"Seated at the intersection of the Raritan and Sandy Hook Bays, Keansburg was the first stop on Henry Hudson’s 1609 voyage to North America. With its thick woodlands and long, dune specked beaches, Keansburg earned the name “Wakioak” from the Lenape, meaning “land of plenty.” Despite these historic origins however, only bits and pieces of the town were purchased between Hudson’s landing and the beginning of the nineteenth century. It was only in the 1880s that Keansburg was rediscovered for its rich, fertile soil and ample supply of fish. As the town grew, postcards displaying the Gem of the Bayshore’s pristine beaches and quaint village community began attracting the attention of wealthy New Yorkers. By 1910, vacation homes were lining the streets and the newly established Keansburg Beach Company had constructed the town’s first boardwalk and amusement park. Though Hurricane Donna would damage much of historic Keansburg in 1960, subsequent redevelopment plans have since battened down the hatches, making the town safer than ever.
Today, Keansburg remains the quintessential Bayshore town. Relax at the Keansburg Beach or head over to the Keansburg Amusement Park and Runaway Rapids Waterpark for classic summertime fun, shore style. Cool off with a drink at the Raritan Bay Brewing Company or dine out at any one of Keansburg’s lovely restaurants and pubs. Only minutes from Middletown, Union Beach and Highlands, Keansburg is conveniently located in the heart of the Jersey Shore and along the center of the scenic and historic Henry Hudson Trail. Stake your claim in Keansburg!"