Things to Do in & around Ocean City, NJ
Calendar of Events
The surrounding area offers numerous activities and attractions for all interests and energy levels during your Ocean City vacation at Scarborough Inn Bed & Breakfast! Allow us to assist you in planning an activity tailored to your personal needs and interests.
Enjoy the bay or ocean while fishing or while on a wildlife excursion. A variety of fishing charters leave daily from Ocean City and Somers Point, offering an array of amenities to make your outing comfortable and fun. Bring your own fishing pole and enjoy the day fishing off one of our many piers.
Rent a kayak and leisurely paddle around the back bays of Ocean City. Catch a glimpse of Herons, Egrets, Ibis, or Oyster Catchers nesting or fishing on Bird and Cowpens Islands.
Stroll Asbury Avenue and enjoy Ocean City’s unique clothing stores, art galleries, restaurants, or antiques and collectibles stores. Over 100 stores on the Avenue are open year-round. Downtown Asbury Avenue is host to many events throughout the year, including the Spring and Fall Block Parties which stretch for 9 blocks, Evenings on Asbury, Market Days, holiday parades and the weekly Farmers & Crafters Market.
Take a walk back in time as you tour the and view life at the Jersey Shore during the Victorian Era (circa 1879). See the once-lost treasures of the Sindia, which ran aground on the shores of Ocean City in 1901. Explore the historic district of Ocean City on a self-guided walking tour.
Take delight in the monthly exhibits at the Ocean City Arts Center, offering displays in a variety of media created by artists from around the world. Stop by the Fine Arts League on Asbury Avenue to view local artists’ works – you might even catch them creating a masterpiece.
Become a kid again at one of the Amusement Parks, or laugh with family and friends over a game of Miniature Golf. Watch salt water taffy being made before your eyes and sample tasty pizza, homemade gelato, caramel corn or luscious fudge. Enjoy shopping, food, and fun on our world-famous boardwalk.
During the year the Music Pier offers a wide variety of entertainment for the whole family, from music to wacky contests. The Music Pier is home to The Flower Show, the Miss New Jersey Pageant and the famous Ocean City Pops.
Ocean City has many fine establishments that offer a variety of fare, from seafood to pork-roll sandwiches. Have a fine dining experience in a casual atmosphere or enjoy a slice of pizza on the ‘boards.’ Check out the Ocean City Restaurant Association for links.
Corson’s Inlet State Park
Leave the world behind as you enjoy the beach and the coastal dune trail at Corson’s Inlet. Piping Plovers, Black Skimmers, and Least Terns nest on the beach in the spring and summer. Watch the fascinating migration of dolphins, ducks, geese, and Monarch Butterflies that pass through this area every year. Enjoy sun bathing, photography, hiking and biking at this remote Ocean City location.
In the Area
Atlantic and Cape May County offer a variety of locations that have proven to be excellent for birding. Some of the birding hot spots include the New Jersey Pinelands National Preserve, the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, the Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge, and Higbee Beach and Seawatch at Avalon, just to name a few.
Cape May County
Cape May County has many fascinating attractions to offer. Take a drive down Route 9 towards Cape May and enjoy visiting a few of these interesting places:
- Historic Calvary Baptist Church
- Leaming’s Run Gardens and Colonial Farm
- Cape May Bird Observatory
- Cape May County Zoo
- Historic Cold Spring Village
- Wetlands Institute
- USS Atlantus
- Emlen Physick House
- Cape May Point State Park
- Cape May Whale Watch & Research Center
- Cape May Lighthouse
- Woodland Village
- Cape May Winery
- Natali Winery
Atlantic County offers numerous unique destinations, as well.
- Enjoy the casinos in Atlantic City
- Visit the Atlantic City Aquarium
- As you pass through Margate, see Lucy the Elephant – a National Historic Landmark
Other sites in Atlantic County include:
- Noyes Museum of Art
- Historic Smithville Village
- Absecon Lighthouse
- Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
- Estell Manor Park & Nature Center
- Renault Winery
- Tomasello Winery
- Balic Winery
- Sea Life Museum-Marine Mammal Stranding Center
- Atlantic County offers some of the country’s finest golf courses, too.