Manahawkin, NJ Local Information, Schools & Real Estate Listings
Manahawkin, Stafford Twp
Manahawkin, Stafford Twp is located in the southern portion of Ocean County NJ along the coast. The town (Manahawkin) is the original settlement area that later blossomed into Stafford Twp. Manahawkin which interestingly means ‘land of good corn’ in Lenape (there are several theories on the name in debate) is an area is rich in history. Local historians offer walking tours of downtown Manahawkin. Guides love to tell the tales of shipwrecks and hauntings from earlier times weaving a rich historical fabric of the area.
Tourism has played a significant role in the buildup of Manahawkin/Stafford Twp as the area is considered the gateway to Long Beach Island, a popular summer destination known for great beaches.
Manahawkin offers a wide range of homes in many developments such as Beach Haven West, Ocean Acres, Deer Lake Manor, Hilliard Estates and more. There is something special about each of these communities in Stafford Twp. Beach Haven West is perfect for those who love to live on the water with quick and easy access to Barnegat Bay. Ocean Acres is located on the west side of Manahawkin and gives its residents a more secluded lifestyle on the outside of route 72. Ocean Acres provides the luxury of living in a beautiful neighborhood, yet are still less than 20 minutes away from the beach. Deer Lake Manor and Hilliard Estates are also great developments in Manahawkin, they give residents the ability to live in close communities and are perfect for building lasting friendships.
Children who grow up in Stafford Twp attend either Ocean Acres Elementary, McKinley Avenue Elementary School, Stafford Intermediate School, then move up to the Southern Regional School District for grades 7-12, where they are joined by students form Long Beach Island and Waretown.
Manahawkin is close to many family fun activities. Families can attend the annual Founder’s Day celebration and St. Mary’s Carnival. Enjoy walking around eating cotton candy, exploring all the fun and games at each of these events. For a fun afternoon, stop by Eagleswood Amusement Park, located 10 minutes away from Manahawkin, this is a great place for families to enjoy rides, an arcade, a driving range and then have a nice relaxing dinner at Calloway’s Bar and Restaurant.
A popular destination, the Manahawkin Lake Park hosts tons of events for everyone to enjoy! With a beach and picnic area attached, there are endless possibilities to have at the Manahawkin Lake. It is also home to fundraisers such as Touch-A-Truck and Hooked on Fishing and annual celebrations such as Founder’s Day. The annual Maker’s Festival is held at the Manahawkin Park each year, an with over 150 vendors. During the warmer weather, many residents also love to take walks around the lake or sit on nearby benches enjoying the beautiful view.
Parallel to route 72, Downtown Manahawkin provides many local shops and attractions. The Manahawkin Flea Market is a perfect way to spend a weekend morning. It has been around for over twenty years and adds new vendors every year. What makes the Manahawkin Flea Market so great is the staple vendors who return year after year. Locals love to see the new inventory that the infamous “T-Shirt Guy” and “Flag Guy” have each year. There is also a strip mall on the same lot with unique boutiques. Across from the Flea Market, the Rusty Surfer shop sells many vintage homemade shore decor items. Other must go to places on this road are Mud City and the Old Causeway, these restaurants offer a delicious variety of seafood and steak options which are a staple in the area.
Manahawkin is in a great spot for day trips. The beautiful beaches of Long Beach Island are just a 15 minute drive away. Spend the day exploring all this 18 mile island has to offer. Be sure to stop in many of the great local shops and visit the Barnegat Lighthouse. Hop on Garden State Parkway South and within 40 minutes you will reach Atlantic City. Spend the day walking the boardwalk, dining at one of their amazing restaurants, or gambling at one of the casinos. Continuing on Parkway South, Cape May is just an hour away. There is no better way to spend a summer day than strolling through the local shops or visiting the historic lighthouse. Driving two hours west will lead to Philadelphia, full of rich American History and well known for their cheesesteaks. Want to spend the day in New York City? That is no problem too, a two drive up north will take you to the city that never sleeps.
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Who Lives in Manahawkin, NJ?
46 Years is the Median Age
58.7 % are Married
68% are College Graduates
9,918 People live
in this Neighborhood
50.3F Median Monthly
55,153 Median Household