Go to the beach, if you head...
Go to the beach, if you head to the very sounth end of the island, past the old fishing pier, you don't need beach tags and most of the rules aren't enforced.
In summer the water and air are warm and it is a great place to spend the day. September, when the police force is cut by 60% and you no longer need a beach tag or have to pay to park.
Visit in September or October...
Visit in September or October when the crowds have gone home and the weather is ideal. The sunsets are so beautiful in the fall and the surfing and fishing are at thier best!
This is a picture from 14th st facing south.
Shoobies (don't go home!)
I've got to honest, even though tourists are the driving force behind Ocean City's economy, most Ocean City folk just don't like tourists. Ocean City is sort of a retirement town and is very very quiet until the tourists arrive. I guess a lot of folks resent the influx of people on their territory (but this is pretty common everywhere, isn't?) Anyway, in south Jersey we call out of state shore tourists 'shoobies'; so if someone calls you this, chances are, they aren't being nice. Thankfully, most of the people who work at the tourist attractions and the boardwalk, are seasonal help also from out of town-- so you should expect to be treated courteously. Interestingly, you will meet a lot of people from Europe at shore points all along the jersey coast. They come to work at the shore for the summer and are always very nice and fun to talk to! Anyway, my point is, just be mindful that there are a few ignorant residents who will just look for a reason to give you a hard time, but all in all, Ocean City is a very pleasant, family oriented vacation spot.
Make sure you leave a tip at places you eat on the boardwalk, even if you don't sit down-- the help are being paid less than minimum wage and will really appreciate it!
Ocean Kayaking-rent from BAY CATS
different from river kayaking, but just as fun. boats have holes in them so water can go in and out, so you will get wet! rather than sitting "in" these kayaks, you sit on top. takes more muscle than river kayaking too. (well, for me) fighting wind and current wore me out! great fun though! bathing suit, sandals, a dry pack for your stuff. If you're like me, and don't bring along a dry pack, you can ask the place to hold your stuff. (which they won't take responsibility for) so you have to be trusting, hopeful, or like me, not carrying anything of real value
Cape May County Zoo
When you are too sun-burned, water-logged, and sand-clogged from the beach, take a break and head on over to the Cape May County Zoo located in Cape May County Court House. (that's the town's name!)
I love this zoo because the animals are given wide, open spaces, much like their natural habitat, to roam around in. There's a boardwalk built up over the buffalo, giraffe, etc. habitat that is awesome.