Since its founding, Ocean City has cast itself as the perfect destination for family vacations in summer, with a focus on camps, programs, and events tailored to kids of all ages. Your kids can participate in any number of activities around the island, from basketball and tennis clinics to fishing, boating, and watersports. Other activities include miniature golf, storytelling and movies at the local library, and morning sports specifically designed for kids from the ages of 8 to 12. The occasional rainy day doesn’t have to mean being stuck inside with nothing to do, as there are plenty of indoor activities available that are sure to brighten up the dreariest of days.
Ocean City gives families the comfort of a safe and secure environment where kids can have a blast while on vacation.
Miles of Safe and Secure Beaches
Of course, like any resort town, Ocean City’s most popular attraction is the beach. Hundreds of thousands of visitors come to relax along the eight miles of clean white sand that make up the Ocean City beaches. During the peak summer months, the city employs a full staff of lifeguards and first aid personnel to ensure everyone has a safe day in the sun. Guarded beaches are located every couple of blocks during the summer; for safety reasons, beach-goers can swim only at these guarded locations. Several beaches are guarded during the off-season as well.
Beach Family Vacations in Summer Featuring a Fabulous Boardwalk
The famous Boardwalk at Ocean City stands along two miles of sand in the downtown district of the city. For decades, families have considered trips to the Boardwalk a highlight of their family’s vacation. Many traditions have arisen from visiting a certain restaurant or store year after year, or riding a favorite roller coaster at one of the two amusement parks located on the Boardwalk. The Boardwalk features dozens of stores and shops that carry an assortment of souvenirs, clothes, beach gear, novelty items, and much more. It’s also a great place for an early-morning family hike or bicycle excursion.
Dining Options for the Entire Family
One of the challenges many families face while on vacation is finding places to eat that are suitable for the entire family. At Ocean City, you’ll find a huge selection of eateries, many of which are designed with family dining in mind. Food choices include everything from subs to steaks. And of course, what would a great beach resort be without a vast selection of fabulous seafood restaurants? After you’ve worked off that satisfying meal with a stroll down the Boardwalk or through the Downtown, be sure to check out the many ice cream shops, candy stores, and bakeries for a little dessert!
Affordable Family Vacations in Summer
Family vacations in summer to Ocean City, New Jersey won’t break your budget, either. The dozens of hotels, motels, rental homes and other places to stay give you and your family the ability to find the perfect accommodations that suit your needs. Some of our most popular hotels are located right on the Boardwalk, which is perfect if you and the family have a lot of chairs, umbrellas, and beach equipment to carry to the shore. Staying in a Boardwalk hotel also puts you in a prime location for dining and shopping.
“America’s Greatest Family Resort” Is More than Just a Slogan
Ocean City, New Jersey has been widely recognized as a great destination for family vacations in summer. The Travel Channel included OCNJ on its “Best Family Beaches in America” list in 2007 and named it one of the “Best Beaches in America” in 2009. “USA Today” included Ocean City among the “15 Most Unforgettable Vacations” in 2007. In 2008 the “Philadelphia Inquirer” ranked OCNJ as the top vacation spot in the region. And “Fine Living Magazine” ranked Ocean City’s Boardwalk as #4 in the entire nation!
Plenty of Free Information
Browse our business directory to see listings of all types of businesses located in Ocean City, NJ. There you can find contact information and links to company websites for restaurants, rental shops, local museums, and many more. The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce includes business leaders from around the OCNJ area who provide everything you need for a great family vacation.
The Perfect Family Vacation
Consider Ocean City when you plan your family’s next trip, and explore our resources for more information about all there is to see in do on the island. Whether you plan to stay for a day, a week, a month, or even longer, Ocean City welcomes you.
The Ocean City Visitor’s Guide provides information on Ocean City accommodations, dining, activities and events.