Ventnor Information

WelcomeVentnor, New Jersey, is located on Absecon Island, one of a series of barrier islands on the Atlantic Ocean that comprise the “South Jersey Shore.” The town is situated between Atlantic City (to the north) and Margate City (to the south).

Ventnor offers the shopping, gaming, concerts, shows, boardwalk and other night life found in Atlantic City, but also provides an appropriate distance to permit enjoyment of a quieter and less frenetic pace. The town features a variety of family recreational activities, unique shops, restaurants, golf and bed and breakfasts away from the crowds. The Ventnor City Boardwalk is 1.7 miles in length and provides a scenic venue to walk, jog, roller skate or ride a bike.

Ventnor is named after Ventnor, England, a very popular seaside resort established in the Victorian era on the Isle of Wight. Ventnor was established on the New Jersey shore at the turn of the 19th century and features many beautiful Victorian homes built 100 years ago toward the end of the Victorian era. The town has a classic and residential feel.

Ventnor is known for its wide beaches, which have undergone recent sand dredging and environmentally friendly dune reconstruction projects. The beaches are officially open and staffed with lifeguards during normal hours from Memorial Day through Labor Day (10 am to 6 pm).

The beaches are well maintained and much less crowded than other popular Jersey Shore destinations. They offer visitors and residents the opportunity to swim, relax and unwind in the white sand. They also afford opportunities for surfing, fishing, kayaking and sail boating.

Some additional information you might find useful during your visit to Ventnor:

Ventnor BoardwalkBOARDWALK: Just less than 2 miles in length, the Ventnor Boardwalk is connected to the famous Atlantic City Boardwalk. You can enjoy walking, jogging, roller skating or bike riding on this grand wooden strand. Bike riding is permitted from 6:00 am to 12 noon and from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm from May 31st through Labor Day. At all other times, bike riding is restricted to daylight hours.

BEACHES

  • Lifeguards: Locations vary during the beginning and end of the summer. Lifeguards are found at Vassar Square, Austin, Frankfort, Suffolk, Dorset, Sacramento, New Haven, Buffalo, Lafayette and Washington. Please bathe in front of the Lifeguard stand; DO NOT swim at an unprotected beach or after the specified bathing hours
  • Beach Badges/Fees: As with other shore towns, Beach Badges are required and may be purchased at City Hall (Tax Office) during normal business hours (9 am to 4 pm), or they may be purchased at the Beach Patrol Headquarters, the Ventnor City Fishing Pier or on the Beach by beach badge inspectors ($5/week; $15/season). Ventnor Beach Badges are also acceptable for use on the beaches of Margate City.
  • Access for Visitors with Disabilities: Access to the beach for visitors with disabilities is located at Suffolk and Newport Avenues. These locations offer handicapped parking. The Beach Patrol can provide beach chairs and potentially other assistance, call (609) 822-7948.

PLEASE NOTE –

  • Alcoholic beverages, ball playing, picnics & littering are NOT permitted on the Beach or Ventnor Boardwalk during the summer months.
  • Dogs are NOT allowed on the Beach from May 15th through September 30th. Between October 1st through May 15th, dogs may be walked on a leash only on the areas of Beach washed by the high tide line.
  • Charcoal grilling is allowed on the Beach on the Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day Holidays.
  • Public restrooms are located at Suffolk and New Haven Avenues, the Fishing Pier and City Hall. There are no showers or changing rooms.
  • Metered parking is available at New Haven, Surrey, Somerset and Suffolk Avenues.

Tennis CourtsTENNIS COURTS are located on Atlantic Avenue between Suffolk and Somerset Avenues. Ventnor City has 7 tennis courts available for use during the summer months from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Lessons are available, for more information, call 609 823-7945 (or the Mayor’s office at 609-823-7900).

PLAYGROUNDS are located in 5 separate areas within Ventnor. Locations include the Bonnie Feldman Memorial Playground at Newport Avenue and the Beach, the Joe & Syd Abrams Memorial Playground at Suffolk Avenue and the Beach, Titus Field in Ventnor Heights, the Firemen’s Playground at Burghley and Fulton Avenues in Ventnor Heights, and the CSURE playground located at Somerset Avenue and the Boardwalk.

BEACH VOLLEYBALL COURTS are located at 2 locations along Ventnor’s beaches. They are located next to the Fishing Pier at Cambridge Avenue, and in front of the tennis courts at Somerset Avenue.

KAYAK BEACH is located at Princeton Avenue and the Beach and is permitted during daylight hours. While there are no lifeguards assigned to this beach, it is supervised during the hours of 10 am to 6 pm by the lifeguards at Sacramento Avenues. Please exercise caution while kayaking.

SURFING is permitted alongside the Fishing Pier at Cornwall Avenue during daylight hours. There are no lifeguards assigned to the designated surfing areas, so please use the “buddy system” and exercise caution.

HOBIE CAT BEACH is located at Somerset Avenue and the Beach. Sailboats can be registered for a fee on a seasonal basis. For further information, please telephone the City Clerk at 609-823-7904.

BOAT RAMP is available for the launching of boats and personal watercraft. Located at Ski Beach at the end of Dorset Avenue in Ventnor Heights, the boat ramp is open during daylight hours.

Ventnor PierVENTNOR CITY FISHING PIER is located at Cornwall Avenue and the Boardwalk. The fishing pier offers seasonal rates for fishing or sightseeing . For additional information, contact the Piermaster at 609-823-7944.

VENTNOR LIBRARY is located at New Haven and Atlantic Avenues. Associated with the Atlantic County Library System, it is open to the public Monday thru Thursday 9am to 8pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm.

CULTURAL ARTS CENTER is located within the library at New Haven and Atlantic Avenues. The center is staffed by Ms. Victoria Clark, and includes a variety of classes available to Ventnor Residents. For additional information, please telephone 609-823-7952.

VENTNOR COMMUNITY BUILDING is located within the library at Newport and the Beach. The building is utilized for many civic functions and community groups, including the senior citizens nutrition site. For further information relating to the Community Building, please telephone the Mayor’s office at 823-7900.

VENTNOR CITY BEACHFRONT PARK is located adjacent to the Boardwalk at New Haven Avenue and the Boardwalk, and offers spectacular views of the beach and Atlantic Ocean. The centerpiece of the park is a Memorial water fountain dedicated to the memory of Hilya Stein.

Ventnor City HallVENTNOR CITY HALL is located at 6201 Atlantic Avenue, and is the seat for Municipal Government, Police Department, and Municipal Court. City Hall is open from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm Monday thru Fridays. Vivian Smith, a prominent architect of southern New Jersey shore communities, designed Ventnor City Hall in 1928. While the massing of Smith’s design is consistent with the residential character of the town, the Jacobean Revival style evokes images of the town’s namesake in England. Ventnor City Hall remains remarkably intact and clearly reflects the growth and affluence of this seaside community in the early twentieth century. A 1997 grant allowed for the continuation of a two-part restoration campaign on the building’s handsome exterior, begun in 1996 with the assistance of an earlier grant. Key features of this second phase included restoring the multi-colored slate roof, the rustic brick and half-timbering, and the refined terra cotta.