Beach Eats, Cape May, Ocean City, Sea Isle City, Stone Harbor, Strathmere, The Wildwoods, Townsends Inlet, Uncategorized

Come for the Food, “Fall” for the View

With temps still hovering in the high 70’s over the next couple days, it is hard to think about putting an end to your shore plans. The good news is, you don’t have to – lucky for us shore lovers, many restaurants, shops and businesses will remain open well into the holiday season.

We recently published a list of our “Top 10 things To Do at the Shore This Fall” and #8 on our list was “Go Out to Eat”. While some restaurants have already closed for the season, many others will remain open on weekends. Among these are dining establishments that will continue to offer al fresco dining (weather permitting), or at least stunning views to make you feel like you’re dining outdoors. Here is a list of our favorite restaurants in each town that are still open this fall.

Ocean City – Hula Restaurant

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Hula Restaurant, Ocean City

Say Aloha! to the vibrantly colorful and unassuming Hula Restaurant, tucked back off the main boardwalk between 9th and 10th Streets. The Hula is famous for its Hawaiian Chicken, sticky rice and other tropical-inspired delights. The food is fresh, healthy and delicious and will make you feel  like you’re surfside in Maui. Take home a bottle of their famous Hula Dressing, Hawaiian Style Barbeque or Teriyaki Sauces (or all three!) Gift cards are available for purchase in the restaurant and will make a great holiday gift for Hula Restaurant fans. Outdoor seating available as weather permits; now open weekends until Thanksgiving.   940 Boardwalk.

Strathmere – Deauville Inn

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The Deauville Inn, Strathmere

Overlooking the bay between Ocean City and Sea Isle in beautiful Strathmere is the Deauville Inn, which has been delighting diners for decades. Boasting of an expansive dining room, a sports bar, an outdoor patio and bar area and, in the summer season, the bayside barefoot Beach Bar, the Deauville offers robust entertainment throughout the summer season. Their extensive menu ranges from burgers to fresh seafood and appeals to every taste. Now open weekends through December. 201 Willard Road.

Sea Isle – Carmen’s Restaurant

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Carmen’s Restaurant, Sea Isle

Noted as Sea Isle’s first waterfront restaurant, Carmen’s has been serving up delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner since 1981. Their large menus offer something for everyone, not to mention the delectable bay breezes and authentic nautical ambience. This restaurant also offers endless waterfront entertainment – watch fishing vessels come back with their catch in the morning, wave to paddle boarders in the afternoon and enjoy a beautiful sunset in the evening. While the restaurant is open air, clear shades are used when necessary to keep out the weather and cool breezes while still allowing for the beautiful view. Now open through Saturday October 20th.   343 43rd Place.

Townsends Inlet – Sunset Pier

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Sunset from Sunset Pier, Townsends Inlet

Come here any evening and you’ll see how this waterfront restaurant got its name. But the Sunset Pier doesn’t just delight in the evening – during the day, visitors can enjoy an acai bowl or freshly made smoothie from the juice bar, visit the tackle shop and rent back bay boats for crabbing, fishing, or joy riding. A 20-foot pontoon boat is also available for party rentals. If you’re just coming to eat, you’re in for a real treat – their food is delicious, their menu appeals to all tastes and the sunsets are free of charge. Indoor and outdoor seating available (weather permitting). You’ll have to wait until next year to enjoy a sunset here, though…the restaurant is now only open for breakfast and lunch on weekends (Friday – Monday) through Thanksgiving.

Avalon – Sea Grill

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The Sea Grill, Avalon

One of three restaurants owned by the wildly popular Princeton Bar and Grille, the Sea Grill offers the finest in steak and seafood in a gorgeous romantic setting. The Sea Grill gives diners a unique experience as they walk up to a window to order or their main and side dishes, and then help themselves to a salad bar amply stocked with fresh ingredients. Although not a waterfront venue, the Sea Grill’s candle lit, cozy ambience is a perfect place for date night or to celebrate an anniversary or birthday. Looking for lunch, a casual atmosphere or some lively entertainment instead? Head next door to the Circle Tavern (or in the summer head around the corner to the Princeton Bar and Grill – sadly, it is closed for the season). The Sea Grill and Circle Tavern are open year-round; Sea Grill (225 21st Street) opens at 5:00 pm daily and the Circle Tavern (2008 Dune Drive) opens at 11:00 am daily.

Stone Harbor – Stone Harbor Bar and Grill 

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Stone Harbor Bar and Grill, Stone Harbor

The Stone Harbor Bar and Grill offers a fun and casual dining experience in the heart of the shopping district – a perfect place to take a break from shopping and have a drink or a bite to eat. Catch a game on one of 25 big screen TVs and enjoy a cool ocean breeze in summer when the large front windows are opened. Their menu offers top quality meats, freshly baked breads, locally-sourced seafood and refreshing signature cocktails. Now open Thursday through Sunday, 12:00 noon – 10:00 -m (8:00 pm on Sundays). 261 96th Street.

Wildwood – Two Mile Landing

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Two Mile Landing features the Crab House and Two Mile Restaurant and Bar, Wildwood Crest

On the way to Cape May from Wildwood, nestled back by the bay in Wildwood Crest and offering expansive waterfront dining and stunning sunset views is the Two-Mile Landing dining and entertainment complex featuring two restaurants – the Crab House and the Two Mile Restaurant and Bar. The Crab House has been specializing in All-You-Can-Eat Blue Claw Crabs since 2012 and offers a raw bar, “Crabatizers”, burgers, tacos and entrees that will appeal to both landlubbers and seafoodies alike. In 2013, Two-Mile Restaurant and Bar opened to offer upscale casual dining featuring 21 beers on tap, a wide selection of wines and delicious entrees. These waterfront establishments feature two decks with a stage and plenty of live entertainment throughout the summer. The Crab House remains open 7 days a week starting at 11:30 am, and Two-Mile Restaurant and Bar is now open Thursday – Sunday at 4:00 pm. Both restaurants will remain open through October 27 and will also be open on Thanksgiving. Gift cards are available.   1 Fish Dock Road.

Cape May – Lobster House 

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Lobster House / Schooner American, Cape May

Located on the Cape May Harbor and situated right next to the dock where freshly caught seafood is offloaded every day, the Lobster House offers a unique nautical dining experience. For decades, the Lobster House has provided elegant waterfront dining consisting of five dining rooms, casual dockside dining, a raw bar, a take-out window and a fish shop where fresh seafood can be purchased and enjoyed at home. It also includes the permanently moored Schooner American, a 130-foot long sailing vessel which provides the perfect setting for an outdoor drinking and dining experience and features a full bar, luncheon menu and specialty appetizers in the evening. The Lobster House, Take-Out Shop and Fish market are all open year-round; the Raw Bar and Schooner American are only open May – October. Hours are as follows:
Lobster House – 11:30 am – 3:00 pm and 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm. (Year-round)
Take-Out Shop 11:00 am – 7:00 pm during winter months (9:00 pm in summer) (Year-round).
Fish Market 8:00 am – 7:00 pm (9:00 pm in summer) (Year-round)
Raw Bar 11:30 am – 10:00 pm (May – October)
Schooner American 12:00 noon – 10:00 pm. (May – October)

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Fall…for Food and Fun!

As much as we may love summer, there’s no stopping the fact that on Saturday September 22, at precisely 9:54 p.m. Eastern Time, we will officially say goodbye to Summer 2018 and usher in Fantastic Fall. While it is always bittersweet to bid farewell to our carefree beach days and (oh!) those summer nights, fall itself can be pretty cool – in more ways than one. Especially now that shore officials, local businesses and event coordinators have planned a plethora of events to keep us coming back to the places we love the most. Foodies and wine lovers will particularly delight in knowing that, beginning this weekend and extending well into the fall, several coastal culinary events have been planned to tickle their taste buds. Here, we break down the events by category and follow up with a chronological listing of these gastric galas so that you won’t miss a chance to fall for food and fun down the shore.

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If you savor seafood, you’re in luck – several festivals featuring ocean delicacies are being held in the upcoming weeks. On Saturday, September 22, head to the Seafarer’s Celebration at Sunset Lake in Wildwood Crest. This bayfront street festival includes live music, craft vendors, food, family entertainment, and children’s activities, with a fireworks show at 9:00 pm at Centennial Park. On September 29, plan to come to the Sea Isle Harborfest at Marina Park to celebrate Sea Isle’s fishing and nautical history by featuring delicious seafood, live music, a clam eating contest, crafts and specialty vendors.

During the first weekend of October, seafood festivals will be held in Ocean City (October 6-8), Avalon (October 6-7) and Wildwood (October 7). If you’re not sure which one to attend, why not plan a cruise down the coast on Sunday October 7 and enjoy all three? Start in Ocean City at the Music Pier where the Indian Summer Weekend features seafood venders and boardwalk table sales. Then head to the Avalon Community Hall for the Avalon Chamber Seafood Festival, offering delectable treats from fresh seafood vendors, a chowder contest, live music, vendors and more. End your day at the Seafood and Music Festival hosted by the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce on Atlantic Avenue between Wildwood and Schellenger Avenues. This festival features two stages of live music, crafters, food vendors, a pie eating contest as well as a “Kids Korner” with activities including pumpkin painting, face painting and bounce houses.

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Several upcoming heritage fests will provide you with an opportunity to sample fare from Ireland, Italy and Germany. Wildwood’s popular Irish Weekend begins September 21 and runs through the 23rd. The Celtic city-wide event includes entertainment, Irish dance lessons, a 5k run and 1-mile walk, golf tournament, pipe exhibition, food court stage, beer garden, food and craft vendors and so much more, with bus service available to the various events throughout the weekend. While you’re in the ‘Wood this weekend, head to Mariner’s Pier to take part in Oktoberfest, where you can sample Bavarian pretzels, bratwurst, German potato salad, schnitzel and other German treats, as well as a wide selection of beers and tasting flights at an outdoor biergarten, as you enjoy live entertainment by The Oompah-Delics. If you’re just getting adjusted to September and aren’t quite ready to usher in the new season just yet, Oktoberfest at Mariner’s Pier continues on the weekends of September 28-29 and October 6-7.

But Wildwood isn’t the only place to grab a pretzel and a beer and Prost! to good times. Cape May will host an Oktoberfest on September 29 where several streets will be transformed into a German promenade with authentic music and food. Enjoy a famous Bavarian tradition by visiting the beer gardens, food courts and artisan tables selling crafts, antiques and collectibles. And on October 20, Sea Isle City will host an Oktoberfest at Excursion Park, featuring live German music, vendors, free hayrides on the beach, magic acts, pumpkin painting, children’s entertainment and a pie baking contest.

If pasta is more your thing, then you’re in for a real treat. The Olde Time Italian Festival will be held on the weekend of September 28-29 at Fox Park on Ocean Avenue between Burk and Montgomery Avenues in Wildwood. This family festival includes a Procession of the Saints, delicious Italian food favorites, merchandise vendors, games, and continuous live entertainment. A grape stomping contest and spaghetti eating contest will take place as well. On October 6, Kix McNutley’s in Sea Isle will follow up with an Italian Festival of its own, offering a variety of great Italian food, an Italian market with craft and specialty vendors, a cannoli eating contest and live musical entertainment. Finally, Avalon gets in on the fun with the Avalon Lions Club Pasta Night at the Windrift Hotel.

For a different global experience, head to Around the World Social on September 28 at the Sand Bar in Sea Isle City. This event features soft music, butlered hors d’oeuvres, a wine sampling and cash bar.
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Food…with a side of FUN!                                                                                              For those not sold on seafood or international fare specifically, several seaside events pair food with just plain fun events – and in some cases, wine and spirits as well. Let’s start with this weekend and work our way into October.

Celebrate the first day of fall on September 22 at the 7th Annual Stone Harbor Savor September Food, Wine and Beer Festival which will be held at the 96th Street Shopping District. Enjoy the best of local wineries & breweries, food, artisans & live music. Festivities include a grape stomping competition, hay slide and more. Heading further south down the coast on the same day, you’ll find the Fall Food Truck & Music Festival at Fox Park across from the Wildwoods Convention Center. This festival features delicious and unique food trucks, music, vendors, and entertainment as well as a Kids Zone with fun and activities to keep the little ones busy. On Sunday, September 23, enjoy a Jazz Brunch at the Inn of Cape May. This Sunday morning brunch buffet features live jazz from The Great American Songbook by renowned jazz musicians.

Ocean City ushers in the first weekend of October with a fantastic Fall Block Party and Fireworks Spectacular on Asbury Avenue from 5th – 14th Streets. Here you will find crafters, food vendors, music and more. In the evening, fireworks will dazzle in the night sky over the boardwalk from 6th – 14th Streets. On October 6, legume lovers may want to head to the cape for the West Cape May Lima Bean Festival at Wilbraham Park to enjoy an array of recipes, crafts, and products featuring the lovely Lima.

On October 14, be a spicy bivalve and help out the Ocean City Firefighters Charitable Foundation by purchasing a ticket to Ocean City’s 3rd Annual Chili Chowderfest at the Music Pier, where you can partake in chili and chowder tastings while enjoying music from a DJ and watching your offspring enjoy the planned kids’ activities. For an “Evening to Die For”, come enjoy a Murder Mystery Dinner at the Inn of Cape May on October 20 and try to solve a murder mystery as you enjoy a four-course dinner.

November kicks off with the Cape May Restaurant Weekend (November 1-4; various times and locations), a four-day event that offers your choice of an appetizer, entree, and dessert for $35 per person at participating restaurants.

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Of course, no celebration of food is complete without a little wine and chocolate. This fall’s wine events include the Cape May Wine Trail on September 21 which begins at the Carriage House Cafe & Tearoom at the Emlen Physick Estate with lunch. Then hop aboard a Trolley and enjoy a brief tour and wine tasting at Willow Creek Winery, a tasting at Hawk Haven Winery, and wine tasting, cheese and crackers (complete with a souvenir glass) at Natali Vineyards. If the wine tours and tastings whet your appetite for more, join the Cape May Wine School class on October 7 at the Washington Inn to learn about wines. Of course, don’t forget to check out all the local wineries to see the events they have planned as well.

For a sweet ending to your tasty “tour de shore”, check out the Cape May Chocolate Lovers Feast on September 22 at The Blue Rose Inn where you will enjoy seven courses of delicious chocolate desserts and hear how each was created from the chef who prepared it. Can’t make it this weekend? No worries – the chocoholics among us will be happy to know that this event repeats October 27 and December 1, as well as other times during the year.

So, as you’re digesting the end of summer and considering what fall has in store for you, we hope we’ve given you enough to chew on. Bon Appetit!

Oh…but first…here’s a listing of all these wonderful events in chronological order so you won’t miss out on any of them.

September 2018
21 – Wildwood Irish Festival (runs 21st – 23rd)
21 – Cape May Wine Trail
21 – Morey’s Piers Oktoberfest (runs 21st – 23rd; 28-30th; October 5-7th)
22 – Wildwood Irish Festival
22 – Morey’s Piers Oktoberfest
22 – Wildwood Crest Seafarers’ Celebration
22 – The 7th Annual Stone Harbor Savor September Food, Wine and Beer Festival
22 – Cape May Chocolate Lovers Feast at The Blue Rose Inn (repeats October 27th and December 1st)
22 – Fall Food Truck & Music Festival
23 – Wildwood Irish Festival
23 – Jazz Brunch at the Inn of Cape May
23 – Morey’s Piers Oktoberfest
28 – Sea Isle City Around the World Social
29 – Sea Isle City Harborfest
28 – Morey’s Piers Oktoberfest
28 – Olde Time Italian Festival
29 – Morey’s Piers Oktoberfest
29 – Olde Time Italian Festival
29 – Cape May Oktoberfest
30 – Morey’s Piers Oktoberfest

October 2018
5 – Morey’s Piers Oktoberfest
6 – West Cape May Lima Bean Festival
6 – Sea Isle City Italian Festival
6 – Avalon Chamber Seafood Festival (runs 6th – 7th)
6 – Ocean City Fall Block Party and Fireworks Spectacular
6 – Ocean City Indian Summer Weekend (runs 6th – 8th)
6 – Morey’s Piers Oktoberfest
7 – Avalon Chamber Seafood Festival
7 – Ocean City Indian Summer Weekend
7 – Cape May Wine School
7 – Seafood and Music Festival
7 –  Morey’s Piers Oktoberfest
8 –  Ocean City Indian Summer Weekend
14 – Avalon Lions Club Pasta Night
14 – Ocean City 3rd Annual Chili Chowderfest
20 – Cape may Murder Mystery Dinners
20 – Sea Isle City Octoberfest
27 – Cape May Chocolate Lovers Feast at The Blue Rose Inn

November 2018
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Free Weekly Summer Events in Ocean City

Every summer, Ocean City hosts free weekly events as listed below.

Tuesday
Funtastic Tuesdays (10:00 am – 1:00 pm on Asbury Avenue). Each Tuesday, visitors will find entertainment, face painters, balloon sculptors, pony rides and much more.

Mummer’s Night (7:00 pm – 9:00 pm on the boardwalk, 6th – 14th Streets. Mummers strut on the boardwalk every Tuesday night. Sponsored by: Shirt Shack, Preps, Ocean Treasures, Henry’s Fine Jewelry

Wednesday
Farmer’s Market (8:00 am – 1:00 pm, Tabernacle Grounds). Find fresh produce and much more, including crafters at 6th & Asbury Avenue.

Wacky Wednesdays (10:30 am, Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk). Weekly event includes offer “wacky, but not tacky” fun events and contests for the entire family.

Thursday
Market Days (10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Asbury Avenue). Each Thursday, visitors will find entertainment, face painters, balloon sculptors, pony rides and much more!

Family Nights on the Boardwalk (7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, Boardwalk between 6th – 14th Streets). Entertainment is sponsored by: Shriver’s, Playland Castaway Cove, and Johnson’s Popcorn

To learn more Ocean City, please follow the links below:

Find out why Ocean City is “America’s Greatest Family Resort”
History of Ocean City
Ocean City Beach Information
Where to Stay in Ocean City
Where to Eat in Ocean City
Upcoming Events in Ocean City – Fall/Winter 2018

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Martin Makes a Move

Each May, all eyes turn to the small seaside town of Ocean City, New Jersey as winter-weary beach-goers eagerly await weather guidance from popular predictive prognosticator, Martin Z. Mollusk.

Martin is a crafty crustacean who has garnered celebrity status from throngs of adoring fans who lined the beach next to the Music Pier last weekend just for a chance to see the guy and learn when summer will truly begin. He was carried down to the beach on the shoulders of former Eagles long-snapper Jon Dorenbos amid much pomp and circumstance. A chorus of children serenaded him and a few kids were even honored for their inspiring artwork as a gigantic inflatable hermit crab danced in the spring breeze. Several crab fishing vessels were lured to the offshore, until they learned it was nothing but a fake decoy.

Each year, Martin Z. Mollusk day begins when he wakes up from hibernation and makes his way to the beach. It once took him weeks to emerge from his covered crab cage in a boarded-up boardwalk store, until fans became so bored themselves waiting for him to arrive on his own, that they found a local celebrity to hasten the event by carrying him down to the beach. Cue: Dorenbos.

The idea behind Martin Z. Mollusk Day is that if the dashing decapod sees his shadow, summer will come a week early. If he doesn’t see his shadow, it is believed by those who follow shore folklore that summer will come a week later when the town mayor brings his or her oversized key to the beach and, in another act of pomp and circumstance, unlocks the ocean. Either way, summer will officially come on June 21, weeks after Memorial Day ushers in the unofficial beginning of summer at the shore. If you are confused by all this start-of- summer talk, don’t be – you’ll know it’s summer when it takes you 35 hours to drive to the shore from Philly. One way.

Oh, and by the way, Martin K. Mollusk saw his shadow. Which means summer starts this weekend. I think. If you want to know what’s going on down the shore for the unofficial new start of summer on May 18, 2018, look for my next blog post, “Spring has Sprung at the Shore!”. Which, come to think of it, should possibly be changed to “Summer (?) Has Sprung at the Shore!”

Either way, enjoy your weekend!

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Upcoming Events in Ocean City – Fall/Winter 2018

November 2018

November 3  Trail of Two Cities 5k Run/Walk (7:00 am, Ocean City Transportation Center, 10th & Haven Street). This is a 5-kilometer (3.1 miles) point-to-point race over the 9th Street Bridge from Ocean City to Somers Point.

November 12  Veteran’s Day Program (11:00 am, Veteran’s Memorial Park).

November 17  Earlier than the Bird” DOWNTOWN Shopping Extravaganza (8:00 am – 12:00 noon, Asbury Avenue and various downtown merchants). Jump start your holiday shopping the weekend before Thanksgiving, in your pajamas! Early bird shopping specials available.

November 17-18  Free Horse and Carriage Rides (12:00 noon – 3:00 pm, 9th & Asbury Avenue).

November 22  11th annual Fast & Furriest 5k Turkey Trot (8:00 am – 10:00 pm, Boardwalk). Benefits the Humane Society of Ocean City.

November 23  Christmas in the Downtown (2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Downtown Ocean City). Join the merchants & the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce in kicking off an old-fashioned Downtown Christmas.

November 23-25  Free Horse and Carriage Rides (12:00 noon – 3:00 pm, 9th & Asbury Avenue).

November 24-25  Breakfast with Santa (8:00 am – 11:00 am, location TBD).

November 24 – 25  Photos with Santa (12:00 pm – 3:00 pm at the Music Pier).

December 2018

December 1-2  Breakfast with Santa (8am – 11am, location TBD).

December 1-2  Photos with Santa (12:00 pm – 3:00 pm at the Music Pier).

December 1-2  Free Horse and Carriage Rides (12:00 noon – 3:00 pm, 9th & Asbury Avenue).

December 1-2  Train Show (Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Sunday; Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk). Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children.

December 7  Christmas Parade (6:00 pm – 7:00 pm on Asbury Avenue from 6th to 11th Street).

December 8-9  Breakfast with Santa (8am – 11am, location TBD).

December 8-9  Photos with Santa (12:00 pm – 3:00 pm at the Music Pier).

December 8-9  Free Horse and Carriage Rides (12:00 noon – 3:00 pm, 9th & Asbury Avenue).

December 15-16  Breakfast with Santa (8am – 11am, location TBD).

December 15-16  Photos with Santa (12:00 pm – 3:00 pm at the Music Pier).

December 15-16  Free Horse and Carriage Rides (12:00 noon – 3:00 pm, 9th & Asbury Avenue).

December 22-23  Breakfast with Santa (8am – 11am, location TBD).

December 22-23  Photos with Santa (12:00 pm – 3:00 pm at the Music Pier).

December 22-23  Free Horse and Carriage Rides (12:00 noon – 3:00 pm, 9th & Asbury Avenue)

December 31  First Night New Year’s Celebration (4:00 pm – 12:00 am, events are located throughout Ocean City). Ring in the new year with a complete schedule of entertainment leading up to fireworks at midnight.

January 2019

January 1  5 k Boardwalk Run (11:00 am – 12:30 pm, Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk).

January 1   First Day at the Beach (2:00 pm – 2:30 pm, Music Pier, Boardwalk & Moorlyn Terrace). Come be a polar bear and take your first dip in the icy ocean for 2019.

If you own a business or are involved in an organization and you have an Upcoming Event you would like to have us feature, please contact us.

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for a great New Year!

To learn more Ocean City, please follow the links below:

Find out why Ocean City is “America’s Greatest Family Resort”
History of Ocean City
Ocean City Beach Information
Where to Stay in Ocean City
Where to Eat in Ocean City
Free Weekly Summer Events in Ocean City

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Where to Eat in Ocean City

Being America’s Greatest Family Resort means having a wide variety of culinary options to suit even the pickiest tastes. And Ocean City does – unless you are looking to have a glass of wine or an after-dinner aperitif with your meal. Ocean City has been a dry town since its inception, and a movement to allow restaurants to offer a BYOB option was recently rejected by residents. The good news about not allowing alcohol in dining establishments is that eating dinner out is cheaper, and families can avoid dining with loud over-imbibers. Here are the establishments that we think are best in categories that are important to us when we travel. Bon Appetit!

Coffee Shop

IMG_1083Ocean City Coffee (3 locations – 9th and Boardwalk; 10th and Boardwalk; 917 Asbury Avenue) If you’re looking for excellent coffee “roasted on the beach”, Ocean City Coffee is the place to be. They offer over 110 different types of fresh roasted gourmet coffees and over 18 varieties of specialty teas. With 2 shops located on the boardwalk and one on Asbury Avenue, coffee drinkers have a choice of where to enjoy their morning brew – on a boardwalk bench overlooking the ocean, or in a comfy bistro setting where free wi-fi is offered. Open daily 6 am – 7 pm.

Donuts

eatbrownsBrowns Restaurant (Between St. Charles Place and 1st Avenue on the Boardwalk)
Brown’s “Almost Famous” Donuts have been delighting visitors and locals since 1976. Every summer morning, a long line forms outside the tiny walk-up window attached to Brown’s Restaurant. Customers have been known to wait an hour for hot, fresh donuts baked with a signature crispy exterior and a soft cake interior. There is not an overwhelming variety of flavors, but these tasty treats are still a favorite with donut aficionados.

Breakfast

IMG_7439OC Surf Café (715 East 8th Street) The OC Surf Café is a colorfully decorated café offering an expansive selection of delicious breakfast and lunch items, made to order with the freshest ingredients. Morning selections include breakfast burritos, omelets, waffles, pancakes and special combos. The surf-themed décor and videos will make you want to hang ten, as the staff is friendly and the vibe is upbeat. There is often a wait, so put your name in and relax on the pastel-colored Adirondack chairs outside. Open daily 7 am – 2 pm.

Grab-N-Go

Beach Bucket Lunch (2 locations – 2100 Asbury Avenue and 3406 Asbury Avenue) ThisIMG_9360 very unique dining experience provides beachgoers with an awesome opportunity to have their breakfast or lunch prepared and delivered to them right on the beach. BBL has partnered with Blitz’s Markets to provide freshly made salads, burgers, hoagies and other handhelds. A choice of sandwich or hoagie, chips, fruit, cold drink and a Tasty-Kake treat is offered, and a “go healthy” option swaps out the chips and replaces it with yogurt. Breakfast options include a breakfast sandwich, hash browns, fruit & a smoothie. Kid-friendly and healthy options are also offered and the best part is that the meals are packaged in a sturdy colorful beach bucket that kids will enjoy using after they eat. The company will also come and provide meals for special events such as clam bakes, beach-side brunches and a rainy day Beach Bucket and Board Game Special. Open daily Memorial Day till Labor Day 10:30 am – 5 pm.

Lunch

untitledYianni’s Café (Asbury Avenue) Yianni’s is a bustling little café with a robust menu featuring authentic Greek and American cuisine. The large lunch crowd is a testament to the delicious food offerings found here.

Pizza

manco2Manco and Manco Pizza (3 OC locations – 8th, 9th and 10th Streets and the Boardwalk) Back in 1956, a family discovered a revolutionary way of making pizza – cheese first and the most tantalizing sauce swirled on top – and made pizza history. Manco’s pizza is the most sought-after food item on the Ocean City Boardwalk – at any given time of day there are long lines crossing the boardwalk at all three locations. In 2017, Mancos opened a new, larger restaurant in the old Strand Theater at 9th and Boardwalk to accommodate its constant throng of visitors. Delivery is also available in Ocean City. Open daily at 11 am.

Seafood

eatikesIke’s Famous Crabcakes 2 (822 Boardwalk) Ike’s prides itself on being home to the freshest and finest seafood in South Jersey, a tradition that began in 1990. Since then, Ike’s has offered a casual and fun dining experience for the whole family. Using only the highest quality ingredients and cooked to order, Ike’s is famous for its crabcakes but other seafood delicacies- including fish tacos and chowder – are also highly praised. Open daily 11 am to close.

On The Water

eatclancysClancy’s By the Sea (1244 Boardwalk) While Clancy’s Ocean City Boardwalk location is not directly by the water, its beautiful outside dining area provides an excellent view of the boardwalk and ocean. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Clancy’s food is delicious and offers an expansive menu of American cuisine sure to please any palate. While inside the restaurant is cozy and friendly, diners may want to take advantage of the ocean breeze in summer and sit at the outdoor bar (sorry, no alcohol) and watch the passersby while they dine. Open daily 7 am – 10:30 pm.

Ice Cream

eatkohrsThe Original Kohr Brothers Frozen Custard (Various locations on Boardwalk) Kohr Brothers has been an Ocean City staple for generations, serving frozen custard made from Archie Kohr’s original 1919 recipe. Dotting the boardwalk with several locations, Kohr Brothers assures that no visit to the OC boards is complete with out this tasty treat. Open daily.

eatjbgJohnny B. Goode’s Ice Cream Parlor (2 locations – 14th and Asbury Avenue and 34th Street and West Avenue) This old fashioned ice cream parlor is more than just a place to grab a frozen treat. It is a venue for family entertainment as well, featuring weekly karaoke nights for kids and parents, a family sock hop, magic and comedy nights. Delicious treats include sundaes, cones, shakes, smoothies and more. Both locations open daily at 11 am.

Where do you like to eat in Ocean City? If you have a recommendation or wish to share a story about your favorite eatery, please Leave A Response below or contact us. If you own a dining establishment and would like us to feature your restaurant on this blog, please contact us and give us your name, the name of your restaurant and your email address. 

To learn more Ocean City, please follow the links below:

Find out why Ocean City is “America’s Greatest Family Resort”
History of Ocean City
Ocean City Beach Information
Where to Stay in Ocean City
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Where to Stay in Ocean City

100_1748 (2)Ocean City – America’s Greatest Family Resort – offers a wide variety of lodging options including hotels, motels, inns and condo/home rentals for longer stays. Unlike some of tis smaller neighboring beach towns, Ocean City truly has a place to suit every taste. Whether you are a singleton or a large family, you are certain to find lodging that is perfect just for you.

Hotels/Motels

Ocean City’s hotels are scattered throughout the island, but most are concentrated portocallbetween Asbury Avenue and the Boardwalk between 6th Street and 12th Street. The hotels range from higher end options such as the iconic pink beachfront Port-O-Call, to smaller motels that are typically mid-century in design. Most of the hotels and motels on the island offer pools and other amenities such as free beach tags, and are well within walking distance of the boardwalk, shopping district on Asbury Avenue and many shops and restaurants.

Inns/Guesthouses

For guests who wish to have a more intimate stay away from bustling hotels, Ocean City offers overnight travelers the option of staying in quaint bed and breakfast inns as well as privately owned apartment and guesthouses. These accommodations are located throughout the island, but many are close to the beach and boardwalk and offer a variety of amenities. The bed and breakfast lodgings tend to be in older, historic homes. Guesthouses and apartments range from large complexes with pools to smaller, more intimate B&B type houses.

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Camping is always an option for those who wish to have a more rustic experience. Many campgrounds are located off-island along Route 9.

Home Rentals:

Most renters will go through traditional real estate agencies to rent condos and houses, however there is a growing number of options appearing online. Websites such as Vacation Rental By Owner (VRBO), Home Away and even AirBNB are starting to show options for weekly and, at times, shorter stays via website.

In closing, I strongly encourage you to visit online reviews of all these lodging options to get more information and find feedback about other guests’ experiences to better make a decision about what is right for you.

Where do you stay in Ocean City? If you would like to make a recommendation or share information about your favorite hotel, motel, inn or rental, please leave your reply below, or contact us if you have an interesting story about where you stayed in Ocean City. 

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Ocean City Beach Information

Ocean City beaches are a great place to be on a hot summer afternoon, a cool autumn morning or a balmy spring night. Whether you are a beachcomber, sunbather, surfer or sandcastle builder, you are sure to enjoy your time on these white sand beaches. To maximize your enjoyment, here is information you will want to know.

Lifeguarded Beaches
There are over 40 lifeguarded beaches in Ocean City – to see the list of beaches, check out the Ocean City Beach Patrol website. Lifeguards are present weekdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted (some beaches are guarded until 8:00 p.m.)

Permitted Activities
Surfing – Surfing is permitted on 7th street beach, the 16th street beach and Waverly beach.
Beach Tag Information
Beach tags are required for all individuals 12 years or older from June 3rd through September 4th, 2017, every day of the week. Seasonal beach tags can be purchased online. All beach tags can be purchased at the following locations:

  • City Hall, 9th and Asbury
  • Rt. 52 Welcome Center
  • Henry Knight Building, 12th and Haven
  • Aquatic & Fitness Center, 17th and Simpson
  • Ocean City Music Pier
  • 12th Street Boardwalk Booth
  • 46th Street and West Avenue Municipal Building
  • 34th Street Welcome Center

The 2017 Summer Season rates for beach tags are: $5 for daily, $10 for weekly $25 for seasonal tags. Beach tags are free for all veterans of the United States Armed Forces, as well as active duty military members and their immediately families.

Parking
Ocean City has city-operated lots on Fifth Street, Eighth Street, Ninth Street, 14th Street and Moorlyn Terrace, in addition to various privately owned lots. Almost any street between 8th – 14th has parking lots close to the boardwalk/beach area. Many Ocean City streets offer metered parking as well – meters are in effect from May 1 through Oct. 31. Information about cost and time is displayed on the meters, and some parking meters accept credit cards for payment.

Restrooms
Restrooms are located at 1st Street; 6th Street; Music Pier; 11th Street; 12th Street; 34th Street Playground; 58th Street Beach. All bathrooms are handicapped accessible. Family bathrooms are located at 1st and 12th streets.

Accessibility
Handicapped beach access is provided at 1st, 6th, 8th, 9th, 12th, 14th, 26th, 29th, 34th, 36th, 40th, 43rd, 46th, 50th, 51st, 52nd, 53rd, 55th, 57th, and 59th Streets.

Surf Chairs
The Surf Chair Program is based out of the Ocean City Sports & Civic Center located on 6th Street at the Boardwalk. The service is available on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (check-in by 4:30 p.m.) and on weekends from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (check-in by 5:00 p.m.). Lifeguards that are on duty are not usually available to assist persons needing the Beach Surf Chairs.  The surf chair program runs from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Reservations are suggested. For more information about this program, call 609.525.9304.

Rules and Regs

  • Swimming is only allowed at guarded beaches.
  • Dogs are not permitted on the beach except between Oct. 1 and April 30 and must be on a leash.
  • There are three guarded beaches where surfing is permitted in Ocean City: Waverly Boulevard, Seventh Street and 16th Street. Surfing is permitted at all beaches either before or after lifeguards are on duty.
  • You do not need a license to fish in the salt water surrounding New Jersey. Surf fishing is permitted anytime on unguarded beaches, as well as in Corson’s Inlet State Park. Fishing is permitted on guarded beaches any time before or after lifeguards are on duty.

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History of Ocean City

 

dunesgrass2As with most of the barrier islands in Southern Jersey, Ocean City was once a hunting and fishing ground for the Lenni-Lenape Indians. In 1700, the area became known as Peck’s Beach after a whaler by the name of John Peck used the beach to store whales caught off shore.

In 1750 John Somers bought a few hundred acres in the northern part of the island and used it for cattle grazing. Visitors would come to hunt and fish. By the mid-1800s, Parker Miller and his family came to live on the island as its only full-time residents, living in a house that once stood where Seventh Street and Asbury Avenue is today. Miller was a representative for lost cargo insurance claims, protecting shipping companies’ rights when ships wrecked off island. Legend has it that he used the cabin of a wrecked steamer as the family’s kitchen.

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Four Methodist ministers, interested in creating a seaside Christian resort, traveled to the island to inspect it and determined it was the perfect place for what they envisioned. Standing under a cedar tree in 1879, they set out a plan to develop the land and formed the Ocean City Association to execute it. They purchased the land and cleared it to make lots, which they began selling in May 1880 for approximately $50 each. Later, they built streets. From its inception, it was determined that the sale of alcoholic beverages in Ocean City would be “forever prohibited” – a law that remains in effect today.

postcardtrainstationDevelopment of the new island city was rapid. Within one year of its conception, a railway service brought visitors in to the island from Tuckahoe and, later, direct from Philadelphia. A rustic train station was built at 34th Street and Haven Avenue. Another station was built in 1898 at 10th Street and Haven Avenue. The 10th Street station still stands and today – listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it currently serves as a transportation center for buses.

Between 1889 and 1934, several transportation modes were available to bring people to the island. A train called the “Yellow Kid’ ran between Ocean City and Stone Harbor to the south. The Shore Fast electric line, operated by Atlantic City and Shore Railroad, ran from Atlantic City to Ocean City by way of the mainland communities of Pleasantville, Northfield, Linwood and Somers Point from 1907 to 1948. Steamboat service from either Longport and Somers Point shuttled visitors to the island between 1894 and 1918.electricshorefast - Copy

lifesavingstationIn 1886, nearly 30 years before the U.S. Coast Guard was created, the U.S. Life-Saving Service constructed 45 life-saving stations along the New Jersey Coast, including one at 4th Street and Atlantic Avenue in Ocean City. It operated as a life-saving station until 1937 and was instrumental in saving all 35 crew members of the sailing ship Sindia when it ran aground in 1901. postcardsindiaIt was also instrumental in the rescue of numerous small boats and endangered swimmers. The Station reopened between 1941 and 1945 to house personnel and equipment for anti-saboteur and submarine beach patrols during World War II, and in 2013 it too was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

By turn of the century, Ocean City had seen a lot of development. Asbury Avenue, the first street built in the new city, became the commercial hub. Boarding and guest houses opened to welcome visitors who wished to stay on the island overnight.

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 As part of a federal plan to experiment with air delivery service, the first air mail was flown between Ocean City and Stone Harbor in 1912, a flight that took only 20 minutes. In 1920 the beach patrol was established, and four years later the first high school was built.

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postcardparkwayAs cars become more prolific, a bridge from Somers Point to Ocean City was built in 1912, followed by three other bridges that connected Ocean City to lands in the north, south and west. postcardbridge3

From the north, the Longport bridge was built in 1927, from the south a bridge was built over Corson’s Inlet from Strathmere in 1946, and from the west travelers could travel from Marmora in to 34th Street by a bridge that was built in 1964.postcardbridge2

 

 

 

In 1929, the Music Pier was built. postcardmusicpier2kellyhouseThat same year, Grace Kelly was born to a prominent Philadelphia family who vacationed in Ocean City at their house located on the corner of 26th Street and Wesley Avenue. Her father, Jack, was an Olympic oarsman, winning gold medals in both the 1920 and 1924 Olympics. He went on to be an owner of the firs horse race track in Atlantic City. Grace became an Academy Award-winning actress. She was featured in over 60 television shows and 11 movies, including 3 Alfred Hitchcock films. She married Prince Rainier of Monaco. The couple had three children, and the royal family continued to vacation in Ocean City until her tragic death in an automobile accident in 1982.

One of the most popular dining establishments in Ocean City was established in 1937.postcardchatterbox2 The Chatterbox Restaurant, now located on the southeast corner of 9th Street and Avenue, has been a town favorite since it started serving comfort food in the 30s. The building in which it is housed – a pink Spanish Mission Revival-style icon – was designed by the same architect who created the Music Pier and Flanders Hotel. To this day, the restaurant’s décor resembles that of 1950’s soda fountain with a historic mural depicting a mid-century restaurant crowd enjoying their food. The restaurant was owned by several families over the years, but has remained a popular dining venue. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy caused severe damage to the restaurant and its belongings, but fortunately the mural was spared. The restaurant was closed for a few months for restoration and reopened in 2013. The restaurant’s present owners, themselves customers for 30 years, purchased the Chatterbox in 2014 to save it from possible demolition. They decided to preserve the name and atmosphere to honor its tradition of being “the place where the town meets” – a tradition that continues today.

Nights-in-VeniceIn 1954, the first Night in Venice parade was held after a town official travelled to Italy and witnessed a boat festival. He believed that Ocean City’s back bay area would be a great place to hold the same type of event. Since then, the Nights in Venice Parade has become a popular annual event where boat and waterfront home owners decorate to the hilt and parties are held throughout the bay front. The event often draws crowds of over a hundred thousand people each year. Grandstands are set up along the route, which runs from the Longport-Ocean City Bridge to Tennessee Avenue, to allow spectators to watch the passing boats that light up the night, a process that takes three hours to complete. Family-friendly entertainment is available in some locations along the route including live music, face painting and other festivities. The night culminates in prizes and fireworks.

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The Ocean City Boardwalk has such a storied past, it is deserving of its own chapter.

postcardboardwalk3The first wooden walkway was built in 1880, extending from the Second Street wharf to Fourth Street and West Avenue. In 1885, plans were made to extend the boardwalk the entire length of the beach after the first amusement pavilion opened on 11th Street.
In 1898 William Shriver founded Shriver’s as a restaurant, ice cream, and candy store. Later, the Shriver family would own the boardwalk theaters that once entertained audiences. Today, Shriver’s Salt Water Taffy is the oldest business that’s still in operation on the boardwalk.postcardshrivers

Moore’s Bowling Casino opened at Moorlyn Terrace in 1905, and later a roller rink and apostcardbowling theater were added. It ultimately became the Moorlyn Theatre, home to vaudeville acts and silent movies with live organ accompaniment. In 1929, the Showboat Theatre, later known as the Surf, was built, first as a venue for vaudeville acts but later became a movie theater. Finally, in 1938, the Shriver Theater opened at 9th and the boardwalk, later to become The Strand. Built in the art deco style, it had one screen, two balconies and a silk curtain with King Neptune pictured on it.

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Sadly, none of these theaters remain. The Surf closed in the 1980s and became an enclosed shopping area. The Moorlyn had a short run as a combination family movie theater and religious venue after it was purchased by the Ocean City Tabernacle, but closed this year. The Strand was converted to a pizza shop.

Over the years, the boardwalk has been a venue for many family-oriented events. The Ocean City Baby Parade, the longest running parade of its kind, was first held in 1909. In the early days, a doctor would weigh and measure the babies so the parade was an opportunity to gauge babies’ health. The baby parade continues today with many categories of prizes given for the most decorated and dressed up children and their floats.

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After World War I, Ocean City sought to compete with rival seaside resorts by building a grand oceanfront hotel. The Flanders Hotel was designed by the same local architect who had designed City Hall and would later design the high school, music pier and the Chatterbox restaurant building. It was constructed from steel and concrete and was fireproof. With 232 rooms, a swimming pool, elegant ballrooms, multiple sun decks and a bath in each room, the tall hotel was a beacon for visitors coming into town. Guests were treated like royalty with bellhops, doormen and front desk clerks to serve their needs.

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A fire in 1927 completely destroyed the boardwalk and nearly all the buildings on it. The Flanders was spared. The boardwalk was rebuilt after the fire and moved 300 feet closer to the ocean. To keep its beachfront status, Flanders developers built an extension of the main boardwalk to connect to the hotel. In 1929, three new salt water pools were added to the property, including an Olympic-sized pool, a children’s pool and a diving pool that were open to the public. The hotel’s pools were the main attraction in Ocean City for many years, until the aging hotel lost its foothold in popularity when newer, more modern hotels like the Port-O-Call Hotel were built in the 1960s. postcardportocall2.jpgIn 1978 the Flanders iconic pools closed, and for the next several years it suffered financial distress, closing and reopening as a private condominium building. castaway-coveIn the early 1990s, a small amusement park called Playland’s Castaway Cove was built where the pools once were. Today, Castaway Cove is one of two remaining amusement areas on the Ocean City Boardwalk.

In 2008 the historic Flanders made a comeback as a first-class resort with luxury suites and penthouse condos, a heated pool, a full-service restaurant, ballrooms and meeting rooms, coffee shop, salon and spa. In 2009, the Flanders was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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One family in Ocean City has perfected the art of thrilling visitors with rides and entertainment. In 1930 David Gillian, a former vaudeville musician, opened an amusement park known as “Gillian’s Fun Deck” at Plymouth Place and the Boardwalk. The two main attractions were a Ferris wheel and a Merry-Go-Round. In 1965, his son Roy opened Wonderland Pier at 6th Street and the Boardwalk, in the location where an amusement park called Playland had burned down in 1955.

wonderlandToday, Wonderland’s rides include the towering 144-foot Giant Ferris Wheel, one of the largest on the East Coast, as well as a monorail and over 30 other rides. While some newer rides have been added, some remain the same, including a 1926 hand-carved carousel, where riders can still reach for a brass ring.

The Fun Deck closed in the late 1980s, but in its place one of Roy’s grandsons opened Gillian’s Island Water Park and a mini-golf course. In 2009 the Gillian family expanded their business beyond Ocean City by opening Gillian’s Funland in neighboring Sea Isle City, but in 2012 it suffered severe damage during Hurricane Sandy and was forced to close. While the Gillian name is well-known in the amusement industry, it is also rooted in public service. Current Mayor Jay Gillian is the son of Wonderland Pier founder Roy Gillian who served as Mayor from 1985-1989.

One cannot visit the OC Boards today and pass up an opportunity to have a slice of pizza heaven. Back in 1956, a family discovered a revolutionary way of making pizza – cheese first, then the most tantalizing sauce swirled on top – and made history of its own. Originally known as Mack and Manco, the first pizza shop opened at 918 Boardwalk. Other shops opened on 8th Street, 12th Street and on the mainland in Somers Point. In 2011, the name changed to Manco and Manco – like its sauce, the reason is a family secret. But visitors don’t care – at any given time of day there are long lines crossing the width of the boardwalk at all three locations. In 2017, the Manco empire took over the old Strand Theater at 9th and Boardwalk to accommodate its constant throng of visitors.

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Every week in the summer, a multitude of events are hosted on the boardwalk. From formally planned shows, exhibits and events in the music pier, to pop-up musicians who play instruments and sing to entertain and show off their talent, the boardwalk has played an important role in history, and continues to do so, in order to make Ocean City America’s Greatest Family Resort.

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Do you, or does your family or business, have a history in Ocean City? We’re interested in hearing from people whose families were original or early settlers, or who own or owned a business, or who have other historical information to share such as living or working here in past summers, meeting your significant others, getting engaged or married here or any other human interest story. If so, and if you would like to share your story, please contact us by clicking here. The information you provide us is  through this link is confidential and we will contact you to gain more information, as well as your full permission, before we disclose any information you provide.  Thank you, and please don’t hesitate to contact us(Note: for your privacy, do not include your information in the Leave A Reply box below unless you wish others to see your information).

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Ocean City

America’s Greatest Family Resort

ocboatlifeguardstandOcean City New Jersey (not to be confused with a Maryland town by the same name) has long been know as America’s Greatest Family Resort – and with good reason. With plentiful beaches, a 2 mile boardwalk filled with rides, shops and live entertainment, and a beautiful bay where watersport and boating activities abound, Ocean City provides the perfect venue for families who wish to enjoy their time together.

IMG_7493Ocean City is located on a barrier island off the coast of Somers Point, New Jersey.  It is bordered by Great Egg Harbor Bay on the western side and the Atlantic on the eastern side, and lies approximately 10 miles south of Atlantic City.

Ocean City was formed in 1879 when four Methodist ministers formed the Ocean City Association in order to create a Christian seaside resort. They later built streets and sold commercial and residential lots to people who began to build the homes and businesses which became the City. From its inception, the sale of alcoholic beverages in Ocean City was prohibited, a law that remains in effect today. This means that there no bars, restaurants with alcohol permits or wine, beer or liquor stores on the island. While drinking itself is not prohibited, the lack of alcohol sales is believed to create a safer and more family-friendly environment. For those who wish to bring alcohol for consumption in their homes, a stop at Circle Liquors in Somers Point or Boulevard Super Liquors in Mamora on their way into town is suggested.

ocboards1The Ocean City Boardwalk is famous, having been awarded as one of the top ten boardwalks in America by The Travel Channel, The Weather Channel, Fine Living Magazine and New Jersey Monthly. The boardwalk was first built in 1880 and over the next 50 years was expanded, repaired and rebuilt as damage from fires and storms occurred. music pier 2Surf-Buggy-Centers-12th-St-Ocean-City-NJ-purple-beach-pedal-buggyIn 1929 the famous Music Pier opened. Today, it is a primary venue for many events throughout the year, featuring concerts, shows, art exhibits and pageants. The boardwalk has designated lanes for bikes and surreys, two popular morning activities (bikes and surreys are prohibited after noon during the summer).

The boardwalk has two family amusement parks – Playland’s Castaway Cove at 10th Street and Gillian’s Wonderland at 6th Street. Stores, restaurants, arcades, mini-golf courses and a water park line the city-side of the boardwalk only, allowing for a beautiful view of the beach and sea.ocean-city-boardwalk Beyond the Boardwalk lies an award winning city that is exemplary of small town America. Tree lined residential streets and old clapboard houses with awnings still remain today, scattered among multi-million dollar contemporary homes. While shops and restaurants are scattered throughout the island, a popular shopping destination is found on Asbury Avenue between 6th and 14th Streets.

In addition to the boardwalk and the city, the beaches of Ocean City are also well-known and have been the recipient of many “Best Beach” awards from such publications as Coastal Living Magazine, Philly.com, New Jersey Monthly, National Geographic Traveler and The Travel Channel. In 2016, Coastal Living Magazine named Ocean City “The Best Beach Town In America”.

boatWith such an acclaimed reputation, it is no wonder that OCNJ is considered America’s Greatest Family Resort. It is, after all, the perfect  place where families can gather for a day trip or an extended vacation by the sea to make memories that will last a lifetime.

For more information about Ocean City, please follow the links below:

History of Ocean City
Ocean City Beach Information
Where to Stay in Ocean City
Where to Eat in Ocean City
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