The Jersey Shore has been a popular summer vacation destination for a long time.

But we're not just talking about when you or even your parents were kids, we're talking over a century and a half of vacationers making our beaches their favorite destinations.

From U.S. presidents to America's first boardwalks, here's just a taste of some of the Shore's rich history:

Ocean County

In 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant headed out to LBI to get away from D.C. for the 4th of July.

Monmouth County

Asbury Park has been a summer hotspot for almost 150 years, with one of the first boardwalks in America. Asbury was even the spring training home of the New York Yankees in 1943.

Atlantic County

You can't talk about vacationing at the Jersey Shore without talking about Atlantic City, home of the first boardwalk in the country, with an 1870 opening, even older than Asbury Park's.

Cape May County

As far back as the history goes for the vacation destinations that we've already talked about, Cape May goes back even further. Called "the country's oldest resort", Cape May has been a summer getaway spot since the 18th century.

As you can see, it's not just questionably entertaining TV shows that made the Jersey Shore popular, families have been enjoying our beaches for many, many summers.



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