Visitors relish the boardwalk, beach day in Ocean City
By MADDY VITALE
Spectacular sun-drenched skies, warm breezes, boardwalk entertainment, and a plethora of shopping and dining choices – it looked like Monday had it all for residents and visitors to Ocean City.
Apart from the crowds, the difficulty in finding parking and the long lines.
Even though it wasn’t a busy day in early fall, many people were biking the boardwalk, lounging on the beaches, shopping and dining in Ocean City and savoring the last summer days.
People have said they are ready for fall, which is packed with events at the resort until New Years Eve.
Kristen and Johnny Mitchell, from Medford Lakes in Burlington County, came down to Ocean City with their 3-year-old twins Savannah and Lochlan to visit Kristen’s grandmother.
They munched on pizza and took in the ocean view before their next adventure – playing mini golf.
While they visit as often as they can in the summer, fall is their best time to come to Ocean City, they noted.
“It’s our favorite time of year to go down because the weather is nicer. It’s cooler, ”Kristen said. “We also have free parking. We plan to play mini golf after the pizza.
Johnny added, “It’s quieter now than in the summer and not too hot. I am from Scotland. We don’t like to be too hot.
Helen Eisinminger, from Ocean City, took a walk with her sister and brother-in-law Terri and Dave Ogden, from Phoenix, Arizona.
“I love everything they do at this time of year,” Eisinminger said. “The classic car shows and the Fall Block Party are fun. There are a lot of things the locals can enjoy. I really like how family oriented it is.
Terri Ogden added: “This is my favorite time of year because the crowds are not crazy and you can have fun and there are no long lines.”
While people admired the view from the boards, others walked down to the beach.
Cousins Faith Jensen and Christine Stoudt, both from Blackwood in Camden County, enjoyed lounging on beach chairs on Ninth Street beach.
But unlike a typical sunny day in the same place where tourists flock to this beach, there were only a few other beach goers.
And it was very good for the cousins.
“It’s calm and relaxing. There was no traffic and I appreciate the weather. It’s neither too hot nor too cold, ”Jensen noted. “It’s just so calming to sit at the beach. There is just something special about it.
Stoudt said the cousins discussed heading for shore a few days ago and were eager to get to Ocean City.
“It has been a stressful week for both of us so we decided to head out for some quiet time on the beach,” she noted.
Pete Angelo, of Egg Harbor Township, brought his children, Tripp, 12, and son Dominick, 1, to Ocean City for a quick getaway.
Angelo and his eldest son both helped Dominick play in the sand near the water’s edge on Eighth Street beach.
“I work in Atlantic City, so I spent the whole summer with a lot of people. It’s nice to be here to enjoy the good weather, ”said Angelo.
Tripp even dove into the ocean.
“I think it’s beautiful outside,” he said. “I wish it was a bit warmer in the water, but other than that it’s nice.”
Friends Derron Gingrich, who owns a home in Ocean City and Lancaster, Pa., And Tanya Smoker, of Lancaster, Pa., Strolled on the beach with Smoker’s dog, Raiya.
Ocean City allows dogs on the beach at certain times starting October 1.
“It’s his first time on the beach. I think she’s doing pretty well, ”Smoker said. “She loves water.”
Gingrich said they came down on Sunday. “The weather was so good, we thought we were going to go downhill. The water is not too cold. I knelt down.