A Tour of the “Jersey Shore” House!
This is pretty epic. If you couldn’t tell from the title, I went on a tour of the “Jersey Shore” house, and it was amazing! Considering how much I’ve written about this show and its crazy cast of greasy goofballs, I can honestly say this was one of the highlights of my life.
It wasn’t planned or expected – just happened to be in Seaside Heights, walked up to the infamous Shore Store where the cast worked during the show, and saw a sign inviting people to take a tour of the house, which is right behind it. Of course, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see where our beloved Snooki, The Situation, J-WOWW, and the rest of the gang lived, fought, hooked up (and God knows what else they did in that house) for four summers.
The tour was led by this guy who worked on the crew of the show, who led us through the back door of the Shore Store and onto the back porch. But before we went inside, he warned us that it’s a lot smaller in real life – something I’m sure many of the girls who’ve hooked up with The Situation have also realized.
Anyway, we walked into the house and it was pretty damn surreal. It looks exactly like it did on the show – four years after going off the air, nothing really had changed. But that’s the whole appeal – the house is rented out to people wanting to live the “Jersey Shore” experience for themselves. When it’s not being rented out, they hold these tours – and this day, we got luckier than Snooki after a night out at Bamboo, as the house was open for tours. And just as the cast has shared many sexual partners and diseases with each other, I’m happy to share my experiences with you.
First stop, the kitchen – still stained with Ronnie’s signature “Ron Ron Juice” and meatball sauce – or at least the place where meatballs got sauced.
Then onto the living room, including the infamous duck phone!
And the bedrooms, which really were startlingly small:
And the bathroom, including the toilet that got clogged when someone tried to flush a wife beater – and by wife beater, I mean a shirt, not Ronnie.
And finally the confessional room:
And that’s the tour. Again, it was an amazing and surreal experience, and incredibly nostalgic. It reminded me what a great show “Jersey Shore” was, in its first season at least. Before the fame and infamy, the lawsuits and litigation, these were a few lucky kids who got selected to be on a show to get drunk and have fun at the Jersey Shore. As most of the cast have been reduced to punchlines at this point, it’s easy to forget how huge the show was when it started – and just how famous these people became.
Although “Jersey Shore” certainly didn’t improve the reputation of the Armpit of America, it was pretty magical – perfectly capturing what its like to be at the shore in your 20s, living with your friends and having not a care in the world. What made it even more relevant for me was actually living at the Jersey Shore when the show was on. Definitely brought back some great memories.
Never thought I’d say this, but I fuckin’ miss these people.