Ocean Fun Days

*** UPDATE: Ocean Fun Days is Going Virtual for 2020!

Given the current situation surrounding COVID-19, the Ocean Fun Days (OFD) committee along with its sponsors have ultimately decided to hold an ALL VIRTUAL event in October 2020. All OFD partners take the health and safety of our exhibitors, guests, staff, and community very seriously. Therefore, New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium and New Jersey Natural Gas recently made the very difficult decision to cancel our annual gatherings at Island Beach State Park and Sandy Hook. Stay tuned for more information regarding this year’s virtual event as details continue developing.


Ocean Fun Days is the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s annual public outreach event. This family friendly weekend is a great opportunity to learn about New Jersey’s coastal environment and how to act wisely to care for it. Ocean Fun Days is held in cooperation with its founding partner and lead sponsor, New Jersey Natural Gas and others including NOAA, NJDEP Division of Parks and Forestry, Gateway National Park – Sandy Hook, and the Asbury Park Press.

***Ocean Fun Days 2020, originally scheduled for May 16-17, will now be held VIRTUALLY in October. Please stay tuned for more updates***

Ocean Fun Days

Make a date with your family to explore our shore

Come to Ocean Fun Days and celebrate waves of ocean discovery! Enjoy exhibits, classes, nature tours, and children’s activities all about our coastal environment. You’ll have a great time learning the science of our shorelines and how to care for them for years to come!

A record number of exhibitors have already committed to be a part of this year’s event. Activities at both locations include seining, coastal crafts, an energy-saving scavenger hunt, youth fishing clinics, face painting, touch tanks, and the NJSGC’s famous fiddler crab races.

The Sandy Hook location will also include guided tours of many of Sandy Hook’s historic sites and an open house at the NOAA/James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory. A complimentary shuttle bus service will be available at Sandy Hook to take visitors to tour sites.

Getting to Ocean Fun Days

Island Beach State Park

GPS Coordinates:  39° 54’ 18.98” N 74° 04′ 53.15″ W

From Garden State Parkway North or South:
Take GSP to exit 82.
Follow Route 37 east to Route 35 south to park entrance.
Once you enter the park follow the Ocean Fun Days signs.

Sandy Hook

The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium is located within the historic Fort Hancock area of Sandy Hook – Gateway National Recreation Area (via Ocean Avenue).


22 Magruder Rd.
Highlands, NJ 07732

From Garden State Parkway Heading South:
Use Exit 117. Take Route 36 East.
Follow signs to the Sandy Hook Unit of
Gateway National Recreational Area, approximately twelve (12) miles.
Once you enter the park follow the Ocean Fun Days signs to the
New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s headquarters at 22 Magruder Road
in the Fort Hancock Historic District.

From Garden State Parkway Heading North:
Use Exit 105. Take Route 36 East, approximately six (6) miles.
At the intersection of Ocean Boulevard, turn left (north).
Continue on Ocean Boulevard for approximately eight (8) miles.

Once in the Park:

Once you enter the park, follow the Ocean Fun Days signs.

Ocean Fun Days is a Project Of: