The picturesque seaside town of Spring Lake offers its residents and vacationers an unhurried atmosphere of gracious living which has made it a unique resort at the Jersey Shore for more than 100 years.
Two miles of uncluttered beach and the longest non-commercial boardwalk in New Jersey add to the one-of-a-kind atmosphere of Spring Lake.
Turn-of-the-century architecture borders the wide tree-lined streets which surround a large lake. "Spring Lake" is named for the fountains of crystal clear water which emanates from a multitude of underground springs. Paths, shady nooks and rock gardens extend through the weeping willow lined shores of the lake and provide a peaceful spot for a quiet evening walk.
Location: Nestled between Sea Girt and Lake Como, Spring Lake borders the Atlantic Ocean and is wrapped around a body of water that shares the borough's name
Size: 1.3 square miles
Population: 3,567 (2010 Census)
Spring Lake was carved from Wall Township and incorporated in 1892. Known as the Irish Riviera because of a large Irish-American population, Spring Lake welcomed the New York and Long Branch Railroad in 1875. That year, the Spring Lake Beach Improvement Co. purchased 275 acres in the borough, and a seaside resort was born.
Highlights, activities, events
Spring Lake is a beachgoers dream, with four beach areas to choose from and bathing pavilions at either end. The South End beaches are favorites in the summer, while those at the North End are quieter. The lake in the borough's center, fed by clear water from underground springs, is home to ducks and geese who pass underneath rustic pedestrian bridges.
Outdoor aficionados can scuba dive offshore, and fresh and saltwater fishermen can find sweet spots.
Theater lovers can take in a production at the Community House, built in 1923, and for dessert, head to The Blarney Cone, the borough's newest ice cream shop.
Those with an appreciation for all things beautiful can tour Spring Lake's inns during the annual Candlelight Tour, held in December.
History buffs can catch a glimpse of the Essex and Sussex oceanfront condominiums, which appeared in scenes of the movie "Ragtime," or visit the Centennial Clock on Third Avenue. Constructed in 1992 to commemorate the borough's 100th birthday, the clock sits atop a time capsule containing early '90s memorabilia, a video of the town and illustrations made by local school children, and is to be opened in 2042.
Jersey Shore Now.com