Ocean City is known as "America's Greatest Family Resort"
Ocean City - New Jersey
This page is dedicated to YOU - with information so that your stay in Ocean City will be enjoyable. Be it spring, summer, winter or fall...Ocean City is the best of all. There is always something for you to do or see.
Ocean City is known as "America's Greatest Family Resort" as it caters to all members of your family. There are 8 miles of nice, clean, guarded beaches along the whole coast. Beach tags are required from June through Labor Day. 2011 seasonal tags - Ocean City Beach Tag information 2011. (Season $25 - Weekly $10 - Daily $5)
The boardwalk runs for 2.5 miles from the North end of the town to 23rd Street. During the summer you can ride a bicycle or surrey on the boardwalk between the hours of 5:00 - 11:00 AM. There are numerous places to rent these bikes and surreys. New Jersey law requires helmets to be worn by everyone under the age of 17 years and recommended for all. This law does NOT apply to riding on the boardwalk, however. There is also a bike path on Haven Avenue and it runs from 9th to 34th Street. See NJ Biking and Helmet Laws.
Stores, eateries and amusements are dotted along the boardwalk with a newly renovated area from 12th - 14th Street - including new restrooms for your comfort.
Asbury Avenue, in the center of town, boasts boutique shops along with a small department store. Probably the most unique thing about Ocean City is that it is a "dry" town....you cannot buy or be served any alcohol on this barrier island. Atlantic City is 30 minutes away driving north while Cape May can be reached in about the same time going south. The average weather temperature in the summer is 81° F, (winter - 46° F, spring - 70° F and fall - 56° F).
Occasionally we do have rain, but we have many things to do just in case. In fact, these activies are great if you just need or want to keep out of the sun for a day or so.
Activities in Ocean City
Being on the beach either sunbathing or swimming is the number one fun thing to do.Biking and surrey riding on the boardwalk until 11:00 AM are also right up there as great things to do. There are playgrounds scattered all over this island, a public golf course at 28th and Bay, an excellent library and community center at 17th and Simpson which has just had its reopening ceremony. There are two great locations with basketball and tennis courts for the "never grow old" crowd.
Miniature golf courses can be found on the boardwalk along with a waterslide, amusements of all kinds, movie theaters, shopping and lots of food. If you want, there is a great zoo just 20 minutes away and it's free...and then there are the casinos in Atlantic City for the "big kids".
For your information, there are two hospitals very close by - Shore Memorial Hospital in Somers Point and Cape Regional Medical Center, formerly known as Burdette Tomlin Memorial Hospital, in Cape May Court House.
Events in Ocean City - sampling of main events for the entire family to enjoy
Shopping in Ocean City and Vicinity
All along Asbury Avenue in the center of town All along Asbury Avenue in the center of town, there are great shops as well as those on the boardwalk. There is an Acme, Super Fresh and a Thriftway supermarket on the island along with numerous Wawa stores. A new ShopRite recently opened just across the 34th Street bridge into Marmora. If you want a mall, we have two of them nearby. The Shore Mall (Exit 38 Garden State Parkway) and Hamilton Mall (Exit 12 Atlantic City Expressway. Almost all of the large stores are in one or the other mall. Stone Harbor, Avalon and Cape May also have excellent shopping areas with local shopping.
Rainy Day Activities
and Fun Day Activies too
Sometimes the weather does not cooperate and we get rain. Sometimes we get a northeaster where it could rain for days. There are things you can do when this happens.
Local Movie Theaters - Moorlyn Stadium 4 (609.399.0006)and Strand 5 Theatres (609.398.5967)are on the boardwalk in Ocean City and they feature added matinees during inclement weather. There are also numerous theaters in other shore resorts and large movie complexed by the Shore Mall and Hamilton Mall
Cape May County Park Zoo - Route 9 off Garden State Parkway - Exit 11. Rain, snow, sleet, sunshine or whatever - this is one place you MUST visit. Right now there are new snow leopard cubs to see. This is the best zoo around as you can just "walk the boards" and be right with the animals.
Storybook Land - fairy tale theme park with rides for young children - Route
322 (Black Horse Pike) -
Atlantic City Casinos - Atlantic City - for the over 21 kid
Ocean City Library - 17th and Simpson - books, videos to rent and this library is up to date
Historic Cold Spring Village - Route 9 outside Cape May - living history museum from the 1800s
Cape May Whale Watch and Research Center - guaranteed sightings
Bicycle and Surrey Rentals
- Annarelli's - 1014 Asbury Avenue - 399-2238
- Bob's Bicycles - 1368 Boardwalk - 399-3434
- Galante Bikes – 943 Ocean Avenue – 399-6700
- Harbour Light Bicycle Rental – 730 Moorlyn Terrace – 399-4509
- McDowell – 13th and Boardwalk – 399-7121
- Ocean City Bicycle Center – 8th and Atlantic – 399-5555
- Ove’s Bicycle Rental – 4th and Boardwalk – 398-3712
- Surf Buggy Center – 860 8th Avenue – 399-2468
- 13th Street Bikes – 13th and Boardwalk – 399-7121
- 34th Street Bikes – 34th and West – 398-6431
- 12th Street Bike Rentals – 12th and Boardwalk – 399-2814
- 7th Street Bike Rentals - 7th and Boardwalk
The 40 mile stretch of coastline from Absecon Island (Atlantic City) down to Cape May Point is called Ocean Drive and is an example of nature at its best. A drive along this scenic highway can provide a full day of entertainment. There are countless islands. A family of bridges provides the link for you to enjoy this change of pace entertainment experience. There are bridge tolls. This is a drive worth taking...even in the rain!!
Rehobeth Beach Outlet
Still need something else to plan? Have you ever been to the outlets in Rehobeth Beach? This is easy to do....you can take the ferry from Cape May and there are shuttle buses in Lewes, De to drive you to and from the outlets. Great bargains here!
- North Street and Haven Avenue
Basketball court, volleyball court, playground
- 6th Street and Atlantic Avenue
14 tennis courts, 3 basketball courts, 4 volleyball courts, shuffleboard court, playground, football/soccer field and 400 meter track (Casey Stadium)
- 6th Street and Bay Avenue
3 baseball/softball fields, soccer field, playground
- 8th Street and Haven Avenue
basketball court, playground
- 15th Street and Bay Avenue
2 basketball courts, playground
- Tennessee Avenue Soccer Complex
- 29th Street and West Avenue
- 34th Street and Asbury Avenue
2 basketball courts, playground
- 34th Street and West Avenue
8 tennis courts
- 35th Street and Haven Avenue
2 baseball fields
- 52nd Street and Haven Avenue
basketball court, street hockey rink, playground
1132 Boardwalk - 398.1121
|Gillian's Island Adventure Golf
Plymouth Place and Boardwalk - 399.0483
1124 Boardwalk - 399.3186
920 Boardwalk - 398.9662
|Pirate Island Golf
112 E 9th Street - 398.9938
642 Boardwalk - 398.6763
Ocean City is located on a peninsula in southeastern New Jersey, between the Atlantic Ocean and Great Egg Harbor. It is at the northern tip of Cape May County, 20 miles southeast of Atlantic City, two hours from New York City and 70 minutes from Philadelphia. It is home to the famous Ocean City Boardwalk, one of the last true boardwalks along the Jersey Shore. The walk is over two miles long, featuring shops, eateries, roller coasters and a 140-foot ferris wheel. Known as “America’s Greatest Family Resort,” Ocean City is home to more than 15,500 year-round residents. This number mushrooms to well over 125,000 in the summer!
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