You may need a gastric bypass afterward
It's very easy to pack on the pounds while you are at the Boardwalk. The staggaring array of ice-cream novelties, french fries, candies, fried foods and sweets will tempt you to eat all day long, every day. If you aren't careful, you children will be so jacked up on sugar, they won't sleep for the entire vacation!
We may have small waves in New Jersey, but please don't underestimate the riptides. Keep close eye on your children and small children should absolutely be accompanied, even if they are only going in up their ankles. It only takes a second for a small child to be swept away in the unpredictable tide. Make sure you swim where there are lifeguards as well.
(In the picture below, my neice was holding grandma's hand but still was almost swept away.)
- Family Travel
Totally not a joke- attack sea gulls!
The sea gulls have gotten really comfortable with people and are not afraid anymore. They will get close enough to scare you, and if you leave your food unguarded they will dive-bomb you and steal it. They are not afraid to take food right out of your hand. Do not intentionally feed the sea gulls, it will cause them to freak out and flock to you and you will get crapped on.
It is fun to be buried in the sand, but you have to be careful! Lie on top of sand and allow sand to be poured over you. Hopefully they'll let you keep your head out. But the danger is when people dig holes, get in, and then others pour in sand. Yes, people actually do this! Every summer someone gets hurt, or sometimes even killed, not realizing how heavy sand is. I was on the beach when a guy had his back broken by doing this.
Red as a Lobster
Some seemingly sound and reasonable people go on vacation and pooh-pooh the idea of wearing sunblock. Or they think a suntan lotion of SPF 4 is enough to keep them from burning. They are seeking the instant gratification tan, which for most people, doesn't exist. And the funny thing is, they'll do it again next year! "oh, i never burn..."
If you happen to catch one of...
If you happen to catch one of these Sea Robins handle it with care. The spikes on its back are very sharp and can poisen you if it breaks your skin. Use a towel or gloves to handle the fish and remove the hook carefully.
The park rules require skaters...
The park rules require skaters to wear full safety equipment including ;
Helmet, wrist guards, elbow pads, and knee pads. I highly reccomend doing so. It hurts a lot more to fall on cement than water.
If someone calls you a...
If someone calls you a 'shoobie,' just smile and try to ignore them. Shoobie is our word for tourist. It comes from the old days when people used to bring in thier lunches in shoe boxes and eat them on the beach. You probably wont get called a shoobie if you respect your surroundings, although Pennsylvania Tags are a dead give away. Although the name can be used in a negative way my friends and I welcome visitors with open arms. Most peoples livelyhoods in town depend on the tourist dollars. My house has been dubbed the 'shoobie shack' because of all the visitors during the summer. This is what the beach looks like in the winter. So don't be afraid of the locals and keep visiting.
The Sea Gulls are beautiful to...
The Sea Gulls are beautiful to look at but don't feed them. They say when a gull drops one on you its good luck but we don't appreciate increasing the odds of this happening. If you're walking on the board walk or beach with food, be careful, the birds will try to steal it.
Not really a warning about...
Not really a warning about anything dangerous ... Just a warning that Ocean City is a Dry Town. Buy all the Beer, Wine and Liquor you need at Circle Liquor on the 9th Street Bridge before you enter the town. (although I understand they deliever to Ocean City so if you are running low its not as bad as it first seemed)
Not a huge problem but we were...
Not a huge problem but we were looking for someplace, not on the boardwalk, to eat at on a Friday night in July. One would figure, easy since it is the high season. No luck, most places closed at 9pm and it was 9:15 and the only open establishments were not vegetarian friendly. Ended up at a Christian coffee house that kindly made us veggie sandwiches after their kitchen closed at 9pm. So my warning to visitors, especially if you're vegetarian, is to eat on the boardwalk or take your chances in downtown Ocean City.
The one thing you must do is;...
The one thing you must do is; Watch your speed while heading into Ocean City on the 9th street causeway. The police love to ticket here and don't let alot of people off. Ask some of the locals about the pilings that are submerged before surfing at some of the beaches. 10th, 5th, North Street and some others can be a danger.
Tipical beach front homes in the Southend of Ocean City.
In the fall when hurricanes...
In the fall when hurricanes and Nor'Easters threaten the east coast. Flooding is possible. This picture is from Halloween a few years back. Many boats were damaged from this storm.
The sunsets from the 9th...
The sunsets from the 9th Street bridge into Ocean City are so beautiful that you may forget to watch the road in front of you. Pull over and enjoy.