13 Tips to Truly Unwind and Recharge During Your Family Vacation

13 Tips to Truly Unwind and Recharge During Your Family Vacation

The year is long and stressful. From juggling all the responsibilities of your workplace to keeping up with housework, running the kids to and from activities, balancing your social life and partaking in the pressures of holidays, back-to-school shopping and major events, sometimes it can feel like you never get a moment to slow down and relax. Between rushed minivan runs and cold cups of coffee on the overtime desk, you find yourself daydreaming about how it would feel to have a break from everything, to let go of all your stress for a little while. It’s time for a vacation, isn’t it? Unfortunately, when those one or two weeks of PTO finally roll around sometime in the summer, the stress of planning and preparing for an ambitious trip can mix with... Read More

Dr. Martin Luther King Celebrations in Ocean City

Dr. Martin Luther King Celebrations in Ocean City

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 1/10/18 Ocean City celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at two different events this weekend: the annual King Ceremony on Saturday (Jan. 13) at the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center and the King Day of Service on Monday (Jan. 15). The ceremony at 1 p.m. on Saturday brings the community together to remember King through words, song and dance. This year’s celebration includes a keynote address from the Rev. Marcia Stanford of Macedonia United Methodist Church in Ocean City and songs from Michelle Harris-Anderson, a former Miss Ocean City, former Miss Delaware and member of the Ocean City High School Class of 1989. Two Ocean City residents will be honored for their community service: Robert Rowell, a volunteer who has... Read More

5 Tips for a Stress-Free Romantic Getaway

5 Tips for a Stress-Free Romantic Getaway

Ocean City, N.J., is home to beautiful beaches, a world-famous boardwalk, locally owned restaurants and exceptional shopping. Host to more than a million visitors during the peak summer season alone, this beautiful and quaint island has been attracting flocks of people for years. Known as a family-friendly resort locale, Ocean City is also the perfect place for a classy romantic getaway. A recent survey by the U.S. Travel Association revealed couples who travel together enjoy stronger and healthier relationships. In fact, 63 percent of respondents noted a vacation or weekend getaway was the most important way to spark romance. A romantic weekend in Ocean City, N.J., is just the thing to help couples recharge and grow closer. Boasting a natural backdrop of soothing sounds, stunning sunrises and sunsets, sparkling water and pristine... Read More

Ocean City’s 2018 Calendar of Events Taking Shape

Ocean City’s 2018 Calendar of Events Taking Shape

The shortest days of the year are behind us, and that means summer’s on the way. It’s not too early to think about planning for some fun in Ocean City this year. Here’s an early look at just a few key dates for 2018. March 24 and 31: Easter falls on April 1 this year and the GREAT EGG HUNTS on the beach are set for late March. April 6 to 8: Downtown Asbury Avenue welcomes another GIRLS WEEKEND. April 14: Humor and nostalgia join forces again as the DOO DAH PARADE and MR. MATURE PAGEANT go off on a Saturday afternoon and evening. April 28-29: The SPORTS MEMORABILIA SHOW is a new event for the Ocean City Music Pier. May 5: The SPRING BLOCK PARTY takes place on its traditional date on the first... Read More

Ocean City to Welcome 2018 With First Night and First Day

Ocean City to Welcome 2018 With First Night and First Day

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 12/27/17 What better way to start a new year than by celebrating in Ocean City? Families here know that you don’t have to wait till summer to get sand in your shoes. Ocean City hosts popular First Night and First Day celebrations to mark New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Now in its 26th year, First Night includes a spectacular lineup of more than 75 shows and activities at venues throughout Ocean City during an alcohol-free celebration from 4 p.m. to midnight on Dec. 31, 2017. About 10,000 people will fill the streets and make New Year’s Eve feel like a summer night in Ocean City, before a midnight fireworks display rings in the year 2018. The fun continues on New Year’s Day with the all-day... Read More

19 Things to Do in Ocean City, NJ During Winter

19 Things to Do in Ocean City, NJ During Winter

When people think about planning a vacation to the Jersey Shore, they usually plan to visit during the summer months. After all, there’s plenty of sun, warm water and things to do. But Ocean City, NJ doesn't hibernate once winter comes around. In fact, a family winter vacation at the beach can be ideal for people who are looking for fun-filled activities and fewer crowds. There's plenty to do at the beach in winter. Check out these 19 options. 1. Celebrate the Holidays Even Santa knows it's fun to visit the beach for a winter getaway. He makes his first appearance in Ocean City at the end of November, right around Thanksgiving. Then, he usually comes back every weekend until Christmas Day for photo ops. On Saturdays, he likes to hang around for... Read More

Ocean City Ready for First Night and First Day 2018

Ocean City Ready for First Night and First Day 2018

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 12/19/17 Ocean City will start the New Year in style with its popular First Night and First Day celebrations. Now in its 26th year, First Night includes a spectacular lineup of more than 75 shows and activities at venues throughout Ocean City during an alcohol-free celebration from 4 p.m. to midnight on Dec. 31, 2017. About 10,000 people will fill the streets and make New Year’s Eve feel like a summer night in Ocean City, before a midnight fireworks display rings in the year 2018. The fun continues on New Year’s Day with the all-day Shopping Extravaganza at stores throughout town, a 5-kilometer run and, of course, the ceremonial “First Plunge” of 2018 – featuring more than 1,000 hardy souls diving into the Atlantic Ocean for their... Read More

Tickets on Sale for First Night Ocean City

Tickets on Sale for First Night Ocean City

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 12/13/17 All-inclusive First Night admission buttons – good for entry to every venue in Ocean City’s family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration – are on sale now for a discounted $15. On Friday (Dec. 15), the price goes up to $20. Visit firstnightocnj.com to buy them online, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ or stop by Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway, Stainton’s (810 Asbury Avenue) or the City Hall Welcome Center at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue. Now in its 26th year, First Night includes a spectacular lineup of more than 60 shows and activities at venues throughout Ocean City during the alcohol-free celebration from 4 p.m. to midnight on Dec. 31, 2017. Popular attractions such as rides on Wonderland Pier, outdoor ice-skating, Abbott and Costello impersonators, the Fabulous... Read More

OCTC Presents a Musical ‘Christmas Carol’

OCTC Presents a Musical ‘Christmas Carol’

 What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 12/6/17 The Ocean City Theatre Company will put a musical spin on a timeless story by Charles Dickens with six performances of “A Christmas Carol – The Broadway Musical” over the next two weeks. The production will feature a professional cast of performers under the direction of Shannon Agnew with choreography by Colleen Kreisel and music direction by John Grieco. Broadway’s Alan Menken (Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” “Little Shop of Horrors”) and Lynn Ahrens (“Ragtime,” “Seussical,” “Once on This Island”) breathe new life into the classic tale with their adaptation. The musical remains true to the story with three ghosts leading the selfish Ebenezer Scrooge through his past, present and future. Scrooge ultimately greets Christmas morning with a cheerful “Happy Christmas” before... Read More