Off-season Travel: Things to do on the Jersey Shore

Off-season Travel: Things to do on the Jersey Shore

The spray-tanned, poofed-hair, fist-pumping gang of the Jersey Shore returns for season three this week, and the mayhem has already begun. MTV's reality train wreck continues to keep people pondering the fundamental questions in life: Will Sammie and Ronnie make it as a couple? Will "The Situation" up his mack-daddy status and entertain more than three women in the hot tub at a time? Can Snooki stay sober enough to get through one episode?

While reality TV show junkies wait anxiously to see which Jersey Shore castmate gets arrested first, we've thrown together some of the best things to do and see around New Jersey and in the Jersey Shore during the off-season -- spray-tan and hair gel optional.

1. Walk the boardwalks. Just because it's cold doesn't mean you can't enjoy some of the best aspects of the shore, which usually take place on the boardwalks. In the off-season there are still plenty of arcades open, so get your Pac-Man skills ready and take on your friends with an impromptu Jersey Shore arcade tournament.

2. Visit one of Jersey's famous lighthouses. The Cape May Lighthouse is open year round at Cape May State Park.

3. Shop around Bay Village for some unique Jersey Shore gifts -- and by unique, we mean runs the gamut of just about anything you could want. There's plenty of stores and eateries in Beach Haven and Bay Village and Schooner's Wharf offer shops that suit the entire family.

4. Go to a concert. Some of the biggest names in music hail from Jersey -- Frank Sinatra, Frankie Valli, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and plenty more. Pay homage to your favorite artists by springing for seats at one of the Jersey Shore's arenas.

5. Press your luck in Atlantic City. America's favorite playground isn't far from the Jersey Shore and can be a great alternative for those wanting a little more bling. Cozy up for the night in one of Atlantic City's casinos or just enjoy some fine dining and nightlife.
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