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Thinking about coming to town in early March. What would you recommend I do while I'm there?Submitted by Tia M, Fayetteville North Carolina on February 6, 2019
I will add for your accommodation to look for a hotel that has an indoor pool.
Places like the Clarion, Holiday Inn and Hilton come to mind.
There are a lot of events happening in March in Ocean City. Some of those may interest you. Check them out at http://www.ococean.com/events . If you're over 21, I recommend a tour of the Seacret's Distillery. Visit the Life Saving Station Museum on the boardwalk. It's very interesting and you'll see Ocean City in it's very early days and learn how the inlet was formed! Rent a bicycle and ride the whole length of the boardwalk. I'm sure you'll see things you've never seen or noticed before. Lots of bars and restaurants are open, more on the weekends, so you can sample some fantastic food and brews while in town. Head over the bay to the Ocean Downs Casino and Racetrack and spend some time there. You may get lucky! But there is always something going on or something to experience in Ocean City.
Karl gave you a great answer. I recommend picking up the local papers at the Visitor's Center and seeing what is open. You will also find restaurant specials in March. For music, dancing and general fun, I know Seacrets, the Greene Turtle, BJ's, Fagers and Dead Freddies are open. They all have good food as well.
March is an excellent month for finding shells.
Things will just be starting to reopen in early March, but you cans till find lots to do, especially on weekends. Here are a few ideas, some better for adults, some better for family fun:
During the week about 20% of boardwalk businesses are open, and about 50% on weekends. Many boardwalk businesses are open year round. Thrasher's Fries, Dumser's ice cream, Fisher's popcorn (my favorite!), Candy Kitchen are open at least weekends when the weather is nice for most of the year and will likely be open all week by mid-April. Marty's Playland, my favorite arcade, is open almost everyday year round!
It should be warm enough to play mini golf at one of the Old Pro Courses, but if it is chilly, you can play at an indoor course. Old Pro is open everyday at 68th and 136th Streets. These two locations both have indoor and outdoor courses and are open year-round.
Visit Baja Amusements on West OC - They may have a few go cart tracks running.
Go Ice Skating at the Carousel.
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.
You can also head west to go to the Salisbury Zoo - It is about 30 miles away. It is a nice community zoo, and it is free!
You can go to the Delmarva Discovery Center (410.957.9933) to learn about the area's natural and cultural history. It is about 40 miles from OC.
Here are a few more activities, geared more for adults:
If you like art, take a trip to the Art League 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 want a unique adventure, take a Helicopter tour with OCMD Helicopter Tours. I took one in 2017 and it was fantastic. I took the 30 minute tour that covered all of OC and it was $200 plus tip (total) for two of us (they have cheaper and more expensive options too). It was a great adventure that gave us a unique view of OC. They give tours year round, just call ahead (443.-359.0386) to make a reservation.
If you like to gamble, The Casino at Ocean Downs 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 golfers, OC has lots of great courses. If you get a warmer day, it will still be fun to golf. If some of you are novice golfers, 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. 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.
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.
So much to do in such a little amount of time. I suggest that you start each day watching the sunrise over the ocean. Take a morning stroll along the beach each day and look for seashells. Make sure you bring a bag to carry them home with. There are plenty of excellent breakfast places open for a great breakfast to help start your day right. Park your car at the Inlet and walk north. Be sure to take a stroll along the boardwalk and play a few games at the arcades. If it's the weekend and the weather cooperates, Trimper's indoor rides may be open. Take a ride on the historic carousel. The OC Life Saving Museum is at the very south end of the boardwalk. It's an excellent two story museum with lots of OC history and a little aquarium on the first floor. After a stroll on the boardwalk and you are back at the south end of the boardwalk, be sure to check out the Harrisons Harbor Watch which opens on March 15th. They have excellent food and excellent views of the inlet as well as Assateague Island. If you are lucky, you may see a few of the famous Assateague ponies on the island. Other things to do: Ice Skating at the Carousel hotel, indoor and outdoor mini golf at one of the Old Pro Mini Golf courses. (By April, you should find two of their locations open). Like shopping? Plenty of shopping on the boardwalk and along Coastal highway. Around 115th St, there is the Gold Coast Mall and just west of OC on route 50 in west OC is the TangersOutlet Mall. There is so much more to do and so little room to write them all down. When you get to town, check out the OC Convention Center on 40th St. They have an awesome information center at the southern end of the convention center with the free local newspapers and guides to give you more ideas of what to do.