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Brigantine is one of the better-kept secrets of New Jersey. Located only fifteen minutes from Atlantic City, the island is a beach lover’s paradise, great for families, and a quiet, serene get-a-way for anyone who wants to escape the cramped hustle and bustle of city life by spending time lounging on the beach. The island has had a few facelifts in its time (and several name changes) but still possesses a rich cultural history as well as hefty concern for marine ecology. Currently, it is home to one of the largest (and most successful) marine mammal stranding centers in the United States.
Brigantine Farmer’s Market
Barbequing is an actual pastime in Brigantine. One of the best ways to start doing it is to pick up your ingredients at the Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings. With over thirty local vendors to choose from, you’ll find produce, baked goods, and a friendly atmosphere waiting to supply everything you will need for your cook-out on the beach.
Marine Mammal Stranding Center
The Stranding Centers offers various programs to educate island visitors about marine and aquatic life. These programs are great activities for kids of all ages. Children can help net sea life animals and learn about them up close before returning them to the wild. They can also learn what to do if they find a stranded dolphin and practice the steps taken by professionals in order to send it back to the ocean. Beach walks presenting types of plant life are a popular way to spend the day and guests can even visit a sea turtle nursery and watch the hatchlings learn how to survive in the wild. Visit their website for more details: http://mmsc.org/.
Historic Absecon Lighthouse
Build in 1857, Absecon is the third tallest lighthouse in the U.S. After climbing 228 steps, onlookers will see a magnificent view of Atlantic City, the original light keeper’s quarters, and the original Fresnel Lens, first lit in 1857. Absecon has a fluid and rich history. It’s served many different purposes over the years including service as a police station, community fixture, and watch post. Today, visitors will find a charming gift shop and a museum inside the lighthouse with stunning gardens outside.
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