10 Festivals to Visit Outside the City This Summer

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You  may see something like this at the Balloon Festival in Readington, New Jersey. | Photo by littlemoresunshine/Flickr

Summer is finally, officially upon us. Because the city can get a bit stifling over these warmest of months, we’ve put together a list of adventures worth doing outside of town, where you’ll find more trees and shores than sun-attracting concrete. Some are kind of unusual, many are kid-friendly and all are wildly entertaining.

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Ocean City, New Jersey, the Most Magical Shore Town on Earth

Gilligan's Wonderland Pier Ferris Wheel | Edwin under a CC 2.0 license.

Gillian’s Wonderland Pier Ferris Wheel | Edwin under a CC 2.0 license.

My family has gone to Ocean City, New Jersey, every summer since I can remember.

When things were tight, we went for a long afternoon or a short weekend. Other times, we’d pack up that gigantic blue station wagon and put Fox Chase in the rearview for an entire week. Regardless, for a few hours or a few days, it was always and easily the best part of the year, the time when the Weymouths most felt like the families on TV.

It wasn’t until I was in college that we decided to take our first “real” vacation and booked a flight to Disney World. Read more »

Where To Eat At The Jersey Shore

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Each year as the weather warms up and the schools let out, we begin our annual migration down the shore. And in case you’re not from around here, “down the shore” is synonymous with heading to the Jersey beaches.

Every summer weekend, Philly seems to become a ghost town as residents make the drive and take refuge in their beachfront homes. The freezing, murky water and running from the beach tag police are beloved traditions we’ve come to expect each year.

And now, the most highly anticipated weekend of the year is coming up and it’s time to load up on sunscreen, dust off our beach chairs and prepare to wait in bumper-to-bumper traffic to kick off the summer season.

Though most people may be looking forward to the greasy, oversized boardwalk pizza slice and those crispy, crinkly boardwalk fries, we’re pretty sure that some of you out there will be looking for something a little bit better. So from fancy meals to excellent local sandwich joints, we’ve got all of your down-the-shore dining needs covered for this Memorial Day Weekend and beyond.

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Manco & Manco Owner Won’t Keep Tourism Gig

The owner of Manco & Manco won’t be keeping his tourism post after all.

News broke yesterday that Ocean City mayor Jay Gillian had reappointed Manco & Manco owner Chuck Bangle to the tourist development commission. Now, after a flurry of publicity, he’s reversed course and pulled the re-appointment.

Bangle and his wife Mary were charged earlier this year with failing to report nearly $1 million in income to the IRS.

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Despite Federal Charges, O.C. Mayor Backs Manco & Manco Owner for Tourism Job

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The mayor of Ocean City is re-appointing Manco & Manco owner Chuck Bangle to the Tourist Development Commission, even though Bangle is facing federal tax evasion charges. Bangle and wife Mary were arrested in April and accused of failing to report almost $1 million to the IRS.

The Council will vote on whether to re-nominate Bangle on Thursday. “That doesn’t make any sense to me at all,” Councilman Pete Guinosso told The Press of Atlantic City. “Why would they ever think of putting him back on the Tourist Commission?”

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Ocean City Students’ Experiment Destroyed in Rocket Explosion

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This image provided by NASA shows the Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard suffers a catastrophic anomaly moments after launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The Cygnus spacecraft was filled with about 5,000 pounds of supplies slated for the International Space Station, including science experiments, experiment hardware, spare parts, and crew provisions.

Yesterday, the Antares rocket — an unmanned, NASA-contracted rocket that was slated to take supplies to the International Space Station — exploded 14 seconds after launch.

There were no injuries. But an experiment made by Ocean City High School students was one of the casualties of the explosion.

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The Ocean City, N.J., vs. Ocean City, Md., Headline Quiz

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Two states, two Ocean Cities. But which is which?

One has a swim up bar and spots like the Brass Balls Saloon; the other is so dry it doesn’t even allow BYOB.

One pushes its family friendly image with billboards showing families; the other still uses a stale lifeguard campaign.

Only one gloated about its plan to steal away visitors from a storm-damaged area, so you can guess why my tone favors one town over the other.

But they do share the same name, and for the last seven years I’ve had a Google alert set for Ocean City, which means I’ve read a lot about both.

Can you tell which is which? Below are some Ocean City headlines from this summer.

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Adelene Opens At The Port-O-Call

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You know that giant pink hotel straight out of the 60s and right on the boardwalk in Ocean City? It’s called the Port-O-Call Hotel, and it’s definitely a classic Ocean City landmark.

Well recently, the family-friendly hotel decided to upgrade their dated dining room into a restaurant fit for a good vacation.

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