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Things to Do in Spring Lake, New Jersey

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If you’re looking for a not-so-typical shore destination to visit this summer {AKA, no amusement rides and crowds}, listen up. Spring Lake is right off exit 98 on the Garden State Parkway and is the cutest little beach town. To help you plan a getaway to this Jersey Shore gem, we’ve rounded up the best places to stay, where to eat, what to do, and where to shop — read on to get all the info you need:

Where to Stay

Like most of the shore towns in Jersey, Spring Lake doesn’t have large hotels, but rather a plethora of bed & breakfasts and small hotels that add to its charm. Here are a few of our faves:

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Hewitt Wellington

This historic boutique hotel overlooks the lake that the town is named after {Spring Lake if you didn’t catch on yet, lolz} and is only three blocks to the ocean. No two rooms are the same and you can choose the exact room you want to book on their website. When you’ve had enough of the ocean, relax in their outdoor heated pool before heading out for dinner.

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The Breakers on the Ocean

Step into this hotel and you can instantly imagine vacationers in the 1800s relaxing on the wraparound porch. The hotel has, of course, been updated with modern amenities, but it hasn’t lost its charm. With an oceanfront location, the 2.5-mile Spring Lake boardwalk is just steps out the front door making it easy to go for a morning jog or a nighttime stroll.

The Spring Lake Inn

This adorable b&b is set a few blocks from the beach with only a few rooms in the space. While pricey, it’s a super charming locale.

Where to Eat

Hoffman’s Ice Cream

Hoffman’s is a staple as far as ice cream is concerned at the Jersey Shore and we all know that nothing goes better with the sun and sea than ice cream. All of their delicious flavors are homemade at their Point Pleasant location and they include Jersey Monkey {banana ice cream with peanut butter swirl and chocolate chips}, Sea Salt Caramel Latte {coffee caramel ice cream with chocolate coated caramel truffle}), and Fudge Mint Cookie — we’re drooling. 

Parker House

Located in the adjacent town of Sea Girt, the Parker House has something for everyone at nearly any time of day. Live music, raw bars, and a lively nightlife scene make this place an institution on the summer scene.

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The beloved breakfast spot we know so well in Hoboken has multiple locations, one of them being in small Sea Girt. Brioche French toast, lemon blueberry waffles, and egg skillets can make any day better. If you had a late night at the Parker House the night before and decide to sleep in, they also serve up a delicious lunch.

Bareli’s By The Sea

Following the success of their Secaucus restaurant, Bareli’s opened a second location in Spring Lake, located in the Grand Victorian Hotel. On beautiful nights, sit outside on the beachfront wraparound porch and enjoy their contemporary Italian menu with eye-catching presentations. During the week from 4:00PM-6:00PM, they have superb drink and dinner specials. Add live music and frosé and your vacation is complete.

READ: Things to Do in Long Beach Island {Jersey Shore Getaway}

Ocean Organics Juice Bar & Cafe

Vacation doesn’t have to mean eating garbage and drinking too much. Ocean Organics Juice Bar & Café has an extensive vegan, organic, and soy-free menu. Everything from fresh pressed juices to pitaya bowls to juice cleanses to pulled jackfruit sandwiches make their way onto the menu. Leave here without having to worry about how the bikini will fit later on.

On Third Café and Coffee Company

Hit up this spot for a freshly baked pastry and a specialty coffee or go for dinner on the weekends and sit outside on their covered porch. They use fresh local ingredients and their coffee is all certified fair-trade and roasted in an organic facility. Pick up a pound of beans to bring home to remember your getaway by.

What to Do

With the beach being the obvious choice of things to do while in town, the great thing about Spring Lake is that it also has a small town feel which means local community activities and unique shopping.


Biking and beach towns go hand in hand, but what if you upped the ante with an electric bike? Pedego Spring Lake offers up hourly, daily, and weekly rentals of their electric bikes which includes a bike lock and a helmet. On an electric bike, you can pedal like a regular bike if you’re looking to be old-fashioned or let the bike do all the work. It’s a genius idea, especially in Shore towns where parking can be a nightmare in the summer. Leave your car where it is and bike to and from the beach or dinner. The only decision you’ll really have to make is whether you pedal or not.

Spring Lake Five-Mile Run

Kicking off every Memorial Day weekend, the Spring Lake Five Mile Run {or the Spring Lake 5} is the start of summer for the 12,000 runners and walkers who participate. The course winds through the charming town, allowing you plenty of time to gawk at the beautiful seaside homes and window shop as you run. The race starts at the beach with the speakers blasting Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” and ends at the beach with plenty of Jersey Mike’s subs to go around. To register for the race, sign up for the race emails on their website. An email will go out alerting you when it opens which is typically at 5:00AM on a Sunday in February.

Where to Shop

As with any cute little town, Spring Lake has some adorable shops that are worth checking out:

Barefoot, an athleisure boutique

Their mantra is that their goods will “take any woman from workout to walk out.” Store owner Ali Maccione is a certified yoga teacher so you can be sure she stocks her store with the best possible {and most comfortable} products.

Artisan Spirit

This store features pieces handcrafted by local NJ artisans and features other artisans from across the country.

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The Camel’s Eye

The Camel’s Eye is a fun boutique showcasing fashionable women’s clothing, including some quirky styles.


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Coral Cove

Clothes, jewelry, and accessories fill this shop making it a great place to pick up something for yourself or a gift for a friend

Kate & Company

A wide selection of furniture, lighting, and gifts make this place feel like a boutique Home Goods!

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