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Things for Grandparents to Do

Grandparents/grandchildren, Ocean County, NJ and the fall season are perfect together. Known for its seashore, the county offers an extensive choice of fall activities as well.

Ocean County operates three parks with nature centers staffed with park naturalists who will enhance any visit. All have walking trails. Admission to the parks is free as are many the activities they sponsor.

Insectropolis, 1761 Route 9, Lakewood, is a bugseum. Much is done with tongue in cheek such as Mother’s Day, when the “Queen of the Hive,” mom, is admitted free. Then, there is the annual June Bugfest. You will learn a lot about bugs as our friends, and some not so friendly. Youngsters will meet some creepy crawlies up close and personal at the bug talk. There also is an extensive butterfly collection.

Barnegat Lighthouse State Park in Barnegat Light is home to “Old Barney,” a recently relit lighthouse icon. No climbing is necessary to see the view from the top, which is available on monitors at the bottom via camcorders. One of the smallest parks in the state’s system, it is packed with things to do. A 1/4-mile cement, handicapped accessible walkway is great for birding. Migrating waterfowl usually float into the Barnegat Inlet. Programs are scheduled in the interpretative center where one can find representations of birds that frequent the area as well the history of the lighthouse. A small maritime forest, one of the last on Long Beach Island, has a 1/5 mile-loop walking trail. Just right for little legs. Anglers can be found fishing at the foot of the lighthouse. It is exciting to watch boats traverse the testy inlet. Walk out onto the beach to take a great photo with the lighthouse in the background and met the flashy red-winged blackbirds that inhabit the local bushes.

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