Summer days may be waning, but there is still time to plan a family getaway to the Jersey Shore. We've rounded up 10 of our favorite kid-friendly beach hotels from Asbury Park to Cape May.
Book a room and enjoy one last weekend at a Jersey Shore beach before school starts, or take advantage of lower rates and smaller crowds after Labor Day. Look for places to stay beyond the Jersey Shore with our roundup of NJ's top kid-friendly hotels and resorts. And make the most of the rest of the summer with our ideas for fun things to do with kids before school starts.
Ocean Place – Long Branch
A family favorite in Monmouth County, this beachfront resort offers a large outdoor pool, plus heated indoor pool and a game room stocked with TVs, billiards, and a life-size chessboard. Designed with families in mind, guest rooms feature separate bedrooms, living rooms and kitchenettes. Stroll to nearby Pier Village for shopping, dining and a small arcade. For even more family adventures, check out these 25 fun things to do with kids in Long Branch.
The Asbury Hotel – Asbury Park
Trendy and family-friendly, this resort wins rave reviews from kids for its bunk rooms. Relax on the rooftop deck with lawn games, bean bag chairs, and big-screen movies. Or head down to the lobby lounge for coffee and light snacks. Explore all that hip Asbury Park has to offer, from restaurants and shops to a beachfront playground at Seventh Avenue. Check out our picks for family fun in Asbury.
White Sands Resort – Point Pleasant
A few blocks away from the bustling Jenkinson's Boardwalk, this resort features a heated, indoor pool and adjacent spa, plus private beach access. Head out to Arnold Avenue restaurants for dinner or hit the kid-friendly rides or aquarium.
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The Sea Shell resort has a tropical island vibe.
Sea Shell Resort – Long Beach Island
Located on the beach, this family favorite offers a large pool and on-site dining, including two restaurants, a sushi bar, and tiki bar. Walk from the resort to Beach Haven's many shops and restaurants, and in the evenings, listen to live music or gather around the fire pits.
Reeds at Shelter Haven – Stone Harbor
Upscale beach vibes give this in-town resort a relaxed feel, and beach service makes the blocks-long trek to the shore a bit easier to manage. Bayfront dining and a newly opened spa complete the getaway, along with shopping on 96th Street. In August, the hotel hosts a family-friendly watermelon festival with kids' games and a watermelon-eating contest.
Windrift – Avalon
This beachfront resort offers various sized rooms plus 10 condos to suit any family. Kids will love the zero-entry pool and multiple on-site dining options. Avalon's large recreation complex is nearby, with a playground and tennis and basketball courts for family fun off the beach.
Port Royal Hotel – Wildwood Crest
Stay near all the action at Morey's Piers at this family hotel, where a "play and stay pass" will grant you access to all three amusement piers and two water parks. The hotel features a heated pool plus kiddie pool, game room, patio snack bar, and weekly kids' activities. Explore all Wildwood has to offer, from toddler-friendly tide pools to early morning bike rides.
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Starlux Boutique Hotel offers plenty of nightlife for kids and adults.
Starlux Boutique Hotel -– Wildwood
Soak in the retro Americana vibe at this colorful hotel, fully equipped with an outdoor pool, family-sized rooms, and two-level mini-golf course next door. This Morey's property is across the street from the boardwalk and offers slight discounts on amusement tickets. Hop on the tram car and explore Wildwood's thrill rides.
Congress Hall Hotel – Cape May
The historic yellow resort features weekly kids' activities including a mini-carnival, arts and crafts, and "dive-in" movies in the large outdoor pool. Dining at the Blue Pig Tavern is a must, or you can order tapas and a summer cocktail on the veranda and watch the kids play on the lawn.
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Alternate between the beach and the pool at the Grand Hotel.
Grand Hotel – Cape May
Across from the beach, this family hotel has a large outdoor pool plus a heated indoor pool, kids' arcade and game room, and classic dining at Hemingway's. In the summer months, daily kids-camp activities include arts and crafts, marine science, skimboarding, and ocean safety.
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