Philadelphia, PA - If you've been looking for a weekend getaway or quick family trip close to Philadelphia or New York, look no farther than Long Beach Island for your next summer day trip. The long white sandy beaches give this beach island its name, with approximately 18 miles of the beach making it one of the longest East Coast barrier islands.
What's Special About Long Beach Island
Over the years, Long Beach Island (LBI) has been a favorite spot for celebrities and the affluent. Today LBI is a tranquil spot most of the year, except for summertime weekends and holidays, making this an ideal location for families and weekend getaways.
Long Beach Island offers vacationers everything from long quiet walks to surfing, parasailing, wave runner rentals, swimming, and sailing. Boredom here is not an issue.
Looking to connect with nature? LBI stands ready to fill those interests with in-depth eco-tours in the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, a worldwide reputation as one of the best bird-watching spots on the east coast.
The Long Beach Island Historical Museum is also a great way to explore the area's rich history, stretching back to Captain Cornelius Jacobsen May, a Dutch explorer and tradesman. They named Barnegat Bay (the anglicized version of "Barendegat").
But, there's more; there is an amusement park Fantasy Island for the kid to enjoy water slides, miniature golf, and for those with refined tastes, how about catching an off-Broadway play.
LBI is a destination that should be everyone's "must-see" destination; from high-end dining to challenging golf courses located close by, LBI is a true travel destination and a great weekend getaway close to Philadelphia and New York.