Ocean City, Maryland 21842

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Is Ocean City decent for a relaxing late December impromptu get-a-way? Is stuff open? How is the lodging situation that time of year?

Submitted by John R, Ridgefield NJ on December 11, 2019

I have often been to OC in late December. If you are looking for a place to relax and enjoy some more casual nightlife and great restaurants, then it is a good choice. If you are looking for outdoor activities or water sports, then it is not a god choice. Lodging is easy to find- there are many major hotels open, and if you want to rent a condo or similar you can pick almost anything you could want at a great price. See the OCOcean Accommodations page to access lots of great lodging options

OC has lots of events in December. See many of them here. The Winterfest of Lights is great fun,.

Here are a few more fun things to do in December:

Stop by the Convention Center Visitors Center at 40th Street for more ideas and information about events, restaurants, activities, and discounts.

Take a walk along boardwalk. Boardwalk favorites  Thrasher's Fries, Dumser's ice cream, Fisher's popcorn (my favorite!), Candy Kitchen offer great boardwalk eats. Marty's Playland arcade is my kids' favorite, but there are several arcades along the boards. You can also rent bikes and ride the boards before 11am.

Take the Seacrets Distillery Tour - I've done it several times, and it is fabulous! I recommend making reservations for the tour (410/524.2669).

Pamper yourself at a local spa. Some great options are OC Massage, Grand Aqua Spa, and Creative Day Spa.

There are several local breweries and wineries in the area. Click on the links, and check one or more of them out!

If you like art, take a trip to the Art League Center for the Arts Gallery on 94th Street. I go here almost every time I am in town. Their exhibits change monthly, and I always find something interesting to look at there, plus it is FREE.

If you like to gamble, the Ocean Downs Casino is about 5 miles outside of Ocean City on Racetrack Road (Route 589). This casino has a wide range of electronic games, slots, and table games.

If you are a golfer and you get a warm day, OC has lots of great courses. If some of you a novice golfer, try Ocean Resort Golf Club. They are a course that works well for both less proficient golfers (like me), and for more experienced ones too (like the crew I head down with every year).

Checkout the interesting shops in nearby Berlin.

If you like history definitely visit the OC Lifesaving Museum at the south end of the boardwalk (Hint: Get free passes at the Visitors Center at the south end of the Convention Center) . If it is a nice day, consider a drive up to Fort Miles in Lewis Delaware to see the restored Coastal Defenses and go up in one of the Fire Control Towers for a spectacular view.

Take a trip down to Assateague. It is only about a 15 minute drive. There is a great Visitor's Center on the right. It has lots of great interactive and touch-type exhibits that kids love. 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 the free area. There are some great short easy hikes in the fee area that you may want to consider if the weather is nice.

Have fun in OC!

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Karl S.

Karl S.

Centreville, VA Answered: December 11, 2019 Insider Since 2010

Where are the lifeguards present during the summer in Ocean City, Maryland?

Submitted by Maureen R, Ellicott city MD on December 2, 2019

During the summer lifeguards are stationed for the entire 10-mile stretch of OC's beach. Their stands are generally spaced 1 to 3 blocks apart, depending on the time of the season and how busy the beach is in their area. Guards go on duty Saturday of Memorial Day weekend and remain on duty everyday until the Sunday of Sunfest weekend in late September. They are on duty from 10am to 5:30pm.

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Karl S.

Karl S.

Centreville, VA Answered: December 2, 2019 Insider Since 2010

Will there be any new buildings coming to Ocean City, Maryland in 2020?

Submitted by Robert G, Bethesda MD on November 20, 2019

The biggest project expected to come online next season is the Cambria Hotel at the northeast end of the Route 50 bridge. There are also some changes to the 45th Street Village property planned.

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Karl S.

Karl S.

Centreville, VA Answered: November 20, 2019 Insider Since 2010

Does that artist still do religious sand sculptures on the beach?

Submitted by Bill L, Millersburg PA on November 13, 2019

Yes and the work is done by Randy Hofman. Google him for more information.

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Troy F.

Troy F.

Hanover, PA 17331 Answered: November 13, 2019 Insider Since 2008

I'm traveling from Lanham, Maryland. How can I get to Ocean City, Maryland without crossing the Bay Bridge?

Submitted by Janice L, Lanham MD on November 12, 2019

It is an easy and direct drive.  You need to take I-95 North past Baltimore to Route 1 South in Delaware. 

General directions are as follows:

Take I95N towards New York

Take I95N to Route 1 S in Delaware; Route 1 is Coastal Highway in Ocean City.

You can use any GPS program for specific roads and turns, just select the route using I95 N.

Keep in mind the tolls.

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Savas K.

Savas K.

Hunt Valley and Ocean City Answered: November 12, 2019 Insider Since 2010

Where can I buy live bait in OC?

Submitted by Don M, Harrisburg PA on October 11, 2019

Atlantic Tackle

12930 Sunset Avenue, Ocean City, MD 21842

1-877-566-BAIT

Atlantic Tackle is worth a visit just to see all the amazing things they have for sale.

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Savas K.

Savas K.

Hunt Valley and Ocean City Answered: October 15, 2019 Insider Since 2010

Where can I rent a mobility scooter for my visit to OC?

Submitted by Helen M, Westminster MD on October 15, 2019

BoardWalk Mobility is one of the top Mobility Device rental companies on the Ocean City, Maryland Boardwalk. They have personal transporters, wheelchairs, beach wheelchairs, mobility scooters, and both jogging and regular strollers for rent.  The Lankford Hotel is on the boardwalk between 8th and 9th Street. Call them at 410-289-1203.

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Savas K.

Savas K.

Hunt Valley and Ocean City Answered: October 15, 2019 Insider Since 2010

How late is the boardwalk open till this Sat and Sun October 12 and 13?

Submitted by Lori C, Baltimore MD on October 11, 2019

The Boardwalk itself is open 24 hours a day.  The shops on the Boardwalk typically close around 6 or 7 pm during the Fall.  Restaurants are open later.  The nicer the weather, the later businesses tend to stay open.  

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Savas K.

Savas K.

Hunt Valley and Ocean City Answered: October 11, 2019 Insider Since 2010

What is the best way to Ocean City from Gettysburg PA to avoid construction on the Bay Bridge?

Submitted by Kim W, Gettysburg PA on October 8, 2019

It is an easy and direct drive.  You need to take I-95 North to Route 1 South in Delaware.  General directions are as follows:

Take MD 97S to I795 S

Take I795S to I695 E To I95N towards New York

Take I95N to Route 1 S in Delaware; Route 1 is Coastal Highway in Ocean City.

You can use any GPS program for specific roads and turns, just select the route using I95 N.

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Savas K.

Savas K.

Hunt Valley and Ocean City Answered: October 8, 2019 Insider Since 2010

Can I rent a mobile scooter on the boardwalk?

Submitted by Adele D, Westminster MD on October 1, 2019

Yes!  BoardWalk Mobility is the top Mobility Device rental company on the Ocean City, Maryland Boardwalk. They have personal transporters, wheelchairs, beach wheelchairs, mobility scooters, and both jogging and regular strollers for rent.  A quick training at the store in the Lankford Hotel on the boardwalk between 8th and 9th Street will get you on your way.

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Savas K.

Savas K.

Hunt Valley and Ocean City Answered: October 2, 2019 Insider Since 2010

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