The name says it all! Ocean City, New Jersey is one of the best places on the East Coast to relax and enjoy the Atlantic water. Relax in the sun and sand, or spend time exploring the area, where you’ll find plenty of worthwhile things to do. Known as a family-oriented seaside resort, Ocean City is one of the top-rated destinations. It also has some of the best beaches and a boardwalk that stretches for 2.5 miles. Since the founding in 1879, the sale of alcoholic beverages has been prohibited within its city limits. The shopping and dining are also spectacular here. It is also an ideal place to bring your significant other for a romantic weekend away.
First things first, the boardwalk is a must see. The shops are great and walking along the ocean with the sea breeze at your face is one of the greatest experiences. Next, lay out on the beaches. These are some of the cleanest beaches you will ever set foot on. Playland’s Castaway Cove will bring out your inner child. It really is fun for all ages. You can also go parasailing or rent a boat if you are dying to get out on the water! Eat the saltwater taffy; it’s a must! There is also Gillian’s Wonderland Pier and Boardwalk Adventures Water Park. When you’re here, you have nothing but great options for where to eat. Therefore, you may as well try them all: OC Surf Café, John & Patty’s Coffee Bar & Bistro, Bennie’s Bread & Rolls, Manco & Manco Pizza, Augie’s Omelette & Waffle, and Hula Grill.
In Ocean City, visitors and locals have easy access to fantastic restaurants, cafes and bakeries. From fresh-baked pastries to fine seaside dining, Ocean City has everything you need to enjoy a delicious meal. Walk down the Boardwalk before enjoying a special seafood dinner with locally-caught specials. The Boardwalk is also a lovely place to treat yourself to an afternoon ice cream cone or some signature salt water taffy. Take the kids to Playland’s Castaway Cove and experience the magic of Gillian’s Wonderland Pier. OC Waterpark is another family favorite and right on the water, so you can divide your time between the waterslide and the beach.
When you need a break from sunbathing or exploring the Boardwalk, there are loads of places to see nearby for a day. One of the most popular tourist attractions in New Jersey is whale watching! There are multiple companies that offer whale watching tours, such as: Cape May Whale Watchers, Thunder Cat, Starlight Fleet, and Big Blue Cruiser-Whale Watcher. Also take a drive (40 minutes) to see the Historic Cold Spring Village. The entire village is a living museum. There are all different kinds of activities for both children and adults at this amazing early American, open-air attraction. Children can try on period accurate clothing and do arts and crafts. Learn how to make homemade jam like they did back then! Or you can visit the Leaming’s Rum Gardens where there are bridges and paths and great scenery. It is voted one of the best gardens to visit on the East Coast.
Just minutes from Ocean City, visit the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge, where you can hike and bike and enjoy the expanses of pristine nature and wetlands. You can also go on a nature excursion from Cape Island Creek Nature Preserve and see beautiful wild birds and marine life. Zoom Ziplines at Mountain Creek, in Vernon, New Jersey, is a fun guided zipline tour that is a fantastic daytime activity for traveling families. You may also enjoy visiting the nearby city of Cape May to walk through its charming streets and explore another seashore.
Before you look into booking a hotel, check out our site for all sorts of vacation rentals. From apartments to condos to homes, there is something for everyone. However, if you prefer to stay at a hotel, then we suggest booking at one of the following: Watson Regency Suites, Ocean Front Motel, Port-O-Call Hotel, Biscayne Suites, Pavilion Motor Lodge, Atlantis Inn B&B, The Flanders Hotel, or Inn The Gardens B&B.
There are quite a lot of options for getting to and around Ocean City, such as, ferryboats, jitney buses, and trolleys. Specifically, the Boardwalk Trolley, which runs during summer months is a great way to get around. There are also ridesharing services, bicycle rentals and car rentals.
Philadelphia International Airport is the closest airport to Ocean City, and there are numerous rental car and taxi services in the area. While you are in Ocean City, consider renting a bicycle and riding around town for the afternoon!
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The average price of a nightly rental in Ocean City is $286 while the average price of a weekly rental is $25. For those looking for more than a short term rental such as corporate rentals, extended stays or long term rentals, the average monthly price of a Ocean City home is $25.
Wondering if you can bring your dog or cat along with you? There are 123 pet-friendly vacation rentals available in Ocean City. In addition to accommodating pets, Ocean City rentals offer a variety of amenities. In particular, 1477 rentals have Internet and WiFi, 1547 have TV and/or cable and 186 have a pool or hot tub.Search properties from 6 vacation rental sites in Ocean City where the top providers in that area are TripAdvisor, HomeAway, and Expedia. There are 1090 TripAdvisor rentals, 461 HomeAway short term rentals and 27 Expedia vacation rentals.