The Most Scenic Drives In Ocean County
While many of us spend the most amount of time in our cars commuting, there are plenty of nice things to see while you're making your way through Ocean County.
Route 35 between Toms River and Brick was one of the areas that was hardest hit by Sandy, but there are still plenty of gazillion dollar homes to gape at through Mantoloking. This is one of the areas that I like to take visitors through and name drop some of the celebrities who have been known to frequent the gigantic beach front homes.
Most of the time when driving through Point Pleasant Beach, the easiest way to get around is to stay on 35. But if you keep going and take a small detour on Inlet Drive and Channel Drive, you'll be rewarded with great views of Manasquan Inlet and working fishing boats coming and going to bring us the great seafood that we're known for.
On one side of the county we have the beachfront roads, on the other side we have roads through the middle of nowhere. On a clear day, I love driving through the Pine Barrens, where you may not see another car for miles, but you're very likely to see lots of birds of prey and plenty of unobstructed nature.
When most people think of Seaside Heights and Seaside Park, they think of motels, the boardwalk, and parking lots. But if you keep going South towards Island Beach State Park, the commerce disappears in favor of vast views of the ocean on either side.
Ok, so this technically isn't Ocean County, it's into Burlington, but worth including. And who'd think the Garden State Parkway would make the list? But as you drive through the marshes over the Mullica River, especially on a crystal clear night, you can see the lights of Atlantic City in the distance.