The Jersey Shore famously bustles with Ferris wheels, roller coasters, boardwalk shops, and restaurants, but the action doesn't stop at the waterline. Propelled by twin diesel engines, the 75-foot Queen Mary trolls the waters in search of both entertainment and mammoth striped sea bass, Atlantic bonito, bluefish, and long-buried swim trunks. The crew specializes in teaching newbies—including kids—how to handle a fishing pole, and enclosed lounges and separate women's and men's restrooms keep less sea-weathered sailors comfortable.
Nationwide Bowling orchestrates a cacophonous symphony of clanking pins and cheering bowlers at 11 modern bowling centers located throughout New Jersey. Center size varies from the Hudson location where 60 lanes with automatic scoring, a grill, sports bar, and arcade games accommodate armadas of bowlers to Garden Palace, which houses 16 lanes, a bar, and a snack shop. At all locations, staffers host birthday parties and corporate events and organize leagues for competitive bowlers or people who just like to chuck heavy objects as hard as they can.
With personalized curriculums designed for novices and virtuosos alike, Music Makers' range of lessons teach students ages 5 and older how to strum, pizzicato, and wail. Music Makers' handy tips for getting the most out of each class include pairing children in each age group with their ideal melodic noisemakers such as guitar, piano, drums, violin, school-band instruments, and recordings of auto-tuned frog croaks. University-trained instructors conduct each weekly lesson with a music-education and performance-based syllabus, focusing on styles such as classical, pop, and jazz. Music Makers sells and rents a symphonic stockpile of instruments, in addition to hosting community performances.
Winner of more than 100 mixed-martial-arts competitions, Tiger Schulmann shares his pride and love for fighting and self-defense with both adults and children in gyms across five states. From first-time grapplers to expert muay thai fighters, students of all fitness and experience levels are welcome to dive into a class at Schulmann’s. At more than 47 locations, adults can take classes in kickboxing, MMA, and jujitsu—the last of which instills students with the skill and confidence to take down opponents of any size, strength, or telekinetic ability. Kids, meanwhile, can learn martial arts for fun, or gain useful experience in bully prevention; the kids’ classes help victims immediately identify and safely diffuse situations when pitted against an aggressor.
At BJJ Shore Academy, Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and former professional fighter Bill Scott joins with several other black-belt instructors to pass on the martial art to the next generation of fighters. Named Best of the Best for Martial Arts by the Asbury Park Press in 2011 and 2012, the academy offers self-defense classes for adults, teens, and kids, as well as anti-bullying programs for children. Every session is built upon the elements of Brazilian jiu-jitsu and caters to students and families of all skill levels. Fundamentals classes build basic leverage and mobility skills and lay the groundwork for more advanced, competition-ready classes in submission grappling and mixed martial arts. Amid the gym’s soft, pliant mats and three sides of wall mats, instructors offer wrestling classes for kids as well as yoga, boxing, and kickboxing instruction.
The John Jack is a US Coast Guard–certified, 50-foot titan of the sea, operated by a friendly crew and knowledgeable captain. Two Caterpillar engines––each producing 800 horsepower––propel the red and white ship through the waves, staving off currents as passengers embark on chartered fishing and diving trips around the Point Pleasant Beach area. It can reach speeds of up to 25 knots and travel up to 350 miles between fuel stops, so it’s not uncommon to see the vessel docked in ports at Montauk, Cape May, Virginia, or Cape Hatteras. The interior is air conditioned, and houses a refrigerator, microwave, icemaker, and power outlets. Outside, quartz halogen lights illuminate the deck, creating a night atmosphere that still provides enough light for fishing, diving, or reading Magic 8-Ball responses.