Post Card from Ocean City, NJ or how I spent my summer vacation
We are recovering from a long trip back from New Jersey this week. We drove almost 12 hours, half of which seemed to be in the rain on the way home. Its been a jet lag and vacation withdrawal kinda week.
So in between unpacking and work I have been trying to put together some pics and videos from our trip for family and friends.
I think I told you earlier how Ocean City, New Jersey was a favorite vacation spot of mine when I was a wee kid. I loved it. It had so many fun, new things that I couldn’t do at home.
So naturally we looked forward to our kids having as good of a time for a vacation as we did. I think this is a great spot for kids and young families. Ocean City is a great family resort. It claims to be the “Greatest Family Resort”
Kohr’s Bros frozen custard is reason enough for a visit
(the BEST hot caramel popcorn in the world!)
I actually have to order more Johnson’s Popcorn for my wife as I gave our last tub we brought home to our pet sitter this week…she wasn’t very happy about that decision…
Like I said, we had a great time with so many great things to see and do…and TASTE! So I put together Top 10 Reasons this is one of our favorite family resorts. Or, otherwise a glimpse at how we spent our time on vacation week. These are the things we enjoy in Ocean City. Maybe, hopefully you’ll see it too.
OUR TOP TEN REASONS WE VISIT OCEAN CITY, NJ
1. The Boardwalk.
Most of the fun for a kid, Dad or even a Senior revolves around the 2.5 mile long boardwalk. Their literally is something for everyone here and probably lost of it. Its a mecca for fun in OC and every trip is planned around trips to, as well as what to do on the boardwalk. Here are a few images:
2. Rides of the Boardwalk.
There are two amusement piers on the boardwalk. Most of the rides are geared towards the little adventurer than the teenaged one but there is something for everyone. I think we went through over $250 in TICKETS for these rides in one week. Ouch! But it is all about the kids. Here is few examples of the fun:
3. People You might meet on the Boardwalk.
I am not talking celebrities here. More like mascots. There is even a mascot parade every week. But what fun for a kid and some photo taking ops; if they’re not too scared.
I think you saw Skylar with Mr. Fries at the beginning of the week. Some of the other party mascots include….
…Andy the Android from Verizon. Actually we had to take this one since my wife works for Verizon.
There was also the Kohr’s Bros. Custard monkey. I’m sure he has a name. Whether he did or not the kids sure loved him. Really, Kohr’s Bros. is the only name you need tot remember!
We also saw the sailor from one of the miniature golf courses on the boards. But whoever it was the kids sure loved their chance to meet a kid celebrity.
4. Miniature Golf.
There is a miniature golf course for everybody on the boards with at least 10 courses up there. There are courses of all type from the standard pool table bounce-off-the-boarders type of putt-putt to elaborate mazes for holes in ones. With so much competition many go to great
length expense to lure you in.
You might have seen Jaws on Skylar’s video on Monday. Here are a few more we visited…
Give credit to the family resort… how many places start the day with our national anthem in front of a putt-putt course? And talking parrots pitching Dairy Queen?
5. Food of the boardwalk.
Many agree, all the various food stands and restaurants are the prime reason for visiting OC’s boardwalk. This isn’t the best food of the boardwalk, or Ocean City. These places of some of the BEST vacation / snack / junk food anywhere. They are practically their own food groups here, in that you should try to get a helping of each one DAILY. And many try!
So here are our Top 5 places to eat / things to try / must haves / Reasons to visit Ocean City and its boardwalk. We actually talk about each one of these places on the way up. Really! We are that nerdy!
Top 5 at 5
...that’s “Hot, Fresh, Made-To-Order” donuts at Brown’s They are so good!
Now, how many of your kids would love that food in the video? How many of YOU would enjoy it? Its your vacation, right? Calories don’t count!
But, if they did, or if you are worried about fitting in your suit the next day, Ocean City has a way to help you out….
6. Vacation Ways for Exercise and / or Transportation on the Boardwalk
Every morning a ritual occurs on the boardwalk. We look forward to riding bikes on the boardwalk as a way to explore it quickly, wake up, stretch our legs and set the plan for the day. Runners (lots of) show what they got on the boards in the morning too. Others find their favorite ways to stretch and get some exercise with other modes of transportation.
Because what kind a of resort has you feeling guilty or wishing you could try those donuts? Get up and work it off. You have until noon….
I guess some
lucky people don’t have to work that hard.
7. Live Entertainment on the Boardwalk.
First Ocean City has its own Music Pier the sticks out towards the ocean from the boardwalk that dates back to 1928. Each year there plays, big bands, and other forms of entertainment lined up for the summer.
The last time we were in town there was a skit on one of our childhood Saturday morning cartoons, Schoolhouse Rock. Have I told you how nerdy we are?
But anything could happen! One overcast night last week, while we were sampling the pizza, fudge and frozen custard we kept on running into live bands plugged in. Again, it was really a kick for young and old kids! A little something for everyone!
8. Protected Beaches.
The audacity of Ocean City to want to charge you to use their beach, a gift of nature. Yes, each visitor pays about $10 a week for the privilege to use Ocean City ‘s beaches. What?
Yes, everyone on the beach needs to be displaying a beach tag saying they paid their beach toll that day.
You know what? It works.
Ocean City’s beaches and dunes are some of the best maintained I’ve seen anywhere. They look like right out of a book. They have a beach service their that includes at least 4 life guards per beach, including life guard stands, life boats, jet skies, and yes , whistles. ( i hate to get a whistled at….by life guards. parents of any age can feel safe knowing their is that much help and resources around.
And that $10 or $15 fee, well lets just say that just helps to keep America’s Family Resort for families
The ultimate validation, last fall’s Hurricane Sandy ripped death and destruction in every direction of Ocean City, NJ. Its eye hit a few mile north in Atlantic City. Yet, this town is running like a clock this summer. And I have to think in part due to a well established and maintained dune system. Sure most of the dunes ended up on main streets a block or two inland. But that boardwalk was preserved. Most of the houses were preserved. A way of life was preserved…
9. Beach bunnies.
No, I am not talking about curvy beach bunnies…
I am talking about those adorable little bunnies that now call some of the protected sand dunes home. They blend right in at first but then the more you look the more you see.
I think any other resort claiming to be America’s favorite would have to be very creative to top Easter Bunnies at their resort.
“Happy Easter Bunny day!“, right Skylar?
They only seem to come out at dusk, avoiding the hot summer sun. Let other beaches have their mostly nude beach bunnies. OCNJ has Easter bunnies! Well done!
10. Kids just have fun here!
Yes, kids, kids of all ages can have fun in Ocean City, New Jersey. If our Top 10 reads like a checklist, how much of this sounds like fun. its fun for kids, families and even seniors due the wholesome atmosphere that is there brand.
And there are lots more things to see and do in Ocean City too. These are just some of the things we like. There is downtown shopping. Water sports in the bay as well as Atlantic City only being a bridge away to the north.
If anyone reading this has been to OCNJ and would like to add their favorite activities to our list please feel free to add them in the Comment section.
In the end it really is a great family resort; for the whole family. Although when asked which she liked better, Ocean City or the Jamaican resort where they furnish a nanny for the day, she still preferred Jamaica. And, yes, they did have bunnies the kids could feed there as well.
We may just alternate back and forth…and throw in a Disney adventure as well.
**Keep your toes in the sand, the breeze in your hair, and the sun to your back. Life’s a Beach**
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