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Getting around Ocean City is a cool ocean breeze. The roads are safe, well maintained and clearly marked. Pedestrians have spacious sidewalks to stroll along, and bikers have dedicated paths around the entire island. Visit for information, a map of paths and more. There are more than 10 bike rentals/sales/service businesses in Ocean City.

Right now, Ocean City is in the midst of an exciting new project. In fact, it’s the biggest bridge project in New Jersey history. The Ninth Street Bridge and Causeway are being completely rebuilt in an effort to provide residents and visitors alike the safest possible entranceway from Somers Point. In addition to the Ninth Street Bridge, Ocean City has three other connections to the mainland: the 34th Street Bridge, the recently built Longport Bridge, and the Corson’s Inlet Bridge into neighboring Strathmere.

Ocean City has long been a favorite summer destination for city dwellers in nearby Philadelphia; New York City; and Washington, D.C. Each of these major cities is just a short drive away. Philadelphia, with its culinary delights and historical significance is about an hour northwest. Washington, D.C., our nation’s capital and home to the renowned Smithsonian museums, is approximately three hours away. The Big Apple, New York City, is an easy, two-hour drive north.


The convenience of having such big cities nearby extends to air transportation. No matter where you need or want to go in the world, a flight out of a major airport is a short drive away. Philadelphia International Airport, Dulles International Airport, LaGuardia and JFK are all within reach.

But if you want less crowds, less stress and easy parking, head 15 minutes north to the Atlantic City International Airport. Flights leave daily to top vacation spots around the globe. The airport is small, parking is within steps of the building and lines are relatively short when compared to larger airports.

If you have a small plane, the Ocean City Municipal Airport will fit your needs nicely. The airport is two miles from the central business district and has a shop, golf course and diner on premises.

Prefer to get around without using your car? Ocean City has a historic transportation center in the center of town that features New Jersey Transit buses with routes to Philadelphia and New York City during the week. The Transportation Center boasts plenty of safe parking, so you can feel comfortable leaving your car behind and letting someone else do the driving. The Transportation Center is open 24 hours a day all year round.

Boaters can take advantage of Ocean City’s situation on the intercoastal waterway. From here, you can head anywhere you want up and down the East Coast.

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