I grew up here, and have always had my standard favorite beaches...but now that I have kids, I'm looking for something a little different. I don't want rides, or boardwalks, just a daytrip to a beach where my kids can go in the water without worrying about riptides (short of driving all the way to Wildwood). I'm willing to go as far as LBI..any suggestions? In Wildwood, you can really go out pretty far before the water gets deep, and the waves are usually pretty calm. This is not the case at my favorite beaches. But Wildwood is just not a daytrip from North Jersey.