219_162815.jpgThere is so much to do here. With almost two full months of planned festivities, Cape May offers so much to visitors to do during the holidays.  Take a Holiday Lights trolley tour, visit an Old Fashioned Christmas display, sip hot chocolate and listen to carolers, and so much more.

20151219_144841.jpgYou can find unique holiday gifts. Washington Street Mall is a great place to stroll around and shop for everyone on your gift list, but Cape May also offers other shopping venues as well. Check out West End Garage for unique hand-crafted and vintage items, or shop along Beach Avenue for beach-inspired gifts for your favorite shore lover.

CellPhone-Photos-726-Copy.jpgIt’s like stepping back in time. With its Victorian gingerbread houses, horse drawn carriages and gas lamp-lit streets, visiting Cape May during the holiday season is like stepping into a Dickens Christmas village. During the holiday season you can take a Ghosts of Christmas Past trolley ride and do a candlelight tour of Victorian homes, decked out for Christmas as one may have done so during the 1800s. The informative and engaging volunteers of the Cape May Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts, dressed in period clothing, are sure to entertain you as you enjoy your old fashioned Cape May Christmas experience.

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November Brings Good Cheer

It may be November, but that doesn’t mean the fun stops at the shore. As a matter of fact, there’s a lot going on this month in each of the towns in preparation for the upcoming holidays. Here is an overview of some of the upcoming events going on this month and why we think November is one of the best months to go down the shore.

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What’s better than a seaside getaway with good friends? On November 16-18, 2018 Sea Isle City will roll out the red carpet for beach lovers and their friends to eat, drink, shop and be pampered. Over 40 participating businesses will be offering discounts and specials on lodging, dining, spa and shopping opportunities. It’s a perfect way to catch up with friends, have a glass of wine by the sea, relax with a massage and start your holiday shopping. Jitney service will be available Saturday 3:00 pm – 12:00 am.

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Beginning on November 16 and continuing throughout December, your favorite shore towns will be celebrating this festive season each in their own unique way. Cape May kicks off the season with the arrival of Santa at a tree lighting ceremony at the Emlen Physick Estate, and Ocean City begins offering horse-drawn carriage rides which will continue throughout the  holiday season, along with other festivities. Look for continuing holiday fun in both towns throughout the holiday season. The majority of the holiday festivities are planned for the weekend of November 23 (Thanksgiving weekend). These events include Ocean City’s Christmas in Downtown, Sea Isle City’s Holiday Extravaganza, Avalon’s Festive Friday and Snowfest Saturday, Stone Harbor’s Island Holiday, and many other holiday-inspired events. Wildwood gets in on the action starting the weekend of December 1 with their Family Holiday celebration and a Christmas Parade.   We will be covering all these events in greater detail in mid-November.

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On Saturday, November 17, 2018, Ocean City joins its southern sister in kicking off the holiday shopping season with their annual “Earlier Than The Bird” event. You don’t even have to get out of your pajamas for this one – the event specifically invites shoppers to come in their sleepwear so that they can get out “earlier than the bird” to enjoy some coffee or hot cocoa and begin their holiday shopping at downtown shops. The event runs from 8:00 am and runs until 12:00 noon. When this is done, don’t forget to head south to Sea Isle to enjoy the Girlfriends Getaway shopping deals.

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November 24 is Small Business Saturday, a nationally recognized day to celebrate and support local small businesses. We’re hoping that you’ll come to the shore to support your favorite beach shops, bars, restaurants and hotels in exchange for a relaxing and fun weekend filled with holiday festivities and a chance to pick up some beach-inspired gifts for those on your holiday shopping list.

So as you can see, November is a busy time down the shore. May your holiday plans include a trip to the shore to enjoy all these festive events!

Special Events

How To Trick-Or-Treat at the Shore

Okay, Halloween lovers – tomorrow is the big day! Here are some things you may want to know about trick-or-treating at the shore:

Where: Trick-or-treating is happening on October 31 in each Cape May County town.

When: The specific trick-or-treat times for each town is listed below.

 pumpkinonbeach       Avalon: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm*
        Cape May: 5 to 7 p.m.
        West Cape May: 5 to 7 p.m.
        Ocean City: 5 to 8 p.m.
        Sea Isle City: 5 to 8 p.m.
        Stone Harbor: 5 to 8 p.m.*
        North Wildwood: 5 to 7 p.m.
        West Wildwood: 5 to 8 p.m.
        Wildwood: 5 to 8 p.m.
        Wildwood Crest: 5 to 7 p.m.

(*Note that Avalon and Stone Harbor will provide maps of participating houses, available at the 82nd Street Recreation Department, or look for wooden pumpkins on lawns or porches.)

halloweenstarfishWho: Trick-or-treating is fun for everyone – including the teens! After all, if they took the time to put together a costume and are knocking on your door and (hopefully politely) asking for candy, that means they’re not out doing other things. So let them have their fun-sized bars!

Here are some other things to keep in mind when deciding who to trick-or-treat with:

• Children should be accompanied by an adult at all times
• Adults should remain with children at all times, including when going up to a door
• Teens who are not accompanied by an adult should go in a group – safety in numbers!
• Teens and their parents should discuss and agree upon a specific route and return time
• It is best to trick-or-treat only in neighborhoods or houses that you know
• If a person invites you inside, do not go unless you know them well or if the adults say its okay
• Children should be advised not to give their names, tell where they live or give other personal information if trick-or-treating where they don’t know the home owners

How: Here are some other best practices to keep in mind when trick-or-treating:

trickortreat• Costumes should not restrict visibility or movement
• Avoid masks that block vision and costumes that drag on the ground
• Pay attention to your town’s trick-or-treat rules, such as times, houses that are participating, etc.
• Know and obey your town/state pedestrian safety laws
• Use caution when crossing the street and around moving vehicles
• Carry a flashlight or use reflective tape and/or glow sticks to increase the likelihood that drivers can see you
• Do not open any candy or items until they are inspected – look for open packages or anything that feels or looks unusual
• Report any suspicious person or activity to the police immediately

Whew! We know this is a lot to keep in mind but our goal is to make sure that everyone is safe and enjoys their Halloween experience. So be safe, enjoy your night and have fun!

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Cocktails by the Sea, Special Events

Brews and Boos

If you’re wondering what to do this weekend with an October Nor’easter promising to dump a ton of rain on the coast, why not carve out some time to participate in one of the Halloween-themed events sponsored by one of our local breweries? After all, this Saturday (October 27) is National American Beer Day, so it’s a perfect time to belly up and support a local brewery. We’ll be providing more information on Cape May County’s local breweries on National American Beer Day, but before then we wanted to let you know about some of the brew-haha going on this weekend.

On October 26, the Cape May Brewing Company will be hosting its Halloween Bash from 5:00 – 9:00 pm at the brewery which is located at the Cape May Airport. The Bash will feature a costume contest, $4 pints and lots of frightening fun. A signature Halloween flight will be available featuring two of their Halloween One-Offs: “Mounds Bar Honey Porter” and “Lemonhead Always Ready”. In addition, the brewery will be releasing two special limited cans – “Maize Haze”, which is a corn-based brew incorporating locally-sourced blue corn from South Jersey and “Not from Concentrate”, a freshly-pressed apple cider beer.

On October 27, the Ludlam Island Brewery and the Slack Tide Brewery will join together in hosting their special Halloween Party featuring “boos and brews” as well as treats from Hank Sauce, a locally crafted hot sauce company and restaurant located in Townsends Inlet. A jitney service will run between the two breweries from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

At the 21st Annual Olde Tyme Harvest Festival in Cape May Courthouse on Saturday, the 7 Mile Brewing Company will be serving up its special brews from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm on Mechanic Street. The festival includes craft and food vendors, rides and entertainment. Note that they have a rain date of Sunday October 28, which is likely given the approaching storm – but this just gives you another day to celebrate locally brewed American-crafted beer.

Also on Saturday at the Cold Spring Brewery located at the Historic Cold Spring Village, the group Love Mellow will be performing from 5:00 – 8:00 pm.

Due to the impending Nor’Easter, it may be best to call the breweries before heading out to make sure these events are still taking place, or if the weather will cause a cancellation or postponement of the event.

We know that if you attend any of these events you’ll be there just for the “boos”, so please remember to secure your designated driver or download the Uber app so you can legally enjoy fantastic local brews while safely getting to and from these ghoulish events.

Drink up, witches!

Shop the Shore

Where to Shop at the Shore

The southern Jersey coast is a great place to shop for everything, from custom-made surf boards to locally handcrafted artisan goods. From Ocean City to Cape May, the shopping opportunities are plentiful and varied, each providing shoppers with a fun shopping destination with dining . Here is an overview of the shopping districts that are found in each of the towns. Happy spending!

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Avalon’s evolving shopping district offers an enjoyable downtown location to browse through unique shops or take a break from shopping to grab a bite to eat or have a drink. Located along Dune Drive between 20th and 33rd Streets, here you will find specialty boutique shops offering clothing, home décor and beach supplies as well as surf shops, art galleries and much more. Some of the seven-mile island’s best eateries are within these 13 blocks so make sure you plan a lunch or dinner either before or after your shopping excursion. And don’t forget to check out some of the side streets where additional shops and restaurants can be found.

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Cape May offers several unique shopping areas. The largest and most popular place to shop in Cape May is the Washington Street Mall located between Ocean and Perry Streets. Here, Washington Street is closed off to vehicular traffic, allowing visitors to stroll the three-block outdoor mall and find shops offering something for everyone. Nestled among the shops are restaurants, bars, ice cream parlors and two retro counter service eateries. Another popular Cape May shopping venue is right along Beach Avenue, where surf shops, beach supply stores, and other souvenir, gift and beachwear boutiques can be found. West End Garage is another favorite destination – this repurposed building is now home to over 55 artisan and craft vendors who well their unique, handcrafted and vintage wares in this creatively designed space. In addition to these one-stop shopping venues, don’t forget that there are many free-standing shops located throughout the Cape. Heading to the lighthouse or sunset beach? Check out Cape May Wicker and the Sunset Beach gifts, and then take a turn off the beaten path and head to Beach Plum Farm and the wineries, all of which offer unique items for sale as well as exquisite food and drink in a beautiful outdoor location.

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Ocean City offers two main shopping areas – the Boardwalk and Asbury Avenue. The Boardwalk houses not only the typical Jersey Shore tee-shirt shops, but in recent years a few upscale clothing, jewelry and gift boutiques have been added as well. Boardwalk shopping can be accomplished between 6th and 14th Streets where, in addition to the upscale boutiques, you’ll find beach supply stores, surf shops and other stores in which to purchase beach necessities and souvenirs. A few blocks off the Boardwalk is Asbury Avenue, which offers a downtown shopping experience between 6th and 14th Streets. The old Stainton’s Department Store is now a gallery of independently owned shops offering a plethora of unique items, some of which are hand-crafted by local artisans. Other shops along Asbury Avenue include fashion boutiques, home décor and gift shops as well as other specialty stores. Both shopping venues have many restaurant options  for you to rest your weary feet and dine on anything from ice cream to gourmet meals, and everything in between – but no bars because OC is a dry town.

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While other shore towns have distinct shopping districts, Sea Isle City offers visitors the opportunity to browse through unique shops throughout this beautiful barrier island. Many are clustered around and near Excursion Park where JFK Boulevard meets with the Promenade, considered both the geographical and social center of  Sea Isle for the many events and activities that occur here all  year long. On the Promenade, visitors can shop for tee shirts, sweatshirts, books, gifts, beach and surf supplies at the Shoppes at Spinnaker located between 34th and 38th Streets – these are the high-rise condos you see on the left as you cross over the bridge. Going further south on the Promenade are a few shops along the way featuring beachwear and beach items. Back out on JFK Boulevard, visitors will find historic Dalrymple’s, a one-stop shopping destination for anything you may need during your vacation, including first aid products, games, greeting cards, gifts and more. Several upscale clothing boutiques can also be found here on JFK, and to the north on  Pleasure Avenue and in both directions on Landis Avenue. Landis is the main drag through town – follow it south and it will lead you past other shops to 65th Street, where you will find even more stores clustered around and near the Acme and Sands Department Store complex. Sands is another one-stop shop featuring everything from flip flops to fans. With so many shopping opportunities here, you never have to leave the island to find what you want or need.

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Stone Harbor is one of the quintessential shopping destinations for visitors to the southern Jersey coast. On any given day in high season, you will find scores of vacationers strolling along the 96th Street Shopping District, which is on the main drag into Stone Harbor from the mainland. It is also a favorite destination on rainy vacation days. Here you will find upscale clothing and jewelry boutiques, gift and gourmet shops, a fabulous hardware store that carries beach supplies, home décor and everything (including the kitchen sink), as well as the southern region’s only remaining movie cinema, the Harbor Theatre. Scattered among these unique shops are fabulous restaurants and bars, as well as the Reeds at Shelter Haven boutique hotel which features three restaurants, two of which are waterfront on the bay.

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Currently there is are no shopping opportunities in Strathmere, which is mostly residential except for a few restaurants. But head 3 miles south on Ocean Drive and you’ll be in the heart of Sea Isle City, where shopping opportunities are plentiful.

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Recent mixed-use development in Townsends Inlet has led to the creation of new retail and dining opportunities in the south end of Sea Isle. This new complex consists of three buildings that house upscale condos and a couple restaurants. While currently there is only one boutique shop located in The Cove, we’re hoping more may join soon. For a more varied shopping experience, head a few blocks north into Sea Isle City or south over the bridge to Avalon (but make sure the Townsends Inlet bridge is open first – currently it is under construction until Spring 2019).

wildwoodsignsThe Wildwoods 
The Wildwoods are expansive, and so are their shopping opportunities. First stop is the famous Boardwalk, where tee shirt and gift shops, beach supply stories and other novelties can be found. Downtown Wildwood also has shops along the main drags including Rio Grande Avenue, Pacific Avenue and Atlantic Avenue. While Wildwood is an excellent destination for vacationers seeking free beaches, Boardwalk amusements and exciting nightlife, it is not specifically known for its shopping opportunities. That doesn’t mean you can’t find great shops here – you can – but not necessarily the type of shopping/dining experience you can find in other towns along the coast. If you are looking to do some serious or upscale shopping in a more defined shopping district, head north to Stone Harbor or south to Cape May.

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Come for the Food, “Fall” for the View

With temps still hovering in the high 70’s over the next couple days, it is hard to think about putting an end to your shore plans. The good news is, you don’t have to – lucky for us shore lovers, many restaurants, shops and businesses will remain open well into the holiday season.

We recently published a list of our “Top 10 things To Do at the Shore This Fall” and #8 on our list was “Go Out to Eat”. While some restaurants have already closed for the season, many others will remain open on weekends. Among these are dining establishments that will continue to offer al fresco dining (weather permitting), or at least stunning views to make you feel like you’re dining outdoors. Here is a list of our favorite restaurants in each town that are still open this fall.

Ocean City – Hula Restaurant

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Hula Restaurant, Ocean City

Say Aloha! to the vibrantly colorful and unassuming Hula Restaurant, tucked back off the main boardwalk between 9th and 10th Streets. The Hula is famous for its Hawaiian Chicken, sticky rice and other tropical-inspired delights. The food is fresh, healthy and delicious and will make you feel  like you’re surfside in Maui. Take home a bottle of their famous Hula Dressing, Hawaiian Style Barbeque or Teriyaki Sauces (or all three!) Gift cards are available for purchase in the restaurant and will make a great holiday gift for Hula Restaurant fans. Outdoor seating available as weather permits; now open weekends until Thanksgiving.   940 Boardwalk.

Strathmere – Deauville Inn

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The Deauville Inn, Strathmere

Overlooking the bay between Ocean City and Sea Isle in beautiful Strathmere is the Deauville Inn, which has been delighting diners for decades. Boasting of an expansive dining room, a sports bar, an outdoor patio and bar area and, in the summer season, the bayside barefoot Beach Bar, the Deauville offers robust entertainment throughout the summer season. Their extensive menu ranges from burgers to fresh seafood and appeals to every taste. Now open weekends through December. 201 Willard Road.

Sea Isle – Carmen’s Restaurant

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Carmen’s Restaurant, Sea Isle

Noted as Sea Isle’s first waterfront restaurant, Carmen’s has been serving up delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner since 1981. Their large menus offer something for everyone, not to mention the delectable bay breezes and authentic nautical ambience. This restaurant also offers endless waterfront entertainment – watch fishing vessels come back with their catch in the morning, wave to paddle boarders in the afternoon and enjoy a beautiful sunset in the evening. While the restaurant is open air, clear shades are used when necessary to keep out the weather and cool breezes while still allowing for the beautiful view. Now open through Saturday October 20th.   343 43rd Place.

Townsends Inlet – Sunset Pier

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Sunset from Sunset Pier, Townsends Inlet

Come here any evening and you’ll see how this waterfront restaurant got its name. But the Sunset Pier doesn’t just delight in the evening – during the day, visitors can enjoy an acai bowl or freshly made smoothie from the juice bar, visit the tackle shop and rent back bay boats for crabbing, fishing, or joy riding. A 20-foot pontoon boat is also available for party rentals. If you’re just coming to eat, you’re in for a real treat – their food is delicious, their menu appeals to all tastes and the sunsets are free of charge. Indoor and outdoor seating available (weather permitting). You’ll have to wait until next year to enjoy a sunset here, though…the restaurant is now only open for breakfast and lunch on weekends (Friday – Monday) through Thanksgiving.

Avalon – Sea Grill

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The Sea Grill, Avalon

One of three restaurants owned by the wildly popular Princeton Bar and Grille, the Sea Grill offers the finest in steak and seafood in a gorgeous romantic setting. The Sea Grill gives diners a unique experience as they walk up to a window to order or their main and side dishes, and then help themselves to a salad bar amply stocked with fresh ingredients. Although not a waterfront venue, the Sea Grill’s candle lit, cozy ambience is a perfect place for date night or to celebrate an anniversary or birthday. Looking for lunch, a casual atmosphere or some lively entertainment instead? Head next door to the Circle Tavern (or in the summer head around the corner to the Princeton Bar and Grill – sadly, it is closed for the season). The Sea Grill and Circle Tavern are open year-round; Sea Grill (225 21st Street) opens at 5:00 pm daily and the Circle Tavern (2008 Dune Drive) opens at 11:00 am daily.

Stone Harbor – Stone Harbor Bar and Grill 

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Stone Harbor Bar and Grill, Stone Harbor

The Stone Harbor Bar and Grill offers a fun and casual dining experience in the heart of the shopping district – a perfect place to take a break from shopping and have a drink or a bite to eat. Catch a game on one of 25 big screen TVs and enjoy a cool ocean breeze in summer when the large front windows are opened. Their menu offers top quality meats, freshly baked breads, locally-sourced seafood and refreshing signature cocktails. Now open Thursday through Sunday, 12:00 noon – 10:00 -m (8:00 pm on Sundays). 261 96th Street.

Wildwood – Two Mile Landing

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Two Mile Landing features the Crab House and Two Mile Restaurant and Bar, Wildwood Crest

On the way to Cape May from Wildwood, nestled back by the bay in Wildwood Crest and offering expansive waterfront dining and stunning sunset views is the Two-Mile Landing dining and entertainment complex featuring two restaurants – the Crab House and the Two Mile Restaurant and Bar. The Crab House has been specializing in All-You-Can-Eat Blue Claw Crabs since 2012 and offers a raw bar, “Crabatizers”, burgers, tacos and entrees that will appeal to both landlubbers and seafoodies alike. In 2013, Two-Mile Restaurant and Bar opened to offer upscale casual dining featuring 21 beers on tap, a wide selection of wines and delicious entrees. These waterfront establishments feature two decks with a stage and plenty of live entertainment throughout the summer. The Crab House remains open 7 days a week starting at 11:30 am, and Two-Mile Restaurant and Bar is now open Thursday – Sunday at 4:00 pm. Both restaurants will remain open through October 27 and will also be open on Thanksgiving. Gift cards are available.   1 Fish Dock Road.

Cape May – Lobster House 

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Lobster House / Schooner American, Cape May

Located on the Cape May Harbor and situated right next to the dock where freshly caught seafood is offloaded every day, the Lobster House offers a unique nautical dining experience. For decades, the Lobster House has provided elegant waterfront dining consisting of five dining rooms, casual dockside dining, a raw bar, a take-out window and a fish shop where fresh seafood can be purchased and enjoyed at home. It also includes the permanently moored Schooner American, a 130-foot long sailing vessel which provides the perfect setting for an outdoor drinking and dining experience and features a full bar, luncheon menu and specialty appetizers in the evening. The Lobster House, Take-Out Shop and Fish market are all open year-round; the Raw Bar and Schooner American are only open May – October. Hours are as follows:
Lobster House – 11:30 am – 3:00 pm and 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm. (Year-round)
Take-Out Shop 11:00 am – 7:00 pm during winter months (9:00 pm in summer) (Year-round).
Fish Market 8:00 am – 7:00 pm (9:00 pm in summer) (Year-round)
Raw Bar 11:30 am – 10:00 pm (May – October)
Schooner American 12:00 noon – 10:00 pm. (May – October)

Special Events

Top 10 Things To Do at the Shore This Fall

Today is the first full day of autumn, and the beginning of a spectacular season to be down the shore. As a matter of fact, some people say it’s their favorite beach season. The air is crisp, the sun’s still warm and the beaches (and parking!) are free. If you’re not quite ready to trade in your flip flops for snow boots, the shore is the place to be.

Now that crowds have cleared you can easily do the things you may not have been able to in high summer season. Here is our top 10 list of our favorite things to do at the shore in fall.

fallthingsbeachcomb1. Beachcomb. Fall is a great time to comb the beach for sea treasures. You are more likely to find unique seashells, sea glass and other items tossed out by the ocean, especially after a storm. So, grab a bucket, head to the beach and see what you can find.

fallthingsbeach2. Clean up the Beach. October 20 is Beach Sweep Day  along the Jersey coast. Beach sweep events enlist volunteers to comb the beach, dunes and water’s edge to pick up trash to keep it from entering the ocean. Your participation will help save our marine life from the devastating effects that trash has on their lives and improve the general well-being of our ocean. Please note that Sea Isle City’s event will be held on October 13, 2018 but the other shore towns on the south Jersey coast will be hosting their events on October 20. If you wish to do a cleanup on your own, there’s an app for that – the Ocean Conservancy developed the Clean Swell ® app to allow users to record trash clean-up efforts so that scientists can better identify trends and find solutions. For more information on what you can do to help, check out our post on “5 Ways to Protect Our Ocean”. Once you’ve done your part, you can…

BEACHWITHCHAIR3. Sit and relax! Cooler temps, soft sea breezes and (still) warm sunshine make the beach a perfect place to relax in the fall. As a bonus, all south Jersey beaches are now free, and with fewer crowds you can set up wherever you want without someone plopping right in front of you. Bring a book or just sit and watch the waves (don’t forget sunscreen!)

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4. Ride a Bike. Remember congested  summer traffic that turned a simple bike ride into a competitive sport? Biking is a lot easier and more enjoyable now, and with less foot traffic on boardwalks and promenades, some days you can ride for blocks and not see another soul.

5. Get Involved. Fall is when many charity organization host walks, runs, bike rides or other events to raise awareness and funds for special causes. The cool air and low humidity mean it’s a great time to exercise for a good cause. For more information about events, see our list of Upcoming Events for each town.

fallthingsmeter6. Park for free. Many towns disable their parking meters after Labor Day and parking lot attendants close up shop. This means you can park for free – and freely – thanks to lessened crowds. What better incentive to patronize local shops and restaurants? With more funds to spend during awesome fall sales, you can get more bang for your buck. Save your quarters and the stress for next summer!

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7. Start your Holiday Shopping (and support local business!) Our coastal towns are filled with specialty boutiques and unique stores that so why not take advantage of the fall end-of-summer sales and start your holiday shopping?

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8. Go out to Eat. Dine at your favorite seaside spots while they’re still open for the season. Seating is much easier now, and you’ll be supporting local family-owned establishments who rely on your patronage for their livelihood.  Bon appetit!

fallthingsrightonred9. Turn right on red. One of the perks of being at the shore in off-season is the ability to turn right on red. If you get impatient waiting at a red light when  no traffic is coming, you’ll be happy to learn that between October 1 – May 1 you can turn right on red to your heart’s content!

10. Go to a fall festival. fallthingsfestivalFrom seafood festivals to Oktoberfest and everything in between, each shore town has a plethora of events and activities planned this fall. Check out our list of Upcoming Events, and then grab the family and go!

From Ocean City to Cape May, special events will continue into the holiday season. Check back in November when we cover all the winter festivities going on down the shore.