Seaside Heights is a borough in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough’s population was 2,887. Seaside Heights is situated on the Barnegat Peninsula, a long, narrow barrier peninsula that separates Barnegat Bay from the Atlantic Ocean. During the summer, the borough attracts a crowd largely under the age of 21, drawn to a community with boardwalk entertainment and one of the few shore communities with sizable numbers of apartments, attracting as many as 65,000 people who are often out until early morning visiting bars and restaurants.
As a resort community, the beach, an amusement-oriented boardwalk, and numerous clubs and bars, make it a popular destination. Seaside Heights calls itself, „Your Home For Family Fun Since 1913!“ The beach season runs from March to October, with the peak months being July and August, when the summer population explodes to 30,000 to 65,000. The community is also known as the location of the hit MTV show Jersey Shore, with the director of the borough’s business improvement district saying in 2010 that „we can’t even calculate the economic benefit“ to Seaside Heights from the continued presence of the show.
Casino Pier and Funtown Pier (partially located within both Seaside Heights and neighboring Seaside Park) are amusement parks, each situated on a pier extending approximately 300 feet (100 m) into the Atlantic Ocean. Each of the two piers are part of a boardwalk that stretches for 2 miles (3.2 km) and offers many family-friendly attractions ranging from arcades, to games of chance, to beaches, and to the wide variety of foods and desserts, all within walking distance. Breakwater Beach (formerly known as Water Works) is a water park situated across the street from Casino Pier.