Weekend Adventures: Ocean City, NJ


I grew up in New Jersey and try to visit my home state every now and then. Until recently, I hadn’t visited New Jersey in over a year so this trip was long overdue! I was only in town for three days but somehow managed to fill the weekend with fun activities. Even though I’m glad I left Jersey, I enjoyed seeing my family, friends, and Wawa. Sheetz or Wawa? Which one do you like better?

Our adventure started off in Ocean City, New Jersey.

When we were younger, my family used to spend two weeks every summer in Ocean City so I’m very familiar with the charming beach town. However, since most of us are grown and moved away, it’s scarce that we get to go… (#adulting). My mom and I jumped at the opportunity to drive down for the day. Unfortunately, it rained most of the weekend so I didn’t get to visit my favorite attractions. But we did stumble across a lovely craft fair 🙂

There were tons of yummy food, craft jewelry, and interesting finds. Plus funky beach music from a live band. Since Ocean City, NJ is such a family-friendly destination, there is always some fun event happening! I used to love being in OC for Night in Venice, various parades, and music on the pier. You can check out current events here.

On your next trip to Ocean City, make sure to visit these three local attractions: 

Manco & Manco’s Pizza

Formerly known as Mac and Manco, Manco’s has called Ocean City home since the 1950’s. Although it seems there is a pizza parlor on every corner in Ocean City, Manco & Manco’s is fan favorite. They have a variety of toppings and have perfected a crispy, thin crust. You can stop at one of their THREE locations on the boardwalk or order free delivery.  

TJ’s Ice cream

In the old days, we used to simply walk across the street to TJ’s ice cream. Out of all the ice cream shops in OC, TJ’s is the ultimate. TJ’s Ice Cream offers 60 flavors of the most delicious ice cream. Not in the mood for an ice cream cone? They also have milkshakes, crepes, sundaes, candy, cookies, brownies, coffee, and hot chocolate! They are located at East Atlantic Avenue. 

Castaway Cove

I have SO many great memories of Castaway Cove! There are two “amusement” parks in Ocean City but Castaway Cove is my favorite.  Gillian’s Wonderland is aimed more towards kids. The park is pirate themed and filled with thrilling rides for all ages. Check out Double Shot and Extreme Cyclone if you’re brave enough 😉

The Jersey Shore is such a wonderful spot. I love the feeling and look of a beach town. Aren’t these houses adorable? ❤️

We sat outside on the patio and watched the world go by. Living hundreds of miles away from my parents sometimes brings me down, especially on Mother’s Day. Yet, I am thankful I for this time in OC with her. She fully supports my endeavors and always cheers me on from the sidelines. Plus makes a pretty good impromptu photographer! As always, we had such a great time in Ocean City.  I can’t wait for the weather to get warmer to hopefully make another trip!

Have you ever been to O.C.?

What’s your favorite beach?


  1. Tilley

    I have never been to Ocean City but it sounds like fun!

    05 . Jun . 2017
  2. Whitney

    Those houses are beautiful! I’ve never been there (we usually go to somewhere in NC or SC) but it looks amazing!

    05 . Jun . 2017
  3. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    Jersey girl here, born and raised 🙂 Where are you from in NJ??

    05 . Jun . 2017
  4. Courtney CJ

    Ahh, the memories. I grew up off of Exit 5 & 6 and Ocean City’s soccer team was one of our hugest rivals. I was there at least 3 times a year playing against them. My mom always fancied Cape May, but I was a Wildwood girl. However, once I turned 21 I always took my talents to Seaside!

    05 . Jun . 2017
  5. mihaela

    Waa I have so many great memories from Ocean City and Rehoboth Beach. Loved the article, thanks for sharing 🙂

    05 . Jun . 2017
  6. McKenna Bleu

    I love beach town homes! It looks beautiful there!

    05 . Jun . 2017
  7. kait

    So nice! I have been to Ocean Beach a few times. A little crowded for me when it comes to wanting a vaca, but my husband had his bachelor party there and had an amazing time xx It is definitely a good place to party!

    05 . Jun . 2017
  8. Kristine

    I’ve never been to New Jersey – Ocean City looks adorable!!

    06 . Jun . 2017
  9. Hannah

    Okay I used to be a die-hard Wawa fan but I actually had Sheetz for the first time last year and I think Wawa has some competition! I’ve been to Northern New Jersey / New York but never Ocean City – it looks so beautiful, I’ll have to check it out!

    Hannah | the swirl | http://theswirlblog.com/

    06 . Jun . 2017
  10. Mistle

    I’ve never been to New Jersey. Ive heard great things about certain parts of it. It looks like you had an amazing weekend! I need to visit there soon!

    06 . Jun . 2017
  11. Kaitlynn

    If there is one thing I miss about NJ it’s eating at Wawa and Jersey Mike’s!! I don’t trust anyone that prefers Sheetz over Wawa haha, I’m kidding.. I grew up in a shore town further north, so this post makes me homesick.Thanks for sharing!

    06 . Jun . 2017
  12. the sophia diaries

    Oh, that looks like so much fun! I’ve never heard of this place before but I definitely gotta check it out!


    06 . Jun . 2017
  13. Jasmine Maria

    Looks like you had so much fun. I definitely want to go to NJ.

    06 . Jun . 2017
  14. Cameron - Diary of a Southern Millennial

    I’ve never been but I love the cute little beach houses! Sounds like you had a fun time!

    06 . Jun . 2017
  15. LAcey

    SO ready for a beach trip! Glad you all had fun!



    06 . Jun . 2017
  16. Bryce Rae

    I’ll get to the U.S one day. Awesome photos. I love those houses. It’s something I have only seen on T.V at this stage.

    06 . Jun . 2017
  17. Bella B (xoxoBella)

    Beach towns are the best. I totally wish I lived in one. They have so much charm

    06 . Jun . 2017
  18. Alix Maza

    I haven’t! This looks like fun tho.


    06 . Jun . 2017
  19. Jordyn Sifferman

    I’ve never visited Ocean City, but I did visit Cape May, NJ on the coast one summer as a kid and thought it was so great. I loved the jersey shore!

    06 . Jun . 2017
  20. Amanda

    Those beach houses are too cute! I’ve never been to the Jersey Shore but it looks pretty neat, would love to check it out someday!

    06 . Jun . 2017
  21. Maegan Clark

    This sounds sooooo cool! I’ve never been to Ocean City but how fun!

    07 . Jun . 2017
  22. Anna

    I’ve never been to New Jersey, but it sounds like a great place to spend the weekend!

    07 . Jun . 2017
  23. Sally

    Sounds like you had a great time. I have not been to New Jersey, but maybe one day I’ll get there.

    07 . Jun . 2017
  24. Tiffany Khyla

    I have a friend who just came home from a visit to New Jersey. He grew up there as well. It sucks that it rained for most of your visit, but I’m glad that you still got to enjoy your weekend! I love stumbling onto fun things to do,and fairs are MY favorite! Also, I’ve never been to Wawa, but everyone swears by it. I’m a southern girl, so when I make my way up north, I’ll definitely make a stop.

    07 . Jun . 2017

    I have never been to Ocean City but it looks like such a fun town!

    Oby Grace

    09 . Jun . 2017
  26. amy

    I use to go to Ocean City a lot when I was younger! I need to go back!
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

    10 . Jun . 2017
  27. Rachel

    I have never been to NJ but this looks so fun!

    10 . Jun . 2017
  28. Your fav cousin Kelly ;)

    Can we stop adulting one day soon and go back down the shore together and get Mancos, have TJs for dessert, and then go ride double shot?! I miss this and you! So many memories. Love you!

    11 . Jun . 2017
  29. Kayla

    Ahh I’m so close to OCNJ! I went there a LOT growing up. Manco & Manco’s is amazing! Honestly had no idea they changed their name though, oops! I’m glad you had a great time.

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

    12 . Jun . 2017
  30. Sami | The Classic Brunette

    Ocean City looks like such a fun beach town!

    The Classic Brunette

    15 . Jun . 2017
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  32. Sheena

    Wow what an amazing town! Its a shame im on the west coast and cant take advantage of this place. Jealous of you!

    30 . Jun . 2017

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