Surflight Theatre began its culture-spreading mission in 1950, with a shaky tent and a season only three weeks long. Although it has grown enormously since then, one constant remains—its steadfast commitment to the Beach Haven community. In addition to its regular artistic programming, Surflight also gives young performers a chance to tread the boards alongside Broadway professionals.
For more than half a century, Harvey Cedars Marina has hoisted sails and sent adventurers skimming across the waves of the Barnegat and Manahawkin Bays. Today, the business’s aquatic experts have traded in the folded-newspaper sailboats of yore for modernized Hobie Wave catamarans and LaserPerformance Sunfish. It also maintains a fleet of standup paddleboards and Hobie kayaks that cruise to islands, where paddlers gaze on osprey and cormorants or cast their lines for fluke and bluefish. In addition to renting vessels and teaching how to maneuver them, the staff runs a shop to equip mariners with their own Hobie cats and kayaks or outfit them with water skis, wakeboards, and inflatable tubes to mail to annoying cousins who live in the desert.
The team of tumbling instructors at KidZone help develop gymnastic skills in kids aged 1–18. Parents can join little ones for open-play sessions, and older kids can attend boys' or girls' classes divided by age group in a studio outfitted with tumbling mats, trampolines, uneven bars, and other equipment. Those interested in serious tumbling can pursue instruction through the Tidal Wave program, which introduces strength-and-endurance training. Students also could have the opportunity to eventually join the Riptide All-Star cheer squad, a competitive performance squad that trains at KidZone.
Captain Michael Bandera and first mate Audrey Rosenberg have a lot in common, but few of those threads is as strong as their common love of sailing. Sailing together since 1991, the pair explored the coast of New Jersey for seven years before deciding to open Barnegat Bay Sailing Charters. Today, they continue to lead charters, and also teach American Sailing Association?certification courses and specialized sailing lessons for people of all experience levels. They even earned a 2010 ASA award for Outstanding School.
Aboard the Margarita, a sloop-rigged Catalina 30 sailboat, groups gaze at the New Jersey shore at sunset or midday during one of many scheduled charters. When not taking in views on deck, guests can lounge in the plush cabin with a bathroom and refrigerator full of cold bottles of water, in case a situation demands bribing Jersey's pirate bands of retired rock stars. The team also rents out sailing boats for seaborne sojourns.
Boasting licenses from the United States Coast Guard and the United States Merchant Marines, Captain David J. Basile takes parties on sailing charters into protected Barnegat Bay and its inter-coastal waterways. Launching his boat, The North Star, from Wilbert's Marina in Forked River, the captain tailors experiences that range from sunset cruises to bachelor or bachelorette parties. Captain David also maintains web pages that advise passengers of what to bring and anticipates FAQs, such as what to do if large whale asks for a kiss.
School is out, the sky is clear, and azure Atlantic Ocean is glimmering beneath the bright sun. Days like this were made for visits to Casino Pier—for meandering down the beach with a frosty ice-cream cone, for taking a leisurely ride on the old-fashioned carousel, and for soaring down a water slide into a pristine pool.
The iconic pier has been entertaining generations of families since its opening in 1932 and is divided into three distinct sections. The amusement park is a treasure trove of new and classic rides alike, including thrilling rides, a scenic sky ride, and an action-packed go-kart arena. A rooftop miniature golf course elevates golfers above the park, where they'll find dazzling views of the surrounding boardwalk and ocean. Beyond the amusement park lies Breakwater Beach, a water park with an array of towering slides and interactive play areas. And within a sprawling, air-conditioned edifice, you'll find the casino arcade, which dispenses handfuls of tokens and prize-redemption tickets from its classic slot and skee-ball machines. This area of the boardwalk also houses a century-old carousel, complete with hand-carved horses that come to life for children who have completed all their chores.