In 1975, Ocean Grove was designated a State and National Historic District as a 19th-century planned urban community. It has the most extensive collection of Victorian and early-20th century architecture in the United States.
The busiest time in the Grove is summer. Ocean Grove's Main Avenue and shopping district are picturesque streets with gift shops, sidewalk cafes, ice cream parlors, and eateries. Ocean Grove's fine dining restaurants are BYOB - since Ocean Grove is a dry town. Stay in an Ocean Grove Vacation Rental and you'll be in walking distance to all Ocean Grove has to offer and Asbury Park, a lively town right next door offers lots of nightlife including music venues, such as the famous Stone Pony who hosted New Jersey Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi. Eclectic restaurants with breathtaking views, all walking distance from Ocean Grove.
Ocean Grove is one of the oldest summer resorts on the Jersey Shore. Founded in 1869, Ocean Grove's turn of the century Victorian cottages, houses, hotel-condo conversions are lovingly restored and listed here as summer-winter rentals.
Ocean Grove's beach-goers enjoy a panoramic view of Ocean Grove's historic skyline of turrets and shingled houses and hotels. The Ocean Grove boardwalk is relaxed and non-commercial.
Ocean Grove has varied summer-long programs in the Great Auditorium of 1894, which is surrounded by colorful summer tent houses - a summer lifestyle and family tradition dating back to nineteenth-century vacationers.
A Jersey Shore town steeped in history, Ocean Grove has a historical society museum, Centennial Cottage house museum, summer house tour, and December holiday house tour and festival.