If Ocean City excels at one thing, it’s providing a safe place for fun in the sun. You’ll never be bored in this town, unless, of course, being bored is on your to-do list. There are so many places to exercise your body and soul all over the island that you’ll need plenty of time to discover them all.
There are playgrounds all over town with appropriate and well-maintained equipment that will have your children sleeping like logs after they leave. The municipal golf course is an Ocean City gem and can be easily reached from both the north and south ends.
There are several public tennis courts, basketball courts that attract weekend warriors and aspiring pros alike, multipurpose fields, parks, bike paths, shuffleboard courts, baseball and softball fields, a soccer complex, and so much more – there will never be a day of “nothing to do” here. Several parks are lighted for added hours of enjoyment.
Water sports more your thing? We can certainly help there. Ocean City is one of the top spots on the East Coast for waterborne recreation, including kayaking, boating, jet skiing, sailing – any water sport you can think of really. You’re a beach lover you say? Take a guided beach walk and learn about the island’s unique ecology, or just head out on your own – it’s a peaceful way to spend an afternoon. Ocean City puts much effort into keeping its eight miles of beach pristine. In the summer the beach is groomed daily – the beaches are our main attraction, and the city keeps them clean and safe for everyone to enjoy.
Ocean City is a town custom-made for biking, with several bike paths throughout the city that offer safe and smooth routes to your favorite places. Biking is an excellent (and probably the preferred) way to get around town and enjoy the soft breezes and warm fragrant air.
Along the bay on the north end sits The Bayside Center, one of Ocean City’s best kept secrets. Built in 1916 as a private residence, it’s now a community resource offering fun and educational activities and specializing in the South Jersey seashore ecosystem. The historical home and grounds contain loads of exhibits and displays, making it a great place for the entire family to enjoy.
The Bay Window Environmental Center on the first floor includes a walk under estuary waters, local game fish, a tool display, an informative mural and a photo gallery. Head up the stairs to find a collection of 25 museum-quality boat models, known as the Hutsko ship models, on the second floor. The collection is the life’s work of Master Ship Model Builder Stephen Hutsko. Also on the second floor are models of historic Ocean City buildings. The third floor of the building is open for anyone looking for fabulous panoramas of the Great Egg Harbor Bay. A telescope is perched here for unparalleled views.
Families in the mood for a picnic will find the pavilion at The Bayside Center a lovely spot for sitting in the shade on a warm sunny day or just relaxing any time at all. The docks give public access all year long for fishing and crabbing. It can also be used to launch kayaks or boats.
The Summer Sunset Series offers a variety of nature programs every Tuesday evening. The series covers diverse and informative topics and is free to the public. For children, The Bayside Center offers Summer Fun Science Camps. The program is open to kids ages six to 11.For birdwatchers, Ocean City is home to a spectacular array of feathered species and provides many places to view them in their natural habitat. New at the Bayside Center is an Osprey Video Cam that allows visitors a close-up view of a local Osprey nest.
On the south end of Ocean City lies Corson’s Inlet State Park. The park was established in 1969 to protect and preserve some of the last remaining stretches of land along the oceanfront. The area is rich with wildlife and sand dune systems. Hundreds of wildlife species live and breed there. The park presents awesome opportunities to observe birds and other animals. Corson’s Inlet is a popular destination for hikers, beachwalkers and sunbathers and is a great spot for fishing and crabbing.