Barnegat is named after its most well known local attraction, Old Barney (the Barnegat Lighthouse).
It encompasses Barnegat Lighthouse State Park and the commercial fishing port of Viking Village. Also in
the north are the relaxed towns of Brant Beach, Loveladies, North Beach, Holgate and Harvey Cedar. Head
south to find bustling Surf City, Ship Bottom and Beach Haven, the island’s main action center, namely,
Thundering Surf Water Park & Adventure Golf, which features eight giant waterslides.
A bit of
historic perspective should be mentioned. In 1609, Henry Hudson, an Englishman employed by the Dutch to
start colonizing America, anchored in what is now known as Barnegat Inlet. According to a log of the
"Half Moon", his ship, was the remark "This is a good land to fall in with, and a pleasant land to see."
He reported a large lake or "drowned land" which of course was Barnegat Bay. The Dutch named the Inlet as
Barendegat, meaning in Dutch, Inlet of Breakers.
County is located 50 miles east of Philadelphia, 70 miles south of New York City, and 25 miles north of
Atlantic City, making it a prime destination for residents of these cities during the summer. Ocean County
is home to many tourist attractions especially the beachfront communities of Seaside Heights, Long Beach
Island, Point Pleasant Beach. NJ Transit's railway line which serves New York Penn Station, passes through
Middlesex and Monmouth counties, and offers service as far south as the Bay Head station.