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Neighborhood Spotlight: Ocean City, NJ

Ocean City Beach is in Cape May County and is one of the most popular resort areas along the Jersey Shore. Ocean City Beach often earns a spot on “Top-10” lists for New Jersey beaches. This family-friendly area boasts ample opportunities for beach fun, cultural events, shopping, dining, and recreation all year long. The boardwalk spans 2.5 miles and features plenty of attractions, beach views, and snack stops.


Where to Eat and Drink

You won’t have any trouble finding a place to eat when you’re visiting Ocean City Beach. No matter what you’re craving, there’s a cafe, restaurant, or food hut with a menu ready to satisfy your appetite.


Del’s Oceanside GrillDel’s is proud to be a boardwalk staple in Ocean City, serving locals and tourists for over 59 years. Surfing memorabilia and decor cover the walls of this colorful eatery, while tasty food options fill the menu.

Manco and Manco PizzaThis family-friendly pizzeria started wowing customers with its amazing pizza in 1956. A highlight is watching skilled pie makers toss and shape the dough before turning it into an irresistible pizza.

Browns Almost Famous DonutsBrowns gets great applause for its “almost-famous” donuts, which many say is more than enough because they’re so amazing. But this low-key eatery is also a great place for a quick bite. Try a breakfast sandwich, salad, or cheeseburger, or enjoy a cup of coffee as you bask in the sunshine and beach views. 

Oves RestaurantOves is a family-owned establishment that doubles as an Ocean City tradition. For over 55 years, Oves has delighted guests with delicious bites, including smoothies, sandwiches, seafood, and their popular apple cider donut. Soak up the sun and scenery as you enjoy breakfast or lunch, or rent a bike or surrey to explore the boardwalk on wheels.

Quincy’s Original Lobster Rolls This eatery may be small, but don’t let its size fool you. Quincy’s delivers a big taste, bringing the flavor of Maine to Ocean City. Try New England Clam Chowder, a lobster grilled cheese, or any of the many creative lobster rolls on the menu.


Where to Shop

In between breakfast, lunch, and snacking on decadent desserts, pencil in some time to explore the shops along the boardwalk or beyond. Ocean City Beach showcases plenty of places to find special treasures, surfing supplies, beach souvenirs, and much more.


Payton JewelryTreat the one you love to a unique, beautiful piece from Payton Jewelry, or find the perfect accessory for your beachy ensemble. They also carry an apothecary line with items like lip butter, aromatherapy rollers, and candles, so you can bring home a bit of the relaxing, beach vibe.

Surf MallThis family-owned-and-operated establishment began its days as a movie and stage theater in 1929. It became the Surf Mall in 1982, selling everything from fireworks to vinyl records.

Johnson’s Popcorn, Inc.This iconic Ocean City popcorn shop delivers tons of flavorful caramel corn options and has been doing so for over 40 years. They mix all their batches by hand in a copper kettle, letting the sweet, mouthwatering aroma entice visitors to pop in as they stroll by on the boardwalk.

Shriver’s Salt Water Taffy & FudgeBring home something sweet from this candy shop, whether you want handmade fudge, macaroons, salt water taffy, or chocolate-covered pretzels. You’ll find endless options of sweets and treats, gift baskets, and more at Shriver’s.


Make the Most of Your Visit to Ocean City, NJ


Ocean City Music Pier  Listen to bands pay tribute to the music of Taylor Swift, Queen, and many more. The Music Pier is an excellent place to enjoy incredible artists via Ocean City’s Summer Concert Series.

Peace of WoodCheck out a painting party, host one, or see what workshops are happening at this art compound and creative center. Listen to music as you paint and nibble on snacks, mingle with fellow artists, and create a masterpiece and lasting memory at the same time.

Kott-the-Limit Sport Fishing ChartersRent a private fishing charter for a day on the ocean with an experienced guide. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or a beginner, they provide everything you need to have an enjoyable time on the water.

Gillian’s Wonderland Pier Visit Gillian’s to take a spin on the Giant Wheel, which reaches 141 feet skyward and provides incredible, breathtaking views. When you’re not getting a bird’s-eye view of Ocean City, you’ll find over 38 attractions, including water slides, golf, and an 18,880-square-foot water playground.

Playland’s Castaway CoveKids and adults will love the thrills and entertainment at the oldest amusement park in Ocean City. This pirate-themed playland features tons of fun. Ride roller coasters, take on the super slide, race go-karts, play mini-golf, or visit the arcade.

Haunted GolfYou’ll find several mini-golf experiences in Ocean City and throughout the Jersey Shore, but this one gives putt-putt a fun twist with a spooky theme. It has 5,000 square feet of ghoulish golfing challenges.


When visiting Ocean City Beach from June through Labor Day, you’ll need a beach tag if you’re 12 or older. Lifeguards keep everyone safe during the summer months until about mid-September. For the latest guidelines and information, check out the Ocean City Beach Patrol.

Get to know Ocean City and all the things you can do while exploring the area, so you can make the most of your visit. Enjoy your time on the Jersey shore!

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