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Insider since: 2008
As an avid crabber, I will have to give a little bit of reality to the situation. The crabs will be small and few. The best crabbing in OC in my opinion starts in August. They are plentiful and huge.
I do reccomend that you play a round of mini golf at Old Pro golf centers. Also, just outside of OC are the go kart tracks. It is fun for the young and young at heart. I take my kids to all of the activities mentioned not just for them but for me as well.
Insider since: 2009
Of course it's hard to predict what it will be like, but generally it's not bad. Mid 50's to low 60's are the norm, but you will have the occasional 40's and 70's too. So plan on cool. Bring a jacket and some jeans, but throw in a pair of shorts..............just in case.
Before heading down, check out the local weather at www.wmdt.com/weather .
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.
Insider since: 2009
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.