Exciting rides, delicious food, and unique shops are only steps away when you visit the Ocean City Boardwalk this summer. From end to end, the boardwalk is alive with bright signs advertising different and captivating ways to enjoy your visit. With so many places and activities to enjoy, you won’t want to miss the best attractions the boardwalk can offer.
Check out this list of the best places to visit on the Ocean City boardwalk to help you make the most of your time at the shore.
Gillian’s Wonderland Pier
Location: 6th Street
Details: Take a seat on Wonderland’s famous Thomas the Train ride as it circles the entire park from above and you will see rides for the entire family to enjoy. The park features indoor and outdoor rides for children of all ages and parents alike. From the Giant Wheel to the carousel, families are sure to make memories that will last beyond their time at the boardwalk in Ocean City.
More information: gillians.com
Playland’s Castaway Cove
Location: 10th Street
Details: Towering over the boardwalk, a giant pirate ship welcomes boardwalk goers to start their adventure at Playland’s Castaway Cove. The amusement park is home to some of Ocean City’s most thrilling rides including the popular drop Double Shot and the newest rollercoaster Gale Force. Along with rides for all to enjoy, Playland’s also features golf, go karts and an arcade. The park is the perfect pirate getaway for families with older children.
More information: oceancityfun.com or call 609-399-4751
Location: Multiple locations: 6th street, between 8th and 9th street, 12th street
Details: On a hot summer day, cool off with frozen custard from Kohr Brothers. With three locations on the boardwalk, Kohr Brothers gives you plenty of chances to indulge in their creamy treats along your walk. Their frozen custard is an Ocean City staple and one of the best ways to stay cool in the summer sun.
More information: kohrbros.com
Polish Water Ice
Location: 8th Street and 11th Street
Details: We’ve all heard of Italian water ice, but Polish Water Ice offers its unique take on the refreshing treat. It is fat-free, cholesterol-free and made fresh to eat at their boardwalk locations. The choices are endless with multiple Polish Water Ice flavors along with the option to enjoy The Polish Chiller, The Polish Freeze, The Ice Cap and The Polish Shake.
More information: polishwaterice.com or call 215-316-6965
Bashful Banana Bakery & Cafe
Location: Between 9th and 10th Street
Details: Bashful Banana’s famous banana whips are perfect for those who love ice cream, but strive to make healthier dessert choices. Made from frozen bananas turned into soft serve, the banana whips feature chocolate, peanut butter and fruity toppings to liven up the traditional sundae. Along with their famous banana whips, Bashful Banana also offers a full breakfast and lunch menu complete with smoothies and a juice bar.
More information: bashfulbananacafe.com or call 609-398-9677
Food (On the Go)
Manco & Manco
Location: 8th Street and 12th Street
Details: As one of Ocean City’s most famous pizzerias, Manco & Manco almost always has a line of customers anxiously waiting to get a taste of the restaurant’s delicious pizzas. Manco & Manco offers individual slices or full pies for hungry families. Although they’re known for their plain pizza, Manco & Manco also offers favorites such as their white pizza, buffalo chicken, Hawaiian and Philly Cheesesteak pizza. No matter what you choose, Manco & Manco’s signature pizzas are sure to make your day even more satisfying.
More Information: mancospizza.com or call 609-399-0720
Location: 6th Street, 8th Street and 14th Street
Details: Add a little crunch to your smooth walk along the boardwalk with this Ocean City classic. Johnson’s Popcorn is unlike any other. Covered in caramel and popped fresh right in front of you at their boardwalk locations, Johnson’s popcorn is a delicious treat for sharing. The popcorn comes in different flavors such as cheddar, peanut butter and chocolate drizzle. If you can’t get enough of Johnson’s, don’t worry because you can refill your plastic container for a discount when you’re done.
More information: johnsonspopcorn.com or call 800-842-2676
Chickie’s and Pete’s Crab House and Sports Bar
Location: 9th Street and 12th Street
Details: Bringing their world famous Crabfries to the boardwalk, Chickie’s and Pete’s offers classic menu items for you to enjoy while on the go. Dig into a bucket of Crabfries with their classic cheese dipping sauce attached as you walk along the boardwalk. Just be sure to keep an eye out for the seagulls, who might want to snag a fry or two.
More information: chickiesandpetes.com or call 609-545-8720 for the 9th Street location or 609-545-8703 for the 12th Street location.
Shriver’s Salt Water Taffy & Fudge
Location: 9th Street
Details: As the oldest business on the Ocean City Boardwalk, Shriver’s has been offering delicious treats for sale since 1898. Shop through the colorful confections and even witness how the salt water taffy is made. Shriver’s is the perfect place to pick up a sweet souvenir to enjoy after your trip to Ocean City comes to an end.
More information: shrivers.com or call 609-399-0100
Location: 12th Street
Details: The Surf Mall is your one stop destination for all your summer shopping needs. Twelve stores inside one convenient location makes shopping a breeze when you walk inside. From apparel and accessories to henna tattoos and even an Oxygen Bar, the Surf Mall has it all.
More information: Call 609-398-1533
Mia’s Christmas Gallery
Location: 11th Street
Details: Christmas is all year round at Mia’s Christmas Gallery, making it the perfect place to pick up a decorative ornament commemorating your time in Ocean City. The Christmas Gallery has all your Christmas needs and more. With home decor items, jewelry and personal accessories, the Christmas Gallery is your one stop shop for souvenirs that will remind you of Ocean City all year long.
More information: miaschristmas.com or call 609-525-2455
All Photos: © Kristine Auble / Best of NJ