Welcome to Ocean Township

Dubbed "The Community of Gracious Living," this suburban town is the calm, quaint alternative to the hustle and bustle of the Jersey Shore.




Don’t let the small size of Ocean Township fool you. While it may stretch just 10.8-square miles, Ocean is a hidden gem with plenty to keep both residents and visitors busy year-round. Its moniker is somewhat confusing as it’s no longer on the ocean due to shifting town limits among the shore towns, plus there’s another Ocean Township farther south in Ocean County. But this one boasts a tight-knit community with an expansive park system, a pool and tennis facility, a nine-hole golf course, low taxes, great schools and, of course, close proximity to the beaches, the perfect spot for those who want to be by the shore but prefer somewhere less busy than urban neighbors like Asbury Park.

  • ESTABLISHED: 1849
  • POPULATION: 26,995
  • WEBSITE: OCEANTWP.ORG

FUN FACT:

Joe Palaia Park was once known as the Deal Test Site. Western Electric, part of AT&T, conducted ship-to-shore radio experiments there after World War I.

FARM FOR THE FAMOUS

In the late 1890s, vaudeville performers Charles Ross and Mabel Fenton bought a restaurant in Ocean’s Wanamassa section and turned it into a farm and resort, Ross Fenton Farm. New York City’s rich and famous summered at the hotel and partied in its nightclub and casino during its prime from the 1920s–’40s. The farm eventually burned down in 1950, and the land was parceled off to build single family homes.

DINING OUT

Restaurant options are plentiful around here with the Asbury Park boardwalk just a 10-minute drive away, but Ocean boasts its own dining scene too. Piccola Italia is the go-to for pizza and pasta, whereas Café 28, located right in the heart of town, has an expansive menu of Mediterranean delicacies. Stick around for happy hour at Otto’s Bar and Grill or stop by Monmouth Clubhouse Deli if it’s a five-star-rated sandwich you’re craving.

LIVING HISTORY

The Township of Ocean Historical Museum full of artifacts and memorabilia is a true testament to the town’s tight-knit residents. It originated in 1984 by volunteers who wanted to preserve Ocean’s history and promote awareness, and is still run entirely by the community. The museum is housed in the historic Eden Woolley House, one of the few 18th century homes surviving here.

HOME, SWEET HOME

Thinking about buying or selling a house here? The median home value in Ocean Township is $472,800, up 11.1 percent over the past year. Home values are expected to increase 5.7 percent within the next year, according to Zillow.

FAMOUS FACES

Several notable people and celebrities have once called the township home. Among them are (from left), actress/singer Ashley Tisdale, comedian and talk show host Wendy Williams and executive producer of the Batman franchise Michael Uslan.

DID YOU KNOW? The Wanamassa section of Ocean didn’t permit any shops to operate until 1930 because residents thought it would hurt the character of the area. Today, a quaint local shopping district is located at Sunset Avenue and Wickapecko Drive.

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2019 marks a celebratory milestone of the Monmouth Museum’s Juried Art Exhibition, its 40th Anniversary. The Museum presents the 40th Annual Juried Art Exhibition from January 12 - March 10,...

Cost: $8

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Monmouth Museum
765 Newman Springs Road
on the campus of Brookdale Community College, parking lot #1, off Museum Drive
Lincroft, NJ  07738
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Telephone: 732-747-2266

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Monmouth Museum
765 Newman Springs Road
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Lincroft, NJ  07738
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The Monmouth Museum values the arts and artists, especially our Artist Members! Museum members are an essential part of the Museum’s success. Back by popular demand, for the fifth...

Cost: $8

Where:
Monmouth Museum
765 Newman Springs Road
on the campus of Brookdale Community College, parking lot #1, off Museum Drive
Lincroft, NJ  07738
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Sponsor: Monmouth Museum
Telephone: 732-747-2266
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2019 marks a celebratory milestone of the Monmouth Museum’s Juried Art Exhibition, its 40th Anniversary. The Museum presents the 40th Annual Juried Art Exhibition from January 12 - March 10,...

Cost: $8

Where:
Monmouth Museum
765 Newman Springs Road
on the campus of Brookdale Community College, parking lot #1, off Museum Drive
Lincroft, NJ  07738
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Sponsor: Monmouth Museum
Telephone: 732-747-2266

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The Monmouth Museum values the arts and artists, especially our Artist Members! Museum members are an essential part of the Museum’s success. Back by popular demand, for the fifth...

Cost: $8

Where:
Monmouth Museum
765 Newman Springs Road
on the campus of Brookdale Community College, parking lot #1, off Museum Drive
Lincroft, NJ  07738
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Sponsor: Monmouth Museum
Telephone: 732-747-2266
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2019 marks a celebratory milestone of the Monmouth Museum’s Juried Art Exhibition, its 40th Anniversary. The Museum presents the 40th Annual Juried Art Exhibition from January 12 - March 10,...

Cost: $8

Where:
Monmouth Museum
765 Newman Springs Road
on the campus of Brookdale Community College, parking lot #1, off Museum Drive
Lincroft, NJ  07738
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Sponsor: Monmouth Museum
Telephone: 732-747-2266

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2019 marks a celebratory milestone of the Monmouth Museum’s Juried Art Exhibition, its 40th Anniversary. The Museum presents the 40th Annual Juried Art Exhibition from January 12 - March 10,...

Cost: $8

Where:
Monmouth Museum
765 Newman Springs Road
on the campus of Brookdale Community College, parking lot #1, off Museum Drive
Lincroft, NJ  07738
View map »


Sponsor: Monmouth Museum
Telephone: 732-747-2266

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The Monmouth Museum values the arts and artists, especially our Artist Members! Museum members are an essential part of the Museum’s success. Back by popular demand, for the fifth...

Cost: $8

Where:
Monmouth Museum
765 Newman Springs Road
on the campus of Brookdale Community College, parking lot #1, off Museum Drive
Lincroft, NJ  07738
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Sponsor: Monmouth Museum
Telephone: 732-747-2266
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Join us for a FUN night out to learn the game of squash, and share a drink in the upstairs bar with some new friends! This event is FREE and open to members and guests. To RSVP...

Cost: Free

Where:
Monmouth Squash Club & Swim School
1071 Ocean Ave
Sea Bright, NJ  07760
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Sponsor: Monmouth Squash Club & Swim School
Telephone: 732-747-0112
Contact Name: Tertius Raubenheimer
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The Monmouth Museum values the arts and artists, especially our Artist Members! Museum members are an essential part of the Museum’s success. Back by popular demand, for the fifth...

Cost: $8

Where:
Monmouth Museum
765 Newman Springs Road
on the campus of Brookdale Community College, parking lot #1, off Museum Drive
Lincroft, NJ  07738
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Sponsor: Monmouth Museum
Telephone: 732-747-2266
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2019 marks a celebratory milestone of the Monmouth Museum’s Juried Art Exhibition, its 40th Anniversary. The Museum presents the 40th Annual Juried Art Exhibition from January 12 - March 10,...

Cost: $8

Where:
Monmouth Museum
765 Newman Springs Road
on the campus of Brookdale Community College, parking lot #1, off Museum Drive
Lincroft, NJ  07738
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Sponsor: Monmouth Museum
Telephone: 732-747-2266

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Don't miss a relaxing and entertaining evening of live music performed by top-notch musicians in the intimate setting of our gallery.    Held on the fourth Friday of each...

Cost: $5 Suggested Donation

Where:
Middletown Arts Center
36 Church Street
Middletown, NJ  07748
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Telephone: 732-706-4100
Contact Name: Maggie O'Brien
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In honor of Black History Month, the Middletown Arts Center in collaboration with the Dunbar Repertory Company, will present The Meeting, a one hour drama by Jeff...

Cost: $20

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Middletown Arts Center
36 Church St.
Middletown, NJ  07748
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The Monmouth Museum values the arts and artists, especially our Artist Members! Museum members are an essential part of the Museum’s success. Back by popular demand, for the fifth...

Cost: $8

Where:
Monmouth Museum
765 Newman Springs Road
on the campus of Brookdale Community College, parking lot #1, off Museum Drive
Lincroft, NJ  07738
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Sponsor: Monmouth Museum
Telephone: 732-747-2266
Website »

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2019 marks a celebratory milestone of the Monmouth Museum’s Juried Art Exhibition, its 40th Anniversary. The Museum presents the 40th Annual Juried Art Exhibition from January 12 - March 10,...

Cost: $8

Where:
Monmouth Museum
765 Newman Springs Road
on the campus of Brookdale Community College, parking lot #1, off Museum Drive
Lincroft, NJ  07738
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Sponsor: Monmouth Museum
Telephone: 732-747-2266

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In honor of Black History Month, the Middletown Arts Center in collaboration with the Dunbar Repertory Company, will present The Meeting, a one hour drama by Jeff...

Cost: $20

Where:
Middletown Arts Center
36 Church St.
Middletown, NJ  07748
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