SUMMER 2020 ADVISORY: Restricted seaside entry is obtainable by June 30, however no swimming is allowed. After July 1, swimming will open in phases. Excursions are on maintain till additional discover. Parking is working at 50 p.c capability.
Route 35 in Ocean County runs down the backbone of a thin barrier-beach peninsula that appears on a map as if it’d simply snap off the mainland and drift out to sea. The street narrows alongside its southernmost stretch, and the buildings that border it shrink—from the three-story motels of Seaside Heights, by the two-story deck homes of Seaside Park, to the little cottages nestled collectively in Halfway Seashore. The street ends at a gatehouse that’s maybe the closest factor in New Jersey to a time portal.
As you pay the price on the gatehouse to drive into Island Seashore State Park, you’re poised between every now and then. Behind you’re the dense settlements of the trendy Jersey Shore. Forward of you is the unsullied previous.
The street continues past the gatehouse for one more 9 miles, by the longest intact stretch of what the New Jersey shoreline seemed like earlier than the appearance of boardwalks, bungalows, badge checkers, frozen custard, Tilt-A-Whirls, Skee-Ball, slot machines, Miss America and Snooki. There…