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Our Family Shore

The New Jersey shore is among the most popular vacation destinations, and Ocean City, New Jersey is your best choice for a great vacation with the whole family. The attractions in Ocean City offer something for the whole family. After all, Ocean City is famously known as “America's Greatest Family Resort,” and hundreds of thousands of visitors come to the shore each summer to enjoy all the city has to offer. From lounging on the beach to fishing in the bay or shopping downtown, Ocean City has a variety of attractions for you and your family to enjoy on your stay.

Miles of Safe and Secure Beaches

Ocean City is known for its beaches, which stretch for eight miles along the Jersey shore. In New Jersey, the island stands out for its pristine white sand and flourishing bay side. The beaches are staffed with lifeguards from the last week in June until the end of the summer, so your family can enjoy a pleasant, relaxing, and safe time at the beach. A full staff of lifeguards and emergency personnel are on hand during the peak summer months to provide a safe environment for our visitors. Throughout the season, thousands of beach-goers enjoy the sand and surf on their vacations or day trips.

A Fun Family Shore Vacation for All Ages

From its founding in the late 19th century, Ocean City has focused on providing quality activities and entertainment that appeal to adults and children of all ages. Spend a night on the Boardwalk to discover new shops and stores offering a huge selection of collectibles, souvenirs, antiques, clothing, and beach supplies – if you can think of it, you can probably find a store in Ocean City that sells it. The downtown district is filled with stores and restaurants which keep families coming back year after year. Taking a walk down Asbury Avenue lets you explore over 100 galleries, shops and places to eat that line "the avenue."

Plenty of Activities for the Kids

A big part of being a true family shore vacation destination is having plenty of activities geared specifically toward kids. In Ocean City, you’ll find a wide assortment of activities that are sure to keep even the most restless kid busy for days on end! For the athletic kids, there is an array of sporting activities like tennis, golf, basketball, and bicycling. The more studious child will be enthralled by our museums, library, and our fantastic Art Center filled with an amazing array of collections and exhibits. And of course, there’s always the miles of beaches for frolicking and fun!

The Perfect Family Shore Vacation Alternative

You may have experienced a family beach vacation at a resort where the noise and congestion never seems to end. When you visit OCNJ, you’ll discover a true family beach resort without all the hustle and bustle. One of the few “dry” resort towns along the Jersey Shore, you won’t find alcohol being served anywhere on the island. The alcohol-free status helps to enhance the family-friendly environment that sets OCNJ apart from resort towns filled with nightclubs and casinos. If your goal for a family vacation is fun and relaxation, Ocean City is the perfect alternative.

Visit Our World-Famous Boardwalk

The Boardwalk is the center of activity for many vacationers to the Jersey shore during the vacation season. No other boardwalk on the shore has the abundance of amusements and attractions that you find on the OCNJ Boardwalk. With two amusement parks, a water park, two movie theaters, several miniature golf courses, and gaming arcades – not to mention the dozens of shops and restaurants – the Boardwalk makes a great night out for you and your family. It’s also the perfect place for vigorous early-morning exercise or a casual stroll with the family to enjoy the calm ocean breezes and invigorating salt air.

Throughout July and August, vendors of the Boardwalk provide live entertainment every Thursday as a token of gratitude for the community. “Family Night” is free to attend and open to everyone. On Family Night, live entertainment of all sorts is located at every block along the Boardwalk. You and the family will find live music acts, magicians, face painting booths, yo-yo demonstrations, and many more all along the Boardwalk. Family Night is a great way to spend time with the family and find something for everyone to enjoy.

A Great Family Shore Vacation, No Matter How Long You Stay

Whether you plan to stay at the Jersey shore for a night, a week, or longer, you can find hotels and other lodging accommodations within your price range that meet you and your family’s expectations. Boardwalk hotels are some of the most popular places to stay – many families enjoy the convenience of being mere feet from the beach. However, there are dozens of hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts, and rental homes located all over the island. For those who prefer the great outdoors, camping options are also available. Search our business directory to find the lodging accommodations that meet all your requirements for staying at the Jersey shore.

Discover what the nearly one million vacationers each summer, many of whom are repeat visitors, already know: a trip to Ocean City, New Jersey is the perfect family shore vacation!