Spring is here, summer's on the way and as the weather heats up, we find ourselves thinking longingly of the beach. With more than 100 miles of coastline, New Jersey's beaches have lured tourists and summer visitors for centuries. Below is a collection of old photographs showing just that.

A girl relaxes on the beach circa 1940s, 1950s. (Mowen Studio Photo: NJ State Archives / Dept. of Agriculture Collection)

 

Winter didn't stop these Atlantic City visitors from enjoying the beach circa 1940s - 1950s. (Photographer: Fred Hess & Son / NJ State Archives Dept. of Agriculture Collection)
A group poses in the surf at Atlantic City, NJ circa 1895. (New York Public Library/ Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs)
These children play on the beach in Atlantic City, NJ circa 1940s to 1950s. (Photographer: Fred Hess & Son / NJ State Archives Dept. of Agriculture Collection)

 

Circa 1875-1905. The title of this image is "Say that again, and I'll dip you in, Atlantic City, NJ (Wikicommons: Stephen A. Schwarzman Building / Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs)
A beach scene from behind the Life Savers' Observation stand in Asbury Park, NJ circa 1901. (Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA)
Asbury Park's North End, Date Unknown (Wikicommons / U.S. Library of Congress)
Life Savers and Tent in Atlantic City, NJ circa 1913-1916 (Wikicommons/ Postcards)