From sun up to sun down, there are endless ways to have an exciting, relaxing and, most importantly, memorable time in Ocean City, Md.
Last summer, I traveled to the familiar destination spot with one of my closest friends — Tracey Safcsak. Growing up as next-door neighbors, we had always visited the Maryland seashore with our families. So it was only natural that when we hit our 20s, and were able to go on our own, we would create a new page in the scrapbook of Ocean City memories and head to the beach.
Whether it’s basking in the sun on one of the 10 miles of broad Atlantic beach or dancing the night away in one of Ocean City’s premiere night clubs, visitors of any age have endless options when it comes to entertainment.
In the summer, Ocean City features swimming, surfing, boogie boarding, surf fishing, kite flying, sand castle building and a host of other pursuits. Two full-scale amusement parks, arcades, miniature golf courses, two enclosed malls, a new outlet shopping center, movie theaters, go-kart tracks, a variety of restaurants, bars and clubs, and a 3-mile, ocean-front boardwalk loaded with shops and restaurants will keep you busy in Ocean City.
Extending just over nine miles from the southern inlet to the Delaware line, the strip supports hotels, motels, apartment houses, shopping centers, residential communities and condominiums. The southern tip of Ocean City houses the famous Ocean City Boardwalk. The boardwalk is the town’s main shopping district and entertainment area, so it’s needless to say we spent a good portion of time walking, shopping and dining on the boards.
The boardwalk has numerous mouth-watering concoctions to choose from. It’s not unusual to witness visitors waiting in long lines for Fisher’s famous caramel popcorn and Thrashers French fries.
During our first night at the beach we decided to share a bucket of crabs at the popular Mug and Mallet eatery located directly on the boardwalk. Cracking crabs was a fun first-time experience for both of us and the atmosphere at the Mug and Mallet is perfect for dining outside.
Another notable boardwalk business is the Candy Kitchen, where shoppers can choose from making their own ice cream sundaes, to chewing on famous salt water taffy. The Boardwalk is also home to two amusement parks — Trimpers Rides and The Pier, which was recently renamed Jolly Roger’s, after its sister uptown local amusement park.
When we weren’t working on our tans, swimming or browsing the boards, we were out and about hitting many of Ocean City’s night clubs. Public transportation in Ocean City spared us from parking woes. Visitors can ride the bus all over the area for less than $2.
This 24-hour service stops every other block along Coastal Highway, Philadelphia Avenue and Baltimore Avenue. During the summer buses run every 10 minutes. Taking the bus is also safe, easy and a great way to meet other vacationers in Ocean City.
Overall, I would recommend Ocean City as a vacation destination to anyone young or old. Some of my favorite OC spots included: Seacrets, a restaurant with a complete bar and grill, night club and hotel; Phillips Seafood House — for the perfect seafood dinner; Flashback Olde Time Photos — to strike a pose in authentic costumes from the 1840s to the 1930s with historic props from all over the world; and Anthony’s Beer Wine and Deli — for an unlimited selection in food and beverages.
Also, while vacationing in Ocean City I recommend picking up some complimentary Ocean City Guides and coupon books to help you find the best deals. Room accommodations during the busy season can run from $110 up to more than $200 per night for an ocean front room. Visitors should always book and remember that trips during the off-season allow for even better deals.
The sun sets on two full-scale amusement parks that can be found at the end of the Ocean City Boardwalk.
Photo by Bethany Romanek
Fact BoxOcean City, MD.
The 10 miles of coastline in Ocean City, Md., play host to more than 8 million visitors annually. Ocean City’s 3-mile boardwalk also has been rated as one of the nation’s best.
For the most up-to-date information on Ocean City, Md., including a calendar of events, the top 10 things to do and more, visit the Ocean City Convention and Visitors Bureau and Department of Tourism at www.ococean.com.