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Top 5 Jersey Shore Landmarks [LIST, POLL]

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So, what does one write about when it's 25 degrees and it feels like one below? Jersey Shore landmarks. It was very difficult limiting this list to just 5. However, it allows you to agree, disagree and even make additions (see poll below) One rule: all landmarks must be in Monmouth or Ocean counties. Oh, and “The Jersey Shore” house will automatically be disqualified.


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Joey Harrison's Surf Club, Ortley Beach

 
 

The Surf Club has been in existence since 1926. Joey Harrison has owned it since 1973. The Surf Club is the only New Jersey entertainment resort that is truly on the beach. They are not over the beach, across the street from the beach or separated from the beach by a boardwalk. They are connected to the beach! The Surf Club offers full food, beverage and cocktail service on the beach.

 
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Dino The Dinosaur, Bayville

 
 

The history of this Bayville Dinosaur is unclear. The local historical society believes this dinosaur was built around 1932 and has been at its current location since 1957. Some Bayville residents remember this dinosaur being located originally at an ice cream stand where the statue was painted dark green with red lights in his nose and green lights down his back.This statue's head has been knocked off and replaced a number of times. In 1998, Dino's head disappeared and had to be replaced again. In 2007, it was repainted blue and covered with hand prints during the Grand Opening celebration for House of Paints which remains the current tenant. The statue was nicknamed Virginia around this time.

 
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Circus Drive-In, Wall

 
 

With a large and distinctive clown sign and 20 parking spaces for car-hop service, Circus Drive-In has a retro theme that is matched by the menu. Established in 1954, it is one of Wall's oldest restaurants and has 11 different types of burgers as well as five types of ice cream sodas. Circus Drive-In also has nine different seafood selections, highlighted by the crab dishes, in addition to traditional American fare like burgers, steaks and hot dogs.

 
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Stone Pony, Asbury Park

 
 

The Stone Pony, located in Asbury Park, New Jersey, is one of the world's best known music venues. It is known as a starting point for many musicians like Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, who were the house-band for much of the mid-seventies, but also for New Jersey natives Bruce Springsteen, Patti Scialfa, and Jon Bon Jovi. According to the vice president of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Robert Santelli, "the club has already earned its place in history as one of rock 'n' roll's great venues. Most rock critics and historians that I come in contact with on a regular basis feel that The Stone Pony is one of the greatest rock clubs of all time."

 
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Barnegat Lighthouse "Old Barney"

 
 

One of the state's most recognizable landmarks, Old Barney is perched at the very north end of Long Beach Island. It has 217 winding steps. The development of the original lighthouse began in June 1834 with a budget of $6,000 from Congress. The 40-foot-tall lighthouse was commissioned the next year. On January 1, 2009, at 5:00 pm, the 150th anniversary of its opening, Barnegat Lighthouse activated its beacon for the first time since 1944. The light now operates daily from dusk until dawn. There is a foghorn on Barnegat South Breakwater Light 7, at the ocean end of the south breakwater, which guards the inlet.


 

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