Best of the Shore 2010

And we do mean the whole Shore. From great Boardwalk eats to fancy boutiques, quiet places for a sunset dinner to rowdy bars for partying, we bring you the tops up and down the Garden State coastline, including the Jersey Cape, LBI, and for the first time ever, the North Jersey beaches. Come on in, the water’s fine.

ROLLER COASTER   The Morey family, which runs basically every thrill ride in Wildwood, has been touting its new “mystery” attraction for months (it’s scheduled for a grand unveiling this Memorial Day weekend), and given their track record, we’re sure it’ll be fab. But for us, it’ll be tough to ever top the heart-pounding rush that is a ride on the Great White, the 110-foot-high wooden coaster that scares the bejesus out of us each and every summer. Is it the plunging drops and hairpin turns that make you feel you’re going to be thrown from the car? Or is it the deafening clack-clack-clack of the tracks as that same car whips you around at 50 miles an hour, which makes it seem like the entire structure is about to collapse? Uh, both.   Adventure Pier, Spencer Avenue and the Boardwalk, Wildwood, 609-522-3900, moreyspiers.com.

BAKERY
   Three generations of Brittons run rightfully crowded Brittons Gourmet Bakery, led by chatty matriarch Marie, who’s always on hand to share a story and a smile. The place can be a zoo from opening at 6:30 a.m. till about 10, but then again, it’s worth braving the din for one of Marie’s legendary apple fritters fresh from the fryer (they sell hundreds of boxes a day), treats elevated to Hall of Fame status after then-President Ronald Reagan sent a handwritten thank-you note after snarfing down a few back in 1983. And if you can’t trust the Gipper, whom can you trust?  5600 Pacific Avenue, Wildwood Crest, 609-522-5600.

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