Must-Have Necessities for a Day at the Beach in Ocean City and Where to Find Them

As the weekend of high heat and humidity wraps up, we can now look forward to some more comfortable temperatures. This means it’s the perfect time to lounge on the beach and enjoy cool ocean breezes and welcoming warm sun. Some beachgoers have it down to a science when they make the trek from their house or hotel room to the beach. Others might find that they are unsure where to find all of their beach necessities. For the latter group, OCNJ Happenings has some helpful tips on where to go for all of your must-have beach products.

Beach Cart

For those individuals who are bringing their family to the beach and plan to spend the entire day lounging seaside, a beach cart is an excellent item to have. Whether you are walking a short block to the beach or have a few blocks worth of trekking to do, beach carts are a great way to make the journey an easy one. Island Beach Gear stocks up on beach carts and you can find the right size and style which suits your gear-toting needs.

Beach Towels, Chairs, and Toys

If you need to stock up on beach towels for drying off after a refreshing swim or want to find the perfect beach chair in which to lounge, Hoy’s 5 & 10 is a great place to visit. With two locations in Ocean City, one at 732 Asbury Avenue and the other location at 34th Street and West Avenue, you’ll find plenty of options at this beach shop. Hoy’s 5 & 10 offers towels and chairs in a variety of styles, perfect for all members of the family. For the kids of the family, Hoy’s is also your go-to spot for beach toys and all of your sandcastle-building tools.

Swimsuits and Sandals

If you are due for a new swimsuit or forgot to pack one in your suitcase, there are plenty of options for swimsuit and sandal shopping in Ocean City. Some of the spots where you’ll find a wide selection of beach attire include SunSmiles Sandals and Beachwear, Marty’s, and B & B.

Beach Lunch

Some beachgoers like to pack their own lunch while others who sit close to the boardwalk find their lunch options at one of the many boardwalk eateries. If you’re interested in having lunch from Blitz’s but didn’t grab your hoagie before hitting the beach, don’t worry, as Beach Bucket Lunch will deliver your lunch to you. Delivered in the perfect beach-themed bucket, you’ll choose a sandwich, hoagie, or salad and have your choice accompanied by a drink, chips, and Tastykake treat. Best of all, you don’t even have to leave the beach to grab lunch!

Once you have all of these beach necessities checked off the list, you are ready to get started with your day of sun and fun in Ocean City!

How to Beat the Heat in Ocean City

With the temperatures rising heading into the weekend, you may be looking for some fun activities where you can keep cool at the same time. If you’re looking for ways to beat the heat in Ocean City, in addition to spending much of the day swimming in the Atlantic, the following ideas can help you get started as you make your list.

Ocean City Free Public Library Two-Day Book Sale (July 19 and 20)

Hosted by the Friends and Volunteers of the Ocean City Free Public Library, the two-day book sale at the library on Friday, July 19, and Saturday, July 20, offers an excellent opportunity to keep cool and purchase a wide array of books at a discounted price. The sale will be held in the Atrium of the library and feature various genres for all book aficionados to enjoy. The hours for the sale are 10 a.m.–6 p.m. on July 19 and 9 a.m.–2 p.m. on July 20.

Ocean City Waterpark

If you want to stay cool in the water and find that lounging poolside is what you crave, a day at the Ocean City Waterpark is sure to keep you cool and entertained. From thrilling waterslides to a lazy river, you’ll find both excitement and relaxation at the Ocean City Waterpark, no matter what type of water activity you’re hoping to find.

Indoor Miniature Golf Courses with Air Conditioning

Haunted Golf and Congo Falls Adventure Golf are two golf courses on the boardwalk which offer indoor golfing with the luxury of air conditioning included. Practice your mini-golfing skills in an invigorating and refreshing air-conditioned setting.

Take a Break from the Beach and Do Some Shopping

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Ocean City is filled with so many wonderful shops on the boardwalk and throughout the town. Clothing boutiques, food vendors, home decor shops, and so much more offer plentiful shopping options. Spend the day shopping in a delightful air-conditioned setting. And, if you’re looking to shop the offerings of a wide array of vendors in one set location, visit Stainton’s where you’ll find products from more than 70 unique shops.

No matter what you choose to do for fun during these high-heat days, make sure to stay hydrated and seek out cool locations whenever possible.

Asbury Avenue Culinary Bites and Unique Products You Need to Purchase ASAP

As you stroll along Asbury Avenue in Ocean City, you’ll find intriguing stores and restaurants of a wide array. These individual shops offer exceptional culinary treats and products throughout the year, but there are definitely certain items which you simply must purchase ASAP!

Here are some spots to visit on Asbury Avenue and some must-have items to purchase at each place:

  • Soma Cafe: The beet salad, with its fresh ingredients of pickled red beets, dried apricots, spiced sunflower seeds, and homemade honey lemon whipped goat cheese is a refreshing culinary bite to enjoy any day of the week.
  • Colette: Summer slip dresses and other light and airy numbers pack the Colette inventory. These lovely dresses are perfect for date night or a night out on the town with friends.
  • Rauhauser’s: Pop into Rauhauser’s for their limited-time-only chocolate-covered blueberries. These are available for just a few short weeks so now is the time to stock up on these farm-fresh sweets.
  • She’z the BossIn addition to offering eye-catching clothing and accessory items, She’z the Boss stocks an eclectic array of artisan culinary products, such as Cape May Peanut Butter Co. products, Divino olive oil and balsamic vinegar, Gourmet Village barbecue sauce, and Phillips marinated mushrooms, to name a few options.
  • Wards PastryTwo words: butter cake. This perfectly sweet treat will have you coming back to Wards Pastry on a continual basis to stock up on this delicious anytime dessert.

Wards Pastry Butter Cake

  • Drip N’ Scoop: Two sweet treat items that go perfectly together are waffles and ice cream. Head to Drip N’ Scoop on Asbury Avenue to cure your craving for this delectable dessert!
  • Jay’s Crab Shack: Nothing says “summer” quite like a freshly-prepared crab cake sandwich from Jay’s Crab Shack. Enjoy a jumbo lump grilled crab cake sandwich accompanied by Old Bay fries and delicious coleslaw.
  • SunSmiles Sandals and Beachwear: You’re sure to enjoy rave reviews regarding your summer outfit when you wear customized sandals from SunSmiles Sandals and Beachwear. You can design your sandals according to your individual taste and style!

These are just a few of the shops and restaurants to visit on Asbury Avenue. Take your time exploring all that this wonderful shopping and dining area has to offer in Ocean City!

Beet salad photo credit: Soma Cafe 

Start Making Plans for Night in Venice (July 13)

On Saturday, July 13, the 65th Annual Night in Venice boat parade will unfold in Ocean City and provide a fun and festive evening for all who attend.

Boat owners and bayside homeowners participate in this unique boat parade by decorating their boats and homes for all to see as they compete to win prizes for the best of their category. The boat parade begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Ocean City-Longport bridge and the boat procession continues all the way to Tennessee Avenue. The participating boats will weave in and out of the lagoons along the way, providing bayside homeowners with a birds-eye view of the creatively decorated boats with the “Celebrate! 65 Years of Night in Venice” theme in mind.

Night In Venice Villanova Boat (800x450)In addition to viewing the extensive parade of boats with eye-catching decorations and fun themes, there will be special guests taking part in this year’s Night in Venice, including singer Chubby Checker, Kate Flannery of “The Office” fame, broadway star Caissie Levy, and former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Freddie Mitchell.

For the best viewing spots for spectators, there will be grandstands set up at the end of various streets along the bay, running from Battersea Road to 16th Street, as well as at Tennessee Avenue. The grandstand locations can be found at the following streets:

  • Battersea Road
  • North Street
  • First Street
  • Second Street Marina
  • Fourth Street
  • Sixth Street
  • 11th Street
  • 13th Street
  • 15th Street
  • 16th Street
  • Tennessee Avenue

The stand seating is first-come, first-served, so you want to be sure to get there nice and early to reserve your spot for the big show.

And, after the boat parade ends, don’t go too far, as there will be an extraordinary fireworks display over the bayfront at 9 p.m.

If you’re looking to take your Night in Venice viewing one step further, Dockside Kitchen at 228 Bay Avenue is hosting a three-course prix fixe dinner from 4:30–7:30 p.m. and you can even stay for the fireworks display! Currently, 23 seats remain, so make your reservations ASAP for this delicious Night in Venice opportunity!

If you have yet to attend a Night in Venice event in Ocean City, you simply must go to see this exciting boat parade in person. If you are already a fan of Night in Venice, then you probably already have your desired viewing spot in mind.

Good luck to all of the participants and, to the Night in Venice spectators, have a wonderful evening viewing the 65th Annual Night in Venice parade!

Now Open: Drip N’ Scoop’s New Location at The Flanders Hotel

If you love all that Drip N’ Scoop on Asbury Avenue has to offer, with its sensational donuts, refreshing ice cream offerings, and cold brew coffee options, you’re going to love this news: Drip N’ Scoop has opened an additional location in Ocean City!

Drip N Scoop Donuts Cold Brew Credit Drip N Scoop

The new spot, situated within the historic Flanders Hotel at 719 East 11th Street, is ideal for hotel guests craving a sweet treat or refreshing coffee beverage throughout the day or for boardwalk-goers to pop in for some decadent donuts and ice cream treats. Whether you are eager to start your day off right with a freshly-made donut and robust coffee beverage or need an ice cream-filled pick-me-up mid-afternoon, the Drip N’ Scoop location at The Flanders is the place to find all of this and more.

The second Ocean City location offers the donut, coffee, and ice cream options which you’ll find at the Asbury Avenue location, just on a slightly smaller scale. But, don’t worry, there are more than enough options to tempt your palate at the newest eatery to grace the Flanders property.

Drip N Scoop Ice Cream Credit Drip N Scoop

Drip N’ Scoop is open every day, 7 a.m.–10 p.m., so be sure to stop by today to indulge in your favorite sweet treats and coffee beverages.

Photos credit: Drip N’ Scoop

Ocean City Fire Department to Offer Its Annual Junior Firefighter Camp

Since 2010, the Ocean City Fire Department has offered its Junior Firefighter Camp, which provides kids ages 9–12 with a firsthand look into what it’s like to be a firefighter.

The annual four-day camp is held in July with this year’s camp taking place July 22–25. This popular summer camp is one which kids love to attend and many children return each and every year to hone their skills as junior firefighters.

“We get to show the kids a small glimpse of what it’s like to be a firefighter,” states Deputy Chief Vito DiMarco.

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During the educational and fun camp, the junior firefighters get to experience a wide array of firefighting activities in a safe and controlled environment.

“The kids go through several different elements that might cause them to work outside of their comfort zone, such as putting on fire gear and crawling through a fake smoke-filled room to look for a person, climbing ladders, and rappelling,” explains DiMarco. “We teach them that, through education, self-confidence, and teamwork, they can achieve more than they could ever imagine.”

The highly-applauded Ocean City Junior Firefighter Camp wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for the Ocean City firefighters themselves who volunteer on their days off to ensure the smooth running and successful activities of the camp.

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Although the occupancy for this year’s camp is filled, be sure to mark it down on your calendar for next year, if you have children within the 9–12 age range. Registration for the Ocean City camps open up on May 1 each year and this one fills up quickly, so keep it on your radar if your kids wish to attend.

Also, be sure to show your support for the Ocean City Fire Department. You can visit their eye-catching newly revamped website to learn more about Ocean City’s career fire department. On the website, you’ll also be able to learn more about this camp, check out the latest Ocean City Fire Department events, learn about the Ocean City Firefighters Foundation, and even buy some OCFD products to support the department.

And, most importantly, thank you to the Ocean City Fire Department for keeping the community safe year-round!

Where to Find Your Fourth of July Necessities in Ocean City

Whether you’re planning a quiet Fourth of July celebration with the family or an all-out bash in Ocean City on July 4, OCNJ Happenings has you covered with where to find your favorite holiday food, beverages, and festive decorations!

Feeding the Fourth of July Crowd

Wards Pastry Butter Cake

Let’s face it, food is an extremely important part of any holiday gathering. So, if you’re seeking out some options regarding your upcoming Fourth of July picnic, barbecue, or party in Ocean City, here are a few spots to find your favorite culinary bites and decor items:

  • Morning light bites and dessert: It’s never too early to start the celebration on the Fourth of July and you’re also going to need some sweet and delicious treats for your holiday party! Visit Drip N’ Scoop, Ward’s Pastry, Bob’s Grill, and Mallon’s for all of your morning culinary delicacies, such as donuts, butter cake, and sticky buns, as well as desserts for the party, including cupcakes, cookies, and other tempting treats.
  • Sandwich platters: Sandwich platters are a great way to feed the hungry Fourth of July crowd. Two spots where you can order large, delicious sandwich platters include Blitz’s Market and Boyar’s Market. You’ll also find all of your favorite chips and side dishes at these shops.
  • Bread offerings and ready-to-serve entrees: Take care of two culinary necessities at one shop when you purchase all of your freshly-baked bread and ready-to-serve Italian delicacies at Bennie’s Bread.
  • Candy treats: If you find yourself on Asbury Avenue and have a craving for sweet candy treats, then Rauhauser’s is the spot to visit. For boardwalk shopping, your options are wide and varied. Some of the spots where you can buy your favorite candies, fudge, salt water taffy, and more include Shriver’s, JiLLy’s Candy Factory, George’s Candies, and other boardwalk-based candy shops.
  • Grilling meats: Boyar’s Market is a great spot to buy a wide array of poultry and meats for your Fourth of July cookout. All you need is a grill and you’re all set!

Beverage Options Galore

Doylestown Beer Authority Beer (674x800)With all of the food options listed above, you’re going to need some beverages to accompany your upcoming feast. For the adult beverage crowd, you’ll have to head over the bridge, but don’t worry, as you can make the trek over 9th Street bridge to Circle Liquor Store or 34th Street bridge to Boulevard Super Liquors to grab all of your beer, wine, cider, and liquor items.

Decorate Your Home and Yard in Patriotic Decor

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When you’re throwing a holiday party, you want to make it look like as festive as can be. Head over to Hoy’s 5 & 10 at 732 Asbury Avenue or 34th Street and West Avenue for a wide array of Fourth of July decor items and party supplies, including cups, plates, utensils, napkins, and other must-have items.