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Fun And Sun At The New Jersey Shore

Updated on August 12, 2013

Boat Races Every Weekend

What a fun day out watching boat racing at it's finest. It is a great family day out.
What a fun day out watching boat racing at it's finest. It is a great family day out. | Source

A Great Place to Visit and Also Live

New Jersey, the State that I grew up in and the State I will stay living in until further notice. New Jersey has so many wonderful and beautiful beaches up and down the Eastern Coast line. I grew up on Long Island Island when my parents bought there place on the Barnegat Bay.

What found memories I have living on the bay. Ever summer waiting for school to get out and packing our bags for fun and sun at the New Jersey shore.

Long beach Island is a 18 mile long barrier Island with many towns from one end of the island to the other. Starting North is Barnegat and the Barnegat Light House that used to be called Old Barney.

Barnegat Garvey Races

Barnaget Light House (old Barney)

Barnegat Lighthouse History

In June 1834 Congress appropriated $6,000.00 for the building of the Tower. The Tower stood at the North end of Long Beach Island and was about 40 foot in height. I was put into commission in 1835. It was a non-flashing fifth-class light deemed inadequate by mariners of those days.

Then in 1955, Lt. George G. Meade, a government engineer was assigned to design a new light. He was an 1835 West Point graduate and had designed the Absecon Lighthouse.

Encroaching seas threatened the original lighthouse so its light was installed atop a tall wooden tower in June 1857 and the original lighthouse fell into the sea later that year. He submitted new construction plans in 1855 and the construction started in late 1856.

The tower would be four times taller than the as the previous and the cost would be about $40,000.00. This tower was built about 100 feet from the original because of erosion in the inlet remained a problem.

The current lighthouse is really two towers in one. The exterior comical tower covers a cylinder tower on the inside. Barnegat lighthouse is the second tallest lighthouse in the United States. This new tower was commissioned in January 1859. The tower light was 165 feet above sea level.

Nowadays there is a beautiful State Park at the Barnegat Lighthouse, a must see,

Barnegat Lighthouse

Beach in Ship Bottom, New Jersey


My Home Town Ship Bottom on L.b.i

Ship Bottom is a Borough in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States. The Census taken in 2010 states that the population in Ship Bottom was 1,156. The original name of this borough was Ship Bottom-Beach Arlington on March 23, 1925. The name was shortened to Ship Bottom in 1947.

Ship Bottom is know as the "gateway to Long Beach Island", as Route 72 provides the sole road access from Manahawkin in Stafford Township. ending in Ship Bottom as it crosses the Manahawkin Bay via the Manahawkin Bay Bridge (formally known as the Dorland J. Henderson Memorial Bridge).

I was fortunate to call Ship Bottom my home away from home every summer year after your. Ship Bottom is right in the middle of the 18 mile stretch and right at the bridge that connects the mainland to Long Beach Island.

This was very convenient for our family, to be right at the end of the bridge. It was convenient also if there a storm were everyone was to be evacuated off the island. We were right at the bridge approach to get to the mainland in case of hurricane or any storm that evacuation is required by the Islands authorities .

The South End of L.b.i - Beach Haven and Holgate

Beach Haven and Holgate are at the very South of Long Beach Island. These two towns have so much activities for the children and all of us adults as well. Bay Village has many shops from Jewelry shops to Ice Cream. Fantasy Island Amusement Park which is in Bay Village has all the rides that you need to keep your children entertained for hours. Arcades, kiddie rides, and Huge water slide, miniature golf and so much more.

Holgate and the wild life reserve is a place were many people go out on the beach with their 4x4 truck and do some real fishing. This is where I go with my truck to clear the mind and soul. It is so beautiful to just take your time and ride along the surf and be able to take in all that life has to offer all of us.

There is so much to do and see on Long Beach Island I could write and show videos forever. So if you want a great place to take your family on vacation or just a day trip to the beach, try out Long Beach Island. You will have a great time. It was my life when I was growing up and it is my home by the sea right now.

So, there you have it. From the North End of Barnegat to the middle (the gateway to LBI) Ship Bottom to the South end, Beach Haven and Holgate. There are so many other beautiful Town in between. A must visit for all that love the fun and sun of the New Jersey Shore.

Holgate on Lbi

© 2011 Mark Bruno


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    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ kjrzeek1 - Thank you for your comment and for reading. I love LBI so much and my dream was to live here and it finally came true. It took many years but it happened. All the best to you and have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day!

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      6 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      That is a really great Hub. I grew up spending a week at an L.B.I. rental house and loved every minute of it.

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Denise thanks for your comment. I figured try something new and fresh. Beings I love it at the shore so much I might as well write about it :)

      Thank you for the Vote Up and across the board Denise

    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Geez, Marky-I was blown away by this hub. Completely different from your other work and just superb. I rated it up and across. :)

      I wish I had more time off I would take a trip to visit NJ


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