Things to do in the Off Season in Ocean City
The Boardwalk in Ocean City may be more enjoyable in the off-season! A trip to Ocean City is not complete without a walk on the boardwalk by the beach. The boardwalk is almost 3 miles long and is covered with shops and eateries. Many of the small businesses on the boardwalk are closed during Ocean City’s off season. Take advantage of the cleared boards and go for a bicycle ride, a run, or a leisurely stroll without worrying about anyone getting in your way.
Hop in the car and take a trip to Assateague Island National Seashore. Assateague is well known for it’s wild ponies. Located just 8 miles from Ocean City is a nature preserve that anyone can enjoy. Take a nature tour, watch the birds, or check out the new visitors center before the Verrazano Bridge. The park is always open for a quick pony peek but call ahead for tour times and information.
Old Pro Golf has two indoor miniature golf courses in Ocean City. Putt-putt is always one of our favorite things to do in the summer months in OC, why not play putt in the winter, too? Safari Village indoor mini golf is located on 136th Street and Undersea Adventure mini golf is located on 68th Street in Ocean City. There are also family arcades at each location.
Shopping in Ocean City is always an option in the off-season. There are many specialty shops in Ocean City that adapt their hours based on seasonal fluctuations. The Ocean City Factory Outlet Mall in the White Marlin Shopping Center is located in West Ocean City. There are many stores from which to choose: the Gap; Tommy Hilfiger; Michael’s; Bed, Bath & Beyond; Marshall’s; and Staples only get you started. Visit www.ocfactoryoutlets.com for your favorite store’s hours of operation, upcoming sales, specials and coupons.
Interested in something educational? How about one of Ocean City’s museums? There are a few in the area that are open during the off-season. The Ocean City Life-Saving Museum is on the Boardwalk at the Inlet takes you back to the old days of life saving in Ocean City by featuring amazing saves and notable guards, but that’s not all; there are also fish tanks, sea life tanks, and shipwreck exhibits. The DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum is on the Ocean City-Fenwick Island boarder and features 10,000 rotating artifacts from shipwrecks in our area and across the world. There are hands-on exhibits pulled from shipwrecks, too! The Wheels of Yesterday museum is on Route 50 in West Ocean City and has more than 30 exhibits of classic and original cars from over the years.
The Art League of Ocean City is located on 94th Street in Ocean City and is open year-round. Look at over 30 years worth of artwork that rotates from art league to art league in the Ocean City area. Check out many types of different medias and styles of work by local artists. Stop by the Art League to see if there are any workshops that you may like to participate in. The Art League of Ocean City is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 am to 4 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 pm.
Drive only 30 minutes west of Ocean City to check out the Salisbury Zoo. The town of Salisbury has a modest zoo that makes for a great day-trip in the Ocean City area. The zoo is open every day, year-round, from 9:00 am until 4:30 pm except Christmas Day and Thanksgiving. The Zoo is located at 755 South Park Drive, Salisbury, MD. Admission is free! Some of our favorite animals at this zoo are the prairie dogs, bison, turtles, flamingos, and sloths.
Don’t forget about all of Ocean City’s restaurants! If you’re coming to Ocean City and looking for something good to dine on, you’re in luck. You most likely won’t have to wait to be seated, prices are typically lower, there are more specials, and your service may be more enjoyable. Some of our restaurant suggestions during Ocean City’s off-season are: The Shark on the Harbor, Sunset Grille, Blue Fish, Horizon’s Restaurant, and Captain’s Table.
Winterfest of Lights is Ocean City’s most dazzling attraction from November 18th, 2010 to January 2nd, 2011. The spectacle of holiday lights is open Sunday through Thursday from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm, Friday and Saturday 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm. The Winterfest of Lights is located in Northside Park: 127th Street and the Bay in Ocean City. With more than 1 million lights and hundreds of displays, make sure you visit Ocean City’s unique holiday light setup during to off-season in OC.
Nightlife in Ocean City is definitely slower in the off season. Many bars close earlier and many just close for the season. Seacrets closes all of their bars except the “tiki bar” and remains open for business all season long. Many bars only stay open until 2 am on the weekends or during the week if there is a crowd. Bars like Harborside, Peppers Tavern, Pickles Pub, and Fager’s Island are fun places to go during the slow season.
Have you ever been to Berlin? Berlin, MD is a small historic town only 6 miles from Ocean City. This town is home to many antique shops, local art galleries, great restaurants, and beautiful historic homes. The Atlantic Hotel was built in 1895 and is decorated in Victorian décor. The hotel is open year round and features a nice bar and restaurant. The Globe Theatre, just around the corner from the historic hotel, is a great place to see a live band, performance, and check out local artwork. There are a handful of antique shops lining Main Street that you could spend hours in.
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