LBI Ultimate Bucket List: Summer 2024 Edition

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Schools are out, college kids are home and the traffic lights are in full effect – the 2024 summer season is officially upon us. Like a fleeting sunset, LBI summers seem to come and go before our eyes. Before you know it, the lights will be off and the “Locals Summer” will be underway. When time is of the essence, a checklist comes in handy. 

Here is our bucket list of things to do this summer on the island.


Pass on Wawa HoagieFest and support your LOCAL DELI (Lenny & John’s, Lighthouse deli, Bowker’s , Fratello’s, Inlet Deli)


LEARN TO SURF with the LBI Surf Guru

Grab your favorite childhood ice cream from an ICE CREAM TRUCK

Watch FIREWORKS with a loved one

Enjoy an LBI LAGER from Ship Bottom Brewery at your favorite BYOB

Barnegat Light Things to Do

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Buy A KITE at Kitty Hawk Kites and fly it on the beach!

Buy FRESH SEAFOOD from Cassidy’s Fish Market in Barnegat Light

Do a NIGHT CLIMB on Old Barney (7-9pm: June 29, July 20, August 17)

Eat a SCALLOP TACO at Viking Fresh Off The Hook

Cap your day with a SUNSET CRUISE on Miss Barnegat Light

Order a CHARACTER PANCAKE at Mustache Bill’s

Enjoy some fresh, off-the-boat SCALLOPS at Kubell’s outdoor deck

Start your morning right with a cup of ‘LBI Blend’ COFFEE at How You Brewin’

Treat yourself to a BANANA SPLIT from Kelly’s

Beach Haven Things To Do

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Slurp down an OKLA-MOCHA at the Show Place Ice Cream Parlour

Indulge in a “Butter and Sugar” CREPE at Crêperie de la Mer (get there early!)


Dig into a bucket of clams BAYSIDE at Polly’s Dock

Try one of Guapo’s famous toasts (& enjoy it on their ROOFTOP)

Buy a book from Dune Market & read it at the PEARL STREET PAVILLION

Buy a new DRESS from Allie May Boutique

Fly down SLIDE #6 at Thundering Surf Water Park

Let your dog enjoy some off-leash time at the Beach Haven DOG BEACH

3 WORDS: Country. Kettle. Fudge.

Have a drink at the BUOY BAR during sunset

Take a cruise on the BLACK PEARL 🏴‍☠️

Grab a SLICE of pie from Bay Village Pizza

Get a slice of ‘NO NAME PIE’ at Holiday Snack Bar

Eat a MIDNIGHT SNACK at the Chegg (maybe for a heavy dose of nostalgia)

Enjoy a glass of SUMMER SANGRIA in the garden at Station 117 

Taylor Ham PORK ROLL egg & cheese at Bagel Shack

Take a bite of an ELEPHANT EAR from Crust and Crumb

Buy a new TOP from Island Gypsy

Treat yourself to a LOBSTER ROLL from Pearl Street Market

Get a DOUBLE DOCK BURGER at Dock and Claw and see where it falls in your rankings

DANCE to ‘3am Tokyo’ at Bird’s and Betty’s

Get a seat at the bar for HAPPY HOUR at the Black Whale

Go tropical with a Montego Bay MAHI BOWL at Locohana

Bring your kids to see LITTLE MERMAID at the Surflight Theatre

Have a SEAFOOD FEAST at Parker’s Garage (don’t forget the Mac and Cheese!)

Guzzle down a (Spicy?) FROZEN MARGARITA at The Shell

Beat someone in a BAR GAME at The Hudson House

Order a BAR PIE at Buckalew’s Happy Hour

Enjoy an order of OYSTERS from Triton

Cruise around Beach Haven on a PARTY BIKE brought to you by Pedalcycle

Test your TRIVIA knowledge at Ship Bottom Brewery (Every Wed @ 6pm)

Harvey Cedars Things to Do

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 Enjoy a BUFFALO CHICKEN CHEESESTEAK at the Neptune Market

Treat yourself to a BURRATA PIE from Black Eyed Susan’s

Order the CALAMARI VERA CRUZ for take-out from Harvey Cedar’s Shellfish (it’s even better when it sits!)

Watch a SUNSET at Sunset Park

Ship Bottom Things to Do

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Get a HOLE-IN-ONE at Flamingo

Order the PARM TRIO from Raimondo’s

Indulge in a FRENCH TOAST DONUT from Shore Good

Try and BREAK 50 at the Sand Trap

Bite into a JELLY DONUT from Ferrara’s Bakery

Party on PARTY ISLAND (No boat? Paddleboard out!)

Feed the family with an OZONE PIZZA for takeout from Russo’s

Enjoy the iconic ROAST BEEF SANDWICH from the Port Hole (bring your cash)

Mix up your dessert routine and grab a MILKY BUN from Ship Bottom Ice Cream

Smashburger from BURGER 25 – enough said

Play a MINI GOLF TOURNAMENT at Hartland (Wednesday mornings 9 am.)

Play cornhole on the ROOF DECK at Hotel LBI

DOCK AND DINE at The Boatyard

See for yourself why La Bamba’s FISH TACOS are an island favorite

Pass on the big guys and support your LOCAL LIQUOR STORE (Lang’s!)

Polish off a ‘THE PHILLY’ SUB from The Local

Catch the NERDS at Joe Pop’s

Head over to WATERFRONT PARK for free live music during the Summer Concert Series

Surf City Things to Do

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Grill up some FAMOUS BURGERS from Okies Butcher Shop

Buy a SUMMER SHIRT from Farias

Chomp down on a Super Hero SNOW CONE from Pelicans

Listen to SHORTY LONG at the Surf City Hotel (7/2 ,7/9, 7/13, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30)

Morning BEACH YOGA with Yoga Bohemia

Order a CHARCUTERIE BOARD for your next gathering from the Cheese Shoppe

Get a cup of ‘SURF CITY BLEND’ coffee at How You Brewin’

Play PICKLEBALL at the new courts on 1st Street

Have a pizza night with A GRANDMA PIE from BLVD PIZZA 

Order a Johnny’s ICE CREAM CAKE  from The Big Dipper 

Explore the many VEGAN offerings at Wally’s

The Rest of the South End

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Buy a new piece of LBI MERCH from Sink R Swim

Try to GET A RESERVATION at Stefano’s (it’s worth it!)

Enjoy a SUNSET DINNER at Dockside Diner

Wait in an “out-the-door” line at SKIPPER DIPPER

Order the CRAB FRIED RICE at the Oyster House (you won’t regret it!)

Enjoy a drink in the new “BACKYARD” at the Terrace Tavern

Pass on Wawa hoagiefest for a SUB at Fratello’s

Ride the Nardis PARTY BUS (always free – 609-492-9538)

Order a PEPPERONI PIZZA with hot honey at Queen City Crust

Check out FREE SUNSET YOGA at Bay View Park brought to you by Hot or Not Yoga Studio (Thursdays @ 6pm)

Enjoy a party shaker on Daddy O’s ROOFTOP DECK WITH FRIENDS

Try the newly acclaimed ISOLA and see if gets your 5 star review

Grab a sandwich from Bowkers Deli and eat at EDWARD FORSYTHE PARK

GET YOUR VEG ON with a veggie wrap from the Barrel Surfer Cafe

Listen to the duo of TED HAMMOCK & THE PICKLES (Terrace Tavern 7/5, 7/6, 8/30, 8/31)