In spite of the calendar calling for an end to summertime, the fun continues in Ocean City Maryland. Fall brings the best – fishing and fewer crowds meaning the sand and surf are all yours! Exploring Assateague Island offers added excitement. Below are listed a few of our seasonal events and activities scheduled for YOUR enjoyment here at our resort. Please join us…
Oct. 14-28: Ocean City Fall Restaurant Week. Many spectacular restaurants will create special menus designed to tempt your taste buds. Special, fixed-priced menus will be offered throughout the two-week event. No passes, tickets or coupons are required. Just simply choose a participating restaurant and dine out during the dates of the promotion. For information call the Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association at 1-800-626-2326 x 2, www.oceancityrestaurantweek.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Oct. 19-April 14, 2013: ENJOY A HORSE & CARRIAGE RIDE AROUND DOWNTOWN OCEAN CITY!
10/19/12 – 4/14/13 – Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 11:00 am – 5:00 p.m. (depending on weather and/or ridership) – General Route: Starting Inlet Lot…Baltimore Avenue….Dorchester Street to Boardwalk…..going south around pier and back to the Inlet Lot. $10 per person – 3 years and under FREE
LIGHT UP DOWNTOWN CELEBRATION! November 24th – December 15th Come celebrate the holidays in downtown Ocean City at Sunset Park – Lighting Ceremony November 24th, Holiday music and dance performances each Friday & Saturday night starting at 5:30 p.m.
11/24/12 to 12/16/12 – additional Special Christmas Route – SANTA WILL DRIVE THE CARRIAGE – on Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. starting at Sunset Park located on South Philadelphia Avenue … south to S. 1st Street……north on Baltimore Avenue to Somerset Street……..south on Philadelphia Avenue back to Sunset Park. $5 per person – 3 years and under FREE
For more information visit www.downtownassociation.net or call 410-289-1413/443-783-1409
Oct 20-21: O.C. Toberfest on the Beach 2012 – Beach at North Division St., Dorchester St. & Somerset St. Bayside/Boardwalk/Inlet. FREE HALLOWEEN EVENTS FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY!
A Beach maze with Halloween displays, music and activities including a family costume parade and a Howl-o-ween costume pet parade and a Great Pumpkin Race. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. For more information contact email@example.com or visit www.specialeventpro.com
BEACH MAZE October 20-21 & 27-28 Maze hours 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Daily (weather permitting) North Division Street & the Beach. Wicked witches, pirates of the sand, scary scarecrows, ghouls in the graveyard, zombies and more await your arrival. It’s free! Be there if you dare.
HOWL-O-WEEN PET PARADE – Saturday, Oct. 20th – 2 p.m. on the Boardwalk at North Division Street (rain date October 21st) – Lots op prizes and surprises for best dressed pets, family and friends. Gather your goblins, dress in your best costume and parade the boards. Free with donation of pet food, and other pet friendly items to Humane Society. For more information click on www.specialeventpro.com/octoberfest.php
*An additional O.C. Toberfest will be held Octoer 27-28, 2012!
October 20, 2012: OC Vintage Car Rally & Ride on the Boardwalk – 2012. Come see the parade of cars sporting an Ocean City vintage license plate! Back for its second year, the OC Rally will take place on the Boardwalk on Oct. 20th. The cars will line up on 15th St. and ‘roll-off’ at noon.
Stick around for a group photo. Individual photos available after the event. Must have a valid OC vintage license plate to participate. To register, go to http://www.downtownassociation.net.
October 24-31, 2012: Third Annual LOCAL’S WEEK! – 2012. Everyone’s a “Local” during the Ocean City Museum Society’s Local’s Week.
FREE Admission for all who think of Ocean City as their home: residence, vacation, time-share, day trippers! Join us as we celebrate all that makes Ocean City a place we all want to call home! 10:00 a.m. – to 5:00 p.m. For more information on Museum events, visit: www.ocmuseum.org
Oct. 27-28, 2012: Ocean City Coin & Currency Show 2012. Professional coin & currency dealers will be buying & selling U.S. and World Coins and Currency, plus free appraisals & free admission. Sat., 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Sun., 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Carl Ostiguy, 443-623-7025. www.coinshows.com. or firstname.lastname@example.org
October 27, 2012: SEASIDE 10 – 2012. This well-known event will take place rain or shine! Join in the 10 mile or 5k race with both starting at the Ocean City Inlet. The race begins at 9:00 a.m. The race course includes the world famous Ocean City Boardwalk and then heads out to Coastal Hwy. Registration fees for participants. www.octrirunning.com For information call 443-497-4324
November 1 – March 30, 2013: Horseback Riding at Ocean City’s Beach. Ocean City now offers horseback riding on the beach during winter, early spring.
Permit applications are now available to persons wishing to ride horses on Ocean City’s beach. Applications can be obtained from the City Clerk’s Office in City Hall at 301 Baltimore Avenue or online at www.oceancitymd.gov.
The cost is $20 for a single-day permit and $50 for a seasonal permit. Horseback riding will be allowed on the beach beginning at 27th Street and extending south to the Inlet jetty between the hours of 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. November 1 to March 30.
Nov. 3-4, 2012: Fallfest of Fine Art/Christmas Craft Expo, Convention Center, 40th Street: Juried show features fine art painters, sculptors and mixed media high crafts. Admission. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 email@example.com.
Nov. 15 -Jan. 1: Winterfest of Lights, town wide, Inlet lot and Northside Park, 127th Street: Dazzling lights on cold winter nights put everyone in a holiday mood. Northside Park display open Sunday-Thursday, 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 5:30-10:30 p.m. www.oceancitymd.gov/Recreation_and_Parks/special events.html. Winterfest of Lights has been named a prestigious Top 100 Event for 2010 and 2011 by American Bus Association.
Northside Park, 125th Street & The Bay
Sunday – Thursday 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 5:30 p.m. -10:30 p.m.
Enjoy this winter paradise created for the whole family! Take a ride through an animated wonderland on the Winterfest Express. Board the train and sing Christmas Carols as you glide past spectacular lighted displays including the Twelve Days of Christmas and your favorite fairy tales. Visit the Winterfest Village which is located inside a festive, heated pavilion decorated for the season. Buy a cup of hot chocolate at The OC Recreation Boosters cafe, browse the Yukon Cornelius Gift Shop for that special stocking stuffer or OC souvenir. The gift shop offers children’s sizes through Adult 4XL. Live entertainment is scheduled on some nights inside the pavilion. Santa available for photos every night until December 23.
While in Ocean City, drive along the Avenue of Trees on Baltimore Avenue from 15th – 32nd Street. Be sure to visit all of Ocean City, Maryland to create a lasting holiday memory. More than one million holiday lights sparkle throughout the town on animated displays.
Advance tickets to ride the Winterfest Express may be purchased (in person only) at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center during regular Box Office hours (Mon – Fri 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
Nov. 23-25: Holiday Shopper’s Fair 2012, Convention Center, 40th Street: Shopping extravaganza. Unique handmade merchandise, nautical, candles, photography, florals, jewelry, ceramics. Great gift & household items. Children’s activities, photo w/Santa & Non-Shopper’s lounge. Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission. For information call 1-800-626-2326
November 25, 2012: Main Street, Berlin MD. Berlin Holiday Arts Night & Christmas Tree Lighting. Get in the spirit of the holiday season with the Christmas Tree Lighting, caroling and featured artists. Food and beverages available. Free Admission. Sunday, November 25, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information call Olive Mawyer at 410-641-4775 or visit www.BerlinChamber.org
Dec. 1- January 2, 2010: Winterfest of Lights continues. Dazzling lights and displays throughout Ocean City Maryland. www.ococean.com
Dec. 2 – 25: Victorian Christmas, Berlin, MD: Month-long celebrations include animated window displays, horse and carriage rides, breakfast with Santa, concerts, parade, house tours, Victorian fashion show and teas. Santa visits weekends at the Atlantic Hotel. www.berlinchamber.org
Dec. 1: Christmas Parade, Coastal Highway 100th St to 115th St
Wonderful holiday parade with high school bands, floats & marching units. Parade Route from 100th Street Coastal Highway to 115th Street. Parade 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For more information contact Elaine V. Jarvis, 410-524-9000. Honijarvis@cs.com.
December 1: Victorian Christmas Celebration – 2012. Snow Hill MD. 208 W Market St., Snow Hill, MD Website: http://www.purnellmuseum.com
Enjoy an old-fashioned holiday party with refreshments, music and kid’s activities. Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission. Claire Otterbein, 410-632-0515, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.purnellmuseum.com
December 2, 2012: Holiday Open House – OC Life Saving Station Museum – 2012. This is an excellent opportunity to visit the Ocean City Life Saving Station Museum and also check out the Gift Shop. Many unique items for your holiday shopping. Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free admission the entire day. Sandy Hurley, 410-289-4991, www.ocmuseum.org
Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve, Town of Ocean City. Town wide celebrations at your favorite hotel or restaurant. Enjoy ringing in the New Year at your favorite place. Many Ocean City hotels, clubs and restaurants offer special packages or menus for this special night. Call your favorite spot or 800-OC-OCEAN for general information. Firework display at Northside Park at midnight!
Stay tuned to view a listing of ALL the delightful events in the Ocean City Maryland events for the new year…Wishing everyone a HAPPY, HEALTHY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR 2013
After a hot, sunny day spent on the beach and boards, you’re looking to relax and be entertained – and you don’t want to spend much money! How about some FREE entertainment? Several of our famed hotels, The Princess Royale and the Carousel along with the Town of Ocean City Maryland have joined together to provide you many evenings…just sitting on the sand (bring blanket or beach chair) watching some fun family movies – with the soft sounds of the Atlantic Ocean waves in the background.
See the schedule below (thanks to our friends at The Dispatch)…begins tonight, June 20th, 2012.
Movies On The Beach Returns
Ocean City’s annual Free Movies on the Beach series kicked off last week and are planned through August three times a week, including a showing tonight.
Monday and Friday movies at 27th Street beach are weather-permitting. Movies at Carousel and Princess Royale are shown rain or shine. All movies begin at 8:30 pm.
Here’s the schedule:
June 20: Cars 2, Carousel Hotel
June 25: Gidget (vintage movie), 27th St.
June 27: Kung Fu Panda 2, Carousel Hotel
June 29: Dolphin Tale, 27th St.
July 2: Puss In Boots, 27th St.
July 3: The Smurfs, Carousel Hotel
July 5: Dolphin Tale, Princess Royale
July 6: HOP, 27th St.
July 9: Yogi Bear, 27th St.
July 11: Puss In Boots, Carousel
July 12: Jack & Jill, Princess Royale
July 13: Kung Fu Panda, 27th St.
July 16: Happy Feet 2, 27th St.
July 18: The Adventures of Tin Tin, Carousel
July 19: The Zookeeper, Princess Royale
July 20: UP, 27th St.
July 23: Cars 2, 27th St.
July 25: The Muppets, Carousel
July 26: Cars 2, Princess Royale
July 27: Tangled, 27th St.
July 30: The Smurfs, 27th St.
Aug. 1: Soul Surfer, Carousel
Aug. 2: The Muppets, Princess Royale
Aug. 3: Winnie the Pooh, 27th St.
Aug. 6: Princess and the Frog, 27th St.
Aug. 8: Jack & Jill, Carousel
Aug. 9: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Princess Royale
Aug. 10: The Muppets, 27th St.
Aug. 15: Dolphin Tale, Carousel
Aug. 16: How To Train Your Dragon, Princess Royale
Aug. 22: Hugo, Carousel
Aug. 23: The Adventures of Tin Tin, Princess Royale
Aug. 29: Zoo Keeper, Carousel
Aug. 30: Hugo, Princess Royale
As part of the Town of Ocean City summertime FREE entertainment program, interesting and educational daily lectures are offered outdoors at the foot of the Boardwalk in front of the OC Life-Saving Station Museum by the inlet on Division Street. It was Thursday – so it must be SHARKS! Arriving just minutes before the program began, we were delighted to see so many already seated; parents with children, grandparents with grandchildren along with lots of just interested, unaccompanied adults! The fact and fun-filled program began with pictures of the many species of these ancient aquatic denizens! For instance, did you know that sharks have inhabited our oceans for over 400 million years? And, that sharks have a sand papery skin and cartilage skeleton vs. the scales and bones of most fish? That the average shark over the course of its life may have as many as 30,000 teeth? As the talk progressed samples of sharkskin and teeth were passed around allowing for real hands-on experience. Impressive throughout the presentation was the participation of the more ‘junior’ members of the audience – youngsters reeling off the Latin names for many of the species identified by the tooth filled jaws displayed by our very knowledgeable presenter this day.
The location of this activity is interesting also – the tall tower of the Life-Saving station has recently been ‘freshened’. Too, once inside the Museum there are many displays offering a terrific overview of Ocean City – both then and now – with exhibits of shipwrecks and beachwear. There are also mermaid displays, sands from around the world, aquarium room & Davy Jones’ locker.
These programs are not to be missed – and are presented each Monday through Saturday beginning at 10:30 am. The topics vary daily and include beach safety, aquarium feeding, knot tying and all about SHARKS!
For more information about this fine, local Museum you may visit the website at
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You are invited to celebrate the 4th – Ocean City style! Lower Shore visitors will have plenty to do July Fourth with a variety of activities ranging from barbecues to festivals in the area -
On the beach at North Division Street in Ocean City, there will be a free concert at 8 p.m. featuring Rick K and the Allnighters, followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Attendees just need a chair or blanket. At Northside Park in North Ocean City, there will be another free concert at 8 p.m., featuring Dr. K’s Motown Review. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.
No matter your budget, everyone enjoys a bargain…and this year Ocean City Maryland is offering lots of really fun stuff geared to family enjoyment at little or no cost. As full-time residents can attest, warm weather here at the beach means an influx of guests, young and old wanting some resort style entertainment. Vacationers too abound, folks looking to fill every last minute with fun – and this year much of the best fun can be found for free! The Ocean City Mayor and Council have recently approved “free beach movie nights” – whereby every Monday and Friday evenings beginning at 7 pm a “G” or “PG” rated film will be show on an inflatable big screen Oceanside at 27th Street. At this same location, on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30 family “Olympics” featuring beach related games including a tug of war and sandcastle-building contest will be held. These are in addition to the Town’s other free offerings, including “Sundae’s in the Park” with free live entertainment at Northside Park, the well known concert series at Sunset Park and the free music and story time series off the Boardwalk.
And then there is the OC KidsFunPass – a discount pass to many of Ocean City’s most popular attractions – valid for kids up to age 18! For just $12.00 this card may be purchased at the Ocean City Chamber office on Rt. 50 (Ocean Gateway) or at Seacrets on 49th St. & Ocean Highway. This pass may be used for the entire season beginning in March and lasting through September 2008, a full 7 months! Nineteen different attractions are being offered this year…and the user can save up to $130 per day if all of the participating sites are visited! This year’s new attractions include Trimper’s Rides, Frontier Town, O.C. Paintball & Sports Center, Buccaneer’s Booty Miniature Golf and Game Arcade, K-Coast Surf Shop, Embers Island Golf, Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream & Treatery, Sea Rocket and Seaside Parasailing. Returning attractions include Planet Maze/Laser Storm, 65th Street Slide & Ride, Maui Golf, Old Pro Golf, EC Glider Segways, Ripley’s Believe It or Not and the Oceanic Fishing Pier. In addition, on the KidsFunPass website at www.OCKidsfunpass.com additional coupons may be printed for Baja Amusements and Grand Prix Amusements! All this for $12.00! A real bargain!
Finally, there is the Ocean City 2008 Family Discount Coupon Book containing 100 coupons with a value of over $2,400! Packed with plenty of 2 for 1-meal coupons, golf & fishing bargains, including water sports, recreation and nightlife. The cost is $15.00 per book and may be obtained at the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce or by visiting the website at www.ocean-city.com/coupons/
With all of these great bargain activities planned for the 2008 season we hope to see you soon!
“Come, let’s fly a kite” is a most exciting invitation when visiting Ocean City Maryland. What better way to enjoy a day at the beach? And the best place to see and buy that kite is at The KITE LOFT! Known as the premiere kite retailer of the world it began right here in downtown Ocean City 32 years ago. At several locations throughout OC, including the headquarters on 5th Street and the Boardwalk, they offer a wide, wide selection of kites, tails, windsocks and wind toys – all sizes, shapes and colors. On any “beach day” you can’t miss seeing a variety of these wondrous and bright toys displayed along the beach or flying high in the sky out front. And they’re not just toys any longer – kiting has become a sport that draws contestants, exhibitors and visitors from around the world at various “Kiting Events” sponsored by the Kite Loft each year. Just passed, was the 30th Annual Sunfest Kite Festival which was held September 20 – 23, 2007. The next scheduled event is the 14th Annual Maryland International Kite Exposition…the Mid Atlantic Stunt Kite Championships – April 25 – 27, 2008 here in Ocean City. Don’t miss it…”Come, let’s fly a kite”!
The Kite Loft has a dynamite website with an extensive photo gallery, online shopping and a live beach cam where you can view real time kiting conditions! Remember too, when shopping for that really unique gift – this is the place!
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Wheeeee! No trip to Ocean City Maryland is complete without spending some time “riding the rides” located at the south end of the Boardwalk beside the Inlet Village. For over 100 years the Trimper family has been providing thrills and excitement to generations of visitors. Entering through the S. Division Street and Boardwalk entrance you come upon the massive, 50’ in diameter, carousel…that was first purchased in 1902 by Daniel Trimper. Twinkling lights, mirrors, music and motion make this “Merry go round” a real favorite for all ages. And, it is within this covered area that another all time favorite, the Dodgem cars reside. It is here that many of us perfected our solo driving skills long before we got our license! Do YOU remember? Continuing past the Dodgem’s one finds the way to the outdoor rides park. Here’s where things get serious…with the double-loop boomerang “Tidal Wave” roller coaster, the Matterhorn and the Tilt-A-Whirl. For families with small children there are many rides that may be shared. There are games too, with prizes awarded throughout the park and also within the nearby boardwalk arcade called Marty’s Playland. The Outdoor Rides are open mid-June through Labor Day. Call 410-289-8617 or visit the website at www.beach-net.com/trimpers/ for additional hours and days open in the spring and fall.
Here the Magic lives on! On warm summer nights while visiting the Ocean City Maryland’s south boardwalk there is nothing to compare with the familiar excitement that comes with the sights and sounds of the Jolly Roger Pier rides. Swirling and twirling high above the Atlantic Ocean is the ride we all remember…the giant Ferris Wheel, (did ‘ja ever get stuck at the top?). At the pier there is more; the Slingshot, the Vortex, the Looping Star Coaster and the Hurricane. There are plenty of Midway games too. Add to that the smell of the Thrasher French Fries…and it’s the OC Magic!
The other Jolly Roger Amusement Park is located at 30th St. & Philadelphia Ave, bayside, has more rides…a fun filled 36 acres, a huge park with over 30 exciting rides, a mini-golf, the Speedworld – race-car park, and that famous family waterpark – Delmarva’s largest – Splash Mountain, which offers every manner of getting wet! Something for everyone from courageous granny to timid child at either of the Jolly Roger Amusement Parks…but I prefer the Pier where the Magic lives on. For additional information including hours of operation check out the website at www.jollyrogerpark.com or phone 410-289-3477.
Just a “horse shoe” toss from the beach, on Rt. 6ll in West Ocean City MD, a replica western town, a theme park if you will, from the mid 1800’s lies awaiting your pleasure. And pleasure you will receive whether for a couple of hours, a day or a week!
Upon entering Frontier Town from the very large yet convenient parking area we were immediately drawn to the water slide and the two new flume rides in the water park, which sits beside the miniature golf course which is next door to the large gift shop which is adjacent to the Old Fashioned ice cream parlor…which sits in front of the live horse corral in front of the replica Frontier Town itself which houses the “dance hall”…confused yet? You won’t be. Everywhere, all within a very easy walking distance, are signs to guide you and friendly attendants to assist. Looking around, one cannot help but notice how clean everything is. The various water park fountains and pools sparkle; the shady woodland trails along which you may ride horses seem almost swept! There are shows and rides, including a steam locomotive and stagecoach and events scheduled all day long, something for everyone, for every age and interest.
And, a Western theme park is not all you get when you visit…there is a campground where you may hitch your trailer or pitch your tent or even rent a cabin. There are over 600 campsites, many overlooking the lovely Sinepuxent Bay where there is a long pier from which you may fish or crab. Boat dockage is available, too!
For further details and a schedule for everything that Frontier Town has to offer, visit the website at www.frontiertown.com or telephone – 1-800-228-5590.
The sign says Baja Amusements with an ever-changing marquee below – “Ride All Rides”. Located on Rt. 50, one mile west of the Rt. 50 Bridge, the south route onto the island of Ocean City MD at the entrance to the White Marlin Shopping Center, this amusement center is far more than it first appears. There are eight Go Kart Tracks – one for every age and level of skill, Kiddie Rides, Bumper Boats, two Climbing Walls, an Arcade and a large, indoor Snack Bar all in one convenient location. One notices immediately that this facility is very clean with plenty of attendants present. In addition, there is Safari Adventure Golf – a challenging miniature course, with life sized jungle animals. The terrain for the golf course alone is very impressive! We can’t wait to go back.