10 Reasons The Jersey Shore Has A Special Place In Every New Jerseyan's Heart

10 Reasons The Jersey Shore Has A Special Place In Every New Jerseyan's Heart

Not the T.V. show, silly... although it may be a guilty pleasure for some.


Ah, the Jersey Shore. Hearing these words, some people may automatically think of the infamous reality show from MTV, and others may think of a dirty kind of Atlantic Ocean. Well for Jersey natives, flashes of boardwalk lights and boogie boards in the ocean enter our minds and we are automatically transported to amazing memories with family and friends alike.

If you are a Jersey native, or not even close to being one, let me remind you why or the reasons why the Shore is so special in your life. And for those of you who wouldn't think a clue about something good to say about this place, let me give at least 10.

HELLO, the beach is there!

Although New Jersey is often deemed "the armpit of the world," there is no denying the fact that we have beaches along most of our coast. No matter where you live in the state, you're only two hours away from the beach, and this is NOT something most of the other states of America can say. The water may not be crystal clear, but there's sun, sand, and an ocean, so it just has to count.

It's the perfect trip for you to have with family, friends, AND classmates.

The Jersey Shore is known for being the destination for family vacations, day trips with friends, and the host of the after party for a Prom Weekend bash. No matter the reason for your stay by the sea, it is always bound to be a fantastic time.

Everyone has their favorite Jersey Shore town.

What most non-Jersey natives don't know about the shore is that there are so many different towns that everyone has their own preference to where they like to go, as well as for the different events (i.e. Reason #2). Some beach towns are made for family getaways (like Avalon and Wildwood) and there are others that seem more for the party people (like Belmar and Seaside Heights). All of the DTS residencies are special in their own way, but any Jersey person will defend their personal favorite 'till the end.

The infinite amount of ice cream shops and Wawas.

When you go to the beach, of course, you're going to crave endless amounts of ice cream; well, the Jersey Shore has got you covered for miles. Each town has their endless supply of original homegrown ice cream shops, as well as the infamous Kohrs custard chain, that they line up on street blocks and boardwalk stands as far as the eye can see. And let's not forget about Jersey's staple convenience store: Wawa. Need I say more?

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Boardwalks- 'nuff said.

The boardwalk is an iconic attribute to most of the Jersey Shore towns that make life by the beach even better (if that was possible). From Point Pleasant's Jenkinson's Boardwalk to Wildwood's two-mile boards complete with Morey's Piers, there is always something new to discover on the various boardwalks of the Jersey Shore. Boardwalk food, arcades, bike riding, amusement park rides, water parks, mini-golf, carnival games, tiny shops... it's all here.

It's all historical- literally!

Most people may not see it, but the Jersey Shore holds some pretty historical substance within its borders. For example, Atlantic City plays as the Las Vegas of the East Coast, while Wildwood is known for being the center of all things Doo Wop; Cape May poses as the Victorian town of the present day, and Asbury Park is home to one of Jersey's homebred rock star Bruce Springsteen. While there is so much more history waiting to be uncovered all over the state, there is no doubt that the Jersey Shore is home to a lot of it, as well.

It's a cheaper and more convenient getaway.

Not everyone has the time or money to get to the tropical islands of the Caribbean or even to the faraway lands of Florida, so what's better than having your own getaway in your home state? The Jersey Shore, no matter where you live, is far enough to get out of your hometown and have some fun in the sun while saving you some big cash you'd spend somewhere else doing the same things. Even though it's not home to the fanciest beaches on Earth, it does make a great place to get away for a while, whatever the occasion.

Fresh seafood galore.

Okay, so not everyone is a BIG seafood person, but the fact that we have fresh seafood every day along the coast is something else. Sure, it's not like the lobsters or fish in Boston or Maine, but it's pretty damn close in taste factor.

They have staple attractions.

Each Jersey Shore town has its own staple attraction, whether it be big or small. From the infamous Lucy the Elephant in Margate City, to the Victorian houses of Cape May, there are tons of museums and sites all over the Eastern Jersey seaboard.

It's a "home away from home."

No matter what kind of Jersey native you talk to, almost every person will tell you why the shore means so much to them. While each person has their most favorite shore town (Wildwood is mine!), it may be because of the family vacations or the memories made there, from trips with friends when they were young. Even though their fave shore town may not be their hometown, it's still a place that some people refer to it as, no matter where they are.

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

Sorry, not sorry.


Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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Here's What Happens When All Of Your Friends Have Babies

All of my friends back home are married with children. No, really, they are.


Over the past few months, three of my friends have shared their pregnancy news with me, and I couldn't be more thrilled. Baby news always stirs up a range of emotions for me. I'm excited and crying happy tears (no joke, I started to cry when my best friend told me and showed me her ultrasound).

Being "Auntie Meg" brings me such great joy. You see, I absolutely adore children, especially my friend's kiddos. They can easily brighten up my day with their giggles, love you, and their goodbye kisses & waves. I absolutely love getting to be "Auntie Meg"; it could potentially be my favorite role to fill.

I don't think I've ever loved human beings more than I love these babies. These are kiddos I would do almost anything for; they truly have my whole heart and I couldn't be more thankful for each and every one of them. I've loved getting to watch my friends grow into incredible parents.

I love getting to be one of the biggest cheerleaders for my friends and their kids. Listen, I can't wait for the day when they are older and are asking to come over more and spend time doing fun things with auntie Meg. I can't wait to watch them grow and I can't wait to be able to come alongside them and be a shoulder to cry on and one of the loudest voices cheering them on (Next to mom and dad, of course).

While there is just so much good about your friends growing up and having children of their own, if you are not careful, it can also fuel a person's self-doubt.

It can bring up questions like, "am I good enough?", "what is wrong with me?", "why am I not where they are at?" I would be lying if I said that I have never thought or felt these things, but here's the thing: you are good enough, there is absolutely nothing wrong with you, and their path is not your path; you will get there when you get there.

Those things are so important to remember in times when you begin to doubt yourself or your worth.

Believe me, you are good enough, there is nothing wrong with you, and that is not the path you need to be on at the moment. This is a great time for you to focus on you and the things you want out of life. What are your goals? What is on your bucket list? Just because you don't have the things your friends have, doesn't make your life any less fulfilled than theirs is. Your life is just as wonderful and fulfilling as theirs is, just in different ways.

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