About Ocean CityWhen the Lake brothers—ministers all—established Ocean City as a proper Christian summer resort in 1879, they decreed that no liquor would be sold. The injunction, which is still in effect, might account in part for the town's long-standing popularity with families. Other reasons the area is a favorite vacation spot are obvious: the 8-mile-long beach, an equable climate, excellent sport fishing and all the standard amenities of a summer seashore vacation community.
At the north end of an island between the Atlantic and Great Egg Harbor, Ocean City offers easy access to both the ocean and to inland waterways, making it a favored summer port for yacht owners. Chief among the many recreational facilities is the town boardwalk, lined with shops and amusements. Marinas accommodate visiting craft as well as charter boats for sightseeing and fishing, and the downtown area has numerous boutiques and restaurants to browse.
The Music Pier is Ocean City's primary entertainment center; band concerts take place regularly in summer. Gillian's Wonderland Pier and Playland's Castaway Cove have family-oriented amusement parks that operate from early April to mid-October. The Ocean City Arts Center, 1735 Simpson Ave., presents monthly art exhibits; phone (609) 399-7628.
Visitor Centers Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce on the route 52 Causeway Ocean City, NJ 08226. Phone:(609)399-1412
Things to Do Ocean City Historical Museum
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