The Toms River Area
Toms River started as a logging village 242 years ago, attracting early settlers in the 1700s to its dense forests along the winding river. It has grown into the seventh largest municipality in New Jersey and the seat of Ocean County. Sprawled around the river that gave the city its name, and minutes from a barrier island and miles of open shore, it boasts marine life, fine shopping, beaches and a thriving downtown of historic homes and government buildings and courthouses.
Since the mid-1800s, Toms River’s population has grown from 2,700 to 95,000, and it swells during the summer months with tourists and part-time residents. But year-round, the city is the center of activities, including antique fairs; art exhibits; ethnic, music and ice cream festivals; a farmer’s market; chili cook-off; and wooden and in-water boat shows, among many other events spanning the calendar. The annual Halloween parade alone attracts more than 100,000 visitors, making it the second-largest such parade in the world -- and it passes right by 600 Main, where guests can enjoy the procession of more than 6,000 costumed participants right from the expansive front porch.
The city also offers an 18-hole municipal golf course, indoor and outdoor skating rinks, playgrounds and parks, sports and recreational facilities and a variety of boating, fishing and beach-front activities. And it is minutes from Seaside, with its famous boardwalk and own array of fairs and festivals (Polar Bear plunge, anyone?), and close to Blue Claws minor-league baseball in nearby Lakewood.
The house at 600 Main Street has had a prominent place in this lively city since 1897, and it continues to preside over a tree-shaded avenue filled with other historic homes.
Midway between New York and Philadelphia, and a short ride from Atlantic City, Toms River is located at Exit 82B off the Garden State Parkway.