Spring Lake - Top Things To Do
Top Things To Do When Visiting Spring Lake
Welcome to THE ‘Classic’ beach! Spring Lake ranks in the Top 10 American Beaches according to About.com (Summer, 2007). This jewel of the Jersey Shore has more than two miles of near-secluded beach and a lovely non-commercial boardwalk. On the beach under large umbrellas, you’re just a short stroll from each tree-lined street of magnificent homes and the lake.
The Historical Society Museum in Spring Lake takes visitors from early Indian times through the grand Victorian Era to the well-known movies that were filmed here. The museum building itself was built in 1897 as the town’s first public school, an usually elaborate space that features an intimate jewel-like quality. Its highly ornamented interior, rich with architectural details, plays host to the collection which form the heart of the town’s historical treasures. Collected works of historic photographs, postcards, artifacts and memorabilia bring Spring Lake’s history to life by passionate and knowledgeable directors.
Within steps from scenic Wreck Pond, bordering Spring Lake and Sea Girt, one of 20 surviving lighthouses in New Jersey is a national treasure. The Sea Girt Lighthouse (circa 1896) was the last live-in lighthouse built in the United States and filled with rare artifacts from its coastal legacy as well as from the famed luxury liner Morro Castle that sank offshore in 1934.
Golf as we know it today originated from a game played on the eastern coast of Scotland in the Kingdom of Fife during the 15th century. Players would hit a pebble around a natural course of sand dunes, rabbit runs and tracks using a stick or primitive club. The Spring Lake area is filled with fantastic golf at very affordable prices.
FISHING, SURFING & BOATING
Large fleets of fishing boats, premier marinas with party & charter boats, surfboards, wetsuits, swim fins and body boards…cast out at the beach or charter with a captain. Take a cruise and arrive at one of the area’s best waterfront restaurants. Calm inland waterways offer replicas of Mississippi riverboats where unparalleled views make the journey perfect for sightseeing, dining or dancing the night away.
Spring Lake and its surrounding pristine park provide a habitat for birds, plants, fish, small woodland animals and distinctive trees. Tree lovers will find white oak, pin oak, sugar maple, sassafras, horse chestnut, common persimmon and black locust. Birding enthusiasts can spot mute swan, Canada goose, mallard, house sparrow, ring-billed gull and great blue heron, depending on the seasons. Cross the lake’s romantic footbridges or take a leisurely bike ride around town.
HISTORIC VILLAGE OF ALLAIRE
Explore life in an early 19th century iron producing historic village ~ listed on the National and State Registries of Historical Places. Great family destination where master craftsmen practice their art. Retail stores, Allaire Mansion, interpretive demonstrations. Don’t miss the General Store and Howell Works Bakery for fresh baked ‘flat cakes’
SPRING LAKE THEARE
The Spring Lake Theatre Company is known far and wide for producing Broadway-quality musicals, comedies and dramas with professionally talented casts, lavish sets, costumes and show-stopping performances. The 350-sea theatre, dance school and cultural hub has been the town’s Community Center for over 80 years. Even if there isn’t a staged performance, this handsome building is worth a visit..and surprise! It’s also the Spring Lake Library.
Whether taking a short casual early morning bike ride along the 2 mile boardwalk or a nature ride around Spring Lake, there is another biking option that spans 5.4 miles – the Edgar Felix Bicycle Path (est. 1971). A unique ‘destination ride’, it’s an ideal family-friendly adventure. This is a dedicated and uncrowded bike path that begins nearby in Manasquan. It winds through woods, a restored bog iron village, steam train, playground, over & under highways, antiquing and casual country dining. The path is on relatively smooth asphalt ending a half mile short of the main entrance to Allaire State Park.
MONMOUTH COUNTY PARK SYSTEMS
Whether visiting Spring Lake with the family, taking a break from the hectic world with someone special or traveling ‘solo’, there are many activities, parks, programs and special events to enjoy. An excellent resource: visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com. A short drive from Spring Lake, the park system preserves and manages natural and cultural resources on more than 14,000 acres.
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