by Shawn Clayton
on Friday, December 18th, 2015 at 7:28am.
I know it may not seem like winter yet, but as New Jerseyans know, it’s bound to show its weary head eventually. Luckily, things don’t just stop along the Jersey Shore when the temperature drops. The many beautiful communities that line the Atlantic coastline have plenty of stellar activities to keep locals and visitors alike busy any time of the year, not just the summertime.
There is more to the Jersey Shore than just the beach after all.
Bring in Good Tidings of the Season Shore Style!
This weekend sees the beginning of Point Pleasant Beach’s popular Sea of Lights Holiday Festival. Come to the shoreline to see the boardwalk come alight with a glorious display of Christmas lights. As part of the holiday festivities, Jerkinson’s Boardwalk and its many luminary attractions are offering special deals, just in time for the holidays.
Priced at just $6 per person, these all-inclusive passes are perfect stocking stuffers. Or, treat the one you love to a date at the shore’s engaging array of attractions.
What Else Is There To Do?
Suffering from a case of cabin fever? Winter is ripe with opportunities for those less inhibited.
Winter fishing is a popular activity. Although anglers often have to venture out further to be assured of a plentiful bounty, 25-30 miles off shore in some cases. Those in the know sing the virtues of winter fishing, over summertime conditions. The ever-present breeze and slight chop on the water common in the wintertime aid in fishing.
You can fish a wonderful bounty including ling, cod, striped bass, tautog, white perch and winter flounder.
Who Says it’s Too Cold?
Don’t let the cold bother you. Several traditional summertime activities are gaining popularity along the shore in winter. How does surfing, or a wintertime plunge sound?
Surfing in the winter isn’t as crazy as it sounds. Although the venture necessitates added gear, the effort is well worth it. Pull on a thick winter wet suit, complete with hood and boots, and head out on the ample winter waves. The added padding will likely keep you warmer than the shivering onlookers on the shore. Although a plunge below the waves will surely come as quite a shock.
Local New Jerseyans and visitors have come to enjoy some of the best surfing on the eastern seaboard in many of the beautiful beachfront communities through Monmouth and Ocean Counties, including Manasquan and Mantoloking.
Take the Plunge!
But if an icy plunge is what you’re looking for, the annual Polar Bear Plunge has become a regular tradition for many local residents. Benefiting the New Jersey Special Olympics, the tradition started many years ago in Atlantic City and it has since moved north to Seaside Heights, just south of Lavallette.
Many participants are content to dip their feet in the icy waters, but the die-hards are the ones dedicated to taking the ultimate plunge, submerging their entire bodies in the frigid waves. This year’s event takes place on February 20th. You can take part as a team or individual, and participants are encouraged to collect pledges.
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