Introduction to Brigantine, New Jersey
Brigantine, New Jersey, in Atlantic county, is 35 miles E of Vineland, New Jersey and 56 miles SE of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The city is in the Atlantic - Cape May area. There are 12,594 residents in Brigantine.
Brigantine was initially incorporated as the Brigantine Beach Borough on June 14, 1890. However, it went through further reincorporations in 1897 and 1914, until it was finally incorporated as the City of Brigantine on March 16, 1924. The name "Brigantine" probably came from a 15th century ship that was wrecked on the offshore shoals near this area. During the American Revolutionary War, shipbuilding and salt manufacturing became the primary activities. In the late 1800s and the early 1900s, there was an attempt at a large scale development of this city. Railroads were built and automobile access to the island was made possible.
Brigantine and nearby Attractions
- Brigantine City Hall
- Brigantine Beach Historical Museum
- Peter Beach
- Absecon State Wildlife Management Areas
- Brigantine Country Club
- Leaming's Run Gardens
Things To Do In Brigantine
While in Brigantine, one can visit the Brigantine Lighthouse and other historical buildings, like the city hall and the local museum. Being a coastal area, there are two very popular beaches here, Peter Beach and Brigantine Beach, where one can enjoy a variety of sand and water sports. Though Brigantine Beach was once a spot for whalers to catch migrating whales, Brigantine is now home to the Marine Mammal Stranding Center where sick and injured whales, dolphins, sea turtles and seals are given assistance. The Brigantine Wildlife Refuge and the Absecon State Wildlife Management Areas are a safe haven for rabbits, birds, and foxes. To spend a quiet day out, one can also visit the Brigantine Country Club or the Leaming's Run Gardens.
The Atlantic City International Airport is close to Brigantine.
Brigantine Higher Education
Colleges offering higher education to residents of Brigantine include The Richard Stockton College Of New Jersey and the Atlantic Cape Community College.