Sightseeing in Ocean City, New Jersey
Ocean City is located in south New Jersey. Billed as "America's Greatest Family resort
," the city boasts eight miles of pristine beaches
and more than two miles of boardwalk. There might be something to the city's self-proclaimed nickname as the area was rated the top family beach
destination in America by the Travel Channel. While lounging on the beach and soaking up the sun is the obvious choice for a fun activity, there are many other things to do in Ocean City.
Ocean City Boardwalk
Thousands of visitors flock every year to Ocean City to experience the boardwalk. There are amusement park rides, including a giant Ferris wheel, traditional cafes, ice cream shops, carnival games, miniature golf, movie theaters and shopping. Thursday nights during July and August are designated "family nights." Every block features a new live performer or performance, all family-friendly. Finally, there's a water park in case you want more water fun than the ocean can offer.
Discovery Shell Museum and the Bayside Center
The Discovery Shell Museum is the perfect stop for any shell or ocean lover. Located a short walk from the boardwalk, the museum features more than 10,000 rare and valuable shells as well as a gift shop where you can buy more ordinary and less expensive shells. The Bayside Center is located in a historical home on the bay. Owned by the city, the center hosts various activities and educational events. The mission of the Bayside Center is to educate the public about South Jersey beaches and the ocean environment through several displays, exhibits, demonstrations and special events.
Although relaxing on the beach might be all the outdoor recreation many people need, some visitors might desire more strenuous activities. Sometimes, the best sightseeing is done from the back of a bike or on a water vehicle. There are many rental shops in the city where you can rent a bike, boat or watercraft. Explore the historic downtown area on a bike or head out into the bay on a boat or other watercraft such as a WaveRunner. Many of the rental business also offer guided tours, especially fishing tours.
April Sanders has been a professional writer since 1998. She has worked as an educator and now writes academic research content for EBSCO Publishing and elementary reading curriculum for Compass Publishing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in social psychology from the University of Washington and a master's degree in information sciences and technology in education from Mansfield University.