A few weeks ago, on Seal Island in Island Beach State Park, there were more than a few seals soaking up the sunshine!

There are always a few seals sunning themselves on Seal Island (obviously, lol) but on this day back in January, the little island was covered!

It turns out that Island Beach State Park was ranked the best state park in New Jersey from Thrillist!

The Jersey Shore really has gotten a bad rap. Like, instead of fist-pumping meatheads, why couldn't a show have focused on one of the largest stretches of undeveloped, pristine barrier islands in the United States? Oh, right, because nobody would have watched it. But what MTV gave us in ugliness, this park gives us in beauty. As in, 10 miles of unfettered beaches, dunes, and trees where you can spend the day hiking, kayaking, or just strolling the Snooki-free boardwalk. And for boaters, nearby Tices Shoal is a popular tie-up spot.

And don't forget the seals!