by Shawn Clayton
on Monday, November 19th, 2018 at 11:06am.
Bay Head is known for its history, charm, and warmth, and its locals have put a lot of energy into preserving the people and events that came before them. But history isn't everything there is to see when visiting the greater area. The tours around Bay Head NJ can give visitors a stronger sense of perspective on what makes this location so special. See how history and modernity combine to give visitors a well-rounded experience.
The Iron Works Tour
The iron making process has fascinated people for centuries. It's the foundation of many of our cities and one of the most groundbreaking discoveries that humans have ever made. In nearby Farmingdale, visitors can wander through the historic sites that helped drive the economy of Bay Head and the greater state of New Jersey for years. The famous Howell Iron Works used many of the sites on this tour to aid in their production. This visit includes a stop by the Carriage House, Enameling Building, General Store, and Blast Furnace. Finish the tour at the Visitor Center to pick up a souvenir.
The Lifestyle Tour
If visitors have ever wondered what it really meant to live in the 1830s, then this is the tour for them. It's easy to romanticize the past or to make assumptions about how people went about their daily business. Unfortunately, many of those assumptions are just plain incorrect. This tour focuses on how the industrial workers and their families navigated the new obstacles and opportunities that factories would have brought to the area. This stop includes a stop at the bakery, blacksmith, Foreman's cottage, and the chapel. Both the Iron Works and Lifestyle Tour start at the same place and cost just $5 to take.
Spring Lake Christmas Inn and House Tour
Spring Lake is a mere 15 minute from Bay Head where visitors can take an holiday-themed tour that will instantly fill them with goodwill and cheer. Participants will start the tour at The Breakers on the Ocean where they'll enjoy tea, hot cocoa and cookies before moving onto the many inns and homes that have been decorated to the nines for the holiday. This tour includes the Grand Victorian, Hewitt Wellington, and the Ocean House. Plus, those planning to stay the weekend will enjoy additional holiday-themed events and activities.
The QVC Studio Tour
QVC has fascinated people for many years, building a dynasty based on reimagining the art of shopping. For those who want a taste of how it all got started, this tour will take visitors through the QVC outlet where visitors can shop for two hours. This outlet center has some of the best bargains that visitors can find—far better than what they'll see on T.V. The tour includes lunch and a stop in the QVC studio where participants can see where the magic happens. This tour starts in nearby Toms River, NJ, but will wind its way through Pennsylvania before it ends in its original location.
Whether a visitor wants to focus on the history of the area or would prefer something a little more eclectic, these tours are a great way to spend an afternoon. They can help everyone appreciate both the historical and modern achievements that make Bay Head NJ such a special place to live, work, and visit.