Rainy Day Activities Abound at the Jersey Shore
So you’ve packed up and driven to the Jersey shore for some fun in the sun only to be met with – horrors – a RAINY DAY! All those fun things to do that you were planning – the beach, the boardwalk, the fishing trip – cross them off your list. But don’t worry – there are PLENTY of fun things to do at the Jersey shore on a rainy day ! Looking for some ideas? Here are some rainy day activities at the Jersey shore that your family will love…
IMAX Theatre at the Tropicana
One of the most popular things to do on a rainy day at the Jersey shore is to catch a movie. Why not take your movie-watching experience to the next level? Imagine seeing this summer’s blockbuster movie on a movie screen that’s five-and-a-half stories high!!! The Tropicana’s IMAX Theatre, South Jersey’s only Giant Screen Certified IMAX Theatre, combines the most advanced 3D film technology with state-of-the-art digital surround sound to create an experience that awakens the senses and captivates the imagination. The IMAX Theatre is located on the third floor of The Quarter in the Tropicana Casino & Resort at 2831 Boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Visit the Tropicana online (tropicana.net/entertainment/imax-theatre) or call 800-843-8767 for showtimes and ticket prices.
The Atlantic City Aquarium
You can still enjoy the water on a rainy day at the Jersey shore. Visit the Atlantic City Aquarium and get an up-close and personal view of aquatic life native to the Jersey shore. The 25,000 gallon “Fish of the Mid-Atlantic” exhibit features a “Dive and Dine” show during which visitors can watch as the aquarium diver feeds and swims with rays, sharks, and other fish. Other things to do and see at this Jersey shore aquarium include getting up close and personal with the aquatic life at the Shark and Ray Touch Tank, the Tropical Rainforest exhibit, and the Mullica River Tank, which features aquatic live native to the nearby New Jersey Pine Barrens. The Atlantic City Aquarium is located at 800 N. New Hampshire Avenue in the Historic Gardner’s Bay area of Atlantic City, New Jersey. Visit the Atlantic City Aquarium online or call 609-348-2880 for more information including operating hours, ticket prices, and more.
Jenkinson’s Aquarium is another great Jersey shore aquarium that makes for a perfect rainy day destination. Get up close to sharks from the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, experience the beauty of a coral reef, see hundreds of species of fish from all around the world, and get to know some of the aquarium’s most popular (and fun!) residents – the penguins and seals! Touch tanks allow visitors to get hands-on with live animals such as sea stars and sting rays! Jenkinson’s Aquarium is located at 300 Ocean Avenue in Point Pleasant Beach NJ. Visit Jenkinson’s Aquarium online (jenkinsons.com/aquarium) or call 732-899-1212 for hours, admission prices, and other information.
The Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum
The Naval Air Station (NAS) Wildwood Aviation Museum is a fun and educational activity for a rainy day at the Jersey shore. Located at the Cape May Airport, the NAS Wildwood served as an active dive-bomber squadron training facility during World War II. Today, this historic Jersey shore museum boasts over 30 aircraft displays as well as lots of other fun things to do and see such as the interactive exhibit “How Planes Fly” formerly found at the famed Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. The NAS Wildwood Aviation Museum is located at 500 Forrestal Road at the Cape May County Airport in Rio Grande, New Jersey. Visit the NAS Wildwood Aviation Museum or call 609-886-8787 for more information, including operating hours and admission prices.
Robert J. Novins Planetarium
A visit to the planetarium is a great rainy day activity and one of the most active planetariums in New Jersey is located at the Jersey shore! The Robert J. Novins Planetarium offers a wide variety of traditional planetarium shows suitable for preschool-aged children through adults, as well as more than a dozen different musical laser shows and other special programs such as “Pajama Night”. Its recently updated sky theater features innovative new technology in the form of a virtual 3-D video space which allows visitors to explore the wonders of the universe in exciting new ways. A fiber-optic star projector also provides a stunning, crystal clear view of the night sky as viewed from Earth. The Robert J. Novins Planetarium is located on the Ocean County College campus on College Drive in Toms River, New Jersey. Learn more about the Robert J. Novins Planetarium here or call 732-255-0343 for planetarium show times and ticket prices.
Can’t enjoy the rides on the boardwalk due to the rain? Visit Funtime America – an indoor amusement park in Eatontown, New Jersey! Funtime American has lots of fun things to do on a rainy day including carnival rides, bumper cars, inflatables, arcade and video games, a rock climbing wall, laser tag, and a full café. Funtime America is located at 269 Route 35 in Eatontown, New Jersey. Visit Funtime America online (funtimeamerica.com) or call 732-460-0700 for operating hours and pricing.
The Sea Life Educational Center
The Sea Life Educational Center at the Marine Mammal Stranding Center features 25 life-sized replicas of marine animals, all found or stranded in New Jersey waters. In addition, educational displays explain the plight of marine animals that ingest ocean debris. A “Please Touch” display of marine mammal bones features a dolphin spinal column, sperm whale’s jaw bone, and skulls, vertebrae and rib bones of small and large whales. A 1000-gallon outdoor observation tanks is on display between May and September. The tank is stocked with fish gathered on weekly seining trips which are open to the public. The Sea Life Educational Center at the Marine Mammal Stranding Center is located at 3625 Brigantine Boulevard in Brigantine, New Jersey. Visit the Marine Mammal Stranding Center online or call 609-266-0538 for center hours.
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