Are you looking for the perfect vacation spot for you and your family's next trip? If so, Ocean City, NJ should be at the top of the list. As “America's Greatest Family Resort,” hundreds of thousands of visitors join us every year for what has become a family tradition for many of them: an Ocean City vacation on our beautiful island. Vacationing in Ocean City offers your family everything you need to have an unforgettable stay.
Ocean City was founded in the late 1800s as a summer resort and area for summer camps. Today, the island is a tight-knit community dedicated to fostering a family-friendly environment where parents and kids of all ages can enjoy their Ocean City vacation. The diversity of activities and features on the island make Ocean City one of the most popular destinations for vacationing families.
One of the 2.5 miles along the shore, the Boardwalk has existed nearly as long as the city itself. In the mornings, joggers and bikers are found on the Boardwalk getting in their morning exercise before the buzz begins. In the afternoon, the Boardwalk bustles with beach-goers and shoppers who take advantage of the dozens of shops and stores with clothing, souvenirs, collectibles, beach favorites, candy, and much more. The Downtown area also offers over 100 shops, restaurants and galleries to keep you entertained while taking a break from the beach. Asbury Avenue is lined with delicious places to eat and unique stores and boutiques, the only hard part is deciding where to go first.
Nighttime on the Boardwalk is when the city comes alive. Throughout the summer, there are dozens of events to attend with the family, including everything from live music to magic shows. In July and August, every Thursday is “Family Night,” when the merchants of the Boardwalk offer great family activities free of charge as a gesture of appreciation for vacationers. On Family Night, live entertainment amuses audiences on every block up and down the Boardwalk – everything from barbershop quartets and magicians to face painting booths and yo-yo demonstrations. Each Family Night contains unique entertainment, so check our calendar to see what's happening during your next trip.
An Ocean City vacation wouldn't be complete without the beach, and the sand and surf are the main attraction for many families. Eight miles of white sand form the Ocean City beaches, which are staffed by lifeguards during the summer season. There's no better place than Ocean City for swimming and in the ocean or lounging under the sun with your family. Most beach-goers prefer to be near the Boardwalk; the beaches north and south of the Boardwalk are less crowded and are great for a quiet day at the shore.
Many hotels and motels around Ocean City give you the flexibility in choosing what kind of accommodations will be best for your family. Using our business directory, you can find listings for lodging accommodations from around the island, as well as contact information and links to more resources. Regardless of your budget, family size, or the duration of your stay, you can find a hotel, motel, or rental house to meet your needs.
Families from around the country look forward to Ocean City vacations every summer, and can't wait to get back to the island. Ocean City, New Jersey is proud to be part of so many vacationers' experiences, and we look forward to seeing you and your family on your next vacation.