Ocean City is a barrier island off the coast of southern New Jersey. Famous for its miles of white sand
beaches and 2.5-mile wooden boardwalk, the town is a jewel of the Jersey shore. Its proximity to the major metropolitan hubs of Philadelphia, Baltimore, and
New York City makes Ocean City a perfect summer holiday destination. It has been listed in numerous “Top Ten’s” for its beaches, boardwalk, and quality of
life. It is also a thriving year-round community with an outstanding school system, walkable downtown, and busy community center.
In the 18th Century, the island was known as Peck’s Beach (John Peck was a whaler). Mainlanders farmed,
raised cattle, or boated across for fishing. The only full-time resident was Parker Miller, whose work was watching for shipwrecks. In 1879 four Methodist
ministers, three of them brothers, purchased the entire island for use as a Christian seaside resort and camp meeting. They built the Ocean City Tabernacle
at what is now at 5th and Wesley Avenue (preserving the tree where they first prayed for this island). They developed what they named Ocean City, identifying
streets, selling lots, building a boardwalk, attracting transportation, providing a school, and operating the summer camp meetings. As a result of that early
influence, the town remains family friendly and free of public alcohol.
Visitors enjoy a variety of special events all year—Christmas shopping and shows, Easter worship and parade,
and seasonal patriotic celebrations. Ocean City has invented other occasions to enjoy—weekly farmers’ market, family Boardwalk nights, a resident
professional Pops Orchestra, the “Doo Dah Parade” of two hundred Bassett hounds, the “Night in Venice” boat procession, and the nation’s oldest Baby Parade.
The First Night New Year’s Eve celebration culminates with a grand fireworks display over the beach. Indeed, fireworks are a regular feature of the City’s
night sky throughout the year.
Residential real estate in Ocean City is a comfortable combination of single homes, duplex condominiums, and
townhouses. Bay front homes enjoy a relaxed waterfront lifestyle and magical sunsets. Beautiful beach homes enjoy the sounds of the surf and greet each day
with a sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean. Residences between are within walking distance of the beach, bay, and quaint downtown.
Ocean City is a blend of sand and surf, year round residents and seasonal visitors, second home owners and
investors. Come on “down the shore” and make your own memories!
Additional Ocean City Information can be found at:
Special Programs July & August, 7pm, Free. Donations Appreciated
The Ocean City Historical Museum is a non-profit corporation of New Jersey. The museum houses two permanent
exhibits. “Sea View and Salt Air: A History of Ocean City” features a historically correct timeline that integrates artifacts and photographs from the
Museum's collection, along with large print storyboards to introduce the visitor to the history of Ocean City; the second is dedicated to the Sindia, a
four-master barque that grounded itself here in 1901. This exhibit includes an 8’x 8’ stained glass window showing the ship under sail, the original
figurehead, other artifacts and photographs from the ship. Temporary exhibits on special topics are also featured. The museum offers a gift shop and modern
research library that includes genealogy research tools.
The following information was taken from the Ocean City, NJ Visitors Guide from the Ocean City Chamber of
Commerce. Click here for more information
Right here in Ocean City there are plentiful recreational activities for everyone. Choose water sports like
boating, sailing, fishing, surfing and swimming, or select terrestrial pursuits like tennis, golf or biking, to name a few. Participate in high-energy
competitive sports by joining basketball, baseball, or volleyball teams, or grab a quick pick-up game at a neighborhood court. Youngsters love the
well-equipped playgrounds found throughout the island, plus a skateboard and in-line skate park at 6th and the Boardwalk. Catch the Ocean City Baron in
action as you enjoy watching exciting P.D.L. Soccer, or come out to support our local high school teams September through June.
The Ocean City Division of Recreation offers field trips, educational beach walks, sports instruction, a
repertory theater group for kids and adults, and a full slate of fine arts, music and arts & crafts classes all summer long
Special Events are scheduled throughout the year. These include the Spring and Fall Block Parties, a full
complement of Fourth of July events, the Boardwalk Baby Parade and the incredible New Year’s Eve First Night celebration. Check out the Ocean City Tourism
site for more information.
At The Ocean City Community and Cultural Center, 18th Street and Simpson Avenue, you will find our
outstanding public library with wireless Internet connection computers for use, old-fashioned storytelling time and a terrific selection of books, movies and
CD’s. The Aquatic and Fitness Center, the Historical Museum and Arts Center are also located here, each offering events, classes and workshops throughout
The Ocean City Division of Recreation has been offering popular and high quality recreational programs for
over 60 years. Activities include:
Men & Women's High School, Junior High and Biddy leagues at 18th Street courts late June through August.
Gymnastics and Tumbling:
Instruction for various skill levels for ages four and up at Sports and Civic Center late June through
Arts and Crafts:
Organized program with experienced teachers and counselors at various city playgrounds. Monday through
Friday mornings from late June through August. Register for week, month, season.
Organized activities and sports for boys and girls ages 8 to 12 at 18th & Bay Ave. (Intermediate School).
Monday through Friday mornings late June through August. Optional “Fun Friday” activities include field trips to local attractions. Register for week,
month or season.
Quality, experienced instruction at week-long camps for various activities including Field Hockey, Junior
Lifeguards, Soccer, Basketball, Lacrosse, Tennis and Baseball. Various weeks late June through August.
Musical Theater Workshops:
Group instruction over a two-week period culminating in a fully staged production at the Music Pier.
Court rentals, clinics, tournaments and private instructions for various ages and skill levels throughout the
summer at the 6th, 18th and 34th Street tennis courts.
Beach Surf Chairs:
Beach accessible program for mobility-limited persons of all ages. Sports and Civic Center, Memorial Day
through Labor Day. Reservations suggested. Call (609) 399-1989 or 525-9304.
Motorized Wheel Chairs:
Boardwalk accessible program for persons with mobility-limited disabilities. Sports and Civic Center. July
and August 12pm-10pm daily. First come first serve basis – up to 3 hours per person. Call (609) 399-1989 or 525-9304.
Skate Board Park:
For skate boarding and in-line skating only, 6th & Boardwalk. Helmets, wrist guards, knee pads and elbow
pads are required. Open daily 9am until dusk (weather permitting). Fees are in effect Memorial Day through mid-September. Daily $5, Weekly $10. Seasonal
Resident $25, Seasonal Non-Resident $50. Call (609) 399-1989 or 525-9304.
Our downtown area along Asbury Avenue is open year-round. Here are some family shopping events you don’t
want to miss. . .
The freshest of local produce, flowers and specialty items. Tabernacle grounds between 5th & 6th Streets,
every Wednesday, summer months.
Evenings on Asbury Avenue – offering a fun-filled night of music, dancing, shopping, prizes and art.
Between 6th & 11th Streets, Wednesday from 6-9pm, summer months.
Fantastic Tuesdays – Every Tuesday from 10am-1pm, summer months.
Family Film Night – on the Second Floor of Stainton’s, Tuesday’s, summer months.
Market Days – offering free pony rides, face painters, magic, puppet shows and live music to entertain
the old and young. Thursdays from 10am – 1pm, summer months.
Hospitality Night – each December kicks off our holiday shopping season.
Community Contact Numbers
Ocean City Airport - 609.399.0907
Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center - 609.398.6900