Top 17 Things To Do In Belmar, New Jersey

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Deriving its name from the Italian word meaning ‘beautiful sea’, Belmar is a small ocean township (borough) in New Jersey, USA. With the Atlantic Ocean stretching across one side of this town, Belmar is a popular beach destination in New Jersey and is part of the famous coastal Jersey Shore region. Its proximity to New York also makes it a popular weekend destination. The sandy Belmar Beach is perfect to swim, surf, fish, kayak or sunbathe and its well-maintained boardwalk is buzzing with family-friendly activities, restaurants, shops, festivals, etc. A beautiful marina, parks, art centres, museums, and downtown Belmar shopping and dining options just add to the appeal of this charming small town. To know more about all the things you can do in Belmar, New Jersey, check out our list of suggestions for the same. Scroll down for detailed information.

1. Have a great family time at Belmar Manutti Marina

Posted by Belmar New Jersey on Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Belmar Manutti Marina is a premier marina along the Atlantic coast. Besides boat docking facilities, this marina offers so many other amenities to visitors, most of which are very family-friendly. Families can have a great time at the Maclearie Park located by the marina with its tennis courts, picnic and barbecue facilities, children’s park, etc. Dining options at the marina include the waterfront Marina Grille that has a beautiful tiki bar and the outdoor restaurant and bar of Pier 9 that has live music. Visitors can also play a round of mini-golf at Marina Mini Golf in Belmar Manutti Marina.

Belmar Manutti Marina

Address: 905 NJ-35, Belmar, NJ 07719

Website: Belmar Manutti Marina

Opening hours: 9am - 4:30pm (daily)

2. Enjoy beachside activities at Belmar Beach

Saturday morning surf #surfsup

Posted by Belmar Beach NJ on Saturday, 7 September 2019

Belmar’s star attraction is its mile-long beach area that is a hotspot for residents and visitors alike. Belmar Beach is popular for providing access to a number of outdoor activities like surfing, boogie boarding, swimming, fishing, kayaking, etc. The beautifully landscaped boardwalk is perfect for jogging, walking, relaxing or simply taking in the views of the Atlantic Ocean. Children can enjoy playing at several fun and attractive beach playgrounds while adults enjoy sunbathing or volleyball on the beach.

Belmar Beach

Address: 400 Ocean Ave, Belmar, NJ 07719

Website: Belmar Beach

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

Price: 9 USD

3. Drop by Matt's Farm Market & Garden Center

Thank you to a great customer, Jeannette, for taking this beautiful picture!

Posted by Matts Farm Market & Garden Center on Monday, 15 October 2018

During your time in Belmar, pay a visit to Matt’s Farm Market & Garden Center to buy some fresh produce. The location has a farmers market, garden centre and a speciality food shop stocking a wide variety of products. At the market, you will find an amazing selection of produce like vegetables, fruits, flowers and plants too. They also stock honey, hot sauces, candles, pickles, and more.

Matt's Farm Market & Garden Center

Address: 1740 NJ-71, Belmar, NJ 07719,

Website: Matt's Farm Market & Garden Center

Opening hours: 8:30am - 6:30pm (daily)

4. Experience waterfront dining at Marina Grille

YES, finally there's some sunshine out there today. ☀️ Now that's a reason to celebrate. Join us between 3-6pm today for a little Happy Hour toast!

Posted by Marina Grille on Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Overlooking the beautiful Shark River and situated at the Belmar Marina is the amazing Marina Grille. This indoor-outdoor restaurant and bar is a magnificent space that is bright, open and inviting. In the summers, guests can enjoy expansive sunset views from the patio bar and tiki bar, and experience relaxed indoor dining and game day excitement in the fall and winter. The seasonal menu of Marina Grille consists of all-American offerings like burgers and wood-fired artisan pizzas alongside fresh seafood and an extensive raw-bar. Guests are also treated to live music on the weekends.

Marina Grille

Address: 905 NJ-35, Belmar, NJ 07719

Website: Marina Grille

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11:30am - 12am; Fri - Sat: 11:30am - 2am

5. Sip on ice-cold brews at Beach Haus Brewery

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

The locally owned and operated Beach Haus Brewery is located at a short distance from Belmar beach. At this local brewery, you can take brewhouse tours or taste superb craft beer at the taproom. On self-guided or guided tours, visitors can learn about the history of the brewhouse building, the brewery and their beer. At the end of the tour, you can buy delicious ice-cold craft beer by the flight or pint from one of their 15 beers on tap. You can bring in your own food or have it delivered at the brewery, and even purchase beer in kegs, cans or bottles to-go.

Beach Haus Brewery

Address: 801 Main St, Belmar, NJ 07719

Website: Beach Haus Brewery

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 12pm - 8pm; Fri - Sat: 12pm - 10pm

6. Pop in The Center Square Thrift Shop

Posted by The Center Square Thrift Shop on Monday, 30 January 2017

The Center Square Thrift Shop is a charity or second-hand goods store in Belmar. It stocks a variety of clothing, accessories and footwear items for men, women and children. It is known for offering great deals on a wide variety of items and proceeds from the sale go towards supporting a non-profit organization providing support services for local people living with HIV/AIDS and their caregivers. Most items in the thrift store start at USD 1 and shopping at this store is a great way to support a good cause.

The Center Square Thrift Shop

Address: 800 Main St, Belmar, NJ 07719

Website: The Center Square Thrift Shop

Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 10am - 5pm (closed on Sun & Mon)

7. Tap your feet to the beat at D'jais Oceanview Bar & Cafe

Posted by D'Jais Belmar on Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Open since 1959, D'jais Oceanview Bar & Cafe is a Belmar icon offering oceanview dining to customers. In its fun and casual atmosphere, you can enjoy scrumptious food, lip-smacking drinks and live music every night of the week. It is a full-service lunch and dinner restaurant and has a fully stocked bar too. Enjoy all-American eats like chilli, cheeseburgers, sandwiches, soups, salads and more at this restaurant. Or try their signature margaritas, sangrias or Long Island Iced Teas while dancing away to foot-thumping music like reggae, classic rock n’ roll, pop or the best beats from the hottest DJs in town. Guest appearances by celebrities are quite common too.

D'jais Oceanview Bar & Cafe

Address: 1801 Ocean Ave, Belmar, NJ 07719

Website: D'jais Oceanview Bar & Cafe

Opening hours: Thu - Mon: 11am - 2am; Tue - Wed: 11am - 9pm

8. Bring your children to Coney Waffle, Ice Cream and Sweet Shop

Finish the Summer Out with Cannoli Waffles and don’t forget to enter our JoBro ticket give-a-way 9/2 #icecreamaddict...

Posted by Coney Waffle on Friday, 30 August 2019

For the ultimate dessert experience in Belmar, visit the Coney Waffle, Ice Cream and Sweet Shop. Established in 1946, this dessert store has been serving up luscious ice cream, waffles and sweet treats for decades. Their famous Coney Waffles are uniquely and conveniently shaped and topped with fresh ingredients that make a delightful treat for all ages. Other popular items to try at the shop are their Freakshakes, range of ice creams, and cakes.

Coney Waffle, Ice Cream and Sweet Shop

Address: 803 Ocean Ave, Belmar, NJ 07719

Website: Coney Waffle, Ice Cream and Sweet Shop

Opening hours: Sat: 2pm - 9pm; Sun: 2pm - 8pm (closed from Mon - Fri)

9. Admire the artwork at Belmar Arts Center

Posted by Belmar Arts Center on Saturday, 18 November 2017

At the community-focused Belmar Arts Center, visitors can enjoy admiring beautiful artwork by local and other artists. The centre holds visual art exhibits and conducts events, workshops, classes for children and adults in a variety of mediums, community art projects, and special interest groups for members. Belmar Arts Center also hosts a range of live music concerts by local and renowned performers, and fun social activities that both residents and visitors can enjoy.

Belmar Arts Center

Address: 608 River Rd, Belmar, NJ 07719

Website: Belmar Arts Center

Opening hours: Tue: 10am - 2pm; Thu - Fri: 11am - 3pm; Sat: 11am - 3pm (closed on Sun & Mon)

10. Learn about Belmar's history at Belmar History Museum

The Belmar Historical Society has close to 1000 postcards of Belmar. Recently, in the donation given to us by John...

Posted by Belmar Historical Society on Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Founded and operated by the Belmar Historical Society, Belmar History Museum is Belmar’s first history museum that sheds a light on the proud history of Belmar. The museum was opened in 2015 and aims to educate the public about Belmar’s history through its displays and programs. At the museum, visitors can view original pictures, documents, advertisements, maps, postcards, and many other interesting memorabilia.

Belmar History Museum

Address: 900 E St, Belmar, NJ 07719

Website: Belmar History Museum

Opening hours: Mon: 2pm - 4pm; Thu: 10am - 12pm; second Saturday of each month: 1pm - 3pm (closed on Sun, Tue, Wed & Fri)

11. Play retro games at Go Play! Arcade

Great day for the arcade! Open 12-11 today and 12-7 tomorrow. 1102 Main St. in Belmar.

Posted by Go Play - Retro Arcade on Saturday, 24 February 2018

Take a step back in time and indulge in your favourite retro games at Go Play! Arcade in Belmar. This arcade features classic as well as contemporary games that you can enjoy playing by yourselves or with friends. Some of the featured games include the original Ms. Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, 512 Classics on 1 Multicade, Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, and more. You can also play fun games on XBOX One, Wii U and Super NES, or try your hand at air hockey, skeeball, etc.

Go Play! Arcade

Address: 1102 Main St, Belmar, NJ 07719

Website: Go Play! Arcade

Opening hours: Wed - Thu: 2:30pm - 8pm; Fri: 2:30pm - 10pm; Sat: 12:30pm - 10pm; Sun: 12:30 - 7pm

Price: 6 USD onwards

12. Have a quiet picnic at Maclearie Park

Posted by Belmar New Jersey on Wednesday, 10 July 2019

At one of Belmar’s most popular parks, Maclearie Park, spend some quality time with your family, friends or partner by way of a relaxed picnic by the water. This lush green landscaped park is located by the stunning Belmar Marina and has plenty of amenities suitable for having a picnic. The park offers a beautiful picnic area with tables, grills and fabulous views of the water. Additionally, tennis courts and a playground are available too. Maclearie Park also has a diver’s platform, making it a popular spot for diving activities.

Maclearie Park

Address: 905 NJ-35, Belmar, NJ 07719

Website: Maclearie Park

Opening hours: 7am - 8pm (daily)

13. Book a fishing tour with Miss Belmar

Posted by Miss Belmar Princess on Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Embark on a fishing tour of the New Jersey area with the experienced crew of Miss Belmar. This fishing tour company has been around for over 76 years and has some of the most experienced captains & crew in the business. Miss Belmar offers various deep-sea fishing tours like ½ day trip, 3/4th-day trip, sunset trip and they even have a whale watching trip. On the fishing tour, you have a chance to catch flukes, yellow-fin, sea bass, and more. The crew is friendly, helpful and will guide even the most inexperienced fishermen.

Miss Belmar

Address: 905 NJ-35, Belmar, NJ 07719

Website: Miss Belmar

Opening hours: 7:30am - 2:30pm (daily)

Price: 45 USD onwards

14. Shop and dine at Downtown Belmar

patio at baker street pub
Source: Photo by Flickr user Bradley Gordon used under CC BY 2.0

At the vibrant Downtown Belmar area, you are guaranteed to have a good time due to the plenty of shopping, dining and entertaining options. On Main Street, there are numerous eclectic dining options, both indoor and outdoor that serve local, American and global fare. Plenty of people watching opportunities can be enjoyed from sidewalk tables too. Shopping in downtown Belmar comes in the form of quaint boutiques, gift shops, apparel stores, etc. Plus, in the summer, there are live entertainment events, markets, automobile shows, and many more exciting events taking place in Downtown Belmar.

Downtown Belmar

Address: Main Street, Belmar, NJ 07719

15. Try parasailing with Belmar Parasail

Our flights start at 8:30 am everyday and go every hour and a half. First trip of the day is 15% off. Monday and Tuesday are 10% all day. Come fly high with us!?

Posted by Belmar Parasail on Sunday, 23 June 2019

Indulge in the ultimate parasailing experience in Belmar with Belmar Parasail. This family-owned and operated business offers you the best parasailing adventure, 500 feet (152 metres) above the Atlantic Ocean, and combines ballooning, gliding, sailing, and parachuting all in one ride. Once high up, take in panoramic views of miles of the shoreline, admire the marine life and wave to your friends below. The crew of Belmar Parasail is highly experienced and will ensure a safe ride. They also offer banana boat rides, but no jet ski rentals are available here.

Belmar Parasail

Address: 608 River Rd, Belmar, NJ 07719

Website: Belmar Parasail

Opening hours: 8am - 8pm (daily)

Price: 85 USD onwards

16. Learn surfing, SUP or Bodyboarding at Eastern Lines Surf Shop

Posted by Eastern Lines Surf Shop on Friday, 10 May 2019

Learn a new sport during your stay in Belmar by visiting the Eastern Lines Surf Shop. This over 30-years-old establishment offers lessons in surfing, bodyboarding and Stand Up Paddle surfing (SUP). Lessons are provided by experienced instructors covering areas like water safety, paddling and wave selection. They also provide advanced lessons for intermediate surfers and competition lessons for advanced surfers. Eastern Lines Surf Shop is also well-known for stocking the best quality gear for surfing, SUP and skating.

Eastern Lines Surf Shop

Address: 1605 Ocean Ave, Belmar, NJ 07719

Website: Eastern Lines Surf Shop

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11am - 6pm; Sat - Sun: 10am - 5pm

Price: 70 USD onwards

17. Buy specialty coffee at Turnstile Coffee Roasters

Bringing ‘speciality coffee’ experience of megacities to the New Jersey shore is Turnstile Coffee Roasters. They roast their own coffee as well as source speciality coffee from the best roasters in the country. Try their famous ‘cold-brew’ iced coffee or go for a cappuccino, latte, espresso or brewed coffee for an unforgettable coffee experience. Turnstile Coffee Roasters also offer whole-leaf speciality teas and baked goods to accompany their beverages.

Turnstile Coffee Roasters

Address: 1607 NJ-71, Belmar, NJ 07719

Website: Turnstile Coffee Roasters

Opening hours: 7am - 3pm (daily)

Oceanside attractions of Belmar, New Jersey

Belmar Fishing Club Pier LHCollins 2015 v2
Source: Photo by user Lhcollins used under CC BY-SA 4.0

At the friendly small town of Belmar, visitors can enjoy a range of activities and attractions by the sea. And with our list of all the best things to do in Belmar, you are sure to have the time of your life! So pack your bags and head over to Belmar, New Jersey!

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