Long Beach Island is a barrier island and summer colony along the Atlantic Ocean coast of Ocean County, New Jersey, just 62 miles (100 km) southeast of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. However while a beautiful destination for casual gazing, the area is not recommended for serious observations; the beaches are, for the most part, unaffected by artificial illumination, providing a dark and open sky for reasonable stargazing. Hotels, vacation lodges, and campgrounds are all available within the island and in neighboring cities. The EarthSky friend who recommended this entry told us there is nothing to get in the way of stargazing, and has been able to enjoy “lots of shooting stars!” For more information, please visit online or call the Long Beach Island Chamber of Commerce at 609-361-3395.
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!