15 Experiences You Cannot Miss While Visiting Brigantine
15 Experiences You Cannot Miss While Visiting Brigantinejoycemedia2023-08-29T15:14:00-04:00
1) Beach Sunsets & Sunrises
Breathtaking sunsets and sunrises in Brigantine can be viewed on the local Brigantine photographer Connie Pyatt and Real Brigantine Facebook pages but nothing compares to actually being on the beach for these daily spectacles! Accompanied with the sound of the waves and smell of the ocean, this is something you definitely don’t want to miss while in Brigantine. Favorite spot for sunrises – Brigantine’s all natural north end beach & 14th street south beach. Favorite spot for sunsets – The south end jetty and the cove.
2) LaScala’s Beach Bar
Formally the Laguna, this newly managed and remodeled (as of summer 2023) beach front bar and grill comes complete with cold drinks, fresh seafood, palm trees and panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. This seaside oasis has inside and outside seating along with an inside and outside bar and live bands playing outside in the summer. Located on 14th street south in the center of the island.
The Brigantine Golf Links was built in 1927 and is one of the oldest and most historic golf courses in the south jersey area. True to its historic Scottish roots, the links style layout offers breathtaking bay views as it winds through native marsh and gently rolling, nearly treeless terrain. With sea breezes, water hazards and carefully placed concave bunkers, this 18 hole, par 72 course provides an exciting experience for golfers of all skill levels.
4) Historic Gardner’s Basin
Just over the Brigantine Bridge nestled at the very north end of Atlantic City is Historic Gardner’s Basin. This is a local’s favorite area that features three water front eateries, the deep sea fishing excursions, dolphin sight seeing tours, tiki boat tours and parasailing. Back Bay Ale House is best known for their signature mason jar drinks, jerk spiced chicken & seafood and sunset views. Gilchrist Restaurant is open 6AM – 2PM and has the best pancakes in New Jersey and extremely reasonable prices. All Gardner’s Basin Restaurants have outside seating overlooking the bay!
5) The Brigantine Farmers Market
This awesome farmers market is a must visit while in Brigantine. The farmers market takes place every Saturday from late May until September from 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM and there’s a fall farmers market! Located at the Brigantine Community School (Sheridan Blvd). The Brigantine Farmers Market has fresh fruits, vegetables, honey, hot sauce, pies, body scrubs & sprays and much much more! More info on the Farmers Market FACEBOOK page.
6) Build an Epic Sand Castle
Yes, you have the ability to build awesome sand castles with the help of KampKastle! Complete your vacation in Brigantine with family photos around a sand castle that your family built! Contact KampKastle on Facebook.
7) Movies on the Beach
There’s nothing quite like watching a movie on the big screen in your beach chair with sand between your toes! Brigantine Beach usually features three movies on the beach under the stars every summer. Bring your blanket, beach chairs and snacks for an unforgettable experience! See movie dates and times on the Brigantine Chamber Facebook page.
8) The Best Ice Cream Shops at the Shore
What’s better than ice cream after a day at the beach? How about unique homemade ice cream from Aunt B’s! You haven’t had ice cream until you had Aunt B’s. Richman’s is also a local favorite and even has live entertainment outside in the summer. We also have a Rita’s Water Ice.
Brigantine has some quaint upscale clothing shops, souvenir shops, art studio, awesome surf shops, bait & tackle shops, and many others Everything you’d expect in a shore community and more!
10) Brigantine Historical Museum
Exhibits include a large collection of photgraphs from the 19th and 20th centuries, ship models and many other artifacts from Brigantine history. Open daily during the summer 11AM – 2PM and weekends during the spring and September. Located at the Lighthouse (3607 Atl-Brigantine Blvd)
11) Horseback Riding on the Beach
Did you know you can ride your horse on one of the most beautiful all natural beaches in New Jersey? Brigantine’s North Beach is 2 1/2 miles of untouched pristine beach located at the tip of Brigantine Island. Horseback riding is open to the public by permit from October 1st through March 30th from 7AM to 8:30PM. Call (609) 266-7600 ext 220 for permit info.
12) Beach Barbecues
Grilling is a good time but grilling on the beach is the ultimate! Grilling is allowed on ALL Brigantine beaches from 10AM – 5:30PM. Must be propane (no charcoal) and be sure to clean up. The only thing you should leave behind when visiting the beach is your footprints.
Brigantine is well known for its plethora of sea-life surrounding the island. From stripers, bass, king fish, flounder, skates and more. No need for tales, you’re (almost) guaranteed to catch something!
Surfs up in Brigantine and the waves are gnarly! There are 4 designated surfing areas but he most popular is the Jetty. The north side of the Jetty is perfect for standard surfing, boogie boarding, kite surfing, wind surfing and SUP. The south side of the Jetty is popular for SUP because of the long steady waves. The Jetty is located at the far south end of the island.
15) The Marine Mammal Stranding Center
The MMSC has responding to over 4500 strandings of whales, dolphins, seals and sea turtles that have washed ashore over the years throughout New Jersey and they are located in Brigantine. Their facilities include an intensive care unit with a 30X15 pool use to nurse the sick mammals back to health. Unfortunately this room is not open to the public. However there is the Sea Life Educational Center & Gift Shop and the MMSC’s 1000 gallon observation tank that is open to the public. Go to www.MMSC.org for more info.
When in Brigantine keep your eye out for
the Brigantine mascot, Briggy the Fox!