Barnegat Bay is a popular attraction along the Mid-Atlantic Coast in the heart of Ocean County.

Located in Southern New Jersey, Ocean County is a hot spot for active adult retirees. This coastal area features beautiful beaches along the Jersey Shore, diverse retail centers and entertainment venues along with active adult communities designed with small-town appeal.

Ocean County is home to many popular New Jersey destinations, including Toms River, Barnegat, Little Egg Harbor and Manahawkin. Visitors can explore Six Flags Great Adventure, the largest Six Flags theme park in the country, as well as a number of scenic state parks. The area also features the oceanfront boardwalk resorts of Seaside Heights and Point Pleasant Beach.


Set along the coast, Ocean County typically has cooler summers and more mild winters than other parts of New Jersey. Average summer high temperatures fall in the mid-80s, although the area's record high hit 105 degrees. Winters are cold and snowy, with days often in the low to mid-40s and nights dropping to the low 20s. Ocean County also offers four distinct seasons, with colorful fall foliage and a spring season filled with bright blooms.


Whether visiting or relocating to Ocean County, it's easy to find fun things to do. There are performing arts centers and concert halls, art galleries, museum and comedy clubs. Riverboat sightseeing and dinner cruises are available in both Toms River and Point Pleasant Beach, while pirate adventures set sail from both Brick and Long Beach Island. Coastal attractions are a large draw and Ocean County features a number of beautiful beaches, as well as exciting boardwalks in Point Pleasant, Seaside Heights and Seaside Park.

The shore is perfect for swimming, boating, surfing, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, or just relaxing on the sand. Many beaches offer reduced fees for older visitors and some are free for those age 65 or better

. Visitors and locals who love to shop have many choices in Ocean County as well. The Ocean County Mall, in Toms River, has something for everyone, while bargain hunters may prefer a trip to the Jackson Premium Outlets in Jackson. Antique shops are found throughout the area, and visitors will love the local shops and restaurants in downtown Toms River, downtown Point Pleasant Beach, and Beach Haven's Bay Village.

55+ Communities

Active adults who plan to settle in Ocean County can choose from a number of appealing 55+ communities. These communities range in size from resort-style developments like Holiday City at Berkeley, in Toms River.

With a coastal setting, exciting attractions and a small-town feel, it's easy to see why Ocean County, New Jersey, is a popular destination for active adult retirees.