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 

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

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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.

 

Ocean City Farmers Market Returns June 26

It’s that time of the year again: Ocean City Farmers Market time! On Wednesday, June 26, the Ocean City Farmers Market returns to the Tabernacle grounds along the 500 block of Asbury Avenue.

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Every Wednesday through September 4, from 8 a.m.–1 p.m., fresh farmers market goodies will be lined up as far as the eye can see. From robust, red Jersey tomatoes full of flavor and healthy antioxidants to baked goods of a wide array, you’ll be certain to fill your farmers market shopping bags with all sorts of wonderful locally-made products. Some of the items you’ll find include fresh fruits and vegetables, handmade crafts, flowers, breads and sweet treats, clothing, home decor items, jewelry, and so much more.

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For the food and beverage shoppers of the farmers market crowd, some of the culinary vendors who will be on hand each week selling their delicious products include Wm. Schober Sons Orchards and Farm Market, Dr. Pickle, A.T. Buzby Farm, Drip N’ Scoop, Hank Sauce, and many more farmers and artisan vendors.

After finding all of your seasonal fruits and vegetables along with other delectable culinary items, stroll down Asbury Avenue, between 5th and 6th Streets, where you’ll find vendors selling household items, jewelry, accessories, toys, clothing for kids and adults, and other tempting farmers market items.

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Don’t miss the first day of the seasonal Ocean City Farmers Market and head down to the Ocean City Tabernacle grounds on Wednesday, June 26, from 8 a.m.–1 p.m. If you can’t make it to opening day, don’t worry, as the Ocean City Farmers Market will be in full swing every Wednesday through September 4!

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.

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!