Ocean City Boardwalk, Ocean City
the Ocean City Boardwalk is one of the most famous Boardwalks around the world, in fact, Travel and Livinv Channel voted it the number one boardwalk in 2005. The Boardwalk stretches for 2 1/2 miles (4 kilometers) facing the atlantic ocean and it host a large number of commercial activities like a giant ferris wheel, assorted shops selling everything from taffy to doughnuts and ice cream, assorted restaurants, bars and lots of other shops. Most of the shops here are open from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm everyday.
according to their website:
In the early days Ocean City was known as Peck’s Beach, an eight-mile stretch of sand dunes, meadows and cedar swamps named for John Peck, a whaler who used the island as a staging spot for his whaling operation. The island had served as a summer fishing camp for local Native Americans, a grazing land for cattle driven out from the mainland and an occasional hunting or picnic spot for mainland residents who would come out by boat.
September 10, 1879, four ministers, Ezra B. Lake, James Lake, S. Wesley Lake and William Burrell chose the island as a suitable spot to establish a Christian retreat. Having chosen the name “Ocean City”, the founders incorporated the “Ocean City Association”, laid out street and lots for cottages, hotel and businesses. From these beginnings Ocean City has grown into the town as it exists today. The first bridge was built to the island in 1883, while the first railroad soon followed. The first school began in 1881. The boardwalk grew and was relocated several times. A large fire in 1927 changed the town significantly.
The Ocean City Convention Center always has activities going on-- craft shows, flower shows, pagents, etc. Find out what is going on and check it out. The center is located on the Boardwalk. Craft shows are scheduled most Fridays and Saturdays.
(This week they are having the Miss New Jersey Pageant there.)
The beach and the boardwalk go hand-in-hand. Unlike some seashore towns that also advertise boardwalks, Ocean City and Wildwood's boardwalks are really made of boards, not concrete slabs.
Most people go to the beach during the day and stroll along the boardwalk during the evening. All along the boardwalk you will find a gazillion souvenir, beach, and sundry shops. Also, there are rides, arcades, games of chance, (chances are you'll lose) and food of all kinds. Guess what I just read in the news today? (12-14-02) Ocean City is making a no smoking law on the boardwalk! There will be some designated smoking areas. Apparently, the last boardwalk fire was caused by a discarded, yet still lit, cigarette butt.
Take a walk on the beach and boardwalk. Start at 5th St. on the Boardwalk. The fishing jettie (rocks) is right in front of you. Walk south past the volleyball courts. On your left is the 'surfing beach, or 7th St. as the locals call it.' On your right is Gillians Wonderland Pier. It is the largest and oldest amusement park in town. In the summer when the boardwalk is packed with people it is pretty common to have your friends or family meet you at the 'W' or one of the other letters. 7th St. Surf Shop is just past Wonderland. They rent surfboards and give free surf lessons during the summer months. The stores, arcades, restaurants, and amusements continue for 1 mile to 15th St. Along the way you should check out the Music Pier. Its the only building on the ocean side of the boardwalk and its between 8th and 9th Streets. During the summer season there are concerts and other events worth checking out. (I'll try to link a schedule later) Jilly's arcade is on 12th St. after that the boardwalk narrows and the stores end at 15th St. You'll see the fishing pier on that block. Along the way don't forget to have a slice of Mack & Mancos Pizza. There are a few on the boardwalk and its probably the most famous pizza restaurant in town.
The boardwalk was originally made to keep people from tracking sand back onto the train that they came in on. That was the primary transportation in and out of Ocean City during the early years. Ocean City is a dry town so you will not see any bars or liquor stores in town. We call our town 'the Worlds Greatest Family Resort' My Scottish friend Dave was a little worried about that fact the first time he visited, but the second time he visited he stayed for a couple months.
Lots of shops restaurants and Amusements for everyone. Its a great place to take the kids. No bars means there is very little trouble.