Deciding where to retire in Ocean County, New Jersey can be overwhelming; it has an exceptional range of lifestyle options and opportunities for active adults. There are 44 miles of pristine coastline, state parks, beaches, boardwalks, shopping, and other attractions in this county. Its many different communities all have unique personalities, so retirees can pick and choose depending on their personalities, budgets and preferences.
Ocean County is an easy drive from three major cities: Philadelphia, New York City, and Atlantic City. It also has the three beautiful beach resort areas of Long Beach Island, Point Pleasant, and Seaside Heights.
Active Adult Communities
Although summertime is bustling, there are many quiet spots to be found year-round. It is home to numerous active adult communities, like Heritage Bay at Barnegat, Gardens of Pleasant Plains, and The Fairways at Lake Ridge. Whether you are interested in low-key days or hopping over to Atlantic City for a day at the slots, there is something for everyone.
Climb a Lighthouse
Barnegat Lighthouse was first lit in 1859 and is the focal point of Barnegat Lighthouse State Park. Climb to the top for a panoramic view of Long Beach Island, Barnegat Bay, and Island Beach. Visitors can also explore the interpretive center or participate in nature programs. The park also features a maritime forest tail, saltwater fishing (with handicapped access), and picnic areas.
Live the Country Club Life
Located on the banks of the picturesque Toms River, the Toms River Country Club is a private facility with two golf courses, a pro shop, clay tennis courts, and tennis classes. An Olympic-sized swimming pool offers a cool respite in the warmer months, with a nearby snack bar for refreshments. The club also sponsors social events, and has three dining rooms with a buffet and formal dining.
Fish, Fun, and Fudge
Point Pleasant Beach is home to Jenkinson's Aquarium. Every one of the innovatively designed exhibits is designed to promote animal awareness and outreach. Guests can visit with local fish, penguins, baby diamondback terrapins, sharks, and more. They also sponsor special events, including “Tea by the Sea” with some of their animal residents in September, for ages 55 and up. Jenkinson’s Sweet Shop is nearby, there you will find their famous salt-water taffy, chocolates and other delights.
Take Yourself Out to the Ballgame
The Lakewood BlueClaws are the Jersey Shore’s Minor League Baseball team. Games take place at beautiful FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood. This state-of-the-art baseball stadium has over 6,500 seats, plus luxury suites and party decks. The team holds special theme nights and other promotions and has a variety of ticket purchase options.
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