Located along the Atlantic Ocean and New Jersey's Beaches made more famous by the hot series Jersey Shore, the Beaches along Ocean City New Jersey hosts a lot of water activities and swimming during the summer and spring but the action shifts to the Boardwalk during the fall and winter seasons and it is not suitable for swimming due to the cold and the rough waves during the seasonn. Being situated in an island, Ocean City has 8 miles of beaches fronting the atlantic oceanb and a 2.5 mile long boardwalk. There is a daily fee of $ 5 per person in going to the beach and grilling is not allowed in the beach front.
My family and I have a shore house Ocean City that we visit every summer. I have three children, who are now 9, 14, and 19. They have always wanted to take surf lessons. We found a great place, The Jersey Shore Surf Academy. Not only were they the cheapest lessons on the island, they were the most personal. They were so convienent. They came to the beach that our house was on and taught all three kids right there. The instructors were great, the kids loved it and they all stood up in the first lesson. They surf every summer now! Definetly worth checking out!
The waves break very well in the fall.
This is a picture of 14th St. Pier during an epic swell in November.
March 27th, 2007
Gillian's is a god-send for parents with small children. At the end of the boardwalk (down around 3rd Street) Gillian's rides for toddlers and small children is indoors. So even if your vacation is spoiled by rain, you won't have to listen to your babies whine and cry that they can't go on the rides, because they still CAN ride. As for the big kids, send them off the the indoor Surf Mall to spend all your money!
Tickets for Gillians are $0.75 a piece- rides usually require 3 or 4 tickets. There are no discount all day passes for the kid's rides. All day passes for the waterpark, group discounts and birthday parties available.
Gillian's also has outdoor rides for adults and a waterpark outside.
Sand sculptures are recommended to all artist or enthusiast. The consistency of the sand is some of the best I have worked with.
Also Wonderland is an amusement center on the boardwalk. The rides are a bit pricey, but they are some of the best kid rides i've seen in a while.
Polar Bear Plunge! South Jerseyans and their Philly and NY bretherin have a tradition of diving in to the ocean on either New Year's Day or Valentine's Day. These massivley foolish events are always highly organized and suported by the town's local officials and businesses. If you visit in the winter and you want a real rush, give it a shot. Dive into the ocean when it is freezing out with a few hundred like-minded souls. Once was enough for me, so I'll take your picture formt he beah when you decide to take the plunge,
The beach is a pay beach…this means one of several things. You can pay the beach fee for the day when the tag checkers come around, which I advise you make every attempt to avoid. You can go with a friend like mine whose family has season passes, and then you don’t have to pay. There are ways to get around paying for a beach tag. Keep in mind that the tag checkers are only high school or college kids working a summer job at the beach, so they’re pretty easy pushovers and they know the deal… When you see them coming around, just go in the water. Or, you can just pretend to be asleep. Finally, you could just schmooze your way out of it, especially if your tag checker is of the opposite sex. There are tag checkers posted at most of the stairways down onto the beach from the boardwalk. The streets away from the boardwalk lead right onto the beach as well, but there are no tag checkers there.
Be sure to have the following when you go to the beach, and be sure to leave the goddam radio at home!!!
Sunblock, drinks, snacks, a football, a Frisbee, plenty of towels, a beach chair, a big blanket, a book, sunglasses, a hat, good friends, sandals, a long sleeve tshirt, your wallet for the ice cream man, and a laid back attitude.
I love the boardwalk anytime of year (but not particularly the summer when you can't move) but it has a special quality when it's snowing. We came down for a weekend in February and I enjoyed myself tremendously. I walked the boardwalk while my husband played video games in Jilly's Arcade, which is open year round. We read, played backgammon, watched videos and just relaxed. It was a great weekend break.
Corson's Inlet State Park is nestled in between the ocean and the bay. It is a very, very small state park that links the southern end of Ocean City to the neighboring barrier island of Sea Isle City. The park is enhanced by dunes and trails. It draws fishermen and sun bathers. To walk the trails of the park would take less than two hours...a good, free thing to do when the sun is shy or it is a bit too cool out for the beach.
My parents opted out of kayaking with me, and went a few doors down to ride this big boat. It's not a whale-dolphin watching boat, also common rides around here. This boat is all about speed, zipping through the ocean fast enough to give you funny hairdo's (providing you have any hair of course) and your eyes tear up.
This is a no-brainer right? Going to the beach is a must-do activity. There's something there for everyone: sand, waves, people-watching, snoozing, beach combing, and more and more!
Most major beaches charge you to set foot upon their sand. Wildwood is the only big free beach around here. Tags are sold at most entrances from boardwalk to beach. If you go early enough and miss the tag sellers, don't worry, they spend all day, walking up and down the beach, searching for tagless tourists. As a teen, it was a rite of passage requirement to not pay and spend the day avoiding the roving beach patrols.
Check out some of the natural sites on the island. Ocean City is a barrier island, and as the name implies is protects the mainland from the effects of a constantly moving ocean. Between the mainland and the island there is a series of bays and marshlands which are home to many ecosystems. The pic is of an Osprey I see everyday when I go to check the waves. I'll try and bring down my lenses and get some better pics of him/her.
If you are a child of the 80's-90's, this place is a must. Tetris, Pac-Man, air hockey, Missile Command, Centipede all the old greats. And they have new greats like South Park pinball. Great way to spend a rainy day at the beach.
Against all odds in this demolition/condo-crazed community, there is an area that stands as an example of what has been allowed to be lost. Come see it while you still can.
The fishing in Ocean City is great! My favorite months are November-January when the Striped Bass are running.
There is good fishing almost year round.
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