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We are thinking of coming down for a long weekend over Easter. Will the Boardwalk be open for the weekend? Do you have other ideas of activities for the long weekend with teens?
Submitted by Lauralyn K, Castleton On Hudson, New York March 8, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: March 8, 2017

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I have often been in OC Easter week and we always find plenty to do with our kids. Here are a few ideas:

The boardwalk is open all year. Boardwalk favorites  Thrasher's Fries, Dumser's ice cream, Fisher's popcorn (my favorite!), Candy Kitchen are often open if the weather is decent. Dumser's in West OC is open everyday all year, so sometimes we go there for a treat during the week.

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

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, and 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.

Play indoor mini golf at one of the two Old Pro Indoor Courses or one of their outdoor courses. They are open everyday at their locations on 68th Street and 136th Street from 10am to 10pm.

Go Ice Skating or see an ice skating show at the Carousel.

Play Laser Tag at Planet Maze (410.524.4386). They usually closed on weekday, but open on weekends.

Go bowling at 72nd Street Ocean Lanes. They are open everyday. Call ahead to check for lane availability (410.524.7550), and be aware, they take cash only.

Go see a movie.

Go visit the Art League Gallery at 94th Street. They are open everyday. It's a quick visit, but they have interesting exhibits that change monthly. I go there almost every time I am in OC.

Get some crabs from Crabs-to-Go to feel a bit more like summer. They have excellent crabs year round.

Checkout the interesting shops in nearby Berlin.

Go to the Salisbury Zoo - It is about 30 miles away. It is a nice community zoo, and it is free!

Take a drive 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.

If you like history and 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 - That way if the weather is poor, you can still enjoy some time in the pool!

Hanover, PA 17331

Insider since: 2008

Answered: March 8, 2017

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My fellow insiders gave you a great list of activities to start your trip. I would like to add to that.  You could take a drive over to Assateague and walk through the visitor center which is very educational. While your there you could also drive back the service road and see the wild ponies. They are an awesome sight to see for sure.

I would suggest booking a hotel that has a great indoor pool area. Places that come to mind are the 

Princess Royal Resort

Holiday Inn

Quality Inn on 16th and 33rd

Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: March 8, 2017

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There is a lot to do both on and off the Boardwalk.  Many, probably half, of the stores will be open as will some of the Trimper's games.  The rides will not be open.  Most restaurants will be open around town.  The movies, laser tag, bowling and indoor mini-golf are good options for teens.  A trip to Berlin, MD and Rehoboth are also fun activities. 

Linthicum MD and OC MD

Insider since: 2008

Answered: March 31, 2017

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We were just down last weekend.  The boardwalk was crowded.  Most shops were open.  The rides were closed as well as the boardwalk tram.  The indoor rides at Trimpers may be open on the weekend.   But the arcades, restaurants, eateries, snack places, and gift shops were mostly open.  Also, on Coastal highway, we saw multiple places opens including Old Pro Mini golf. 

Ocean City, MD

Insider since: 2011

Answered: March 9, 2017

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Hi Lauralyn, love the name, by the way. Easter is often a little chilly, but still a great time to visit Ocean City. You'll have more than enough to keep you and the family busy! If you are interested in catching a sunrise service on Easter- head to North Division Street on the boardwalk early Easter morning. It's a beautiful way to start the day! 

Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: March 8, 2017

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There won't be rides or pier games open yet, but you'll find the arcades open along with Thrasher's Fries, Fisher's popcorn, and other summer favorites. They will most likely be open with limited hours though. Ripley's Believe It or Not museum will be open for the weekend.  Baja Amusements in west Ocean City will be open for go carts and there will probably be a few mini golf courses open outdoors as well.  Of course, this is mostly all weather permitting.  There are two indoor mini golf courses on 68th and 136th Streets to enjoy.  There is a craft show and children's fair at the Convention Center, and a sunrise service on the beach Sunday morning.  You can find a schedule for events happening Easter weekend at