Looking for things to do in Toms River and Brick? No need to fret. Our guide will have you and your family busy all year round, from enjoying the sand and surf during the summer months to checking out the world of insects, or even dancing the night away, there’s something for everyone. Boredom is not an option.
Family Friendly Things to Do
Insectropolis, Toms River
Explore what it’s actually like to be your favorite insect, from beetles to butterflies. Insectropolis in Toms River gives you a peak into a bug’s life like you’ve never seen before. Your kids can touch a tarantula, crawl through a mudtube and even check out a bug-themed city – talk about winning the best parent award.
Jersey Shore Pirates, Brick
Let your kids practice their favorite pirate sayings as they hang out with some of the Shore’s most notorious (and hilarious) pirates. Set sail on an adventure that includes a hunt for buried treasure and a victorious return to the dock. For eight years, Jersey Shore Pirates has been bringing one of a kind adventures to the Brick waterways, making it the perfect date for your first mate.
Robert J. Novins Planetarium, Toms River
One of the largest and most active planetariums in New Jersey, the Robert J. Novins Planetarium in Toms River brings the universe to you. The virtual 3-D video space allows visitors to journey to the edge of the universe or get a clear view of the night sky like you’ve never experienced before.
Ocean County Historical Museum, Toms River
Get a peak into the rich history of Ocean County. Since 1820, history has been recorded by the Ocean County Historical Society. Continually built throughout 1990, the building provides a glimpse into the past.
Solve the Room, Toms River
Four rooms means four opportunities to use your problem solving skills to find your way out. Whether you try your hand at the Apartment that’s perfect for families or head right into the Murder Mystery that will prove difficult even for even Sherlock himself, it’s a unique adventure that will leave you coming back for more.
Outdoor Fun in Toms River and Brick
Beaches and Waterfront
These two towns provide plenty of opportunities to enjoy the salty air. Take your pick from one of Brick’s three oceanfront beaches or enjoy a day on the riverfront at Windward Beach Park. Families can enjoy everything from playgrounds to volleyball nets, seasonal fireworks, picnic tables, bocce courts, and fishing and crabbing piers. Admission to Windward Beach Park is free.
Dog Park at Angela Hibbard Park, Brick
Your four legged family members also deserve a day out on the town. Bring them to Brick’s first dog park at Angela Hibbard Park. They’ll make some friends and so will you, just don’t say hi by sniffing you know what…
Reservoir Walk, Brick
Now known as the town’s largest construction project, this 120-acre site is home to a 1.6-mile path, fishing stations, and gardens. Bring your pet along for a jog or take some time to relax on a bench and admire the view.
Castle Park, Toms River
A favorite of kids and parents for a reason, there’s no place that’s quite like Castle Park. Filled with “castle” structures, your little ones will feel like royalty for a day, or at least a couple of hours!
Cattus Island County Park, Toms River
Spanning 530 acres, this Ocean County Park features trails to the beach and Barnegat Bay. Keep your eyes open for native birds or visit the Cooper Environmental Center to enjoy a hands-on display of live reptiles and fish.
Adults Just Want to Have Fun (Too)
This indoor golf facility is the perfect excuse to practice your swing no matter what the weather is like outside. Golfatron in Brick is the Jersey Shore’s premier indoor golf simulation club designed to cater to both beginners and professionals. It’s truly a golf lover’s dream, all in one place (and it’s more affordable than the country club or a trip to Abu Dhabi!)
Toms River Fitness & Aquatic Center, Toms River
No matter how you’re looking to stay physically fit, the Fitness and Aquatic Center in Toms River is the facility for you. Get your workout in with a group spin class or even take a dip in the pool and try out some acquarobics (yes that’s a thing!) There’s even a day care with kids classes so there are absolutely no excuses when it comes to getting your sweat on.
NJ Mansion, Brick
If you’re looking for a night like no other, head to the exclusive NJMansion to feel like an A-lister. Sit behind a velvet rope, sip on cocktails, and enjoy the music in this popular nightclub that will make you feel like you’re in the Sin City.
Bacchus Winemaking Club, Toms River
Taste or make, Bacchus Winemaking in Toms River has it all. From Cabernets to Syrahs, and Merlots, you and your friends can make your own wine starting with just shipped California grape varieties or if you want to skip straight to the good stuff, they also offer regular tastings. But hurry, grapes are limited (luckily for us, the wine never runs out.)
Rinn Duin Brewing, Toms River
We really can’t get enough of quality craft beer and Rinn Duin Brewing is no exception. Started by father and daughter team, Chip and Jacqui Town, Rinn Duin Brewing is a walk through their family’s history. Whether you’re filling up a growler, grabbing a pint, or tasting four beers of your choice in a flight, you’ll be inspired to learn a bit more where this dynamic duo got their brewing skills – hint it dates back to the County Roscommon, Ireland.
Simply Skin Spa, Toms River
Everyone deserves to be pampered. At Simply Skin Spa, you’ll get the treatment you deserve. Enjoy a manicure, facial, and massage by one of the spa’s experienced professionals all in a relaxing environment. It’s the perfect way to recharge that battery of yours.
Brick and Toms River Events
Whether it’s a foodie event or a festival that gets the entire family involved, there are plenty of reasons to head out to these Jersey Shore towns throughout the year. Don’t miss Brick’s Fall Fest and Food Truck Festival in October where foodies will get to check out some of the state’s best food trucks. Families are also invited to celebrate the harvest with Toms River’s Harvest Arts Festival in October. The event brings together the best that fall has to offer from arts and crafts to some tasty bites.
Throughout the summer, there’s no shortage of entertainment. It all starts off in May with the NJ State Chili and Salsa Cook Off in Toms River. This annual event has proven to bring together some of the state’s top competitors when it comes to chili and salsa – two of our favorite spicy foods. Just as the nights are getting hot in July, Toms River officially kicks off summer with the Downtown Summer Festival. To top it off, every second Wednesday from June through September is Cruisin Downtown in Toms River, an event celebrating classic cars and summer nights.
Check out our Complete Guide to Where to Eat, Play, and Hang in Toms River and Brick and Our Guide to Toms River and Brick Restaurants!