Absecon Island’s Other Stops: Longport, Margate, and Ventnor City

Absecon Island From The Air, via Doc Searls/Flickr

Don’t get us wrong – Atlantic City is the top dog in this unique stretch of the Jersey shore. But it’s easy to get swept up in the gambling, entertainment, and free beaches of the most well-known city on Absecon Island. And that means visitors often miss three hidden gems located nearby. Longport, Margate, and Ventnor City all offer distinctive experiences, and even some iconic New Jersey stops. Join us as we take a closer look.

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Ocean City, NJ: What To Do In A Family-Friendly Shore Destination

Imagine wide, sandy beaches with plenty of room to spread out and a kid-safe boardwalk with lots of wholesome fun, all just a short drive from several major metro areas in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. This is exactly what Ocean City, NJ offers, as one of New Jersey’s top shore destinations. Let’s take a closer look at what makes this place so unique.

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Seven Mile Island and Ludlam Island: A Quieter Corner of the Shore

Seven Mile Island Ludlam Island Map

Nestled between the busy, crowded boardwalks and beaches of Wildwood and Ocean City, you’ll find Seven Mile Island and Ludlam Island. These two barrier islands occupy more than 15 miles of New Jersey coastline, but they may not be what you first think of when you hear “Jersey shore.” Still, this quiet corner of the state is worth exploring for those searching for peaceful beaches and coastal wildlife. So join us as we explore these two unique islands.

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Wildwood: Doo-Wop, Boardwalks, and Wide Beaches

Wildwood Doo-Wop Sign
Wildwood Sign – June 2021

The Wildwoods of New Jersey are a beach community unlike any other. Few towns have such an extensive claim to parts of music history, not to mention one of the best boardwalks and beaches in New Jersey. But those outside of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic may have no idea that this treasure of a town even exists. So let’s take a closer look at the beaches, boardwalk, and of course, Wildwood Doo-Wop style that has made the area a summer destination for decades!

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Cape May Lighthouse and the Lost City of South Cape May – State Park Spotlight

At the very southwestern tip of New Jersey, you’ll find the Cape May Lighthouse. The 157-foot tower has protected ships in the area for more than a century and a half, and seen the rise and fall of military defenses and even an entire town! So let’s take a walk and learn more about this structure and the area that surrounds it.

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Going For A Walk – One Week Out

jersey shore ortley beach
Ortley Beach, NJ – Aug. 2018

Just over a week from today, I’ll head off on the first leg of my walk from Cape May to Atlantic City, and ultimately, the entire Jersey Shore. I’ll be heading out to Lewes, Delaware, on Friday night and spending Saturday in Delaware with Morgan. I’ll catch an afternoon ferry from Lewes to Cape May, and we’ll be off.

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Going For A Walk: The Jersey Shore

Even though I grew up in New Jersey, I never felt particularly connected to the shore in the way some people I knew were. I had friends whose parents rented the same house in the same town for two weeks every summer. When I was very young, my grandparents had a shore house. My aunt and uncle have had a home in Ortley Beach for years, where they spend half of their time these days. Still, anyone who’s lived in New Jersey knows there are “shore people.” I am not one of them.

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