One of the most robust and fastest-growing cities in New Jersey, Toms River residents have different accounts and stories about the source of the name. Who, exactly, is Tom? Regardless, Toms River was ranked the 15th safest cities in the country by Morgan Quitno Press in 2006 and 2007. The city was featured in various films, series and books which includes Made by MTV, Jersey Shore, Boardwalk Empire and The Amityville Horror. It also is known for holding one of the largest Halloween parade in the world, so, if you are in town during the event, be sure to check it out! The city is also a very historically-significant one, especially during the American Revolutionary War, thanks to its strategic location as it supplied British and Tory troops with supplies as they approach the coast of Toms River. The city itself is listed in both the state and national registers of historic places. After the wars, the city saw an exponential increase in the number of residents, especially after the completion of Garden State Parkway. Toms River is also known for producing some of sport’s most popular champions and it played host to National Champion Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading events and if you are not a fan of sports and cheerleading, you can be sure that there is a large number of charming retail outlets, shopping malls and restaurants for you to enjoy and it includes Ocean County Mall and Seacourt Pavilion. Some of this New Jersey city’s best art attraction are Charles Waterhouse, Pine Belt Arena and to those who enjoy local food and drinks, check out the schedule for Toms River Fest. There are many popular outdoor attractions in Toms River and they are beaches like Ortley Beach, Normandy Beach, Ocean Beach, Chadwick Beach and Monterey Beach, just to name a few. And if you are looking for a place for a celebration or gathering, check out Artisan’s Brewery instead.
This vibrant modern city would, today, make for the perfect place for all types of gatherings and social functions. You can have a fun skating party at Jump Street Skate Park or go bowling with your family and friends at Lakewood Bowl and Recreation Center during weekends. There’s also shopping for awesome paintings at Main Street Gallery Manasquan, a field trip to Ocean County Historical Museum to learn about the region’s history or maybe a weekend outing at Brick Beach 2. There’s also lots to learn about local history at Sephardic Heritage and Museum but for a relaxing, fun, outdoor experience, be sure to check out the amenities and wonderful green space provided by Mantoloking Bridge County Park. BusRental.com is ready to help make your weekend, vacation, family gathering, birthday party, bachelor or bachelorette celebration, corporate function, meeting or team-building event a more successful one with our fleet of charter buses, coaches, mini buses, school buses, party buses, vans, corporate cars, exotic vehicles and limousines. All you need to do right now is to pick up the phone and give us a call for a quick quote.
The city boasts of countless attractions and they range from historical centers to fun nightclubs for parties, celebrations and all types of gatherings. Here are some of Toms River’s top points of interest below, as summarized by our quick witted travel writers.
Although Robert J. Novins Planetarium continues to cater to school groups and the field trips that they organize, the attraction, especially its laser shows and special events, remains to be a top choice for families so, if you have young kids with you, DO check them out. You can also bring the charter bus to Jump Street Skate Park to join in the skating, biking and scooter challenges that they have or you can show off your moves on a bike, scooter, rollerblade and skateboard at Incline Club in downtown Lakewood. Other fun activities you can choose from includes having a bowling party at Lakewood Bowl and Recreation Center, take on a fun figure skating lesson or join the ice hockey programs offered by Winding River Ice Rink, or let your hair down with the locals at the family-friendly arcades and billiards tables offered by Playdrome Lanes. When all your energy is spent, perhaps, you might be ready for a movie night-out at either Marquee Cinemas Orchard 10 or book yourself in for a first-run feature film at AMC Loews Seacourt 10 instead.
If you love art and quaint gifts, don’t miss the chance to visit Idiosyncrazies. The name of the attraction itself should give you a general idea about what to expect the moment you step through its doors. They have handmade, fair-trade items that range from paintings to souvenirs, from coffee to jewelry. The attraction is located in Point Pleasant Beach. More than 20 artists, in the meantime, is featured at Main Street Gallery Manasquan and their topics, more often than not, touches on sailing, beaches, seashells and beautiful sceneries. With the help of a charter bus, make your way to Barnegat Light to visit Wildflowers By The Lighthouse to shop for art-related objects like paintings and handmade craft items but there are also a nice selection of apparel and accessories to shop for too. Visitors should also check out the large collection of handcrafted jewelry, porcelain work, oil paintings at Weston Gallery, the work of regional and International artists using various mediums at Spring Lake Gallery, or view the inspiring and ever-changing art collection focused on cutting edge artistry at Parlor Gallery.
Toms River city center boasts of a wide range of cuisine, restaurants, cafes, coffee houses and take-out outlets for visitors to enjoy but we think sometimes, going local will give you a better insight into the lifestyle and culture of a new city. For instance, there is a large number of games like The Magic and Yu-Gi-Oh at Close Encounter along Hooper Avenue and a large number of locally-produced wines like Nebbiolo, Pinot Noir and others to bring home with you when you visit Domenico Winery Tasting Room. In fact, making your way to Hershey Pub which is located in the charming Hershey Motel, will give you lots of opportunities to mingle and make friends with the locals.
Being one of the most historic cities in New Jersey, you are assured of the fact that there will be a large number of museums, a library and unique cultural centers that has to make it to your list of places to visit. The collection of DVDs, CDs and multimedia materials at Ocean County Library will keep the curious in your group occupied for at least a few hours, while the Ocean County Historical Museum is a restored historic building that dates back to the 1820s; its collection of resources and artifacts puts the spotlight on the development and growth of both Ocean County and the state of New Jersey. When it comes to learning about the cultural diversity of a city, there is no better place to bring the charter bus to than Sephardic Heritage and Museum in Lakewood. The extensive materials, pictures, drawings and documents lays out the life and development of the local Syrian Jewish community...all displayed in more than 30,000 pictures in the museum. As far as historic landmarks are concerned, you will have to make a trip to Spring Lake Historical Society where there are walking tours offered throughout its opening hours and then, when you are done with the museum, walk around the old-fashioned, charming, family-run businesses and shops around the attraction. Some of the buildings and businesses has been passed down from generation to generations, hence, they have been around since the 1900s.
Whether it is a scenic park, waterfront marina or beach, the attractions in and around Toms River never fails to fill your days with loads of fun and lots of sun. You can sit back, relax and watch boats and ships sail on by at the Hobby Lobby Marine along Bay Avenue or get in on the action yourself by renting waverunners, pontoons and skiff boats and learn new tricks with Route 37 Watersports. The restored Brick Beach 2 has one of the city’s best three oceanfront beaches; there’s promise of an amazing number of food and drink options, on-guard lifeguards and long stretches of white sandy beaches for your family to play in. Alternatively, you can bring the charter bus to Barrow Beach instead. What’s really unique about this attraction is that, the beach area has 24 hours (yes, a whole complete day!) of sunlight through the months of July and early August as it lies at the northernmost part of the United States on the Arctic Ocean. You can also enjoy some tennis, basketball, go camping or make use of the ballfields provided by Lakewood Pine Park, hit the beautiful, well-maintained trails or go boating at Traders Cove Marina and Park or try crabbing and fishing along the 70-foot long pier of Mantoloking Bridge County Park. Fisherman’s Cove Conservation Area is located in Manasquan; it has 55-acre worth of space for activities like sunbathing, swimming, fishing and you can even bring your dogs along because pets are welcomed.
Ever been on an authentic paddle riverboat? Well, here’s your chance! River Lady is a really fun way to embrace an old, long-gone way of enjoying the views of Toms River over the waters or you can book yourself in for some self-pampering skin and body packages from Simply Skin Day Spa, especially if it is before your wedding day or you’ve had a long day of touring the city. And before you end your trip, bring the charter bus to Barnegat Lighthouse. Yes, there may be more than 200 steps to climb up to the attraction but the view from the top will be well worth the climb.
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