2019 Memorial Day Weekend in Ocean City Has Arrived

The weekend we’ve been eagerly anticipating, Memorial Day weekend, is upon us!

It’s been a long winter and this weekend offers a chance to embrace the upcoming summer festivities along with honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Memorial Day weekend in Ocean City introduces the unofficial start to summer and this means that our favorite seasonal restaurants and shops will be opening their doors once again.

The following will highlight some seasonal openings and detail Memorial Day weekend activities throughout the town, including the must-attend Memorial Day service at the Ocean City Tabernacle.

Unlocking of the Ocean and Businsessperson’s Plunge

To kick off Memorial Day weekend, the city will be hosting its annual beachside event, the Unlocking of the Ocean and the Businessperson’s Plunge. This fun event will unfold at noon today, Friday, May 24, on the Moorlyn Terrace Street beach next to the Ocean City Music Pier. This annual event includes the ceremonial unlocking of the ocean for the summer season and features local vendors and business owners in business dress going for a celebratory swim as the Ocean City High School Marching Band plays “Pomp and Circumstance.”

All are welcome to attend and are encouraged to gather at the Music Pier starting at 11:30 a.m. The ceremony today will also include the recognition of an extremely important donation of a defibrillator by the local Coast Guard Auxiliary. The new defibrillator will be set up outside of the Music Pier and provide easy access to this important emergency medical equipment, should it be necessary to do so.

Ocean City Beach Patrol to Begin Guarding Beaches on Saturday, May 25

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Starting Saturday, May 25, the Ocean City Beach Patrol will be out on the beaches protecting the community as residents and visitors enjoy the first pre-summer swim in the Atlantic Ocean. The guarded beaches will be limited in number pre-season and include the following beaches from Saturday, May 25, through Friday, May 29:

  • St. Charles Place
  • Brighton Place
  • 8th Street
  • 9th Street
  • 10th Street
  • 11th Street
  • 12th Street
  • 26th Street
  • 34th Street
  • 58th Street

The beaches are guarded during the hours of 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. on weekends and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. on weekdays.

Be safe and only swim at guarded beaches during OCBP hours.

Now Open: Seasonal Restaurants and Shops to Visit

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Although some of our favorite restaurants and shops have been open year-round or had their seasonal opening around the time of the Spring Block Party weekend, others are just now putting out their awnings and opening their doors to the dining and shopping crowds. Some of your favorite seasonal spots which are now open or will open during Memorial Day weekend include the following:

  • Santucci’s: The moment we’ve been waiting for is now here! Santucci’s will be open today, Friday, May 24, at their new location at 944 Boardwalk.
  • Bungalow Bowls: The team at Bungalow Bowls (1054 Asbury) is opening a second location on the boardwalk and is hoping to open the new shop this Saturday, May 25. This is still tentative, but be sure to check out the new location at 816 Boardwalk this weekend to see if the doors are open.
  • Heart Beet Kitchen:  Heart Beet Kitchen is open for the season in Ocean City. You can find all of your healthy and delicious dining options at Heart Beet Kitchen, located at 801 8th Street.
  • Playa Bowls: Playa Bowls opened its doors for the season last week and will be serving up acai bowls, poke bowls, and other culinary delicacies at its location in the Promenade Food Court at 744 Boardwalk.
  • Mallon’s Homemade Sticky Buns: Now open daily, starting at 7 a.m., Mallon’s at 1340 Bay Avenue will be serving up all of its popular sweet treats for the summer crowd to enjoy.
  • Blitz’s Market: The second Blitz’s Market at 2100 Asbury Avenue is now open for the season.
  • Salty Seahorse: This new home decor and jewelry boutique opened its doors at 714 Asbury Avenue a few weeks ago and the Salty Seahorse is a shop you’re going to want to visit!
  • Beach Bucket Lunch: Spending the day on the beach and didn’t have a chance to pack lunch? No problem! Beach Bucket Lunch starts its lunch delivery service for the season today, Friday, May 24.
  • Crunchik’n: Crunchik’n is open for the season at 1348 Boardwalk and you can once again indulge in all of your menu favorites at this popular boardwalk eatery, including their exceptional Korean fried chicken with a wide array of sauces.

Dancing for Hailey Lemonade Stands

When driving, walking, or riding your bike around town this weekend, be sure to be on the lookout for Dancing for Hailey lemonade stands. Purchase a nice cold glass of lemonade and see your donation go to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation! Some of the lemonade stand spots scheduled for Saturday, May 25, are as follows:

      • Acme (8th and West): 9–11 a.m.
      • Local Gym and Fitness (908 Asbury Ave.): 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
      • Randazzo’s (34th and Asbury): 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Memorial Day Service at the Ocean City Tabernacle

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And, the most important reason for this weekend is to honor those who have lost their lives fighting for our wonderful country and protecting our freedom. Don’t miss the Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 27, at the Ocean City Tabernacle (550 Wesley Avenue) at 11 a.m. The service will include special guest speakers and the opportunity for the community to come together and honor those who have served.

Bungalow Bowls to Open New Location on the Ocean City Boardwalk

For those who know and love the healthy and delicious fruit-laden offerings of Bungalow Bowls on Asbury Avenue, get ready for some exciting news: Bungalow Bowls will be opening a second location on the Ocean City boardwalk!

The new spot is located at 816 Boardwalk, situated across the way from the Ocean City Music Pier, and the Bungalow Bowls team is hoping to open the doors this Saturday, May 25.

The new Bungalow Bowls will offer all of your favorite nutritious sweet treats you’ve come to enjoy at the flagship location. From acai bowls topped with fresh fruit and Nutella drizzle to sensational smoothies concocted with filling fruits or veggies and blended with nutritious almond milk, the menu offerings at Bungalow Bowls are extensive and all equally delicious.

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Now, with the future boardwalk location to calm the culinary cravings of the boardwalk and beach crowd, no matter where you are in Ocean City you are never too far away from your favorite Bungalow Bowls treat.

Even though the opening is just a few days away, you might be having a serious craving for those Bungalow Bowls delicacies right now. In that case, head over to the 1054 Asbury Avenue location and grab all of your favorite Bungalow Bowls treats until the boardwalk location is open for business.

Photos credit: Bungalow Bowls

6 Fun Things to Do with Mom this Mother’s Day in and Around Ocean City

On Sunday, May 12, treat Mom to some fun and entertainment on her special day in and around Ocean City.

From dining to shopping, the options are wide and varied, but all are great ways to show your mother just how much you care. Here are some ideas to help you start the brainstorming process:

  • Shopping Along Asbury Avenue: Many moms would love to spend their special day shopping and Asbury Avenue offers a great stretch of stores in which she can indulge in a shopping excursion. Some of the spots you may want to pop into include Stainton’s, Seagrass Boutique, Artisan Body Products, Sunsmiles Sandals and Beachwear, She’z the Boss, Ta-Dah, and many more!
  • Stroll the Boardwalk: Take Mom up to the boardwalk for a day of strolling, shopping, dining, and entertainment. The Ocean City boardwalk offers a great spot to take part in many different Mother’s Day activities throughout the day. Bring her into Marty’s and Henry’s for some Mother’s Day shopping, which she is sure to enjoy.
  • Mini-Golf the Day Away: As summer quickly approaches, more and more shops and activity spots are opening their doors, including mini-golf locations. Bring Mom to Congo Falls Adventure Golf at 1132 Boardwalk for some mini-golf fun.
  • Amusement Rides for the Adventurous Mom: If your mother is the adventurous type, bring her to Gillian’s Wonderland Pier on Mother’s Day where all moms ride for free on Sunday, May 12.
  • Dine Out This Mother’s Day: Many moms just want a day off from cooking on Mother’s Day and if this sounds just about right, make sure Mom doesn’t have to lift a finger in the kitchen on Sunday. Many spots in and around Ocean City are offering brunch, lunch, and dinner options for Mother’s Day, including Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point, Jon and Patty’s, OC Surf Cafe, and more.
  • Wine Tasting in South Jersey: For the wine-loving moms out there, wine sipping throughout South Jersey is an option. Various wineries throughout South Jersey (a short drive from Ocean City) will be offering wine specials, complimentary tastings, and other fun things for your mother to enjoy. Each winery will offer something different on this special day. Some of the winery options include Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery, Balic Winery, and White Horse Winery.

However you choose to celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 12, just make it a beautiful and relaxing day. Happy Mother’s Day!


Easter Weekend Happenings in Ocean City

It’s Easter weekend and Ocean City is filled with residents and visitors alike, celebrating with their families and enjoying this special holiday weekend.

From dining offerings to kid’s activities, you’ll find plenty of options to fill your Easter weekend with fun. Here are some of the events and offerings taking place in Ocean City this weekend:

Easter Egg Hunt (April 20)

If the weather cooperates, bring your kids to the Ocean City beach today, Saturday, April 20, for the annual Easter egg hunt, which begins promptly at 2:30 p.m. The egg hunt will take place from 11th Street through 14th Street, with a different age group at each beach: 0-2 years and 3 years (11th Street); 4 and 5 years (12th Street); 6 and 7 years (13th Street); and, special needs children (14th Street). If necessary, a rain date of April 21 has been reserved. For further information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

Easter Weekend Dining

Plenty of Ocean City establishments are opening their doors to the public for the season this weekend, if they haven’t done so already, and offering dining options for the crowds to enjoy. There may even be some spots where a visit with the Easter bunny will be taking place:

  • Yianni’s Cafe: Visit Yianni’s Cafe today, Saturday, April 20, from 8 a.m.-noon, for Breakfast with the Bunny. Yianni’s is located at 841 Asbury Avenue.
  • Spoon and Sip: The Easter bunny will be hopping down to 838 Asbury Avenue later today (April 20) to Spoon and Sip for Frozen Yogurt with the Bunny from 2-4 p.m.
  • Varsity Inn: Enjoy Easter Sunday breakfast with the Easter bunny at 9 a.m. at the Varsity Inn.
  • Dockside Kitchen: Dockside Kitchen is now open for the season and serving brunch today from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Even better? Dockside Kitchen is offering a Washout Special today only (due to the rain) and offering 10% off of your dining check!
  • Mallon’s: Mallon’s Homemade Sticky Buns is open and will be serving up its sensational sticky buns and other sweet treats. Stop by this weekend from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. and grab some delicious baked goods.

Easter Sunday Sunrise Service

Begin your Easter Sunday by taking part in the Sunrise Service, a non-denominational worship service to be held at the Ocean City Music Pier at 6:30 a.m. All are welcome to join in on this service by the sea.

S(hopping) Around Town

Easter weekend means that many shops are now open for the season. Stroll around town and visit the various stores in the downtown area, on the boardwalk, and throughout the entire city. Here are some spots to visit this weekend:

  • Pumpkinbuds: Pumpkinbuds in Stainton’s at 810 Asbury Avenue will be offering 20% off of your purchase through April 21. The shop is open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Hoys 5 & 10: Grab all of your Easter necessities at Hoys 5 & 10 this weekend.
  • Henry’s: Visit one or both of Henry’s locations on the Ocean City boardwalk (9th Street and 12th Street) for Ocean City-themed apparel and exquisite jewelry items.
  • Island Gypsy: Island Gypsy at 760 Asbury Avenue is now open for the season and is a great spot to scoop up all of your favorite women’s boutique clothing items.

Have a wonderful weekend in Ocean City!

Santucci’s is Headed to the Ocean City Boardwalk

If you’re familiar with Santucci’s Original Square Pizza in Philadelphia, you’re going to love this news: Santucci’s is headed to the Ocean City boardwalk!

Set to open up shop at 944 Boardwalk, Ocean City residents and visitors will soon have access to the signature square pizzas which Santucci’s offers. In addition to sensational pizza offerings, including their delicious sauce-on-top concoctions, the Santucci’s team will be serving stromboli and flatbread items, plus much more!

Get ready for a new dining option when Santucci’s Original Square Pizza opens this summer on the Ocean City boardwalk.

4 Events Happening at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier Which Signal That Summer is Not Too Far Away

We’ve made it! The first day of spring arrived this past week and we can now look forward to warmer weather and the quickly approaching summer season. Gillian’s Wonderland Pier is already engaging in a few different summer season announcements which makes it even more apparent that summer is not that far away.

6th Street Pizza and Grill at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier Opened This Weekend

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6th Street Pizza and Grill at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier opened for the weekend with a limited menu and has already started cooking up sensational pizza pies for the pre-summer season crowd. Stop by 6th Street Pizza today and grab a great dining deal: Buy one plain pizza at regular price and get a second one for just $1! Don’t miss this deal, as it’s only available this weekend!

Gillian’s Wonderland Pier is Offering Unlimited Ride Passes


Wonderland Carousel (360x640)Have you heard about the latest ticket offering from Gillian’s Wonderland Pier? The amusement ride location is offering an unlimited ride pass for the summer season of 2019. The Diamond Emerald All Access Pass is available for $129 per person and provides the designated holder with unlimited rides throughout the 2019 summer season.

If you or someone in your family loves going on the rides at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier and does so often, this is an excellent way to save money in the long run. This pass is for the designated holder only and can’t be used by others, however, the pass provides other excellent benefits, such as special all access pass holder events, Bring a Friend days, birthday party discounts, and food and beverage specials.

There is limited availability for these passes, so be sure to purchase your Diamond Emerald All Access Pass today.

Annual Easter Ticket Sale

If purchasing tickets, as opposed to an unlimited ride pass, is more to your liking, you can grab a great deal as well. The annual Easter ticket sale is going on now and enables you to get tickets for 50% off of the original price. Order $40 worth of tickets for just $20 and start planning ahead for amusement ride fun in Ocean City. Tickets can be purchased online through the Gillian’s site.

Apply for a Summer Job at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier


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Have you already started thinking about a summer job in Ocean City? Now is the time to do so as many businesses are actively hiring for the 2019 summer season and Gillian’s Wonderland Pier is one of them. Some of the positions the amusement park is looking to fill include ride attendants, party hosts, grounds crew, servers, cashiers, and pizza makers. Apply online via the Gillian’s Wonderland Pier website and start the application process today.

Start getting excited for the 2019 summer season in Ocean City. It will be here before you know it!

Ocean City Sports Memorabilia Show with Darren Sproles and Matt Stairs (March 30)

Ocean City will be hosting its annual Sports Memorabilia Show on Saturday, March 30, from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier.

In addition to perusing the extensive sports memorabilia items on display, guests can be a part of the Q&A and meet-and-greet sessions featuring Darren Sproles of the Philadelphia Eagles and Matt Stairs, former Philadelphia Phillies player.

Darren Sproles will be offering a meet-and-greet session at 11:45 a.m. and tickets for this special meeting are $40 per person, which includes an autograph on one of your own photos or items and a selfie with the player. For those who would like to meet Matt Stairs, tickets are available for $20 per person, which also includes an autograph on one of your personal items and a selfie, and this meet-and-greet is on the schedule for 2:45 p.m. Eager to meet both players? Purchase a combo ticket for $55. Tickets are available online and in-person at City Hall and the Roy Gillian Welcome Center.

For those interested in viewing the sports memorabilia throughout the Music Pier, admission for the sports memorabilia show is $7 for adults and $3 for children, 12 and under. Tickets for the show will be available at the door.

Are you a vendor who’s interested in showing your extraordinary sports memorabilia collection? Contact Lauren by phone at (609) 525-9282 or via email at lsopko@ocnj.us.