The beautiful New Jersey beach town of Ocean Grove can literally be said to be a town where "time has taken a vacation". This elegant seashore town of tree-lined streets, gingerbread Victorian Era homes and a sweepingly beautiful beach is in the National Register of Historic Places.
In fact, this lovely 19th century religiously founded town (motorized vehicles - including lawn mowers- were not allowed on Sundays until 1981) has the largest collection of Victorian architecture in the United States, and nestled in these charming buildings is a wonderful assortment of craft shops, antique shops and great restaurants.
Ocean Grove's boardwalk did suffer quite a bit from Superstorm Sandy, and it has taken a while to organize repairs, but the summer of 2014 saw it back to normal already. The middle section of the boardwalk that was destroyed is being replaced in April, moving it 30 feet inland and behind a strong bulkhead to protect it.
Luckily, the OG boardwalk does not have stores and concessions like other shore towns, so the missing piece did not have a big effect on business and enjoyment.
Unlike many New Jersey beach towns, the boardwalk and beach in this town are completely commercial free. Many visitors enjoy a quiet stroll where they can enjoy an uninterrupted view of the ocean and breathe in the clean, salty air.
In addition, many hotels, Inns and Bed and Breakfasts are located right opposite the beach, affording the lucky vacationer to this beautiful New Jersey Beach a spectacular view of the ocean with his morning coffee or afternoon cocktail.
The Great Auditorium, which holds
fabulous concerts all summer long, is the largest enclosed auditorium in
New Jersey, the size of a complete football field. The concerts at the
Great Auditorium are sold out quickly, and run the gamut in musical
taste from classical or religious to Country, to Doo Wop. A
2014 sampling includes: Neil Sedaka, an ABBA Tribute,
The Beach Boys, Kenny Rogers, Johnny Mathis and Irish Tenor Rona Tynan. (not all at once, of course! Classical string and brass ensembles, piano and violin concerts round out the program. (See it here.) Enough variety to suit everyone's taste!
But if the beach is what calls to you, you won't find a nicer, cleaner more uncluttered beach on the East Coast. There is a fee for a beach pass, but many B&B's and hotels offer discounted beach tickets.
One of the favorite pastimes of all New Jersey beach goers is fishing, and the Ocean Grove fishing pier offers some of the best fishing. If you prefer fishing in the surf, fishing off the rock jetties can be exciting.
Lovely architecture, sweeping views, great shops, music, swimming, fishing and more. You couldn't ask for a better location for a vacation in the sun.
And all this within an hour's ride of Philadelphia or New York City!
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