How much does it cost to enjoy a Jersey Shore day trip


SEASIDE HEIGHTS – Food, rides, games, touching the sand – everything comes at a price along the Jersey Shore. And in some cases, those prices can be much higher than what you remember from last summer.

We took a spin on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights to calculate how much it would cost a family of four to enjoy a day by the sea.

Of course, you could save a lot of money by packing a cooler for your meals or parking your vehicle several blocks from the ocean. But our day includes work.

Jersey Shore Food Prices

Dino Flammia, Townsquare Media NJ

Dino Flammia, Townsquare Media NJ

Also popular is the most economical decision you can make when feeding a family along the boards: pizza.

A survey of a few pizzerias determined that a large plain pie can be purchased for $22 to $30 – that’s much higher than the price you’d find inland, but it’s much cheaper than purchase individual meals, such as cheesesteaks, for each person. Drinks (non-alcoholic) average around $2.50 per person.

Jersey Shore Games

Dino Flammia, Townsquare Media NJ

Dino Flammia, Townsquare Media NJ

Believe it or not, you can still find games that only cost 25 cents per game – a random claw machine or one of the wheel games where players bet on where it will stop.

For the most part, however, games in arcades cost around $1 each. So ideally you could buy a $20 arcade card and let your kids slide 10 times each. But parents know the problem will be convincing their kids it’s time to move on once the card runs out.

Interactive games along the boards, such as throwing football or baseball, are more expensive.

Jersey Shore Walks

Casino Pier, Seaside Heights (Dino Flammia, Townsquare Media NJ)

Casino Pier, Seaside Heights (Dino Flammia, Townsquare Media NJ)

The more tickets or credits you buy, the more you will get for your money. For example, a credit costs $1 on Casino Quay. But 55 credits would cost you $50.

The kiddie rides on the pier each cost you around $3-$6 per child. The main roller coaster is 10 credits, or $10. Six credits are required per person for the Ferris wheel.

Jersey Shore Ice Cream

Even the simplest ice cream order for a whole family will set you back at least $20.

At Kohr Brothers on the Seaside Heights boardwalk, soft serve with nuggets in a cup costs about $6.

Jersey Shore Beach Badge Prices

Beach Badge Stand at Seaside Heights

Beach Badge Booth at Seaside Heights (Dino Flammia, Townsquare Media NJ)

A family of four with young children can walk on the sand for $20 total; children 11 and under are free.

Seasonal beacons are extremely worth the price if you are an avid shore visitor. For example, $60 would get you all-season beach access in Seaside Heights.

Jersey Shore Parking Fees

Bayonne teenagers drive off with a parking meter

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You can pay extra for convenience, or pay less and walk a little farther or drive a little longer to find a spot.

Depending on the day of the week, lots near the boardwalk might charge you $10, $20 or more for an all day or all night spot. If you can find an open place that is metered, you can get away with paying around $2 an hour.

Dino Flammia is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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