Budget Travel Loves Ocean City, N.J.!

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The boardwalk at Ocean City, N.J., boasts not one but two amusement parks, not to mention live entertainment and great food.

One of the things I love about being executive editor at Budget Travel is that our readers are always ready to share their opinions. We've based whole feature stories and gorgeous slideshows on your favorite beaches, islands, theme parks—even lighthouses. And every year we hold a fierce competition for America's Coolest Small Towns, soliciting hundreds of nominations and holding a down-to-the-wire online vote in January.

We love to hear when we've pleased you. We also like to know when you think we've, um, goofed. It happens. That's why when Ocean City, N.J., let us have it for leaving them off our recent "America's Most Awesome Boardwalks" story, it made my day. Seriously. Sure, the title "most awesome" is, by definition, a slightly subjective one and by its nature the list of 19 perfect plankways had to leave off a few great destinations. But the folks in Ocean City, N.J., showed the kind of local love that BT is all about—and we congratulate this awesome Jersey beach town on its  "stronger than the storm" community spirit.

So, what's so awesome about Ocean City, N.J.? For starters, why settle for one great oceanfront amusement park when you can have two? Ocean City shines like the lights of Broadway with two big Ferris wheels, coasters, water rides, go carts, and much more. There are more opportunities here for catching live entertainment than at most American boardwalks, including a summer concert series, Radio Disney on Tuesday nights, and Family Night each Thursday in July and August, with live shows and celebrations up and down the beach. And don't forget to fill your eco-friendly cloth bag (sold at the Music Pier Information Center) with fudge, taffy, antiques, and summer reading at Ocean City's shops. ocnj.us/boardwalk.

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