Welcome To Ocean City NJ
Ocean City NJ Highlights
Features an 8 mile stretch of pristine beach, boardwalk and a wide assortment of activities are available including tennis, golf, basketball, and bicycling. The Boardwalk is lined with a variety of stores and shops, restaurants, amusement parks, arcades, miniature golf and live entertainment.
One of the few “dry” resort towns along the Jersey Shore, no Ocean City establishments serve alcohol on the island. The alcohol-free status enhances a family-friendly environment. There are nearby restaurants, nightclubs and liquor stores that surround the island and cater to vacationers, tourists, and local residents.
1st Street (Family)
12th Street (Family)
Other Public Restroom Locations
34th Street Playground
58th Street Beach
All bathrooms are handicapped accessible. A privately-owned bathhouse provides showers and changing rooms at 13th Street & Ocean Avenue, 9am to 7pm daily, weather permitting. • 609-399-7121.
MUNICIPAL PARKING LOTS: Some lots include parking meters, and some are free.
Municipal Parking – Alpha Lot – 818 E 9th St
Municipal Parking – Baker Lot – 826 E 8th St
Municipal Parking – Golf Lot – Atlantic Ave
Park America – 1101 Ocean Ave (609) 398-1219
Municipal Parking – Foxtrot Lot – 5th St
Municipal Parking – Echo Lot – 823 E 8th St
Beach Access Parking – 1210 Gardens Pkwy
Municipal Parking – Delta Lot – 827 Moorlyn Terrace
Municipal Parking – Beta Lot – 843 Atlantic Ave
Ocean City Parking – 204 E 18th St (609) 525-9307
Beach & Boardwalk Parking – 1327 Ocean Ave
Jilly’s Parking – 1168 Boardwalk
S & T Amusements Inc – 1020 Boardwalk
Tahiti Inn Public Parking – 1115 Ocean Ave
Beachside Parking – 3336 Wesley Ave
Parking meters and fees for surface lots are in effect from early May through early October each year.
Fees range from 25 cents per hour in the area of downtown Asbury Avenue to $1.50 per hour (25 cents for 10 minutes) in the beach and boardwalk zone. Time limits range from one to eight hours. Payment can be made by coins, credit card or through the
NEW PARKING METER APP
Registration Process METERED PERMITS Metered permits are available for $150 for the season and apply to the lots at Seventh Street and Central Avenue, the Transportation Center (Ninth Street and Haven Avenue) and 12th Street and Asbury Avenue. Fees are prorated by the number of full and partial months left until the end of the season. Permits are valid for one vehicle and are not interchangeable. Call or visit the Transportation Center at 10th Street and Haven Avenue at 609-398-9030 to purchase permits.
OVERSIZED VEHICLES Oversized vehicles (motor homes, buses, construction vehicles, vehicles with trailer, etc.) call 609-398-9030 for permit information.
Beach Tags are required for all beachgoers ages 12 and older and will be in effect from June 1 through Sept. 2 in 2019.
Daily – $5
Weekly – $10
Seasonal – $20
Military – Free
Seasonal tags are available at the following locations:
City Hall (861 Asbury Ave.) – Mon-Fri 9-4; Sat-Sun, 10-4 (winter hours)
Rt. 52 Welcome Center – Mon-Fri 9-4; Sat 9-4; Sun 9-2 (winter hours)
Henry Knight Building (12th Street and Haven Ave.) – Mon-Fri 9-4 (no holidays)
Aquatic & Fitness Center (17th Street and Simpson Ave.) – Mon-Fri 5 am-9; Sat 7-6; Sun 9-6
46th Street Welcome Center (4500 block of West Avenue) – Mon-Fri 9-4
Only seasonal tags are available for purchase online.
Purchase Online Here
Note: Due to the early start of the beach season, tags need to be purchased (if ordering by mail order or online) no later than May 13 to assure delivery by season’s start.
Starting in spring 2019, military tags will be available at City Hall, the Welcome Center on the Causeway, the 46th Street Welcome Center and the Music Pier Info Center. Remember to have proper military identification to receive your free tag(s). Veterans receive free tags (veteran only). Active military members, spouses and immediate children up to age 23 receive free tags.
Lifeguards fully staff the shore by the third week in June, while several spots are guarded beginning Memorial Day weekend. Through Labor Day, lifeguards remain on duty from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm during the week. On holidays and weekends, the lifeguards’ hours extend to 5:30pm. Beach-goers should only swim at guarded beaches when lifeguards are on duty. First aid and emergency personnel are always nearby, as well. Restrooms and changing rooms can be found in comfort stations located at intervals along the shore.
Beaches reserved for surfing include Waverly Boulevard, 7th Street, and 16th Street.
Vacationers in wheelchairs can access every beach with the city’s free Surf Chair program. These specially-designed chairs can be used in the sand. These chairs can be reserved ahead of time on a daily or weekly basis.
An annual boat parade and decorated bayfront home contest are the highlight of the summer season in Ocean City. Thousands of spectators line the bayfront, and thousands more attend private parties at homes along the route from the Ocean City-Longport Bridge to Tennessee Avenue.