What started out in 1869 as a Victorian-era camp meeting site has become one of the Jersey Shore’s finest year-round seaside resorts. Known as “The Jewel of the Jersey Shore,” Ocean Grove has the highest concentration of authentic Victorian architecture in the country. This national historic treasure offers one square mile of natural beauty, including pristine beaches, tree-lined streets, serene boardwalk and parks, music & lecture programs, unique eateries, magnificent Inns, and a quaint shopping district.
Located along the beach, Ocean Grove is strategically situated at the geographic center of the Jersey Shore with Sandy Hook to the north and Atlantic City to the south, and all of the Shore’s attractions within easy access. Only an hour’s drive from Manhattan (to the north) and Philadelphia (to the south), Ocean Grove is a weekend, summer, and year-round destination for international travelers. All are drawn to all it has to offer. In fact, Ocean Grove was listed among the 15 Best Beaches in the World for 2014.
Summertime in Ocean Grove is filled with arts and craft shows, giant flea markets, guided historical walking tours, house tours, performances by famous named artists at the legendary Great Auditorium and much more. Having expanded into a town for all seasons, Ocean Grove now holds events year round to celebrate the uniqueness of this Victorian town, such as The Victorian House Tour in December, Chocolate Lovers Weekend in February, and the Garden State Film Festival in April. A stroll along Main Avenue anytime of the year is a rich reminder of Victorian life with its many quaint gift shops and antique stores