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Local’s Guide to Ocean City, New Jersey – All The Best Things To Eat, Do, and Visit | Magdalena Studios


For our out-of-town clients & brides… We’ve created a list of some of our favorite things to do! This could be before or after you meet with us in Ocean City, New Jersey for your photo session or bridal coffee date. After all, you’re in America’s Greatest Family Resort 🙂 You might as well make the most of it -there is so much to do!

1. Lunch

Jon & Pattys Coffee Bar & Bistro – This is by far my favorite lunch location! They have amazing bread, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, vegetarian options, and some tasty coffee drinks.

2. Breakfast

OC Surf Cafe – My personal favorite breakfast (maybe ever) is the eggs benedict with avocado & tomato. I get it along with their amazing, crispy homefries. Okay now I’m hungry.

3. Shopping

Ready to shop? Take a walk down Asbury Avenue and check out my go to boutiques: Colette’s, Heritage, 7th St. Surf Shop, & BowFish Kids.

4. The Boardwalk

Of course you MUST hit the boardwalk, especially if you haven’t before. Take a stroll in the afternoon and hit some of my favorite snack spots: Manco & Manco (world famous pizza), Curly Fries, & Johnson’s Popcorn (get the classic caramel corn!). Must dos? The ferris wheel – especially at sunset – to see the whole city, and a round of mini golf!

5. The Beach

You can usually find me at Waverly or 58th St. Beach with my longboard and my family. Don’t forget your sunscreen and a towel! And please, don’t feed the seagulls.

6. Healthy Sweet

I satisfy my sweet tooth at Bashful Banana! They have vegan cupcakes and baked goods. I also love Bungalow Bowls for acai and pitaya bowls and Yoasis for frozen yogurt & smoothies.

7. To Experience

Bike rides are our main means of transportation around town. If you are staying overnight or you’re there early in the morning, take a sunrise bike ride on the boardwalk and stop at Brown’s for a hot fresh donut. They’re located all the way at the North end around first street. My favorite is the chocolate!

If you’re down for an adventure, go kayaking! Or you could go for a paddle-boarding via BayCats on the bay! Take surf lessons from OC Surf School, sweat it out in a yoga class at Yoga Ginger, or take a long walk over the beautiful rolling hills of the 9th street bridge! If it’s a rainy or cloudy day, you can take a paint class with your kiddies or friends at Peace of Wood.

If you’re still around at sunset, stop by the docks on the bay to relax – or even jump in!

8. Where To Stay

There are tons of great hotels and bed & breakfasts, but to experience the feel of the town, I recommend renting an AirBnB so you can make it your own!

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