Chill Out In The Long Beach Island Region This Winter

(Photo courtesy of Katie DeVito)

SHIP BOTTOM – The Southern Ocean Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to join in the many special winter events that take place in the Long Beach Island Region. Get outside and enjoy the beauty of winter with the Chamber this season!

The Long Beach Island Foundation of Arts & Sciences will be hosting their Deep Freeze Fest on Jan. 26 from 7-10 p.m. Come out for a fun night in the Foundation’s winter wonderland in the gallery. You can partake in live music, a German-style pretzel bar, fire pits, snacks, and cold brews. Admission is free and beer wristbands will be available for $20 at the door.

Join South End Surf and Alliance for Living Ocean on Feb. 3 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the Polar Paddle. Grab your wetsuit and come out for a winter paddle race on the Barnegat Bay. You can pre-register online or register at South End Surf N’ Paddle in Beach Haven from 11 a.m. The race will start at noon a block over from the Surf shop and will be followed by a potluck after party.

If you love the ocean no matter what time of year, the Polar Plunge is the event for you! Join the St. Francis Center on Feb. 4 at 1 p.m. for the 14th annual plunge into the freezing winter ocean on 48th Street in Brant Beach. Pre-register for the event by contacting the St. Francis Community Center, or visiting

Chocolate Week is back! From Feb. 11-18 join local businesses and organizations for a series of offers, activities and events from Valentine’s Day through President’s Day weekend. These local businesses will be offering special promotions and classes to sweeten up the winter season throughout LBI, Barnegat, Stafford, Tuckerton and Little Egg Harbor.

Mud City Crab House will be hosting Eskimo Outreach on Feb. 24 from noon until 8 p.m. Join the local community for this “community clam bake of artic proportions” to benefit the Jetty Rock Foundation with live music, craft beer, cider, auctions, and Little Eskimo activities among others.

For more information on any of these events, for updates on the latest listings, visit the Southern Ocean Chamber Visitor Center, 265 W Ninth Street, or call at 609-494-7211.