Rowan Prof Offers ?Jersey Shore Favorites? for Summer Fun

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Looking for interesting and affordable activities at the Jersey Shore this summer? Rowan University geography professor Dr. Charles A. Stansfield Jr. offers daytrippers and vacationers a few fun ideas

Looking for interesting and affordable activities at the Jersey Shore this summer? Rowan University geography professor Dr. Charles A. Stansfield Jr. offers daytrippers and vacationers a few fun ideas from his list of ?Jersey Shore Favorites.?

Stansfield chose favorite attractions visited during years of research for his book ?Vacationing on the Jersey Shore: Guide to the Beach Resorts Past and Present? (Stackpole Books, $19.95). ?There are so many interesting things to see and do at the Shore that listing my favorites was a real challenge,? Stansfield said. ?The list changes depending on personal interests or age. But that?s the great thing about the Jersey Shore?there?s something for everyone. My favorites just give Shore lovers some good places to start.?

Here?s a sampling of Stansfield?s ?Jersey Shore Favorites?:

** Best View ? Tower of the Twin Lights at Navesink Highlands. ?From there, you can see Sandy Hook, Ocean City, Sandy Hook Bay, Lower New York Bay and the Manhattan skyline,? Stansfield said.

** Best Walking Tours ? Ocean Grove walking tour, Cape May?s ?do-it-yourself? city tour and the Cape May ghost tour

** Best Bird Watching ? Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary, Brigantine Wildlife Refuge and Cape May Point

** Best ?Shop ?Til You Drop? Locations ? Bay Village and Schooner?s Wharf in Beach Haven, and the town of Smithville

** Best Crabbing ? ?Almost anywhere on Back Bay. There?s no closed season,? he said.

** Best ?Rainy Day? Activities ? Outdoor and indoor museums of Tuckerton Seaport

** Best Natural Seashore ? Island Beach State Park

** Best Zoo ? Cape May County Park and Zoo. It?s free!

In ?Vacationing on the Jersey Shore,? Stansfield provides a historical perspective of the tourism industry in New Jersey and a modern-day guide to the best beaches, attractions and amusements to be found on the Shore. The 256-page guide is illustrated with 133 color photos, 22 black and white photos, nine maps and reprints of vintage postcards. The book has received positive reviews in The New York Times and the Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pa.

As a graduate student Stansfield began studying New Jersey tourism and geography as a defense against the ?boring? research papers for which his field of study was known. A full professor at Rowan, Stansfield teaches courses in New Jersey geography, urban geography and economic geography.

For more information on Dr. Charles Stansfield Jr.'s book, contact the Rowan University Relations Department at 856-256-4583.

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