What to do and see in Forked River, United States: The Best Places and Tips

November 13, 2017 Stefan Strunk

Forked River (pronounced fork'id ri'ver) is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) located within Lacey Township, in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the CDP's population was 5,244.
Restaurants in Forked River

1. Seaside Park Beach

Seaside Park, NJ
Excellent
56%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 269 reviews

Seaside Park Beach

Popular beach featuring a myriad of shops, accommodations and restaurants, plus a boardwalk offering rides, fun and games the whole family can enjoy.

Reviewed By Dan G

Fantastic Beach to visit with a family of young children. It's clean and the boardwalk offers plenty of attractions. There is a Ferris wheel, roller coasters, games, arcades, mini golf, and tons of shops. Stop by 3 Brothers from Italy for great food. Just a great place to visit.

2. Albert Music Hall

131 Wells Mill Rd, Route 532, Waretown, NJ 08758-2606 +1 609-971-1593
Excellent
78%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 35 reviews

Albert Music Hall

The 6000 square foot center dedicated to country and bluegrass music was opened on January 5, 1997.

Reviewed By Ginger M - Waretown, New Jersey

Every Saturday night, you can sit comfortably and listen to local talented country musicians, singing their written songs or songs from the country-western charts. Restrooms are clean & handicap accessible. Inexpensive snacks are available for purchase. Get there early for front row seats.

3. Double Trouble State Park

Lacey and Berkeley Townships, Bayville, NJ 08721 +1 732-341-6662
Excellent
52%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 45 reviews

Double Trouble State Park

Reviewed By Toasterwoman - Forked River, New Jersey

Years ago Double Trouble was a cranberry bog that not grew and harvested them, but did the packaging and shipping. People lived there. Time marched on. The family that owned the land turned it over to the state. Now you can swim, canoe, raft, and have fun in the clean water of Cedar Creek....along with Fido. Double Trouble is dog friendly. A lot of the old buildings are still there still holding a lot of the old contents. There are many trails to walk and explore the area. And, if you are lucky, you'll find the old family cemetery (which is still active) hidden away (and I do mean hidden) in the forest. Needless to say, we've been there more than once, and always find something new to explore and enjoy.

4. Popcorn Park Zoo

1 Humane Way, Forked River, NJ 08731-5800 +1 609-693-1900
Excellent
59%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 180 reviews

Popcorn Park Zoo

Reviewed By HowIseeit - Cranford

Have been going here for over 30 years. It is such a wonderful place/experience. The animals truly seem happy and it's so fun feeding some of them the popcorn. Where else could you see lions, tigers and bears in such a wonderful setting!!

5. Ocean County Library

101 Washington St, Toms River, NJ 08753-7688 +1 732-349-6201
Excellent
81%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 154 reviews

Ocean County Library

Reviewed By Cyberpilot2014 - Bayville, New Jersey

I recently joined this library and l am amazed about their level of service. They offer something for everyone, children, seniors, students, music, movies and book lovers and it is free! I now can request electronic books so l visit them at least once a month.

6. Jakes Branch County Park

1100 Double Trouble Rd, Beachwood, NJ 08722-2448 +1 732-281-2750
Excellent
80%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 5 reviews

Jakes Branch County Park

Reviewed By gostartraveler - Forked River, New Jersey

A bit out of the way but that's good because the playground - which has two areas depending on age level - was not crowded. Adequate parking, and there's a series of trails that wind across the park. They have a nature center which has exhibits related to the Pinelands. There's an observation deck too, but be warned: when we went there was a sign saying that wasps frequent the deck (so back to the elevator we went.) Bathrooms accessible from outside next to nature center. Fields also for various sports.

7. Cattus Island County Park

1170 Cattus Island Blvd, Toms River, NJ 08753-3909 +1 732-270-6960
Excellent
67%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 138 reviews

Cattus Island County Park

Reviewed By monmouthprof - Toms River, New Jersey

This is the best place on a clear day. So open and clear that you can forget where you are. Free admission with open trails for bikes and walking.

8. Green Hat Kiteboarding

28 Baltic Ave, Baker's Basin Marina, Waretown, NJ 08758-2411
Excellent
100%
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5 based on 2 reviews

Green Hat Kiteboarding

Green Hat Kiteboarding has one of the best locations to learn how to kiteboard/ kitesurf. Lessons are taught on a small island in Barnegat Bay; in an area with flat, waist deep water. We have been teaching kiteboarding lessons for 10 years and all instructors are IKO certified. Our lessons are specific to each student and our instructors make this a fun learning experience.

Reviewed By jdupont2016 - Wilmington, Delaware

Vadim guided my daughter through her first lesson with patience, skill, and the perfect balance of motivation and consideration. She got up and had a couple of long runs on her first lesson, way more that I was expecting. She is hooked, can't wait for her next session back at Kite Island with the Greenhat team.
The location doesn't get any better, perfect for learning, with shallow water in all directions, reliable wind, plenty of room in the staging area, and not too crowded.
I strongly recommend Greenhat, they are great in all aspects.

9. Play Day Place

695 Challenger Way, Forked River Industrial Park near the Power Plant, Forked River, NJ 08731-5916 +1 609-488-1691
Excellent
84%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 12 reviews

Play Day Place

Play Day Place is all about discovery and adventure, and promotes kids’ agility of both mind and body through the energetic and imaginative play opportunities our facility provides. Play Day Place offers our new indoor inflatable Basketball Zone and enclosed Soccer Arena with over-sized soccer balls, twin structurally-engineered Rock Climbing Walls equipped with automatic repelling systems which guarantee secure landings, and a 3-Tier Soft Play Structure where kids can investigate a variety of items including tubes, a slide, cargo climb, zip line, balance beam walkway and more. Our BRAND NEW, LARGE “Imaginative Play” rooms provide kids with three unique opportunities; they can aspire to be creative chefs or hungry patrons in our fully equipped “50s” Diner, enjoy the educational roles of both teachers and students in our School Classroom, and “practice” medicine as nurses or doctors in our Toy Hospital.We also feature a Toddler Room and a Virtual Game May Play Area.

Reviewed By gostartraveler - Forked River, New Jersey

Dark and dingy. Mostly inflatables placed into a warehouse. Toddler area consists of a sectioned-off area with ball pit and a couple of rocking horses, nothing stimulating nor different than what I have at home (minus the sectioned-off area.) There is a separate bounce area for toddlers. For older children, there is also a bounce house, an inflatable maze-like house among two or three other things (including a climbing area similar to what's available at some McDonald's play areas, and at McD their play area is free.) Price is $10.99 a day, but if you leave and come back it's another $6 charge. Maybe I'll take my child there when they are older and it's a day when they can't go outside, but for now, I'll pass. Take a tour for yourself before you commit to paying for a day,

10. The Cove Waterfront Bar and Grill

905 Bay Blvd, Bayville, NJ 08721-2241 +1 732-269-6161
Excellent
51%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
8%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 12 reviews

The Cove Waterfront Bar and Grill

Reviewed By MimiKennyB - North NJ

Flat Panlel TVs all around the Bar.. Sports oriented. Great Bayside Deck for summer dining and drinking on Barnegat Bay... Inside theres a wall of Windows with a Million Dollar View of the Bay! Tie your boat up at the Dock and hang out! (Make sure you drink responsibly before going back in your boat.. The Marine police are always patrolling!)

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