Which presidents were the ones to which Seven Presidents Park was dedicated?
It doesn't matter!
The place is still a great refuge for hot and sticky tourist in the summer.
We used to get on the beach for nothing back in the 60's but now they charge $5 a day (must be to pay for the lifeguards). The expanse of beach is huge and most of it is really clean (there are raker crews that periodically comb the beaches at night). The water is clear and doesn't have that smell that the New York beaches do.
There are food concessions on the boardwalk area but they are a fair walk from the beach area and a picnic lunch is more fun anyways.
So bring an umbrella, a blanket and a cooler of supplies and get a nice tan.
Take a stroll around the landscaped campus. Walk into the majestic hall and see the ceiling of Wilson Hall. Grab some food-to-go in the cafeteria and have a picnic lunch on the side lawn. Get out your camera and shoot some pics of the fine architecture of the admin buildings and the Science Center. Go into the Art Gallery and see some of the fine works done by students there.
You can do all of this in under a couple hours and it doesn't cost anything (except for the lunch).
Pier Village not only contains smart shopping and popular restaurants, but boardwalk with beach, as well. This boardwalk is not cluttered with tacky souvenir shops, but it does take you along the ocean!
This was also the site for recent charitable events such as a Pier Village 5k race, which drew proceeds to benefit Habitat for Humanity, a charity that builds homes for the poor.
Although there was come controversy regarding the eminent domain issue, there's no doubt that Long Branch has experienced a renewal with this project. Pier Village has become a hub of activity since its opening and will be a gathering spot for the public for many years to come.
Often New Jersey beach towns host annual races, which become a popular event. Seven Presidents Park is the site of at least two races a year, attracting adults and children. We love the festive atmosphere surrounding these events!
The beach opens weekends starting May 28 with the official summer season beginning June 25-September 6. Lifeguards are on duty from 10 am. Daily beach fee is $5.00 for visitors ages 12 and up; children under 11 are free. A designated beach is open to surfers. It is said that the surfing here is the best on the East Coast. Floats, small boats, fishing and picnics are permitted. The beach is handicap accessible with two surf chairs on hand.
A large decked area at the rear of the concession stand provides tables and a small playground sits to one side. Restrooms are here, as well. Parking is free.
During summer Pier Village schedules free weekly concerts each week. They were a nice highlight to our summer last year. Concert goers would take their lawn chairs and snacks, claim their space in the parking lot and anticipate an entertaining event.
Before or after concert activities might consist of a little exercise on the boardwalk, browsing in the shops along the green, sampling a chocolate confection at the candy shop or sipping a glass of wine at McCloone's outdoor dining area. The friendly conversation amongst those gathered there and lovely ocean breezes made this event something special.