Once again, you asked and we answered!
You have asked us to help you locate the best places to cool off this summer if your building doesn't have a pool or you don't have a car to get to the Jersey Shore, so, we did!
If you're looking for a great view and a place for your kids to get the opportunity to build sand castles, look no further than Jersey City!
Surf City is an awesome bar and restaurant that is one of my favorite local haunts in the summer since it opened. It's huge, has free parking, or the Light Rail goes right there (Marin Blvd stop), has delicious frozen drinks along with a full bar and great beer selection, and has delicious food (their peel and eat shrimp is my personal favorite!). You can sit outside in the sun or under a shaded area and with your feet in the sand while you take in the perfect unobstructed view of Lady Liberty. Kids are welcome until dark also!
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The Newport Green Beach is the only urban beach along the Hudson River and is 8,000 square feet of sand to play in along with playground equipment, gorgeous city views, umbrellas for shade, a waterpark, Adirondack chairs, free WiFi and ping pong tables. It's a quick scenic walk from the walkway behind the PATH and Lightrail stations. Close by eateries to keep your family fed and happy!
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If you want to head down to the Jersey Shore, there are certainly ways to do that without a car. There are ferries, trains, and buses that go to many shore points. You also can get a great day rate on a car from Hertz or Enterprise or you can rent a Zipcar from many points in Hoboken.
You can head into the city and grab the Seastreak Ferry from East 35th or Wall Street to Sandy Hook. It's a 35 minute ride each way and free shuttles go to and from the ferry to four different beaches. You can bring your bikes on the ferry, kids under 5 are free, and best of all, there is alcohol served on board! Kids 5-12 are free on Monday-Friday and are only $10 on Saturdays and Sundays or $17 roundtrip. Bikes are an additional $5. Adults 12 and up are $30-$45. As a side note, they also have routes that go to Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard.
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There are also many NJ Transit trains going to many of the shore points including Shore Express which is a shorter trip. They depart from Penn Station at 9:01 am and 10:01 and stop at Secaucus Junction, Newark Penn Station, Elizabeth, Rahway, Aberdeen-Matawan, Red Bank, Long Branch, Asbury Park, Bradley Beach, Belmar, Spring Lake, Manasquan, Point Pleasant Beach, and Bay Head without having to change trains in Long Branch. Return express trips will depart Bay Head at 4:54 pm and 6:54 pm. This express service operates on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays starting on Sunday, June 26 through Saturday, September 10. For more information and scheduling and fares, check their site here. Information on buses to Shore Points can also be found on the site.
If you want to hit up a pool and don't have one in your building, you can either take the 22 Bus from Hoboken or a quick walk just up the street from the elevator at the 9th Street Lightrail station to the Union City Firefighter's Memorial Park Public Pool. It's a beautiful pool, garden, unobstructed city view, and children's pool that is open to Hoboken residents also and is located on Palisade Ave. For information and hours, click here.
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