Italian-Americans have made a strong impression on the culture of this part of New Jersey, and that cultural heritage is on display every year at Ocean Township's annual Italian Festival. This multi-day summer festival includes fun attractions like carnival rides, fireworks displays, and live music concerts. There are some additional unique features with a distinct Italian flair that help make this event so special. If you like traditional Italian music, a strolling street band that plays the festival should be right up your alley. And if something a bit more extreme is your style, you could try your hand at the pizza and pasta eating contests.
A Park With a Long Hi
Ocean is home to several public parks, the largest of which is Joe Palaia Park. This park is unique not only due to its size, but also its history. The land that is now used for park activities and festivals was farmland when it was purchased by AT&T in 1919. It was known as the Deal Test Site from that point on, and a lot of technology was developed and tested here. The first photographic fax was sent from this site in the mid-20th century. The land was converted to a public park in the 1990s and it is still a popular attraction in town today.