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Are you finished with high school and ready to kick off an amazing summer before heading to college in the fall? If you answered ‘yes’ to the previous question, Senior week in Ocean City, Maryland is the answer you have been looking for. Senior Week in Ocean City is typically the week after your school holds graduation, so the deals and associated events run throughout June.Many Ocean City hotels offer Senior Week specials and Play it Safe (a local organization dedicated to helping senior weekers have an exciting and safe beach trip) hosts numerous weekly events, like beach volleyball, pizza eating contests, dance parties, and more, for FREE. Play it Safe also offers bus wristband that allows senior weekers to travel on the bus for free the duration of their trip.

What to do 

When you’re not bouncing around on the bus between free Play it Safe events, consider strolling the Boardwalk and checking out all the sights, sounds, shops, and rides; getting wet and wild with a jet ski, parasailing, or jetovator ride from Odyssea Watersports or the numerous rental companies in Ocean City; taking a trip to explore the serene beauty of Assateague, including its world-famous wild ponies; dancing the night away at H20- Ocean City’s only under-21 dance club; or just lounging on the beach while enjoying the freedom of graduation.

Where to stay

Finding a condo or an apartment to rent out for the week is popular among senior weekers–mostly because, of course, it can be difficult to find a hotel to stay in when you’re under 21. Here are a few options. 

Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel 

“We require registered guests to be 18 years of age and take a $500 refundable deposit once we inspect room upon checkout to ensure no damage done. ” 

Gateway Hotel

“All we require is one of the people be 18 yrs old and that the room is held with a credit card, even if they come in and split the room 4 ways with cash and debit cards…one will remain on file as the responsible party. I prefer to get a parent to put up this card because it makes the kids feel more responsible and more likely TO be able to put a charge on it if needed. We do charge for smoking in the room or for excessive cleaning (when the carpet needs to be cleaned etc).  We DO NOT take an extra deposit up front. Many places DO, in hopes of either making money off the guests or because it’s actually good to have a guarantee payment for violations.

Kids like this location because of the free breakfast and close to the boardwalk, rides, H2O and bus stop. We welcome them.”

Grand Hotel

“We allow kids staying at our property, we just have a special policy for them.

Kids between 17-20 years old need to fill the under 21 form, which we email when the reservation is made. The form requires one of their parents’ IDs and a copy of their credit card. This request is for everybody who will stay in the room. Besides room+tax, we also require a $500 deposit refundable at check out.

Kids 17 years old and under need to stay with an adult (over 21 years old) in the room.”

Boardwalk Hotel Group

(includes Howard Johnson and Days Inn hotels)

“We do not require a parent signature, but everyone in the room must be at least 18 years old and show a valid ID upon check-in. We also require an Under 21 Contract be reviewed and signed by all staying in the room in addition to a $500 security deposit. The contract and security deposit must be mailed in 30 days prior to the arrival date. The $500 must be in the form of a check or money order. We will mail the guest a check after check-out given there are no damages to the room.”

Regardless of how you choose to spend it, your college graduation isn’t complete until you experience the rights of passage known as Senior Week in Ocean City, so pack your bathing suits, shades, and suntan lotion, gather your friends, and head east for a week that you are sure to remember for the rest of your life. Making life-long memories isn’t always easy, but the following activity guide will help you to make the most of your vacation, and make you forget all about that summer job your parents are making you get when you get home.