The kids and you will have a swashbuckling Pirate Adventure on the Metedeconk River. Your mini shipmates will become pirates after donning pirate’s clothes, adding a bit of face paint and learning some pirate talk.
They learn to read a treasure map and go on a treasure hunt and discover a secret message in a bottle. The adventure ends with the mini crew going home with their share of the treasure.
There are many beaches to choose from and since I have a dog I often went in the morning and in the evening to Sunset Beach at Cape May Point where dogs are permitted.
During the daytime I left my dog in the room of my pet friendly B&B and headed out to try a different beach each afternoon.
The center of town does not allow dogs but I still enjoyed walking around looking at the Victorian architecture and quaint shops. There were many good restaurants from which to choose.
I especially, enjoyed The Blue Pig Tavern which has outdoor dining. I had the Seared Day Boat Scallops which I highly recommend. It wasn’t cheap but was worth the splurge. Of course, a trip to the shore wouldn’t be complete without having lobster and the Lobster House on Fisherman’s Wharf didn’t disappoint me.
The boardwalk along the Atlantic Ocean was a throwback to long gone era. In fact all of Cape May is steeped in history but I especially enjoyed the arcades with games from my childhood like skeets. And of course, the best way to get around and see the town is by bicycle which I rented and even had delivered to my B&B.
My grandmother used to rent a little shack in the middle of the island in its widest part, yet I remember the feeling of accomplishment that I had making the long walk back from the bay with a half a dozen blue-claw crabs in a basket.
I have at spent least a week at Long Beach Island, nearly every summer, since the time I was first born. When I graduated from college I decided to treat myself to a week long respite. I rented a house bayside, so that I could relive the summer memories of my childhood crabbing and fishing with my brother.
Then I would join my parents for a sunset cocktail. I wanted my wife to appreciate that which was a significant part of my childhood. While sitting on the dock, watching the boats pass by, listening to the waves gently smack against the pilings, I made the mistake of reading Close to Shore.
This is a book based on the 1916 shark attacks, which were the inspiration of the novel and subsequent movie, Jaws!. The first of these shark attacks happened on Long Beach Island.
Consequently, I removed myself from the dock and did not go near the water for the remainder of the week. Despite my lack of aquatic escapades, I enjoyed myself grilling, eating, lounging, and playing board games with my family. Life on "LBI" is simple and relaxing.
Long Beach Island has no boardwalk and is a far cry from Seaside Heights, where "The Jersey Shore" is filmed. The island is part of me and I have every intention of sharing the adventures that I have had with my children.