A DAY at the BEACH Beaches LIFEGUARDS & WATER CONDITIONS Lifeguards are on duty at the ocean beaches during daytime hours on weekends in late spring and early autumn and daily in the summer. Hours and dates vary. For your safety, please check lifeguard hours and water conditions in advance. 12 www.sparkexploreocean.com WATER & BEACH RECREATION 101 Many waterside activities begin well before summer and continue into the fall. Our freshwaters are equally alluring—so explore in a canoe, kayak or pedal or power boat, cast a rod or take a swim. Enjoy a sailing lesson or take an ecotour of Barnegat Bay. BEACH FEES Ocean County and its beach towns focus tremendous energy and resources on maintaining the beaches, so expect fees for beach access and/or parking during weekends in the late spring and early fall and daily during the summer. Daily beach badges may be purchased at the beach. Seasonal passes are also available. Generally, children are free and senior citizens pay reduced fees. Some towns offer free access for active-duty service men and women and their dependents, with identification. Photo by M. Kiely PICNICS, PETS AND BICYCLES You are welcome to picnic in most locations, however, glass and alcoholic beverages are not permitted on the beach. Beaches exclude pets in season and most boardwalks limit or exclude bike riding during the summer. WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBILITY Ocean County’s beaches have numerous access points for the disabled and those in wheelchairs. Ramps are available at many locations along the coast. In some areas beach wheelchairs with large inflatable tires for easier use on sand may be available. For more information on accessibility, contact the local municipality or the private beach operator. Photo by K. Marz OCEAN COUNTY’S 44 MILES OF OCEAN BEACHES ARE CLEAN, WIDE AND DOWNRIGHT SPECTACULAR. THEY ARE NATURE’S ULTIMATE PLAYGROUND. SO GO FLY A KITE, SWIM, SAIL, KAYAK, SURF, WATER SKI, SCUBA DIVE, PARASAIL, PADDLEBOARD, WIND SURF OR GO FISHING. BUILD A SANDCASTLE, COLLECT SEASHELLS, ENJOY VOLLEYBALL OR YOGA ON THE BEACH OR BOARDS, OR JUST RELAX AND WORK ON YOUR TAN.
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