Just because you’re from the Jersey Shore, doesn’t mean you know all the ins and outs of some of the shore’s favorite towns – like where to find the best donut, watch the perfect sunset, or get a peak at some creepy creatures. Whether you live five minutes or an hour away, we’re giving you the inside look into things to do in Brick and Toms River. You may have thought you knew what these towns are up to, but with our guide, you’ll find that there’s so much more.
Eating and Playing in Toms River and Brick
In the mood for some real good food? Look no further than these two Jersey Shore towns for countless culinary options that will have you heading back meal after meal. From your grandmother’s Italian to juicy burgers, fresh seafood, and even some Pho, there’s a dish for every appetite. And while you’re getting your food game on, there are plenty of places to see in between that’s fun for the family, your furry friends, and to work off those donuts (see below!)
For the most important meal of the day (breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner – you choose!), there are a number of Toms River and Brick restaurants that will start (or end) your day on the right flavor note. Enjoy some classic Jersey meals at Rainbow Diner, Shore Good Pancake House, or Taylor Sam’s in Brick for large portions of fluffy pancakes and all the fixings before making your way to one of four Brick beaches (Windward and Brick Beach 1, 2, and 3) for both spectacular ocean views and views of the Metedeconk River.
If you’re in the mood for something a little out of the ordinary, there’s no place quite like Shut Up & Eat in Toms River where wearing your pajamas will get you a discount. Don’t miss out on one of Jersey Shore’s best donuts at Uncle Doods in Toms River before heading to Cattus Island County Park or Castle Park for a morning stroll (work those donuts off!).
If you’re looking to pick up a quick meal on your way to Angela Hibbard Dog Park, make a stop at Mulberry Street in Brick – or Atlanta Bread for everything from sandwiches to sweets. Got kids? Make their day by with a Meanbean burrito and a trip to the Jump Street Skate Park, the Robert J. Novins Planetarium, and Insectropolis. We guarantee they’ll be passed out on the ride home.[broadstreet zone=”54949″]
Restaurants Galore in Toms River and Brick
Let’s be honest, you can’t do the Jersey Shore without visiting an Italian restaurant. Dine at an old-world classic at Il Giardinello in Toms River (if you’re feeling adventurous, visit Bacchus Wine Making before dinner for a memorable wine tasting and making experience). Or act like a local at Via Veneto and enjoy an after dinner stroll at the Brick Reservoir Walk, or for some delicious gluten-free options, try out Via Roma. Bringing the entire family? Tuscany Restaurant and Bar in Brick is just like dining at your favorite relative’s house, but with much better food (get the steak gorgonzola).
Not only does the Jersey Shore do Italian that could make those in the motherland jealous, but these two Jersey shore towns have no shortage of international cuisine that’s way beyond the Tuscan countryside. Craving some Cuban flair? Look no further than Spanish Olive Restaurant. Sushi? No problem. For authentic Japanese there aren’t too many places that beat out Brick’s Ikko Japanese Steak House (that will leave you with a new appreciation of eating both rice and noodles) and Xina in Toms River for a hint of gourmet. Or try something a little out of your comfort zone at Aamantran Indian Cuisine in Toms River, PhoTastic in Brick, and Oda House Jersey in Toms River for Georgian food (bet you’ve never had that before!)[broadstreet zone=”54949″]
Italian may reign supreme here, but no trip to the Jersey Shore would be complete without some seafood and with places like Reels at Pier 281 and Bakers Water Street that serve up seafood dishes with sunset water views, it’s no wonder we’re in love. For a taste of Italy, you can also visit Mangia Brick Oven Pizza in Toms River. Feeling like a more casual night? Do it Jersey style, as only our favorite watering holes can do – delicious food, cold beers, and fun times. Establishments like Brick’s PJ Sweeney’s Restaurant and Irish Pub, Brickhouse Bar & Grill and River Rock Restaurant in Brick offer cold brews, great food and a great time. If craft beer is what you crave. Make a stop at Rinn Duin Brewing in Toms River before grabbing some classic appetizers at local favorite, Office Restaurant. And for those that just want to dance, NJ Mansion is an all night party.
Things to Do in Brick and Toms River
Feeling full, but not yet ready to call it quits? There’s plenty of things to do in Brick and Toms River for the whole family. Set sail with Jersey Shore Pirates for an epic adventure or see if your problem solving skills can get you out of Solve the Room’s puzzles. History buffs can rejoice at Ocean County Historical Museum while sports enthusiasts can take a swing at Golfatron or amp up their heart rate with a swim at the Toms River Fitness and Aquatic Center. After all this fun, take a breather and relax at Simply Skin Spa… without the kids.
Before heading home, be sure to check out the calendar so you won’t miss some of the best events these towns have to offer. From Brick’s Fall Fest and Food Truck Festival in October to countless summer events in Toms River that include everything from the NJ State Chili and Salsa Cook Off in May to the Downtown Summer Festival in July and October’s Harvest Arts Festival, there’s something to do every month of the year.
Click below for full listings of our favorite places to eat, hang, and play in Brick and Toms River.