There are many times during the spring and summer that I find myself at a weekend without any specific plans. Thankfully, there are plenty of places in and near Ocean County to get outdoors and enjoy some fresh air!

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    Walking Paths

    If you're looking for a place just for a stroll, Brick Reservoir and the Manasquan Reservoir are great options.

    With Brick's path just over a mile and a half around, you'll see plenty of people walking their dogs, jogging, or just taking a casual stroll.

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    Fun & Games Boardwalks

    If you're looking for more to see and do, of course the boardwalks of Seaside Heights, Point Pleasant Beach, and Beach Haven are good choices.

    Whenever I have out of town friends come visit, I always take them to one of the boardwalks for the true Jersey Shore experience.

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    Quiet Beaches

    If you're looking to avoid all of the action of the arcades and restaurants but still enjoy the beach, there are plenty of quiet oceanfront destinations.

    Manasquan, Belmar, Sea Girt, and plenty of Long Beach Island beaches are all great choices.

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    Hikes

    If you're looking to rough it a little, you don't have to go far for some great nature hikes.

    Double Trouble, Jake's Branch, and Cattus Island are all great Ocean County hiking destinations.

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    Outdoor Shopping

    If you want to enjoy the outdoors while taking care of stuff on your to-do list, there are some great outdoor shopping options nearby.

    From the Premium Outlets in both Jackson and Tinton Falls, to the quaint little stores in Smithville, you can shop outdoors to your heart's content nearby.

    Sign outside the Jersey Shore Premium Outlets in Tinton Falls (Google Street View)