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I'm looking at spending Wednesday and Thursday of Thanksgiving week at the Princess Royale to take advantage of their Thanksgiving promotion...what else, if any, is going on in town Wednesday, Thurdsay and Friday morning /afternoon?
Submitted by David A, Breinigsville Pennsylvania on October 27, 2014
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Linthicum MD and OC MD

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Answered: October 27, 2014

Hi David,

Plenty of things will be happening.  Just like summer but a little cooler and little less places will be open BUT... there will be a holiday shoppers fair going on at the convention center on the weekend starting on Friday.  Minature golf at the Old Pro locations at 136th and 68th St will have their indoor locations and maybe even the outdoor courses open, weather permitting.  The beaches will be open.  Get you feet wet.  Heck, I have been in the ocean at Ocean City on January 1.  It can not get too much colder then that!   Get some shopping in.  Run down to the boardwalk for the arcade games, possibly Trimpers indoor rides, Fisher's Popcorn, Thrashers Fries and more.  Run over to Assateague Island to see the horses and the Assateague Island (indoor) Educational Center.  Swim a little at the huge indoor pool at your hotel.  It is one of OC's largest indoor pools, plus they have a hot tub and sauna which may be helpful after jumping in the ocean.  (I jumped in the Princess Royale pool minutes after my New Years Day ocean experience!)

Trust, me, you will not be bored! 

Have fun!

I'm thinking of coming down in mid January. Is there anything going on that time of year or is it similar to the Jersey Shore in winter?
Submitted by Julie K, Mays Landing New Jersey on October 23, 2014
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

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Answered: October 23, 2014

We make a trip to Ocean City every month.  January is quiet in a good way.  There are lots of food and drink specials to be had.  The beach has its best shells of the summer.  You can ice skate at the Carousel.  We have also seen whales right from the shore during the winter.  We have also had very nice days in January that let you walk the beach in just a jacket.

We will be in OC forTthanksgiving this year and were wondering which restaurants were open on Turkey Day/27th of November this year and if you had any recommendations. Thanks.
Submitted by Christiane L, McLean Virginia on October 21, 2014
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Pittsburgh Pa

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Answered: October 21, 2014

The other have given you some great choices...

(for something different)I'd like to personally recommend, Drummers Cafe at the Atlantic Hotel  .  This restaurant is located right in the heart of historic Berlin - which is a quick 5 mile ride from Ocean City.  I've had a number of  wonderful Holiday dinners here with my family over the years. The dining room has an attractive, and welcoming atmosphere that exudes warmth, and hospitality, along with a fireplace provides you that classic Holiday feel. The food is always top quality, and this year they are featuring a turkey, & ham dinner with all the traditional sides, for just $26.95 for adults & $12.95 for kids.

What is the history of Wire Pond?
Submitted by Paul W, Rockville Maryland on October 20, 2014
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Centreville, VA

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Answered: October 20, 2014

There is nothing particularly notable in the history of Wire Pond that I could find. It has been essentially in its current form and has been called "Wire Pond" since at least 1900, with no significant indication of man-made changes occurring since then. Since the area was pretty undeveloped in 1900, it is unlikely there were notable man-made changes prior to 1900 either. You can see it depicted on this USGS 1900 Topo map (snippet shown below) and compare it to Google Maps of today. Core samples taken also indicate no significant unnatural changes in the makeup of this area (see pages 98-99 of this document).

Wire Pond is a cove or marshland located on a south shore of the Isle of Wight Bay. It is located west of Captain's Hill and north of the West OC outlets. It is a popular place for fishing and bird watching, you can find out more about that here.

Wanting to go down THIS weekend - October 17-19 and would like to know how many shops and restaurants will be open on the boardwalk. Some hotels are listed as closed. I found one open at a great price! And saw that the Halloween parade and a Breast Cancer walk is also on at the boardwalk, so I would hope most places are open?? Thanks!!!
Submitted by Raeanne K, York Pennsylvania on October 15, 2014
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Centreville, VA

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Answered: October 15, 2014

If the weather is nice, about half of the Boardwalk shops will be open. Boardwalk favorites  Thrasher's Fries, Dumser's ice cream, Fisher's popcorn (my favorite!), Candy Kitchen are almost always open on the weekends and sometimes on weekdays. Many restaurants are open year round, but some only on weekends. If you go to the Visitor's Center at the Convention Center, they usually have a list of what restaurants are open when for the off season. Most restaurants in large hotels art open year round

For some ideas of things to do, see this thread.

For a list of restaurants that will be open take a look at this thread.

Have fun in OC!

Are there any dinner and a show places?
Submitted by Martha r, courtland Virginia on October 15, 2014
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Johnstown Pa

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Answered: October 15, 2014

The OC Jamboree is the closest to Ocean City. They have shows year round and you can check their schedule here:  http://ocjam.com/2014_schedule.html

The Globe Theater in nearby Berlin also has a wonderful restaurant and entertainment.  It's a beautiful historic building with concerts and other entertainment.  More info at http://www.globetheater.com/home.aspx

I got two great pictures of my girls on the beach this passed weekend wrapped up in a blanket. Are there any competions that I can enter them into? Are any way to submit them for possible publication?
Submitted by Shawn W, Dunkirk Maryland on October 15, 2014
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Linthicum MD and OC MD

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Answered: October 15, 2014

Shawn,

In the past, the local newspapers have had year end picture spreads with kids on the beach.  My kids have been included in those spreads.  Also throughout the year, the newspapers publish photos of people on the beach.  Feel free to do the same.  Here are their web addresses:

Www.MdCoastDispatch.com

www.oceancity.com/oceancitytoday/home

Im traveling to OC Maryland with my band to record so we would be out there for a week max. Its going to be during november so the weather won't be the nicest. What are some exciting and memorable places that we should check out while visiting?
Submitted by Ryan R, Tonawanda New York on October 13, 2014
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Centreville, VA

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Answered: October 13, 2014

If you are looking for excitement, definitely checkout Seacrets st 49th Street on the bay. It's OC's premier party spot. It will be much quieter than in season, but can still be lots of fun, especially on weekends.

Checkout some of the local bands. There are lots of great bands in the area, and they play all year round. The Coconut Times always has a great list of who is where when.

Not a lot of "exciting" things to do, but you can still have fun. Here are a few ideas:

You can have a great time playing Laser Tag at Planet Maze (410.524.4386). They are closed Tuesday-Thursday.

Take a trip down to Assateague. It is only about a 15 minute drive. There is a great Vistor's Center on the right. It has lots of great interactive and touch-type exhibits. It also has a few short interesting movies about Assateague. You can drive a fair distance on Assateague before entering the fee area and I almost always see the horses in this free area. There are some great short easy hikes in the fee area that you may want to consider if the weather is nice.

Play indoor mini golf at one of the two Old Pro Indoor Courses can be lots of fun with a group. They are open everyday.

Baja Amusements on Route 50 in West OC is not planning to be open, but sometimes they do open if the weather is nice. Call ahead to see if they are open (410.213.2252)

Go Ice Skating at the Carousel.

Go to an Arcade - Marty's Playland is open everyday!

If the weather is nice, some of the Boardwalk shops will be open. Boardwalk favorites  Thrasher's Fries, Dumser's ice cream, Fisher's popcorn (my favorite!), Candy Kitchen are almost always open on the weekends and sometimes on weekdays.

If you go to the Visitor's Center at the Convention Center at 40th Street, they usually have a list of things to do and of what restaurants are open when for the off season. Most restaurants in large hotels are open year round.

I always recommend staying at a place with an indoor pool in the off season, as it provides something to do if the weather is not nice.

Have fun in OC in November!

In the fall can you ride a 4 wheelers on the beach?
Submitted by janine r, fallston Maryland on October 13, 2014
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Hanover, PA 17331

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Answered: October 14, 2014

You can't ride on Ocean City's beach but head north on Coastal Hwy across the Indian River Inlet and there you can park your 4 wheelers on the beach and enjoy the day. It's called Coins Beach I believe.

What do you do in early December?
Submitted by earl g, Portsmouth Virginia on October 10, 2014
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Pittsburgh Pa

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Answered: October 10, 2014

Early Dec. is a great time in Ocean City!

You can see your favorite summer beach town, all decorated up for the Holidays. Northside park is home to the Winterfest of Lights .They bring the boardwalk tram up to the park, and take passengers around through all the unique light displays. It's a really nice event, they have hot coco, and the kids can visit with Santa.