Difference between revisions of "Ocean City (New Jersey)"
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http://www.ocnj.us/ main website for Ocean City, NJ
Most visitors arrive by car via the Garden State Parkway southbound exits 30 or 25, or northbound exits 25 & 29 which can be reached from the New Jersey Turnpike exit 11 or the Atlantic City Expressway (US Route 42) exit 7s. There are also busses and trains that will take you to Atlantic City, which is approximately 20 minutes away. There are bridges at 34th St. and 9th St. that provide access into town. There is a third bridge on the northern end of the island as well which links it to Somers Point, Longport, Margate, Ventnor, and Atlantic City.
During the summer season, parking in Ocean City can be expensive. The general rule is the closer you are to the ocean and/or to 9th Street, the more expensive it is. Depending on where you park on the island, it can be as cheap as 50 cents or as expensive as 15 dollars. If you don't mind a small walk, you can find cheap parking at the OC bus station, which is close to the 9th Street bridge and next to the McDonalds. As of Sept 2007, it's 25 cents for 2 hours.
Either by car or bicycle. It is a very small city and most destinations can be reached reasonably by bike or on foot. If using your car, drive cautiously because there are tons of bicyclers and pedestrians at all hours of the day.
Wonderland pier on 6th St. and Boardwalk boasts a massive ferris wheel, which offers breathtaking views of the whole city and the ocean. If you like sunsets, rent a house on the bay for some of the best views you will find anywhere.
The Boardwalk is the most popular attraction, where there is something for people of all ages to do. Activities include theme parks, a water park, shopping, mini-golf, and a variety of dining options. During the day, the beach is your best option (weather permitting). You will need beach tags, which can be purchased upon entering the beach. Most house rentals will provide beach tags. In the mornings, the boardwalk is packed with bicycles and surreys, which can be rented from a variety of places including Ove's and Bob's. However, make sure you go early because after 11:00 am, bicycles are not permitted. Take a ride down Bay Avenue and you will find jet ski and kayak rentals in addition to charter fishing boats, parasailing, and even speed boat rides.
On rainy days, the options are significantly less, but there are 2 movie theaters on the boardwalk as well as several arcades. At night, the boardwalk is always a good option because there are so many things that cannot all be done in just one trip. The 9th Street Music Pier is host to many concerts and other events. There is not much in the way of nightlife, being that it is a very family oriented town. The boardwalk closes at 11:00 pm. On a typical night, all is quiet by about midnight.
Definitely do some research before visiting because there are always events in town including a sand castle building contest, block parties, Night in Venice (which features an elaborate boat parade and a city-wide celebration), fireworks shows, and many other events that are fun for the whole family.
There are many shops on the boardwalk offering a variety of goods. Some notable attractions include the 7th Street Surf Shop (which also offers surfing lessons), Cloud 9 (offering a huge variety of t-shirts), Air Circus (which sells all kinds of toys and gag gifts), and the Surf Mall (which sells anything you can think of from beach toys to palm readings).
There are many high quality food options including the world famous Mack N' Manco's Pizza, Prep's Pizza, Voltaco's (great Italian food), Sack O' Subs (good sandwiches and cheesesteaks), Express Pizza, The Chatterbox, Ove's Beach Grill, Brown's (for outstanding donuts), Bagels by the Beach (best in town), Yesterday's (over the 34th street bridge, so it serves alcohol), Tory's (GREAT ice cream),the Island Grill, and many other restaurants. If you are in town and looking for somewhere great to eat, just ask.
Some boardwalk favorites include Curly's Fries, Monkey Bread, Stewart's, Polish Water Ice, Johnson's Popcorn, and Kohr Brothers Custard. There are also several quality restaurants just across the 9th Street Bridge in Somers Point including The Crab Trap, The Anchorage, Mac's, Charlies Bar (best wings around), and Caroline's, which actually offers a free shuttle ride home if you've had one too many margaritas.
Ocean City is a dry town, meaning alcohol cannot be sold there, but you need not look further than across the 9th Street Bridge where you will find the Circle Liquor Store, D'Orio's Bar, and several other establishments serving alcohol. It is also a short drive from Atlantic City, Sea Isle, and other shore points where alcohol is available.
There are a few hotels in town, but the majority of visitors rent houses or condos for periods of one week or weekends. Harbor House Club Condominiums is one option, which offers either one-bedroom or efficiency units overlooking the bay. Great for couples or small families, the Harbor House offers a pool, sun-deck, washer/dryer, and an optional boat slip. The view is top notch as you are literally right on the water and the sunsets are always memorable.
Being as most house rentals go from Saturday to Saturday, avoid the traffic by either staying until Sunday night or leaving very early in the morning.