I bought a second home in Ocean Grove in the summer of 2001 when my daughter was 14. She would bring her friends here from Livingston and they would have a ball. Coming from Livingston, they were enthralled with the history and the friendliness of the town and its people. While walking to the beach, they were thrilled that people they didn't know would greet them with a "good morning" or "God bless". My daughter never joined in the camp meeting associations organized activities but there is more than enough to do at the beach and the nearby towns of Asbury Park and Bradley Beach. To be honest, I love the non commercial quality of living in this town and when I want a great restaurant, I walk over to Asbury Park, which is now replete with great NYC chefs running restaurants. Last summer I took surfing lessons at the OG beach so it can be arranged. I have now sold my house in Livingston and live here permanently because quite honestly, this place is heaven and a haven. Yes it is family oriented and quiet during even in the summer. Saturday nights are the busiest because of the Auditorium entertainment which is honestly fabulous and a great value! I love this place, I am not Methodist but I find people are genuinely good natured and friendly and will go out of their way to help each other out. If you are looking for real family values, a place where there is tolerance for others and what is preached, is mostly practiced, this is it.