During your vacation in Belmar, New Jersey, you'll find a wide variety of activities and events for family members of all ages to enjoy. Here are some of the fun things to do in Belmar when you're looking to spend quality time together.
1. 18 Holes of Mini Golf
905 Highway 35 at the Belmar Marina
Belmar, New Jersey
No Jersey Shore vacation is complete without a game or two of miniature golf. The 9th Ave. Pier restaurant operates the mini golf course at the Belmar Marina. Play every day (weather permitting) from noon to 10 p.m.
Prices are $7 per person, or $5 for kids under age 10. After your game, head over to 9th Ave. Pier or to the Marina Grille for a bite to eat in a gorgeous waterfront setting. RELATED: Dine With A Water View At These 5 Belmar Restaurants
2. Family Fishing Trip
905 Highway 35 Belmar, New Jersey
When the kids tire of the beach (is that even possible?), family fishing trips are a fun change of pace during your summer vacation in Belmar. The Belmar Marina is home to one of New Jersey's largest fleet of fishing head boats (party boats) and private fishing charters. In addition to half- and full-day fishing outings, some boats also offer sunset cruises. Each boat is independently owned and operated, so contact each vessel directly for pricing and ticket information (link below). RELATED: Best Fishing Party Boats And Charters At The Belmar Marina
3. Country Line Dancing - CANCELED FOR 2020
From July 1, 2019, through August 5, 2019, the Belmar Business Partnership is sponsoring six weeks of country line dancing every Monday evening in Pyanoe Plaza, which is located on Main Street at 9th Avenue. Come to dance or to enjoy the music — and check out the local shops and restaurants while you're here. This is a free event for the community. The 2019 country line dancing dates are Mondays: July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29, and August 5. RELATED: Grab A Selfie At The Giant Bruce Springsteen Guitar
4. Belmar Parasail
608 River Road (parking area) Belmar, New Jersey
You'll never forget your first parasailing adventure 500 feet above the Atlantic Ocean! Parasailing is a fun family activity that does not require any previous experience or special equipment. You take off and land gently on the boat. Current prices are $75 for one person, $140 for two, and $210 for three. RELATED: Sky-High Summer Adventures At Belmar Parasail
5. Banana Boat Rides And Fireworks Cruises
For summer 2020, Belmar Parasail is offering banana boat rides on selected dates, as well as boat rides on Thursday evenings to watch the fireworks off the coast of Jenkinson's Boardwalk at Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.
The fireworks cruises are $35 per person, and the Belmar Parasail boat fits up the 12 people. (BYOB for the adults if you so choose). Call 732-681-8359 to inquire about banana boat rides or to reserve your seat on an upcoming fireworks cruise (weather permitting). RELATED: 5 Great Places For Kids To Play In Belmar
6. Go Play! Retro Arcade
1102 Main Street
Belmar, New Jersey
A variety of classic arcade games awaits you at the Go Play! Retro Arcade in Belmar. From Skee-Ball and pinball, to air hockey, Wii and XBOX One, the kids will have a blast in this arcade. Ask about their party packages for kids' birthdays. Go Play! is open Monday through Thursday noon to 9:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday noon to midnight; and Sunday noon to 7:00 p.m.
7. Ice Cream Outing
We all scream for ice cream, and our favorite ice cream shop, Niki Maccanico's, is a five-minute walk from our Belmar vacation rental. All of the ice cream at Niki's is homemade and hand scooped. You'll find Niki's on 13th Avenue and Main Street, across from the Belmar Post Office. Another wildly popular sweet spot in Belmar is Coney Waffle, located at 803 Ocean Avenue across from the beach (next to Playa Bowls). Coney Waffle is known for its cannoli waffles and its unbelievable, belly-busting ice cream concoctions, including custom milk shakes and towering waffle cones topped with your choice of candies and cookies. RELATED: 8 Great Breakfast Restaurants In The Belmar Area
8. New Jersey Sandcastle Contest
July 15, 2020 18th Avenue beach
Belmar, New Jersey
The annual New Jersey Sandcastle Contest begins at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 (rain date July 16). This is a wonderful family-friendly event that draws thousands of competitors and spectators to Belmar's 18th Avenue beach to compete for top honors in several judging categories for kids, adults, and camps/youth groups. RELATED: Belmar Tourism Presents The NJ Sandcastle Contest On Belmar Beach
9. Belmar Kite Festival
Sunday, October 4, 2020
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Setup on 3rd Avenue beach beginning at 10:00 a.m. Belmar Beach, New Jersey
The Belmar Business Partnership's 7th annual Belmar Kite Festival will take place Sunday, October 4, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on 3rd Avenue beach in Belmar.
Admission to the festival is free! Bring your own kites to fly or come and enjoy the spectacular show put on by members of the South Jersey Kite Fliers. For more information, call 732-894-9022 or email the Belmar Business Partnership. RELATED: Family Fun At The Belmar Kite Festival
10. Belmar Cruise Nights - CANCELED FOR 2020
June 17, July 15, and August 20, 2020
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Belmar, New Jersey
Another hugely popular event sponsored by the Belmar Business Partnership are the classic and vintage car shows on Main Street every summer. Three Belmar Cruise Nights are being planned for 2020: June 17, July 15, and August 20.
Stroll the downtown area, enjoy the nostalgia of the old cars and doo-wop music, and then enjoy dinner at one of the nearby restaurants. Many of the local shops will also be open during the car show if you want to do a little shopping while you're in town. RELATED: Belmar Vacation Rentals - Better Than A B&B, More Homelike Than A Hotel
11. Free Fireworks on Belmar Beach - CANCELED FOR 2020
Belmar officials will light up the summer sky with a fireworks spectacular on July 10, 2020. The show starts at dusk on 5th Avenue beach. Bring your beach chairs and get there early for a prime spot. RELATED: More Family Travel Stories On The Belmar Beachcomber Blog
Live Like A Local: Rent A Belmar Beach House
Day trips down the shore are fun, but it's even better to rent a beach house for the week to experience everything wonderful about the Belmar area. For couples, solo adults and small families, the two-bedroom Blue Hydrangea Cottage rental in Belmar, New Jersey, is the perfect getaway place. The home sleeps up to four people and is consistently rated five stars for comfort, cleanliness, amenities, location, and homelike decor. See more photos at www.vacationinbelmar.com/gallery. Weekly summer rentals at the Jersey Shore. Rent directly from the owner and save.
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