Stay with Choice Hotels in Toms River, NJ and enjoy everything the Jersey Shore has to offer. Toms River is a town deeply rooted in New Jersey history, situated next to the Jersey Shore and famous for its Toms River Fest and arguably the second largest Halloween Parade in the world. Offering visitors the opportunity to hit the beach and learn more about New Jersey history, Toms River hotels are located nearby a variety of things to see and do.
Explore the open space in Toms River while taking a stroll at the Cattus Island County Park. In addition to being an excellent place to kayak, the park’s four trails run through woodlands, wetlands and are surrounded by Barnegat Bay. Bring your camera and spot deer and osprey going about their daily lives. Toms River’s proximity to the Jersey Shore provides you with an excellent opportunity for an elegant meal and narrated tour on the River Lady cruise. This 130-passenger, 85-foot reproduction of a paddle wheel riverboat cruises the Toms River and Barnegat Bay while capturing the ambiance of a 19th century Mississippi Paddle boat. If you have little kids or are a kid at heart, it will be tough to pass up the chance to see up close a huge tarantula, a large scorpion or a Madagascar hissing cockroach at Insectropolis. This insect learning center also features educational touch screens and computer games about creepy crawlers the whole family can enjoy.
After you are all bugged out, immerse yourself in local history at the Ocean County Historical Museum where you can walk through the hallways of this beautiful 1820 Victorian home full of memories, artifacts and pieces of Ocean County/New Jersey history. The NASA Space Shuttle Program may have ended, but you can visit the stars for the price of an admission ticket at the Robert J. Novins Planetarium. The Planetarium features a 118-seat theater under a 40-foot dome and continually runs about a half dozen shows for kids and adults of all ages. Come back down to earth and grab a towel, sunscreen and your swimsuit for a day in the sun at Dover Beaches North and Dover Beaches South. Situated on the Barnegat Peninsula and only a 15-minute from downtown Toms River, these areas have six beaches to soak up some rays and play outdoors. New Jersey has made an incredible recovery after Superstorm Sandy in 2012, and the Toms River community has done an excellent job restoring the town to its full glory.
Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the beaches and wildlife. Check out our Toms River, NJ hotels, all waiting to provide the hospitality and relaxation you need for your next day’s adventure. Book a room with Choice Hotels today!