The Beach at Seaside Heights
The beach at Seaside Heights is split into two sections. The first is the area between the Funtown and Casino Piers. The other section is north of the Casino Pier and is patrolled up to Hiering Ave. It is easy to pass back and forth between the beach and the boardwalk: to go eat a meal, to take a break from the sand and surf, or to go play some video games. During a summer weekend the beach is typically full of people - lying on blankets working on that perfect tan, talking and laughing with friends, and coming and going from swimming in ocean. You can see the beach, live, via two beach cams - one looking north towards the Casino Pier and another looking south towards the Funtown Pier.
Beach Access / Beach Badges
Beach Badges Required all Summer
When the lifeguards are on duty (dates and hours given below) you need a beach badge to get onto and be on the beach in Seaside Heights. You do not need a badge if you are under 12. There are badge checkers at each entry way onto the beach. If you do not have a badge they will not let you past. Badge checkers can sell you a one-day badge for $5.
Purchasing Beach Badges
A one-day beach badge (2012 fees) is $5 and a seasonal pass is $45. One day badges can be purchased from the badge checker booths. Seasonal Badges can be purchased at the Borough Hall (901 Boulevard, Monday - Friday from 8:30 - 4:30) and the Keary Avenue Beach Control Headquarters (open every day, 9:30 - 3:30, during the summer unless there is inclement weather). Senior Citizens badges ($10, lifetime badge, 65 and older) can be purchased at the Borough Hall (only on Thursdays from 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM).
Lifeguards in Seaside Heights begin patrolling every weekend beginning with Memorial weekend and then every day beginning in mid June. The last day of the season is Labor Day. Lifeguards are present on the beach from 10 AM until 5 PM every day, weather permitting.
Comfort Stations / Getting Changed
There are public restrooms on the boardwalk at Hiering, Kearney, and Webster Avenues. Hot showers, lockers, and changing rooms are available, for a $3 fee, at the Hiering Ave Building (adjacent to the beach).
If you get caught changing in a vehicle or in a public restroom you can be fined up to $1250.
Handicap Surf Chairs
Like many Jersey shore beaches, Seaside Heights has a Surf Chair program. You can reserve a beach wheelchair from lifeguard headquartes at 732 793-4646 during business hours (the lifeguard headquarters is open seasonally, during the times of the year when the lifeguards patrol the beach). The chairs are provided free of charge.
Umbrellas, chairs, and rafts can be rented and purchased from vendors located on the beach and on the boardwalk.
During the times of the day lifeguards are on the beach you cannot fly kites, play frisbee or ball, surf or use kayaks.