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Fun Facts:The Jersey Shore

Sunrise in Atlantic Highlands, NJThe rich heritage of New Jersey extends to the world-famous Jersey Shore. There are many historically important and interesting stories to share about the part of the State that attracts thousands of residents and visitors each year to its sandy beaches, boardwalks, and amusement parks. 

  • Cape May is the oldest seashore resort in United States.
  • Real streets in Atlantic City appear as properties on the game board of the U.S. version of Monopoly. Atlantic City also has the longest boardwalk in the world, is home to the Miss America pageant, and boasts the origin of saltwater taffy.
  • A 1914 New York Tribune promotion offered parcels of land in the Beachwood area in exchange for a subscription.
  • The Sandy Hook lighthouse - the oldest working lighthouse in the US - is over 250 years old. Sandy Hook is also home to New Jersey’s only nude beach.
  • There are more than 1,000 known shipwrecks off the New Jersey coast.
  • Highlands borough has the highest elevation along the entire eastern seaboard.
  • In 1943, World War II travel restrictions resulted in the New York Yankees holding spring training in Asbury Park instead of Florida.
  • Ocean City is a dry city – not a drop of alcohol is sold within its borders.
  • The Clownfest held in Seaside Heights is the largest clown parade in the world.
  • Wildwood is known for the largest assortment of 1950’s doo-wop architecture in the United States.
  • The first seaplane was built in Keyport, also home to the launch of the first airmail flight.
  • The world’s largest elephant – Lucy – can be found in Margate. Built in 1881, it stands 6 stories tall - taller than Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower and is a Jersey Shore icon.

New Jersey boasts 127 miles of coastline. Whether you’re a history buff, a student of Victorian or mid-century architecture, or a boardwalk games fanatic, there are many rare and special places along the Jersey Coast to delve into and explore!

Published July 1, 2018 in New Jersey Living