Visiting Ocean Grove, New Jersey is like stepping back in time. This town was founded in 1869, when a group of ministers and friends camped at what is now called Founders Park. After a candlelight prayer service they dedicated themselves to establishing a permanent Christian camp meeting community. Summer camp meetings were set up in tents, and this tradition that started over 130 years ago, still goes on today.
The community established some strict rules and regulations to live by, which included the prohibition of liquor. Yes, Ocean Grove is still a dry town. Now I know a lot of people are put off by that, but not this girl. As a veteran Jersey Shore resident who used to live in Seaside and was woken up one too many times by loud, obnoxious, drunken revelers who felt the need to urinate, vomit or fight in my front yard or park in our driveway, I have to say living in a dry town really appeals to me. Because it kind of eliminates and discourages this kind of behavior. The beaches and boardwalk at Ocean Grove remain spotless and family friendly. Most of your typical "Jersey Shore" reality tv stars and the like are not drawn to this quiet, seaside refuge. I wonder if that had anything to do with Fodor's naming the beach at Ocean Grove, NJ to be one of the top 15 to visit in the world! Ocean Grove is really the town that time forgot, but I absolutely love it. It's one of my favorite places in Jersey, it's truly worth a visit.
|The beach at Ocean Grove, New Jersey|