In order to use the beaches at Seaside Heights visitors are required to have a beach badge. Children 11 and under are free, but those above the age of 12 and adults will need a badge. Daily badges are $5 apiece or you can purchase a season pass for $35. Senior citizen pay a once in a lifetime fee of $10. There is an online order form or you can stop at the Hiering Avenue Beach Control Headquarters or at Borough Hall which is located at 901 Boulevard on the Corner of Sherman Avenue.
Fondest memory: I don't know if I would call it found, but I certainly remember being stung by jelly fish.
When I was a kid you could ride your bike on the boardwalk. You still can, before 11 am. Pedal up to Dunkin' Donuts, then work off the calories. Then go lie on the beach and grab some pizza for lunch. Play mini-golf on a roof-top with a view of the ocean. Have a seafood dinner while you check out the crowd. Then watch a movie on the beach before your nightcap at one of a dozen boardwalk bars. Not bad for New Jersey.
Fondest memory: I grew up on Long Beach Island. Either I was living with my dad in Ortley Beach, or spending the summers with my mom at the Monterrey Beach house. I seem to re-visit every seven years, like a locust, drawn by the past and inevitably disappointed by the reality of the present.
Yep, the same early-1900's carousel is still spiinin', but there's a new water park, too. I can get Jersey pizza, long-neck clams and Italian ice, but I can also find Mexican and middle eastern food. The old cottages and boatyard are gone, replaced by a condo and marina. Dad's bayside cottage is exactly the same, but Mom's tiny oceanfront bungelow has been re-built with 3 stories.
It's not quite true: You can't go home again, unless it's Jersey.
Favorite thing: Funnel Cake is sold all over the boardwalk. It's a pastry made by pouring batter through a funnel and frying until crisp and brown. Funnel cakes are served hot with sugar on top.