Beach Haven is a Borough in Ocean County, New Jersey, in the United States.
Beach Haven is a late 19th century beach-front resort originally established in 1873 to house wealthy summer residents from Philadelphia. Although some of the major structures have been lost and the beachfront now contains modern motels, a large portion of the town retains its Victorian and Edwardian character. The Beach Haven Historic District listed in the New Jersey and the National Register of Historic Places in the early 1980s, encompasses the most intact buildings at the core of the resort.
Beach Haven is home to multiple attractions, including the only amusement park on the island: Fantasy Island, off-Broadway quality live musical theatre: Surflight Theatre, cabaret-style sing-for-your dessert entertainment: Showplace Ice Cream, Bay Village Shopping Center, Long Beach Island Museum and many distinctive shops and restaurants. There is also miniature golf and a water park. Veteran's Bicentennial park, in the heart of Beach Haven, hosts many summer concerts, flea markets and parades, and an open park area for general recreation. As the island is only a few blocks wide, the beach and the bay are readily accessible from anywhere in Beach Haven. Pavilions can be found at Fifth and Pearl Streets. Beach badges are required and can be purchased at Borough Hall or the Centre Street badge booth.
For grades K through 6, public school students are served by the Beach Haven School District. Beach Haven Elementary School, the district's lone school.
For grades 7 through 12, public school students attend the Southern Regional Middle School (grades 7 and 8) and Southern Regional High School (grades 9 - 12). These schools are part of the Southern Regional School District, which serves the five municipalities in the Long Beach Island Consolidated School District, along with students from Beach Haven and Stafford Township, along with the sending district of Ocean Township. Both schools are in Manahawkin.
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