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Ocean City Attractions

There are many things to do in Ocean City. Here are the top attractions in Ocean City.

Boardwalk

The Ocean City Boardwalk runs from St. James Place, one block north of 2nd Street, to 23rd Street. The boardwalk is 2 ½ miles long. Shops and restaurants can be found from 6th Street to 14th Street. This includes 2 amusements sections. Gillian’s Wonderland Pier is located at 6th Street and the Boardwalk and offers both indoor and outdoor rides, including an iconic 141-foot Ferris wheel. Playland’s Castaway Cove is located at 10th Street and the Boardwalk and offers several rides for all ages.

Things to do in Ocean City - Ocean City Boardwalk

Family Fun

Aqua Park Totally Tubular Watersports – 228 Bay Avenue
Located at the Ocean City Boathouse Marina, this park offers lots of fun for the whole family. Climb, jump or bounce on a huge inflatable obstacle course consisting of slides and climbing walls. You can also enjoy tubing, wakeboarding, waterskiing and Banana Boat rides from this location.

Liberty Escape Rooms – 8th and Boardwalk and 11th and Boardwalk
Escape from the heat, the rain and the room in one of Ocean City’s escape rooms. This 30-minute immersive experience allows 2-10 players to solve codes, clues and puzzles to achieve the ultimate objective before time runs out.

OC Waterpark and Adventure Golf – 728 Boardwalk; Plymouth Place and Boardwalk
This waterpark is right on the boardwalk and features slides, a lazy river, an activity pool and a child’s fantasy water playground for the little ones. Just outside the water park is an 18-hole mini-golf course featuring challenging holes, waterfalls and scenic landscaping. In addition, this park includes Adventure Peak, a 35-foot tall rock climbing wall, and Air Jumpers, which allows riders to jump up to 25 feet, do flips or just take in the boardwalk scenery with a bird’s eye view.

Fishing / Boating

Fishing Areas

9th Street Bridge Pier – 2 sides, north and south of the bridge  
Ocean City/Longport Bridge Pier – north end of Ocean City
“Beer Pier” – 9th Street Bridge on the north Somers Point side, behind Circle Liquors

Fishing Charters

Ocean City Fishing Center – 300 Bay Avenue

Bait and Tackle

Fish N Stuff – 621 Bay Avenue
Tackle Direct – 6825 Tilton Rd Bldg C, Egg Harbor Township
Ocean City Fishing Center – 300 Bay Avenue
Fin-Atics – 1325 West Avenue

Boat Rentals

Ocean City Fishing Center – 300 Bay Avenue
Pirate’s Cove Marina – 308 Bay Avenue
Bay Cats Kayak and Catamaran Rentals – 316 Bay Avenue

Boat Tours

Bayview Watersports Marina – 312 Bay Avenue
Ocean City Fishing Center – 300 Bay Avenue
Pirate Voyages – 232 Bay Avenue
Climb aboard the pirate ship Sea Dragon for swashbuckling adventures.

Things to do in Ocean City - Fishing and Boating

Golf Courses

Avalon Golf Club – 1510 Route 9, Cape May Courthouse
Laguna Oaks Golf Course – 600 Bayberry Drive, Cape May Courthouse
Pines at Clermont Golf Club – 358 Kings Highway, Clermont
Cape May National Golf Club – Route 9 & Florence Avenue, Erma
Ocean City Municipal Golf Course – 26th and Bay Avenue, Ocean City
Heritage Links Golf Course – 1375 Shore Road, Ocean View
Shore Gate Golf Club – 35 School House Lane, Ocean View
Cape May Par 3 and Driving Range – 29 Fulling Mill Road, Rio Grande
Sand Barrens Golf Club – 1765 Route 9 North, Swainton

History / Museums

Ocean City Historical Museum
The Ocean City Historical Museum is located in the Ocean City Community Center, at 1735 Simpson Avenue. The museum features relics from before Ocean City’s founding in 1879. In addition to these artifacts, the museum features books, photographs, exhibits and maps that document Ocean City’s unique history. Learn all about how Ocean City was formed and discover the historical events and people who made Ocean City what it is today. The museum also offers seasonal exhibits and rotating exhibits. It is open year-round, Monday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Discovery Seashell Museum – 2721 Asbury Avenue
This museum features thousands of seashell species from around the world, on display for viewing and for purchase. They also showcase rocks, minerals and fossils as well. In the gift shop they sell shell knick-knacks, jewelry, Christmas ornaments, toys, hermit crabs and more. A unique and enjoyable learning experience for children and adults.

Libraries

Ocean City Free Public Library – 1735 Simpson Avenue
The library is open year-round and offers book, video rentals and downloads as well as events for adults, teens and children. Membership is available to visitors for $25 per year, or $15 for 90 days. Internet Only membership cards are available for $10.00 for a 90-day membership.

Free Little Libraries – 146 Pinnacle Road, 317 Wesley Avenue and 870 East 7th Street
Free little libraries are free-standing boxes that neighbors put in their yard and stock with books. The books are free for the taking, as long as you return the book or replace it with another. Read out blog post “Little Free Libraries – Bringing Communities Together Over Books” for more information.

Things to do in Ocean City - Free Little Libraries

Mini-Golf

Congo Falls Adventure Golf – 1132 Boardwalk
This fun complex features three courses in one location. It offers an air-conditioned indoor course as well.

Haunted Golf – Boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace.
Haunted Golf offers an expansive indoor 18-hole golf course with some spooky (and comedic) surprises along the way.

Medieval Fantasy Mini Golf – 1336 Boardwalk
This mini golf course is mostly covered or indoor, with rooms illuminated by black lights to make the experience even more interesting.

Pirate Island Golf – 9th and Haven Streets
With 3 locations down the shore (Avalon, Ocean City and Sea Isle), each Pirate Island offers 18 holes that take you on a journey through theme-park like attractions of animated pirates, caves, waterfalls, suspension bridges, and pirate ships – a unique adventure for all ages.

Nature / Wildlife

Ocean City Bayside Center – 520 Bay Avenue, Ocean City
The Bayside Center is an activities and education facility operated by the City of Ocean City. The program is located on the grounds of an historical home on the bay. Here, visitors can learn about the South Jersey shore environment through exhibits, displays, and information.

Shopping

Ocean City offers two main shopping areas – the Boardwalk and Asbury Avenue. The Boardwalk houses not only the typical Jersey Shore tee-shirt shops, but in recent years a few upscale clothing, jewelry and gift boutiques have been added as well. Boardwalk shopping can be accomplished between 6th and 14th Streets where, in addition to the upscale boutiques, you’ll find beach supply stores, surf shops and other stores in which to purchase beach necessities and souvenirs. A few blocks off the Boardwalk is Asbury Avenue, which offers a downtown shopping experience between 6th and 14th Streets. The old Stainton’s Department Store is now a gallery of independently owned shops offering a plethora of unique items, some of which are hand-crafted by local artisans. Other shops along Asbury Avenue include fashion boutiques, home décor and gift shops as well as other specialty stores.

Things to do in Ocean City - Shopping

Spas

Abella Salon and Spa – 9th St & Wesley Avenue
This salon offers hair, nail, skin, waxing, makeup and other beauty services as well as bridal party events and children’s parties.

Divine Images – 719 East 11th Street (inside Flanders Hotel)
Divine Images inside the Flanders Hotel offers services that include hair, skin, nails, body treatments, waxing and more.

The Hair Studio – 34th& West Avenue
As indicated by the name, The Hair Studio offers a wide array of hair services as well as makeup consultation.

Hot Stone Massage Mend Me – 1039 Asbury Avenue
This spa specializes only in massage with a variety of different options including couples massage and foot reflexology.

Kelly’s Creations and Spa – 1245 Asbury Avenue
Kelly’s offers hair, nail, waxing, massage, skin care and makeup services.

Sea Wave Massage – 620 Asbury Avenue Unit A
This massage salon specializes in a variety of different massage styles.

Still Waters Stress Center – 801 Wesley Avenue
Still Waters Stress Center is a retreat for full professional body care, allowing guests to relax and rejuvenate with a variety of spa services including skin, body, nails and waxing as well as massages. They also offer massage party packages.  

Sports / Recreation / Playgrounds

Recreation
Ocean City has a Sports and Civic Center located at 6th Street and the Boardwalk and an Aquatic and Fitness Center located at 1735 Simpson Avenue. Both centers offer year-round events. There is also a recreation area at 8th Street and Haven

Playgrounds
Sandcastle Playground at 34th Street; North Street and Haven; 744 Haven Avenue; 15th & Bay Avenue; 26th & Bay Avenue; 29th & West Avenue; 52nd & Haven Avenue   

Tennis
Tennis courts are located at 6th, 18th and 34th Streets

Theatre

Greater Ocean City Theater Company
This theater company is a non-profit organization that provides a variety of shows each summer, including professionally cast musicals, children’s shows and Broadway music productions. Shows are held at the Music Pier or the Hughes Performing Arts Center. They also provide an educational component including camps, classes and lessons for people of all ages. Click here for their 2020 summer schedule.

Watersports

Kayaking

Daks Kayaks and Paddleboards – 1101 Asbury Avenue
Bay Cats – 316 Bay Avenue
Harbor Outfitters – 625 Asbury Avenue

Parasailing

Bayview Watersports Marina – 312 Bay Avenue
Ocean City Parasail – 232 Bay Avenue, between 2nd and 3rd Streets
FlyOCNJ – 314 Bay Avenue

Personal Watercraft (Waverunner, Jetski, Seadoo)

Bayview Watersports Marina – 312 Bay Avenue
Wet and Wild – 3rd and Bay

Stand Up Paddleboards

Daks Kayaks and Paddleboards – 1101 Asbury Avenue
Bay Cats – 316 Bay Avenue
Harbor Outfitters  – 625 Asbury Avenue

Surfing Lessons/Rentals

Harbor Outfitters – 625 Asbury Avenue
Ocean City Surf School – 51st and Beach
Heritage Surf and Sport – 740 West Avenue and 4th Street and the Boardwalk
7th Street Surf Shop – 720 Asbury Avenue

Waterskiing and Wakeboarding

Bayview Watersports Marina – 312 Bay Avenue
Totally Tubular Watersports – 314 Bay Avenue, Ocean City

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