Point Pleasant

Point Pleasant is a borough in Ocean County.  Although it’s outside of Monmouth County, it’s a very popular spot for many of  “our locals” so I wanted to include it in my series of beach towns.  Point Pleasant A Jersey Shore community situated on the Barnegat Peninsula, a long, narrow barrier peninsula that divides the Barnegat Bay from the Atlantic Ocean at the Manasquan Inlet, and the borough derives its name from this location. Point Pleasant Is 10th Coolest Small Town In America, Survey Says! “Visitors are often surprised that Point Pleasant’s downtown is also one of the coolest antiques districts, with unique stores, quiet coffee shops, friendly locals, and upscale dining for when you’ve finally had your fill of boardwalk fare. Nab hotel bargains by visiting in spring or fall, or splurge a little on a perfect summer lodging like the White Sands, with beach access, an outdoor pool, and an on-site restaurant.”  

Point Pleasant is distinct from Point Pleasant Beach, which is a separate community.

Point Pleasant School District

The Point Pleasant School District is a comprehensive community public school district that serves students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. The district is classified by the New Jersey Department of Education as being in District Factor Group “FG”, the fourth-highest of eight groupings.

Schools in the district are:


Yup, this is what Point Pleasant is most known for.  Famed oceanside boardwalk with family-friendly rides, an arcade, mini-golf & casual food stops. There is just so much to do here for the entire family.  There is an Adventure Ropes courseAn amusement Park,  an Aquarium and Arcade and so much more!  If you are planning a trip to the area for the first time here is a map of the entire boardwalk area.  There is also mini golf, gift shops, and tons of places to eat.



Okay, i’m not going to lie.  Parking at Point is NOT fun.  You must come with patience and realize you are going to have an amazing day with family and friends.  Having said that, take a deep breath and maybe this will help you out! Jenkinson’s Boardwalk has five large parking lots for your convenience. Pay one low price for all day parking.  The northernmost parking lot is located at the Manasquan River Inlet and is  located by the bath house and Inlet Restaurant. There is also the Aquarium Parking Lot, which is next to the Aquarium and Pavilion Restaurant and Arcade. Frank’s Fun Center has a parking facility centrally located to all the activities on the Boardwalk. The parking lot at Jenkinson’s South is located next to the Jenkinson’s South Arcade and the amusement park. Jenkinson’s also operates a small parking lot located at 804 Ocean Avenue next to Lighthouse Point Miniature Golf. There are several municipal and other private lots for parking as well.

Please be advised that parking lots can fill up quickly during the busy summer months, so start your day early!

Where to Eat and Drink at Point Pleasant

Point Pleasant offers some exquisite dining opportunities. From a five-course meal served by waiters/waitresses in formal attire, to a wooden table overlooking the fishing boats. The food served consists of local seafood to international fare.

Come for the food and stay for the sunset! Here few recommendations around town:

Graziano’s Italian Restaurant

Shore Fresh Seafood Market and Restaurant

Woodchucks BBQ

The Hickory Hog

The Quarter House Restaurant



Point Pleasant Beach has both public access and private beaches. The southern end of town is where you’ll find public access beach. There is a fee to get on the beach there are lifeguards are present form 9-5 each day. Entrance to this beach is on Ocean Avenue. The public beach access here is marked by a small blue sign. The entrance is located directly across from the Dunes Motel. To the north , is Bradshaw Beach. There is a small shed that sells seasonal as well as daily beach badges.  Daily and seasonal beach badges can be purchased at these entrances. Here are the fees: $9 weekdays, $10 weekends and holidays for those 12 and older; half-season pass, $70; season pass, $95; children 5 to 11: $3 daily, $35 half-season, $50 season; seniors: $70 season; children 4 and younger admitted free.The borough’s boardwalk is approximately one mile long, spanning the coastline from the Manasquan Inlet at the north to New Jersey Avenue in the south.  You will see that the boards are jam packed with families day and night throughout the summer months.


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