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Insider since: 2008
Welcome back! You will see alot of the same places open that were open back in the day. Seacrets does offer winter hours as does Dead Freddies on 64th St (bayside). There is also a new midtown boardwalk on 67th St. And get this, we now have our very own Ron Jon's Surf Shop in the pre-mentioned shopping center. Also, there is a Sweet Frog there as well. (yum). While I am discussing things on the 60th St corridor, you may also want to check out the food at Rosenfelds. Great corn beef AND pancakes (not together though! LOL). Finally, one more 60th st location: Fager's Island. Be sure to stop in and enjoy a warm meal and a cold brew by the fireplace while watching one of OC's famous beautiful sunsets.
There are several good options available, although sometimes with 2 people it is cheaper to take one of their room specials, even if you don't use the room. Here are a few places that I am sure will offer a great time:
Fresco's (82nd Street) is having a NYE party with a 4 course meal, toasts, and live music from 8pm to 1pm. Cost is $95 per person. Call 410.524.8202 from more info and to make a reservation. More info can be found here. This is my top recommendation for you.
Clarion (101st Street) - Their New Year's Eve Gala is $145 per person an includes dinner buffet, dancing, and open bar until 1am. Reservations required. Call them at 410.524.3535 for reservations and more info.
Holiday Inn Oceanfront (67th Street) is having a party with dancing and a magician. This flyer describes the special with a room, but if you call 800.837.3588 you can find out about just attending thier NYE event.
Have a great NYE in OCMD!
I don't know about the big chef eating the bowl of soup, but there are two possible Pirate Ships you could be referencing. If you were at the south end of town, near the inlet and Route 50 bridge, you are talking about the Duckaneer. It leaves from the Talbot Street dock and several restaurants including The Marina Deck, M.R. Ducks, and The Angler are all in this area. If you were at the north end of town near Fenwick Island and the lighthouse, you are talking about Pirate Adventures. It leaves from the dock near Harpoon Hanna's. There are several restaurants in this area including Harpoon Hanna's and The Lobster Shanty in this area.
You can prepurchase Winterfest tickets at either the Convention Center (40th Street) or at the Recreation & Parks Department building at Northside Park (125th Street). Both locations have tickets for sale during the day (figure 10am to 4pm).
Have a great time at Winterfest!
The Winterfest of Lights is $5/person (cash only). Kids 11 and under are free. Hours are 5:30-9:30pm Sunday - Thursday and 5:30 to 10:30 Friday and Saturday. The festival runs ever night until 1 January.
What is open really depends on when your Spring Break is. The later in the year it is, the more will be open. However, in March and April many of the stores on the boardwalk and around town are open if the weather is nice, especially on weekends. The Tanger Outlets in West OC are open year round as are the shops in nearby Berlin.
Insider since: 2009
First thing I advise you to do is to send for a a FREE Visitor Guide at www.ococean.com/visitor-guide to get a better understanding of everything that is Ocean City.
Ocean City is nothing like Myrtle Beach. It is a 10 mile long barrier island (surrounded by water on 3 sides) that begins on the southernmost end at the inlet (Rte 50) and proceeds northward to the Fenwick Island/Delaware border on 144th St. The boardwalk is oceanfront, and begins at the inlet and goes northward up about 8 or 10 named streets and then up to 27th St. or 2.5 miles. All of the rides and amusements are located on the southern end of the boardwalk on the named streets (Caroline, Divison, Somerset, etc). There are small shops and plenty of restaurants all along the boardwalk, along with hotels and condos. From 27th St. and northward you'll find hotels and condos galore. There are very, very few private homes on the beach. All of Ocean City is divided by one main road called Coastal Highway that divides the beach side and the bay side. Coastal Highway is 6 -8 lanes wide, so if you are considering a property to rent on the bay side of town, you need to consider that you will have to cross the highway to get to the ocean. There are no public beaches on the bay side. But ALL of the beach in OC is completely free and public.
You will find anything and everything to do in Ocean City. Everything from mini-golf to professional golf courses, paintball and go karts, laser tag, ice skating, and of course every type of water sport you can think of including kayaking and wind surfing. You can rent jet skis and go parasailing. Restaurants can be found from one end of town to the other along with plenty of shopping from small independent shops to mini malls to Tanger Outlets in West Ocean City.
As for congestion, it does get busy in the summer, especially around the Fourth of July. When looking for a place to stay, the less congested areas seem to be mid town between 30th and 80th St. and north OC from 125th St. to the Fenwick Island line.
Be sure to check out the events calendar when you book your vacation too. There are major events nearly every weekend in OC from Springfest to Summerfest, the OC Air Show, and even the Dew Tour! And there are plenty of free events all summer long like free movies on the beach, free concerts, and sundaes in the park!
The Ocean City website gives you tons of info at www.ococean.com. Other good websites to check out are www.oceancity.com and http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g41298-i101-Ocean_City_Maryland.html (Trip Advisor Forum).
If you have a dog, Ocean City is NOT pet friendly in the summer. Dogs are not permitted on the beach or the boardwalk from May 1 - October 1, and must be on a leash at all times.
For help with condo rental and finding accomodations, check these wonderful OC realtors.
Holiday Real Estate: www.holidayoc.com
Coldwell Banker www.cbvacations.com
Long and Foster www.lfvacations.com
North Beach www.northbeachrealtors.com
I fell in love with Ocean City the first time I visited and have never found anything to compare with it. It continues to be our destination vacation year after year after year. I think you'll be back too.
Four places that will have breakfast or brunches on Thanksgiving are:
The Bayside Skillet at 77th Street will be open 7am to 2pm on Thanksgiving. They have great omelettes and crepes and fresh juices.
The Horizon's Room in the Clarion at 101st Street.
The Victoria Room in The Dunes Manor at 28th Street.
Captain's Table in the Courtyard Marriott on the boardwalk at 15th Street.
Have a great Thanksgiving in OC!