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Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Toms River, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Toms River and the surrounding area.

  • Weather ...
  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks across the sky.
    • To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass this GPS location for Toms River:
    • 39.953729, -74.197919
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Toms River
  • Waymarking ...
    • Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:
    • Waymark.com

Curious and Interesting Names Near Toms River ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

  • Anchorage
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Anchorage
    • Anchorage lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Toms River.
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Anchorage have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Anchorage
  • Camelot
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Camelot
    • Camelot lies less than 2 miles<1> to the northwest of Toms River.
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Camelot have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Camelot
  • Cedar Grove
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cedar Grove
    • Cedar Grove lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Toms River.
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cedar Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cedar Grove
  • Crystal Lake
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Crystal Lake
    • Crystal Lake lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the south of Toms River.
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Crystal Lake have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Crystal Lake
  • Double Trouble ‑ Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Double Trouble
    • Double Trouble was located 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the south of Toms River.
  • Evergreen Shores
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Evergreen Shores
    • Evergreen Shores lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Toms River.
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Evergreen Shores have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Evergreen Shores
  • Holiday Heights
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Holiday Heights
    • Holiday Heights lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the west of Toms River.
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Holiday Heights have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Holiday Heights
  • Holly Park
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Holly Park
    • Holly Park lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Toms River.
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Holly Park have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Holly Park
  • Island Beach Heights
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Island Beach Heights
    • Island Beach Heights lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the east of Toms River.
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Island Beach Heights have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Island Beach Heights
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    • Maple Shade
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Maple Shade
      • Maple Shade lies less than 2 miles<1> to the north of Toms River.
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Maple Shade have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Maple Shade
    • Pleasant Plains
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pleasant Plains
      • Pleasant Plains lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the north of Toms River.
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pleasant Plains have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pleasant Plains
    • River Bank
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for River Bank
      • River Bank lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Toms River.
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for River Bank have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on River Bank
    • Silver Ridge
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Silver Ridge
      • Silver Ridge lies less than 2 miles<1> to the west of Toms River.
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Silver Ridge have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Silver Ridge
    • Snug Harbor
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Snug Harbor
      • Snug Harbor lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Toms River.
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Snug Harbor have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Snug Harbor
    • Suburban Park
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Suburban Park
      • Suburban Park lies less than 2 miles<1> to the northwest of Toms River.
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Suburban Park have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Suburban Park

How Far From Toms River to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Toms River to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Toms River and extending to:

  • Trenton, which is the State Capital of New Jersey, lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the west northwest (WNW). If you could walk a straight line from Toms River to Trenton, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of two days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just about two full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC) is 168 miles [270.4 km] to the west southwest (WSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 5,733 miles [9,226.4 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,436 miles [10,357.7 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,313 miles [6,941.1 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<7>

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Toms River. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Ocean County: www.oceancountygov.com/

The official website for State of New Jersey: https://www.state.nj.us/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Toms River) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Toms River. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Toms RiverOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Toms River. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.9537, Longitude: -74.1979       In this case, the coordinates for Toms River have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.
<4>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Toms River to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 306.134 degrees.
<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 301.613 degrees.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 303.082 degrees.




 

 

 

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