Ocean City, New Jersey Vacation Guide

Ocean City, New Jersey, was just voted “The Best Beach in America” by Coastal Living Magazine.

For those familiar with the eight-mile stretch of sun and surf, those accolades come as no surprise. Ocean City is filled with fun attractions, delectable eateries and family-friendly activities perfect for beach-goers of all ages.

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Are you looking for a great vacation destination? Interested in finding out what the Best Beach in America has to offer? Here’s a quick guide for what to do in Ocean City, New Jersey:

The Boardwalk

You name it: Ocean City has it. From museums to amusement parks and mini golf to movies, Ocean City, NJ, has something to fit your mood, your wallet and the weather.

Seasonal ($25), weekly ($10) and daily ($5) beach tags can be purchased at multiple locations, giving visitors affordable access any beach’s biggest draw: the ocean. Swim, splash, dig and build in the surf and sand. Soak up the sun or take a long walk. Biking and jogging are all welcome.

Rain or shine, amusement can be found at local shops and restaurants and arcades.

In fair weather you can head out for mini golf, enjoy the rides at one of the two amusement parks or try your hand at free games of shuffleboard at 6th and Boardwalk.

On Thursdays during July and August, head down to the Ocean City, New Jersey boardwalk for the weekly free, fun-filled family night. Don’t forget about the year-round special events hosted on the boardwalk. Keep an eye on the calendar for live concerts and annual events like the Auto Show.


Do you love watersports? Well, get ready to make a splash in Ocean City, NJ. The city offers a wide variety of water sports and activities. Choose from:

  • Boat Tours
  • Charter Fishing
  • Fishing or Crabbing at Corson’s Inlet
  • Kayaking
  • Kite Boarding
  • Jet Skiing
  • Sailing
  • Wakeboarding
  • Windsurfing

Don’t forget to check out the Night in Venice Boat Parade, held in the Back Bay. Join thousands of fellow spectators and delight in the free parade of lavishly decorated boats.


Ocean City’s parks provide great opportunities for free, fun, outdoor activities. Just remember that equipment is not included with free admission.

Hike the Coastal Heritage Trail at Corson’s Inlet State Park or pay to boat or fish. Try out the Skateboard Park (BYOE) or round up friends and family to play tennis, baseball, soccer, volleyball and other sports at local parks. Take a break from the beach and take the kids to the playground instead.

Downtown Ocean City

You can while away the hours at the downtown shops and restaurants alone. Check out the can’t-miss eateries!

Other Amazing Activities

Ocean City’s art center and library are fantastic options, whether the rain is driving you indoors or you’re just looking for something different break up all that sun and sand. Both are great all-weather options and the library is, as always, free!

Nature walks along the beach are a great way for visitors of all ages to enjoy the wonder of Ocean City’s flora and fauna.

Fuel Your Fun

It’s best to be smart about vacation eating, both for your body and your wallet. When deciding when and where to indulge, be sure you’re getting the best mix of fresh seafood, family-friendly dining and delicious desserts.

Don’t forget to check each eatery’s website before heading out. Some do not accept credit cards.

There you have it: a quick guide to the best of Ocean City, New Jersey. Ocean City, NJ, has so much to offer that you’ll need to come back again and again to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the fun.

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