Sea Girt Lighthouse

Trip Start May 16, 2003
Trip End May 16, 2010

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Flag of United States  , New Jersey
Sunday, March 4, 2007

On a chilly Sunday, any sea side town might not be your first choice to go to, but we already had made the plans, and going to the mall wasn't in the cards.
Also, a bit of a chill is no reason to be cooked at home.

We set on our way to Sea Girt, NJ we didn't know much about the town except its location, and that there is a lighthouse there. The directions we printed from the lighthouse's website proved to be pretty accurate, but construction made it difficult to pinpoint the exact location. After turning around several times, we managed to find the lighthouse, after all Sea Girt is a small town.

The lighthouse looks like a house with a huge flashlight in the roof, it is across the street from the ocean, and the website said it's open on Sundays at 13:00, but it was closed when we got there at around 14:00. Still, the area is beautiful (lots of ship wrecks happened there, which is why the lighthouse was built originally). There is about a 1.5 mile boardwalk, clean beaches and lots of seagulls (the main attraction for our 2 year old). The boardwalk is sprinkled with benches to sit on, many are dedicated to loved ones (our favorite: "Thanks for the shore house, Dad"). We walked around a bit, smelled the ocean, breathed the air, and when our ears were ready to fall off from the cold we got back in the car.

We drove around Sea Girt to see how the other half lives, huge, beautiful houses on beachfront properties, huge houses in the blocks surrounding the beach, clean streets and not very busy.

We stopped to eat lunch at Rod's on Washington Blvd., very busy. We didn't know if it was because of the upcoming St. Patrick's Day (we found out there was a parade in the area) or just because it's popular, probably a combination of the two. The food is good, nice portions with optional sides, service was a bit lacking but we like to think it was because they were busy.
Lunch for two and a half (including drinks, tax & tip) was around $70.

Excellent trip on a Sunday, we will have to comeback in the spring or summer.
Make sure the lighthouse if open if you want to go inside, they have their number on the website.
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