Ocean Grove, New Jersey - A Visitors Guide

Ocean Grove, New Jersey

courtesy: Ocean Grove Chamber of Commerce

Discover Ocean Grove New Jersey: A charming Jersey Shore town known as "God's square mile," is a dry town with charming Victorian Bed & Breakfast lodging, a pristine beach, quaint shops, and the iconic Great Auditorium.

One of the unique aspects of Ocean Grove is its strong connection to the Methodist community, with its "dry town" liquor law and many historic Methodist buildings still standing today.

The beach in Ocean Grove is a major draw for visitors and locals alike, offering a peaceful retreat where visitors can relax and soak up the sun. Whether you're looking to swim, surf, or simply stroll along the sandy shores, the beach in Ocean Grove has something for everyone.

In addition to its beautiful beach, Ocean Grove boasts a range of attractions to explore. From the charming downtown Main Avenue lined with Victorian homes to the iconic Great Auditorium, there is no shortage of things to see and do in this quaint seaside town.

Overall, Ocean Grove, where recreation, history, and religion all prosper in "God's square mile," it offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, history, and charm, making it a must-visit destination for anyone looking to experience the best of the Jersey Shore.

Things To Do in Ocean Grove

Great Auditorium

The Great Auditorium
This 7,000-seat auditorium on Pilgrim Pathway is a remarkable wooden structure. Almost as big as a football field, it has one of the largest pipe organs in the country. Currently the instrument consists of ten (10) divisions, totaling 207 ranks and 12,200 pipes, played from a console of five keyboards (manuals) and pedals. If you aren’t here for Christian worship, go to a Saturday night show or one of the many other year round concerts and performers that appear in the Auditorium.
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Ocean Grove Beach

Ocean Grove Beach
The Beach is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
They have public bathrooms, public changing rooms, a public gazebo, and umbrellas and chairs can be rented on the beach. During the early morning or evening hours, take a stroll along the natural wooden boardwalk. It’s a pleasant, relaxing stroll with no commercial amusements or concession stands.
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Historic House Tour
Their self-guided tour aboard the charming trolley will take you on a delightful adventure, offering a glimpse into the rich history and unique charm of each house. From Victorian-era gems to quaint seaside cottages, each stop on the tour reveals a story waiting to be discovered. Immerse yourself in the intricate details and craftsmanship of these well-preserved homes that stand as a testament to Ocean Grove's past. 
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Ocean Grove Downtown

Downtown Main Avenue
Ocean Grove, with it's attractive downtown, is also a popular shopping destination. For those who love Ocean Grove, what could be better than a gift from their favorite local shop, restaurant, or hotel in town?
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Ocean Grove Boardwalk Pavilion

The Board Walk Pavilion
This beach front attraction comes alive in the summer with evening Summer Band concerts, Sunday morning worship services,  and the Gospel Musical Ministries series.
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Ocean Grove Pier

Ocean Grove Pier
The Ocean Grove pier has been rebuilt and open to the public in 2023, after being damaged in 2012 during Hurricane Sandy.
The cross-shaped pier is 500 feet long and offers seating and fishing.
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Places To Stay in Ocean Grove

Ocean Grove Tent city

Ocean Grove "Tent City"
Today, over 100 tents remain to the north of the Great Auditorium. The tents are made with canvas with a striped canvas-covered porch, a plain canvas-covered sleeping and living area in the front. It has a wooden shed behind the tent that contains the kitchen, bath and dining area. The size of the tents, including the rear wooden structure, is a little over 300 square feet.
You don’t have to belong to the church to rent a tent, but if you are interested in renting, there is a long waiting list.
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Carriage House Inn

The Carriage House B&B
Located in the heart of Ocean Grove, this charming B & B located near the ocean, includes a library. free wi-fi in public areas, free self parking, a lobby fireplace, and conference rooms.
Breakfast included.
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Lilligard Inn

Lillagaard Inn Bed and Breakfast
A good place to enjoy a romantic occasion or or a short stay getaway. Has 22 rooms with different historical themes, most with private baths, ocean views. For relaxation, there are two porches, close enough to the ocean to hear the sound of waves rolling ashore.
Breakfast Included.
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Majestic Hotel

The Majestic Hotel
located one block from the beach with a view of the ocean from the front porch. Built in 1870, with luxurious surroundings and an onsite restaurant Bia, a European bistro offers gourmet dining.
Breakfast Included.
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Ocean plaza

The Ocean Plaza
A Victorian B & B within walking distance to downtown Ocean Grove with its many quaint shops, restaurants and the famed Ocean Grove Auditorium. Open year round, guests can enjoy beautiful sunrises and sunsets, a swim in the ocean, a walk along the boardwalk, bicycling or just relaxing away from the hectic pace of the city.
Breakfast Included.
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Quaker Inn

Quaker Inn
Built circa 1875, three floors of 28 comfortably furnished rooms are steps away from delightful shops, restaurants and a two block stroll to the beach and boardwalk.
Relax in a rocking chair on one of their 5 open porches and watch the hustle of this lovely shore town while enjoying the ocean views and breezes.
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Shawmont Hotel

Shawmont Hotel
Refurbished 30 room hotel facing the Ocean. Built in 1865 all rooms have updated and many have outstanding ocean views.
Breakfast included.
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