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Insider since: 2011
You will find that many businesses are open year round with reduced hours, weather permitting. Ocean City is becomming a much more popular destination during the winter season. St. Patrick's Day weekend is now the unofficial opening date for lots of bars and restaurants because of the growing popularity of the Ocean City St. Patrick's Day parade. Have fun!
Insider since: 2008
You do not need to go clubbing to have fun in OC. If you like to mini golf, you can do that year round in OC at one of two Old Pro Mini Golf location in OC at 68th and 136th Streets. Try both courses and if it is not cold and raining, try their outdoor courses as well. Click on the hyperlink above to get a money saving coupon as well. If you get a hole in one on the 18th hole, you win a free game and you can play the next course for free. Another way to get a free ticket is to play the arcades for tickets. Win enough tickets and you earn a free game.
When we were in college, we planned a fun scavenger hunt. Some ofthe items that needed to be found were a crab shell, ash tray (yeah, that is near impossible), a rock (try finding a rock in OC!), a whole sea shell found on the beach, (nothing can be purchased), a restaurant menu, a movie ticket stub, a prize ticket from an arcade, a hotel brochure, etc. We set up a time limit and had to meet back at a certain time. The losing teams had to buy the winning team their dinner.
Your best bet is to contact one of the marinas or tackle shops. They all offer charts to people who rent boats. I got one at Advanced Marine on 67th Street (866.577.3449) last year. I am sure Bahia Marina on 22nd Street (410.289.7438), Sunset Marina in West OC (410.213.9600), and Oyster Bay Tackle Shop at 116th Street (410.524.3433) would all be able to get you such charts.
Sure. The kids and you will really enjoy playiing laser tag at Planet Maze on 33rd St. I'm in my 60's and I love it! There are two indoor mini golf courses that are open year round too. One is on 68th St. and the other is on 136th St. How about ice skating at the Carousel Hotel? They have ice skates available to rent in all sizes. Visit some museums or shop at the Ocean City Outlets on Rte. 50 in West OC.
Rent bicycles!! There are places open year round that rent out bikes and you can ride them on the boardwalk any time of day at this time of year.
Buy kites and have a contest to see who can get theirs into the air first!
Be sure to grab some Thrasher's Fries and Fisher's Popcorn! They're both open on weekends (weather permitting) till 3 p.m.
Do the kids play golf? All of the courses around OC are open year round, so if they play, bring the clubs along! Have a great time.
The answer is, it depends. Boogie Boards and similar, referred to as "soft top body boards," that are 54 inches long and shorter are allowed on OC beaches. However, if a boards is over 42 inches long, a leash is required. Specifically, the regulation states: "Soft top body boards over 42 inches will be permitted provided rider uses some means, such as an ankle leash, to attach some part of their body to said soft top body board and remains separated from other bathers by ten yards."
Note that boards with fins (or similar), skim boards, soft body boards over 54" long, and surf boards are not generally permitted during times the lifeguards are on duty (10am to 5:30pm).
Have fun boogie boarding in OC!
Unfortunately, no overnight parking is allowed at the West OC park and ride lot. You can park for extended periods of time on any of OC's side streets. I have done so often, and never had any issues. If you use a side street be sure to check the signs as some have time you cannot park there due to street cleaning, trash pickup, and similar.
Insider since: 2008
Our family absolutelty positively love the movies on the beach. The movies are always kid friendly. Some of the past movies include Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, Secretariat, The Avengers, Beverly Hills Chihulala, etc. I highly reccomend it. Now here are my suggestions.
1. Arrive before the movie starts.
2. Bring your own popcorn and drinks.
3. Bring a beach chair and beach blankets as chairs are not provided.
4. Bring a flash light. After the movie is over, the lights do not go on like they do in a movie theatre. So it is very dark outside.
5. Be prepared for cool ocean breezes. We had one cold evening last year with the temps falling in the 60's. People were cold. bring blankets and/or warm clothing just in case.
6. Clean up after yourselves. Nobody likes to see trash left on the beach.
The Town of Ocean City is pleased to offer this benefit to its visitors in need of assistance traveling across the sand. Use of a city owned chair is a privilege, and we ask that you view it as such by abiding by a few simple guidelines established below. This free service is monitored by the Town's Beach Patrol staff. Please remember that our Beach Patrol is here primarily to provide safety services to our beach-goers, therefore other beach-related responsibilities may cause a slight delay in staff attending to the distribution and collection of beach wheelchairs. Your patience is appreciated.For access to chair, to get a wheelchair box unlocked or to report damage or problems with a chair see a lifeguard or call 410-520-5231 10am - 4pm Available for use 10am - 5pm Complete wheelchair permit and waiver - Be prepared to show your driver's license Use at your own risk - Do not put chair in water... Use on land only Return beach wheelchair to lifeguard after transferring to another chair so that it may be available to others Inlet Lot 1st St. 7th St. 27th St. 30th St. 40th St. 48th St. 59th St. 70th St. 81st St. 89th St. 94th St. 107th St. 120th St. 130th St. 139th St. 145th St.
Wheelchairs are first-come, first-served. Please share with others. A limited number of chairs may be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. These special chairs are available for pick up at: Ocean City Visitor's Center 410-723-8610 and Ocean City Public Safety Building 410-723-6610.
The Town of Ocean City is pleased to help provide access to our beach for disabled visitors through the beach chair program. Donations to help purchase more chairs are gratefully accepted. For more information, call 410-723-8610.
Insider since: 2008
Well the weather is hard to predict but April's weather usually is pretty fair. Makes for good day strolling the boards, playing mini golf, eating Thrashers Fries, etc, etc.
Of Course the ocean water is still quite cold for swimming but if the weather is warm you can still hang out on the beach.
And yes, there will be things open, not all but majority of things will be gearing up for the summer.
So go ahead and enjoy spring break in Ocean City.
Well, I'm not quite sure what you mean by a "beach party". There are lots of free events on the beach all summer long inculding concerts and movies on the beach. Plus there is a bonfire held annually.
You can see all of the events planned for this summer in Ocean City at www.ococean.com/events
And send for a free vacation guide at www.ococean.com/vacation-guide