Ocean Fun Days
View the 2018 Ocean Fun Days brochure here!
Ocean Fun Days will be held:
May 19, 2018 at Island Beach State Park
May 20, 2018 at N.J. Sea Grant Consortium on Sandy Hook
Both locations 11 a.m. – 3 p.m rain or shine
Free admission and free parking!
View the 2017 Ocean Fun Days event recap here!
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, a student science fair competition 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 both locations to take visitors to tour sites.
Getting to Ocean Fun Days
Island Beach State Park
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.
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: