Handicapped Accessibility

 
 
 
Ocean City works constantly to make streets, sidewalks, the beach, bay and boardwalk accessible to those with disabilities or limited mobility. Check back here regularly for updates on new amenities.
 
 
FREE SURF CHAIR PROGRAM
Beach-accessible wheelchairs are available at the Bayside Center, 500 block of Bay Avenue, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The program is for individuals of all ages. “Surf Chairs” provide an opportunity for everyone to enjoy the surf and sand. The chairs must be picked up at the facility. You must have a large vehicle for transportation. Available Memorial Day to Labor Day. Daily or 1-week maximum. Call 609-525-9304 for information or reservations.
 
WHEELCHAIRS ON BOARDWALK
A limited number of wheelchairs are available to borrow for free for daily use only on the boardwalk for two hours at a time. You can pick them up at the Music Pier Info Center (on the boardwalk between 8th Street and 9th Street), first-come, first-served.  Call 609-399-6111, ext. 9337 with questions.
 
BEACH ACCESS

For summer 2020, the city will experiment with an ADA-accessible beach-access mats stretching close to the high tide line at Surf Road, Waverly Beach (off E. Atlantic Blvd.), 34th Street Beach and 59th Street Beach. These paths lead to sitting areas where those in wheelchairs can enjoy the beach.

Accessibility measures include ramps over the boardwalk or bulkhead, hard-packed dune crossovers and, at 54 different beaches, plastic beach mats across portions of soft sand. Accessible beaches include:
  • Surf Road
  • Waverly Beach (off E. Atlantic Blvd.)
  • St. James Place
  • 1st Street
  • Pennlyn Place
  • 3rd Street
  • Fifth Street
  • Sixth Street
  • Music Pier
  • 11th Street
  • 12th Street
  • 14th Street
  • 16th Street
  • 20th Street
  • 21st Street
  • 22nd Street
  • 24th Street
  • 25th Street
  • 26th Street
  • 27th Street
  • 28th Street
  • 30th Street
  • 31st Street
  • 32nd Street
  • 33rd Street
  • 34th Street
  • 35th Street
  • 36th Street
  • 37th Street
  • 38th Street
  • 39th Street
  • 40th Street
  • 41st Street
  • 42nd Street
  • 43rd Street
  • 44th Street
  • 45th Street
  • 46th Street
  • 47th Street
  • St. David's Place
  • Merion Place
  • 48th Street
  • 49th Street
  • 50th Street
  • 51st Street
  • 52nd Street
  • 53rd Street
  • 54th Street
  • 55th Street
  • 56th Street
  • 57th Street
  • 58th Street
  • 59th Street
 
BOARDWALK AND BEACH REST ROOMS
Rest rooms are located at 1st Street, 6th Street, Music Pier, 11th Street, 12th Street, 34th Street (use OCBP bathrooms), 58th Street Beach. All bathrooms are handicapped accessible.
 
BOARDWALK PAVILIONS
Shaded boardwalk pavilions near 8th Street, 9th Street, 10th Street, 11th Street and 12th Street provide an accessible way to enjoy ocean views.
 
PARKING AT METERS BY HANDICAPPED PLACARD HOLDERS
According to the NJ Division of Disability Services, NJ Motor Vehicle Commission and 39:4-207-(C.39:4-207)- When parking at a metered space, a driver or passenger with a placard or handicapped license plate must put the appropriate amount of money in the meter. If the vehicle will occupy the space for more than the maximum amount that the meter holds, the driver must fill the meter to the maximum amount. This will permit the vehicle to occupy the space for up to 24 hours, and no further payment will be required during that time.
 
PARKING IN MUNICIPAL LOTS
All municipal lots include handicapped spots with access for the disabled. Regular fees apply in-season.
 
STREET PARKING
Most beach-block street ends include limited handicapped parking.