OCEAN BEACH PARK

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Ocean Beach Park has a lineup of af­ter-dark ac­tiv­i­ties that ri­val any Dis­ney ex­pe­ri­ence. Fifty acres filled with old world charm­promises a plethora of sum­mer sights and sounds.

“It’s an old-style ex­pe­ri­ence, a throw­back, not that dif­fer­ent from when it opened in 1940,” says park man­ager Dave Su­grue. “The most unique thing about it is the beach. It’s the num­ber one draw. We have a lot go­ing on here, but it’s a gor­geous beach and the ac­tiv­i­ties com­ple­ment the ‘sugar sand’ beach ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Be­gin­ningMay 20, the ever-pop­u­lar Cruise Nights hap­pen onMon­days at 6 p.m., spon­sored byWNLC ra­dio, at­tract­ing 150-200 cars each week. On Tues­days start­ing June 25, Beach Blan­ketMovie Nights be­gin at sun­set. The whole fam­ily gets ad­mis­sion for a $5 park­ing fee. Each week dif­fer­ent ma­gi­cians roam the half-mile board­walk with magic shows at 7 p.m. on Wed­nes­days, and good old­fash­ioned sock hops are held Thurs­days at 6:30 p.m. D.J. Bill Ri­nowski gets his groove on with prizes, games and com­pe­ti­tions like the hu­la­hoop and bub­ble gum-blow­ing con­test. On Fri­days there is a free con­cert se­ries some­times ac­com­pa­nied by a kids show and/or fire­works dis­play. Ocean Beach Karaoke with Q105 ra­dio hap­pens on Satur­days in ad­di­tion to the pool, wa­ter­slide, minia­ture golf, video ar­cade, gift shop, food venues, carousel and amuse­ment rides. Fees for ac­tiv­i­ties vary and pets are not per­mit­ted. Visit ocean-beach­park.com for de­tails.

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