Ocean City, New Jersey is a world famous seashore community located in the heart of the Jersey Shore. A barrier island located off the coast of Southern New Jersey, in Cape May County, Ocean City is just 20 minutes from Atlantic City, 70 minutes from Philadelphia, and two hours from New York City.
Founded in 1879 by a group of Methodist Clergyman, Ocean City was established as a "Christian Seashore Resort" and it's tradition as a family resort continues to this day and is reflected in the dedication to the community's well being that governs our town.
Moving "Down the Shore"
When considering a move to Ocean City, your housing choices are many. Your location of choice will be as simple as beach, bay or somewhere in between! Whether your needs are temporary or permanent, our island boasts many types of architecture, from condos, town-homes, downtown living, cottages, Victorians or modern, the island truly offers something for everyone.
There are numerous opportunities for investments and with Ocean City's low ratable tax-base, the city is an attractive option for many. The Ocean City Board of REALTORS® is bound by a strict code of ethics, so you can rest assured that a seasoned professional will be with you every step of the way in making the best decision for you and your family.
Ocean City provides an outstanding, well-rounded education for its residents. A primary, intermediate and high school offer a contemporary education to over 2,600 students. In addition to offering students the skills and education they need for life, a forward approach to education while instilling attitudes of tolerance, respect and responsibility is also stressed.
The recently completed High School is state-of-the-art with new curriculum including TV/Media production, Design and Technology for Engineering, AP Studio Art and American Sign Language, and boasts the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center. For more information visit: http://www.oceancityschools.org/
Arts, Leisure and Recreation
You'll find an outstanding program of special events, recreational programs and concerts year round. For a listing of events check out the Chamber of Commerce's web-site: www.oceancitychamber.com
Remember Sunday Evenings at the Music Pier?
Still there, complete with all your favorites and many, many program expansions. Reserve your seats early here www.oceancitypops.org
Downtown boasts a quaint, colorful downtown full of unique specialty stores. From old-fashioned variety stores to high-end boutiques, gift shops, art galleries and restaurants, the downtown area bustles year round with various programs and activities.
Start your day with a bike ride or a stroll along the two and a half mile stretch of boardwalk; yet another example of Ocean City's wide variety of family attractions.
Biking around town just got easier
What would your day be without your morning ride on the "Boards"? Well, your biking options are about to expand, starting in the Spring 2008, thanks to the efforts of The Mayor's Advisory Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. Here are just two examples of this on-going project in motion.
Haven Avenue Route
Haven Avenue is a dedicated bike route between 9th and 34th Streets. Speed limits are reduced to 15 MPH with 4-way stop signs at every intersection, additional signage and street paint.
For full details, additional information, including how to get involved, click here. See you on the Trails!
Route 52 - Causeway
Included in the new bridge construction; a 10-foot wide pedestrian walkway and bike path extends the full length of the project separated from the shoulder by a railing. The bike path/walkway will connect to a new Visitors Center and fishing areas along the bridge and to other bicycle and pedestrian facilities in Somers Point and Ocean City. The Ocean City Visitors Center will be reconstructed as part of the new bridge's Scenic Overlook. Other amenities include boat ramps, fishing piers, parking lots and walkways.
Ocean City Arts Center
The Ocean City Arts Center is home to the Ocean City Aquatic Fitness Center, Ocean City Arts Center, Ocean City Free Public Library and the Ocean City Historic Museum.
The Free Public Library offers free membership is to residen ts and property owners. Book signings, guest speakers and children's programs are just some of the services they offer. Check it out at: www.oceancitylibrary.org. The Arts Center, an independent, not-for-profit organization, offers over 40 weekly classes year round: www.oceancityartscenter.org. The Aquatic and Fitness Center is a multi-faceted facility for all ages and fitness levels: www.ocnj.us. The Historical Museum is a charming step back in time: www.ocnjmuseum.org.
The City of Ocean City wants everyone to have fun at the beach and wants everyone to be safe. The ocean is a great place to play in the waves or to cool off on a hot summer day, but it can be dangerous in certain conditions or for those who may not be used to the waves and currents. To keep everyone safe, lifeguards from the Ocean City Beach Patrol guard a number of beaches. Certain beaches are designated for surfing only as the surfboards can be dangerous to swimmers.
The Ocean City Beach Patrol (OCBP) guards a total of 42 beaches in the summer season. Beaches are guarded from the Saturday before Memorial Day through the week after Labor Day. However, to extend the season somewhat, the OCBP guards 5 beaches, conditions permitting, throughout September. For the last three weeks in September the 5 guarded beaches are St. Charles Place, 9th Street, 12th Street, 34th Street and 58th Street.
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Houses of Worship
Beth Israel Reform Congregation
2501 Shore Road, Northfield
Our Lady of Good Counsel
40th & Asbury Avenue, Ocean City
Calvery Chapel Church
8th & Asbury Avenue, Ocean City
St. Augustine's R.C. Church
13th & Wesley Avenue, Ocean City
Cornerstone Ministries (non-denominational)
810 Asbury Avenue, Ocean City
St. Francis Cabrini R.C. Church
2nd & Atlantic Avenue, Ocean City
First Presbyterian Church
701 Wesley Avenue, Ocean City
St. John's Lutheran
10th & Central Avenue, Ocean City
Holy Trinity Episcopal
30th & Bay Avenue, Ocean City
St. Peter's United Methodist
501 East 8th Street, Ocean City
New Life Assembly
324 West Avenue, Ocean City
Union Chapel by the Sea
5501 Asbury Avenue, Ocean City
Ocean City Baptist
10th & Wesley Avenue, Ocean City
Ocean City Tabernacle (interdenominational)
550 Wesley Avenue, Ocean City