Tide turns to ‘second season’ at Jersey Shore

After Labor Day

After Labor Day

Now with Labor Day  in the rearview mirror and summer unofficially over, a new season is starting at the Jersey Shore. 

The “second” or “shoulder” season traditionally features good weather and a dip in prices for rentals or hotel stays.

It’s a way for Shore towns to squeeze out a few more weeks of summer, said Michelle Gillian of the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce.

“Shoulder seasons are really important to Ocean City,” she said. “We want you to know we’re still open, we’re still doing events on weekends.  It’s great weather to come and enjoy bike riding, outdoor activities, as well as indoor activities.  There’s always something going on in Ocean City.”  

Down the Garden State Parkway in Wildwood, officials are booking conventions and festivals.

Jack Morey, an amusement pier owner, said the events are more geared for adults than families.

“Kids are in school, so, by and large, the crowd shifts,” he said. “And that’s what allows us to do Octoberfest. It wouldn’t be quite the right market for kids, but, given the fall, it’s more adult oriented … we can let our hair down a little more.”

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