Boasting one of the state of New Jersey's best beaches, Ocean City offers much more than simply sand and surf. The city is home to a wide variety of activities for people of all ages. From outdoor recreation activities like hiking and boating at Corson's Inlet State Park to theatrical productions at the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company to an array of attractions and rides at the Gillian's Wonderland Pier along the Ocean City Boardwalk, there’s something for just about anyone in Ocean City, New Jersey. Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Gillian's Wonderland Pier
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Gillian's Wonderland Pier is home to more than thirty attractions and rides for guests to choose from and has been around for over seventy years at the Boardwalk. At "America's Greatest Family Resort," there is excitement and fun in abundance. The both indoor and outdoor amusement park can be easily found by tourists not familiar with the Ocean City. Just look for the Giant Wheel, which has become a landmark of the city and towers more than 140 feet high. Gillian's Wonderland Pier is a “pay-as-you-go” park, requiring a certain amount of tickets for each attraction or ride.
601 Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ 08226, Phone: 609-399-7082
2.Corson's Inlet State Park, Ocean City, New Jersey
Established in 1969 and encompassing a little over 340 acres, Corson's Inlet State Park was put in place to preserve and protect one of the New Jersey oceanfront’s last undeveloped areas of land. The natural habitats throughout the state park are home to a rich wildlife diversity and features both primary and secondary systems of sand dunes, upland areas, marine estuaries, and shoreline overwash. Corson's Inlet State Park is also a popular outdoor recreation spot, offering opportunities for crabbing, boating, saltwater fishing, hiking, kayaking, sunbathing, and more. There are several natural trails, overlook points, and the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail.
Bay Ave, Strathmere, NJ 08270, Phone: 609-861-2404
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3.Ocean City Historical Museum
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The Ocean City Historical Museum is housed inside the Ocean City Community Center and showcases numerous treasures that date back to before the city was founded in 1879, as well as items from the more recent past of Ocean City, New Jersey. From entrepreneurial spirit to religious piety, from princesses to shipwrecks, from the famous boardwalk to marshes and wildlife, the story of the city contains a lot of variety and interesting details. The history museum is dedicated to building upon its long history of the preservation of "America’s Greatest Family Resort,” providing displays of an extensive collection of memorabilia and artifacts.
1735 Simpson Ave, Ocean City, NJ 08226, Phone: 609-399-1801
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4.Ocean City Life Saving Station, Ocean City, New Jersey
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The Ocean City Life Saving Station welcomes visitors to step back in time to experience what life was like for the many brave surfmen who risked their own lives to respond to the shipwrecks near the Jersey shore and any other people on the ocean waters who were in need. Also known as the United States Coast Guard Station No. 126 and the United States Life Saving Station 30, the Ocean City Life Saving Station is the only life saving station of its kind of design that still remains in existence in New Jersey today and six in the nation.
801 E 4th St, Ocean City, NJ 08226, Phone: 609-398-5553
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5.Greater Ocean City Theatre Company
The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company in Ocean City, New Jersey is committed to bringing a variety of professional theatre productions to the Ocean City community and the surrounding areas as a non-profit arts organization. In addition to the theatrical performances, the theatre company also provides educational theatre opportunities for residents in Ocean City and the greater Delaware Valley region. The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company was established to offer a professional theatre experience to the Jersey Shore and past productions include Tis The Season and collaboration with the OC Pops for shows like The Wizard of Oz and 42nd Street.
1501 West Ave, Ocean City, NJ 08226, Phone: 609-398-1118
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6.Hula Grill, Ocean City, New Jersey
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For locals and tourists alike looking for good, authentic Hawaiian cuisine, the Hula Grill in Ocean City, New Jersey is widely considered to be the place to go. In fact, the restaurant is the only eatery serving Hawaiin fare in the entire Cape May County. OFfering both outdoor and indoor seating, the Hula Grill features a menu with Hawaiian dishes, American classic, and extremely fresh seafood for both lunch and dinner seven days a week. Popular seafood options on the menu include the jumbo oysters, the fried coconut shrimp, the cooked-to-order ahi filet, and the crab cake burger.
940 Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ 08226, Phone: 609-399-2400
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7.Oves Beach Grill, Ocean City, New Jersey
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The Oves Beach Grill proudly serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner to the community of Ocean City, New Jersey, as well as beach rentals, surrey and bike rentals, and space for private parties. Open every day of the week between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the restaurant was originally opened by Tom Oves Sr. after people would ask him where they should eat breakfast after renting a bike in the morning. In 1968, he moved his bike rental business over to the beach and opened up a small grill. Over the years, the beach stand expanded to become the Oves Beach Grill.
4th Street & Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ 08226, Phone: 609-398-3712
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8.Bob's Grill, Ocean City, NJ
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Bob’s Grill serves an extensive food menu with a variety of dishes, including an assortment of fresh salads with homemade dressings, the quarter-pound Black Angus burger, homemade Maryland Crab Cakes, and the New England Lobster Roll. The eatery originally began as a beach stand at 17th Street opened by Bob Sr., however, Bob Jr. realized the more popular beach spot in the city was at 14th Street and moved the business there. Located on the Ocean City Boardwalk, Bob’s Grill today offers a place where people can eat regardless of the weather and is famous in the area for its breakfast.
1368 Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ 08226, Phone: 609-399-3438
9.Spadafora's Seafood Market, Ocean City, New Jersey
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Spadafora's Seafood Market has been a part of the Ocean City, New Jersey community for more than forty years, providing one of the freshest and largest selections of shellfish and fish in the region. There are two locations where locals and visitors alike can grab a bite to eat: the full-service Seafood Market and the Restaurant and Clam Bar. The restaurant serves seafood sourced fresh every day from the Seafood Market and the menu also includes a variety of salads, soups, and desserts that are all made from scratch on-site. The hand-breaded fried seafood is particularly popular among Spadafora's customers.
932 Haven Ave, Ocean City, NJ 08226, Phone: 609-398-6703
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9 Best Things to Do in Ocean City, New Jersey
- Gillian's Wonderland Pier, Photo: J. Novack/stock.adobe.com
- Corson's Inlet State Park, Ocean City, New Jersey, Photo: Gerry/stock.adobe.com
- Ocean City Historical Museum, Photo: Ocean City Historical Museum
- Ocean City Life Saving Station, Ocean City, New Jersey, Photo: Ocean City Life Saving Station
- Greater Ocean City Theatre Company, Photo: nagaets/stock.adobe.com
- Hula Grill, Ocean City, New Jersey, Photo: Hula Grill
- Oves Beach Grill, Ocean City, New Jersey, Photo: Oves Beach Grill
- Bob's Grill, Ocean City, NJ, Photo: Bob's Grill
- Spadafora's Seafood Market, Ocean City, New Jersey, Photo: Spadafora's Seafood Market
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