Toms River, New Jersey, is a large township located on the Jersey Shore. While beaches abound in the area, there's lots more things to do than enjoy a day on the water, as shown in this Toms River guide to the area. For residents of the town, many of the more popular attractions are located further inland.

For children in the Toms River area, it's hard to beat a location like Insectropolis. Touted as the Bugseum of New Jersey, this child-friendly museum is dedicated to educating the area about the wonders of the insect world. The exhibits are widely varied, with a hands-on mud tube that provides children with the experience of crawling through a subterranean termite tunnel.

Knuckleheads Comedy Club provides a more adult experience for those looking for things to do in Toms River. Located at the Howard Johnsons on Hooper Ave., Knuckleheads features top-notch comedians, with many of the guests having appeared on Comedy Central, Letterman and Conan. A more laid-back experience is available at The Miracle Pub on Rt. 37. The food is the usual tasty pub fare offered at a price that makes it one of the better deals in town, with a Sunday brunch offering a more varied menu. With a full bar, 12 TVs displaying local sports and a welcoming atmosphere, the pub's managed to gain popularity with area residents.

Listing a few good restaurants to eat at is a must for any guide to Toms River. There are a number of quality Italian restaurants in town but one of the best is Jules Italian Restaurant on Hooper Avenue. Jules is a third-generation run restaurant offering authentic Italian meals and specializing in delicious seafood dishes made with the freshest of ingredients. A private hall located next door provides a venue for large party dining, with room for just over 100. Those looking for a great lunch location in town should try the lunch buffet at Aamantran Indian Cuisine on Route 9. The food is tasty and affordable, and the restaurant warmly welcomes children, making this a must-add item to any Toms River guide.

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