If you’re looking for a tranquil vacation, but still want the excitement of the South Jersey Shore right at your fingertips, Brigantine is the spot for you. Located just north of Atlantic City, this close-knit island city is only six miles long and less than a mile wide, but packs a big punch when it comes to charm and natural beauty. Visitors can easily bike around town to shop, dine, and explore Brigantine’s attractions. If you can’t bring your own bicycles, stop by All About Bikes N Wheels to rent by the day or week (1301 W. Brigantine Ave.). Brigantine is so bike-centric that it even hosts an annual Bike Rodeo in early summer!
Outdoor Activities & Sports
One of the best parts about Brigantine is the variety of activities that get you moving and enjoying the out-of-doors. Brigantine’s community playground called “Shark Park” is located in the center of the island and is a place you’ll want to take the kids so they can climb, run, tunnel, swing, and make new friends. Also just a few blocks away is the Brigantine Community Center and Sports Complex, which offers a miniature golf course and multiple tennis courts open daily (call 609-266-0911 to reserve your court). Golfers will be happy to know that Brigantine is also home to the Links of Brigantine Golf Club, one of the oldest and most historic golf courses in the Atlantic City area. Golfers will enjoy beautiful views of the bay, marsh, and gently rolling landscape over 18 holes of Scottish links golf that has been named a Top 100 Must Play Course by GolfStyles Magazine.
Up Close with Nature
Nature-lovers will find hours of enjoyment exploring Brigantine’s own wildlife refuge, the North Brigantine State Natural Area. Located on the northernmost tip of Brigantine, this 2-mile-long span of pristine beach and salt marsh contains hiking trails and habitats for diamondback terrapins, sand crabs, and local and migrating birds. Be sure to climb up the two-story viewing platform for an excellent view of the surrounding area and the wildlife. Unlike other nearby beach towns, surf fishing and driving on the beach with a four-wheel-drive vehicle are allowed in Brigantine when you obtain a permit (609-266-2891). To learn more about the coastal species and marine life of the Brigantine area, stop by the Marine Mammal Stranding Center on the southern side of the island which rescues, rehabilitates, and releases animals back into the wild. Since 1978, this organization has saved hundreds of marine animals throughout New Jersey, such as whales, dolphins, seals and sea turtles. Cameras are set up over each tank so visitors can view the animals while touring the museum. There is also a 1,000-gallon outdoor tank that is stocked with unusual local fish each May for visitors to see.
Best Places to Eat in Brigantine
Some of the best food options in the whole area are located in Brigantine. One of the locals’ favorites is the Saint George’s Pub, a long-established and well-known restaurant and bar open 24 hours a day that’s a great spot to mingle with locals and visitors alike. For indoor/outdoor dining with an ocean view, try Laguna Grill and Rum Bar located on 14th St. amidst a grove of palm trees. Sit back and relax in the breeze while listening to live music and enjoying some fresh seafood, appetizers, and an extensive list of festive drinks. Want to cook up your own culinary creation? Stop by the Brigantine Farmer’s Market on Saturdays from 8:30am to noon (June 28th-August 16th, rain or shine) for fresh, local produce, baked goods, and more.
Just Minutes from Atlantic City
Since Atlantic City is literally a 10-15 minute drive over the bridge from Brigantine, guests have access to exciting attractions without the hassle of being right in the middle of them. While most visitors are familiar with Atlantic City’s Boardwalk, casinos, and amusement pier, many don’t realize that there is a beautiful marina district and historical area called Gardners Basin. As the hub of nautical activity in Atlantic City, you will see huge mega-yachts pulling in and out of the harbor. Visitors can enjoy fishing, boating, dolphin watch cruises, shopping, waterfront dining, and nightly live entertainment during the summer. While you’re there, be sure to take a tour of the Atlantic City Aquarium, which is home to hundreds of species. You can even help feed the stingrays!
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