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A Day of Family Fun in Keansburg

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly day trip to the Jersey Shore, look no further than exit 117 on the Garden State Parkway. Keansburg boasts all the excitement that a beach town has to offer, minus major traffic and exorbitant fees. Keansburg is closer in proximity to NY and Northern NJ than other shore areas. Plus the beaches are free to enter and there’s a ton of boardwalk rides, games, and food.

Spend a day with the family at the Keansburg boardwalk without over-spending on summer fun.

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Keansburg offers an admission-free beach, making it a great stopover for sand play, collecting shells and just soaking in the sun and views of New York. While there is no lifeguard on duty and the water is a little rough with natural debris, the free admission makes it worthy of enjoying some quality sand and sun time. You’ll find plenty of reasonably-priced metered parking, as well as available lot spaces.
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Family Activities

Keansburg Amusement Park

keansburg, family funAddress: 275 Beachway Avenue
Description: Keansburg Amusement Park features a variety of rides to satisfy all ages and levels of adventure-seeking. The younger set will love the many low-key options such as the Mini-Train, Jolly Caterpillar, Merry-Go-Round and Balloon Ferris Wheel. Older kids can jump on the Frog Hopper, Tea Cups, Whip and Red Baron. Those with the need for speed will enjoy the Tornado, Pharaoh’s Fury and Looping Star rides. Tickets can be purchased individually or in booklets. Take the whole family on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays all summer for buy-one-get-one free unlimited ride bracelets. Tuesday is Kiddie Day with discounted ride bracelets and Friday is Family Day with deals on daytime and nighttime specials.
More info: Keansburg Amusement Park or call 732-495-1400

Runaway Rapids

keansburg, family funAddress: 275 Beachway Avenue
Description: Get set to get wet at Runaway Rapids Waterpark, packed with aquatic fun for all ages. Tots will make a splash on the small scale Frog Slide and Toddler’s Reef splash pad. Older kids can cool off on the twisty slides, lazy river, Lost Lagoon and Comfort Cove pools, along with giant tipping buckets. Two or three hour passes are available, with discounts for toddlers, and weekend evening specials are offered. If you plan to visit the amusement park and waterpark, combo passes are also available.
More info: Runaway Rapids or call 732-495-1400

Boardwalk Games

The Keansburg boardwalk is bursting with classic games, including spinning wheels, a ring toss, water gun races, balloon darts, a frog pond and more. Take a stroll along the boardwalk and try your hand at winning some fabulous prizes.

Bev & Wally’s Family Fun Center

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Address: 46 Beachway Avenue
Description: Take a break from the sun at this indoor arcade, featuring skee ball, slot and poker machines, basketball, cranes and jackpot games. You’ll find both classic games and new favorites to enjoy. Save up those tickets to score some fun prizes!
More info: Bev & Wally’s or call 732-787-2702

The Game Room

Address: 52 Beachway Avenue
Description: More flashy fun awaits at Bev & Wally’s sister arcade. Earn prize tickets from skee ball, cranes, slots and the new Pop the Lock and 8-foot-tall Space Invaders games. On a rainy day, hop over to the adjacent indoor carousel.
More info: The Game Room or call 732-495-9667

Boardwalk Bites

Whether you want a sit-down meal or some quick boardwalk fare, there’s no shortage of eats in Keansburg. If you’re going for quick take-out, grab a seat in the shady Kool Zone located adjacent to zepole, lemonade and fries-by-the bucket stands. From pizza to ice cream to burritos, you won’t go hungry on your boardwalk excursion. Here are a few of the stand-out eateries:

Olde Heidelberg

Address: 275 Beachway Avenue
Description: A Keansburg tradition, this sit-down bar/pub, established in 1934, serves up their fan-favorite hot dogs with delicious toppings. You’ll also find burgers, fries, sausages and German beer.
More info: Olde Heidelberg or call 732-495-1400

Miami Club

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Address: 307 Beachway Avenue
Description: If you’re craving seafood by the shore, indulge in the raw bar at Miami Club. Take in the ocean breezes with open air seating and enjoy clam chowder, a variety of seafood options and delicious burgers.
More info: Miami Club or call 732-471-6959

Pavilion Bar & Grill

Address: 72 Boardwalk
Description: Conveniently located by the kiddie rides, Pavilion is a great spot for a sit-down lunch or dinner or just some boardwalk people-watching. The menu includes gyros, fries, hotdogs, burgers and beer for the adults.
More info: Pavilion Bar & Grill or call 732-495-9209

Barb’s Big Burritos

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Address: 93 Beachway Avenue
Description: Super-sized burritos are the specialty at this renowned Keansburg stand, just off the boardwalk. Fill up on big burritos, enchiladas, tortilla-wrapped hot dogs (“the Mexidog”) and other yummy options.
More info: Barb’s Big Burritos or call 732-787-4819


Address: 72 Boardwalk
Description: Get your fill of yummy (and greasy) boardwalk favorites, such as sausage and pepper sandwiches, cheesesteaks, burgers and fries at this open-air restaurant. Sit down for a casual meal or take your food to go. Don’t miss their delicious ice cream too!
More info: Nickersons or call 732-787-4261