Ever since I was a little kid, my family has visited Ocean City at the Jersey shore. There is something just simply iconic about the town that I’ve always loved and look forward to visiting every year now with my own children. Have you visited yet? If not, OC is a summer bucket list must-visit!
There are a few things that set Ocean City apart from other shore points in New Jersey, most notably what a family oriented place it is. The restaurants are dry and no alcohol is served on the island and the beaches are clean, lifeguard manned, and well taken care of. Kids play in the sand and boogie board all day then walk the boards and ride the rides at night.
What really makes Ocean City stand out though is it’s magnificent boardwalk which is filled with joggers and bicyclists in the early mornings and becomes a night time entertainment destination after the sun has set. The Ocean City boardwalk spans from 6th to 14th streets and is filled with shops, attractions, food destinations and (my kids personal favorite) the amusement parks.
Our favorite place in Ocean City is Gillian’s Wonderland Pier, which has provided laughs and fun for families since 1929. Gillian’s Wonderland Pier offers rides for kids of all and every age and is open during the day which is perfect for the little ones and at night. My kids absolutely adore Gillian’s and it is their favorite place to visit! They become giddy with excitement just walking into Wonderland Pier because they know that they are going to have an absolute blast!
With everything from the classic skooter bumper cars to the classic carousel to the the monorail which gives you an amazing view of both the ocean and the rides below, Gillian’s Wonderland Pier is the perfect family experience. They use tickets so you can ride as little or as much as you like!
The Canyon Falls Log Flume is my favorite ride at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier and has been since I was a kid. Sharing the experience with my kids has been a blast as we rock back and forth in our little boat before taking the big plunge into the abyss below! It’s a ride you can do over and over again and it’s both exciting and a bit scary every time!
When you’re at Gillian’s, don’t leave before checking out the Giant Wheel, which is lighted up beautifully and gives you panoramic views of the town of Ocean City as well as the beach and ocean just off the boardwalk. It is simply breathtaking!
Ocean City will always have a special place in my heart, and Gillian’s Wonderland Pier will always be a huge part of those memories. Come visit and see what the buzz is all about!