Boardwalk

There’s Nothing Like a Trip to the Jersey Shore Boardwalk

Each year hundreds of thousands of visitors travel just to visit the famous Ocean City Boardwalk. For many, it’s a family tradition filled with anticipation up to the moment they step onto “the Boards.” Discover for yourself why this popular Jersey Shore Boardwalk is the vacation destination of people from all over the world.

From May through October, the Boardwalk offers endless opportunities for wholesome family fun and entertainment. November through April has a slower pace, seasonal sales and holiday special events.

Boardwalk Map

Exercise

There’s nothing like an invigorating ocean breeze and a limitless supply of golden sunshine to entice you to stretch those muscles! Spanning 2.5 miles, the Boardwalk serves as a by-way for biking, walking, and jogging. Distance is conveniently marked every quarter mile. From May 15 to Labor Day (and on Saturday’s between Labor Day and Indian Summer Weekend) bike traffic is limited to between the hours of 5 a.m. and 12 p.m. for safety. Early-morning workout enthusiasts can take advantage of the lighter crowds to enjoy a more robust exercise experience.

Attractions

Family amusement parks have the traditional favorites and latest thrill rides, go-karts, water parks, movie theatres, and high-tech arcades. Miniature golf theme parks feature fantasy island adventures with pirate folklore. Two “can’t miss” destinations are Gillian’s Wonderland Pier at Boardwalk and 6th Street and Playland’s Castaway Cove at Boardwalk and 10th Street. Both are amusement parks jam-packed with fun rides featuring a wide selection of exciting activities that are sure to please everyone in the family.

Mummers Night

Every Tuesday and Thursday, 7pm-9pm, Philadelphia Mummers Bands strutting the boardwalk from 6th to 14th street.

Year-Round Special Events

It used to be that a trip to the shore was only thought of as a summertime venture. How times have changed! Today, you can enjoy all that Ocean City has to offer throughout the year. Our year-round special events spice up the Jersey Shore Boardwalk experience:

  • The Music Pier: The historic boardwalk auditorium hosts concerts featuring a full range of musical styles
  • Parades: The Baby Parade (when children from newborns to school age kids showcase their cuteness and creativity), the parade of Miss New Jersey contestants, high school marching bands, and a parade of vintage and classic cars
  • The Annual Auto Show: When vehicles are on full display
  • Ocean City’s First Night: Includes a New Year’s Eve celebration and the New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge

Shopping

For a full-fledged shopping experience that you won’t soon forget, you will find an incredible assortment of shops and retail establishments along the Boardwalk in Ocean City. The Boardwalk offers the latest in resort wear, jewelry, vacation essentials, and many specialty items unique to Ocean City. From homemade fudge to antique collectibles, shopping can be a daily occasion or an end-of-season savings event.

Shop the World Famous Ocean City, New Jersey Boardwalk

The Ocean City Boardwalk is world famous for a reason: it offers incredible opportunities to entertain and delight every member of the family! Every year, thousands of people flock to our beautiful seaside city to experience the wholesome fun of the Boardwalk — and what better way to remember your vacation to America’s favorite family resort than to bring home a few mementos from OCNJ?

Looking Your Best

Nothing spells a beach vacation quite like a new pair of sunglasses, a sparkling swimsuit or laid back flip flops. Wander among the Boardwalk’s seaside boutiques, and discover new looks for the whole family that will keep you shaded and stylish. Find the perfect t-shirt, grab an OCNJ sweatshirt for a chilly evening and don’t forget the sunscreen. Next, check out the Boardwalk’s many fine apparel and jewelry stores for that special evening out on the town!

Explore the Beach and the Boardwalk

Explore the Beach and the Boardwalk No visit to OCNJ is complete without visiting all the shops and attractions along the Boardwalk, so why not go in style by renting a bike? Take a leisurely cruise down the boards, stopping periodically for ice cream or our famous salt water taffy, and check out why OCNJ is one of the premier family vacation destinations in the country. Rent for a few hours, by the day or for longer periods, and explore the natural beauty and vibrant community that makes up Ocean City.

Grabbing a Bite to Eat

The OCNJ Boardwalk features several restaurants, snack bars and hangouts for grownups that will suit every member of your family. Grab a quick slice or sausage, enjoy a locally-made ice cream or fudge as you stroll the sands, or relax with an adult beverage as the sun goes down. For a romantic evening out, don’t forget to explore the numerous fine dining options on or near the Boardwalk.

It’s All Fun and Games in OCNJ

From miniature golf to renting a surfboard to hitting the arcade, our Boardwalk is well known for the variety of amusements, including our world famous park on the pier. When visiting Ocean City, patronizing our many attractions and amusements is an absolute must!

Get the most out of your vacation on the Boardwalk!

Shopping in Ocean City New Jersey

Whether or not you are a beachcomber, do not let a trip to Ocean City, New Jersey pass by without visiting our world-famous Boardwalk and downtown shopping district! Open year round, our Boardwalk and downtown district feature incredible seaside dining, art galleries, apparel and novelty shops.

When you’d like a special memento from your trip down the Shore, visit our seaside galleries located right on the Boardwalk. Each features the best from our local artists and artisans — perfect for when your preferred souvenirs resemble tasteful adornments for the home. Check out our directory and special offers to plan your special purchase today!

Shopping for Kids on the Ocean City Boardwalk

Of course, your kids will want their own mementoes from your family vacation! Our Boardwalk is home to many seaside shops that feature the latest designs and fashions. From distinctive shell necklaces, anklets and bracelets to apparel for the whole family, Ocean City’s Boardwalk shops have something for everyone! Check our directory or wander the Boardwalk and find your perfect souvenir!

Boogie Board Broken? No Problem

Of course, no seaside community would be complete without the surf shop, and the Jersey Shore boardwalk and Ocean City downtown district offer a wide variety of shopping for the water sports enthusiast. Need more surf wax? Check. How about a new skim board or strap for your favorite boogie board? Check. How about a surfboard, bike or kayak rental? Check, check.

Our surf shops feature the best and latest designs from famous manufacturers, so you can be sure your Jersey Shore purchases are quality items meant to last longer than your vacation. You might even be tempted to try a new water sport, like windsurfing or paddle boarding. In Ocean City New Jersey, you can become a whole new you! Peruse our directory and find out what our surf shops have in store today!

13th Street Bathhouse & Bikes

  • Address:

    13th St, Ocean City, NJ 08226

  • Phone Number: 609-399-7121

6th Street Pizza & Grill

  • Address:

    600 Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ 08226, USA

  • Phone Number: 609-525-0022

Air Circus

  • Address:

    1114 Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ 08226, USA

  • Phone Number: 609-399-9343

Aloha Soft Serve

  • Address:

    1320 Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ 08226, USA

  • Phone Number: 855-NJ-ALOHA

Auntie Anne’s / Cinnabon

  • Address:

    1078 Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ 08226, USA

Bad Kitty

  • Address:

    1064 Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ 08226, USA

  • Phone Number: 609.398.5598

Blue Cactus Taco Shop

  • Address:

    986 Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ, USA

  • Phone Number: 609-938-2427

Brown’s Restaurant

  • Address:

    St Charles Pl, Ocean City, NJ, USA

  • Phone Number: 609-391-0677

Buddy Love’s BBQ

  • Address:

    728 Boardwalk Ocean City, NJ 08226

  • Phone Number: 609-399-0486

Bungalow Bowls

  • Address:

    816 Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ, USA

  • Phone Number: 609-840-6331

By The Sea

  • Address:

    850 Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ 08226, USA

  • Phone Number: 609-398-0159

Cafe Beach Club

  • Address:

    1282 Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ 08226, USA

  • Phone Number: 609-398-7700

Clancy’s By The Sea

  • Address:

    1244 Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ 08226, USA

  • Phone Number: 609-398-3344

Congo Falls Miniature Golf

  • Address:

    1132 Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ 08226, USA

  • Phone Number: 609-398-1211

Del’s Grill

  • Address:

    934 Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ 08226, USA

  • Phone Number: 609-399-3931

Douglass Candies

  • Address:

    1130 Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ, USA

Encounters

  • Address:

    832-834 Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ 08226, USA

  • Phone Number: 609-525-6293

Exit 4 Escape Rooms

  • Address:

    1078 Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ 08226, USA

  • Phone Number: 609-938-6029

Flanders Hotel

  • Address:

    719 E 11th St, Ocean City, NJ 08226, USA

  • Phone Number: 609-399-1000

Fralinger’s Salt Water Taffy & Fudge

  • Address:

    1100 Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ, USA

  • Phone Number: 609-399-2202

Frenchy’s

  • Address:

    822 Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ 08226, USA

  • Phone Number: 609-399-8500

George’s Candies

  • Address:

    700 Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ 08226, USA

  • Phone Number: 609-398-4444

Gillian’s Wonderland Pier

  • Address:

    600 Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ, USA

  • Phone Number: 609-399-7082

Goodies Gone Wild

  • Address:

    932 Boardwalk Ocean City, NJ 08226

  • Phone Number: 347-692-5770

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Plan Your Next Trip to OCNJ

If you’ve never had the pleasure of visiting Ocean City, New Jersey and experienced all that our Boardwalk has to offer, there’s no better time than now to plan your excursion. One leisurely stroll down the Boardwalk while inhaling the intoxicating scent of the salty air and hearing the waves crash onto the shore is all it takes to make you want to come back again and again. And that’s not counting all the fun activities you’ll enjoy along the way. You’ll discover why hundreds of thousands of visitors each year come to Ocean City just for the Boardwalk alone!

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