Few things are as important as being able to get what you need when you need it, and few things are as fun as being able to get what you want anytime you feel like it. That’s the best part of shopping in Ocean City – boutiques and specialty shops are plenty and so are grocery stores, hardware stores, pharmacies and banks.
The Historic Downtown District on Asbury Avenue is the heart of Ocean City. The avenue is lined with boutiques, florists, music shops, furniture galleries, bakery and confection shops, art galleries, eateries, cafés, and more. There are shops for children, teens and adults alike – carrying the latest items for your home, body and soul. Spend an hour or the entire day going in and out of the shops, having lunch and picking up the latest must-haves. There are more than 100 shops on the avenue, and many of them are family owned. Asbury Avenue shines with bright flowers, beautiful trees, quaint light posts, teak benches and brick sidewalks. It’s open year round and is home to special events such as Block Party, Market Days, Downtown by Night and Funtastic Tuesdays. The side streets adjoining Asbury are also home to wonderful shops and eateries.
Ocean City loves its Boardwalk. One stroll along the wooden planks and you’ll fall in love too. The Boardwalk is so filled with character; it’s hard not to smile the instant you get there. Not only does the Boardwalk run parallel to the beach and its breathtaking views, it boasts some of the best food stores and shops you’ll find anywhere. Pick up flip-flops, sunblock and towels, or maybe you’re more in the mood for some home decorative touches, designer sunglasses or toys for your children. Bring home fresh saltwater taffy, hand-whipped fudge and that CD you’ve been after. There are shops and restaurants along much of the 2.5-mile-long Boardwalk, and it’s filled with so much excitement, you’ll never run out of things to do there.
Shops and restaurants are all around Ocean City. They are sprinkled in the Southend and the Northend, as well as on the Boardwalk and on Asbury. Surf shops, tackle shops, restaurants, ice cream parlors and boutiques are all within reach – giving you a ton of options no matter what you need, or want.