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Point Pleasant is the 10th Coolest Small Town in America!

The website says:

Spread a beach blanket on a perfect stretch of white sand for a state of total relaxation. No, you’re not in the Caribbean or the Cape—welcome to one of New Jersey’s most awesome beach and boardwalks, in Point Pleasant Beach, an easy day trip from New York City and Philadelphia and one of the friendliest communities you’ll find anywhere. The star attraction in summer is Jenkinson’s boardwalk, with rides for kids (of all ages), exceptional food (think Northeast classics like sausage and peppers on a roll, deep-fried powdered Italian zeppole, and the finest hand-shaken lemonade this travel editor has ever tasted), and an array of carnival games (yes, the frog pond is here!), a vintage carousel, and even an aquarium. Visitors are often surprised that Point Pleasant Beach’s downtown is also one of the coolest antiques districts, with unique stores, quiet coffee shops, friendly locals, and upscale dining for when you’ve finally had your fill of boardwalk fare. Nab hotel bargains by visiting in spring or fall, or splurge a little on a perfect summer lodging like the White Sands, with beach access, an outdoor pool, and an on-site restaurant.

That's a pretty awesome description! I grew up in Brick, so Point Pleasant was the closest destination for my friends and I. The tradition is continuing as my wife and I bring Baby Varacchi there when the weather is nice, and she adores it. She loves the lights and sounds of the games, the food, and the long walks along the boards.

Do you think Point Pleasant is one of the coolest small towns?

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