Ocean City, New Jersey: Best Beach in America 2016
Meet the Best Beach in America 2016
Does it get more all-American than Ocean City, with its two-and-a-half-mile-long boardwalk, eight miles of pale sand, and the blue Atlantic (and beautiful bayside as well)? It's hard to find a more iconic summer destination than this resort town on the New Jersey shore that has a true family vibe (Ocean City is a dry town) and fun-loving spirit. Here, five of our favorite fun facts about America’s favorite beach town.
Fun Fact #1: Miles and Miles to Play
Ocean City has eight miles of sand and a 2.5-mile-long boardwalk that runs along the beach and ocean, which includes two amusement piers, a water park, miniature golf, and lots of cool spots to grab souvenirs and boardwalk bites.
Fun Fact #2: A Historic Past
The barrier island that Ocean City sits on was originally used as a storage place for freshly caught whales in the 1700s. Later known as Peck’s Beach, the island was also an Indian summer fishing camp and cattle-grazing area.
Fun Fact #3: A Great Spot for Kids
Later settled by Methodists, Ocean City is still a dry town—there’s no public drinking of alcohol anywhere on the island. That, combined with a long history of family-friendly activities year-round, makes Ocean City a great spot for kids (of all ages!).
Fun Fact #4: Festivals and Parades Rule All
Fun Fact #5: The Longest-Running Boat Parade
Speaking of parades, Ocean City also hosts the longest-running boat parade, Night in Venice, which unfolds in lit-up splendor on the island’s back bay.