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14 Things to do in Ocean City during the quiet season

If you are planning on visiting Ocean City during the quiet season, don’t expect to be twiddling your thumbs looking for things to do. It’s fair to say the Boardwalk won’t be bustling, and you won’t have to pick your way through the sea of bodies bathing on the beach to find a spot to call your own, but the Boardwalk will still be there, and it’s the perfect place for a quiet walk with your dog,  or bike ride with your family.  There’s lots of restaurant deals, and cheaper hotel rooms too. Here are the top 14 things you should do when visiting Ocean City during the quiet season.

  1. Watch the sunrise from either your oceanfront room, or wrap up warm and stand on the beach as a new day begins. This is a must do no matter what time of year it is.
    Sunrise on the Ocean City beach


  2. Find a restaurant with a really good breakfast, and take your time eating it!
    Breakfast at Bad Monkey


  3.  Head to the beach, with your dog if you have one, and walk one block or ten blocks, what ever suits you best. It’s beautiful, peaceful, and you’ll get your steps in for the day too!
    Enjoying a walk on the beach


  4. Visit the Boardwalk and enjoy it without the crowds. When the weather is decent, there is always something open the Boardwalk, it never actually closes. This is a great time of year to visit the Ocean City Life Saving Station at the south end of the Boardwalk, where we bet you will learn at least one new fact about Ocean City!
    Ocean City Life Saving Station Museum


  5. You can’t beat Northside Park for a walk, a jog, a bike ride, a play at the playground or just a sit down, over looking the pond, watching folk go by.
    Reflections at Northside Park


  6. After all that walking, it’s definitely time for lunch. Restaurants which stay open all year will have carryout available.
    Pizza from Billy’s Sub Shop


  7. You could always take your lunch to Assateague Island, then sit in your car and look for the wild ponies. Two things to remember – don’t feed the ponies, and take all your trash with you when you leave.
    Ponies on Assateague Island


  8. Have a visit to the Art League of Ocean City on 94th Street. They have a lot of online exhibits at the moment, but there are also still exhibits in the gallery and classes for adults and kids. For up to date information, click here.
    The Art League of Ocean City provides many services and exciting workshops to explore crafting and painting.


  9. The Boardwalk really is a great place to ride your bike, no matter what your age, and in the winter, you can ride there all day long. There’s no cars and practically no people!
    Biking the Boardwalk


  10. Berlin is also open all year round, and is always worth a visit, even if you’ve been there before. There’s gift shops, clothing stores, antique shops, and lots of bars, cafes and restaurants too.
    Main Street in Berlin Md


  11. We all deserve a little treat every now and then, so why not include a visit to a spa while in Ocean City?  Hotels such as the Grand Hotel and Spa, and the Princess Royale actually have spas on sight. How convenient is that?
    Aqua Spa at the Grand Hotel


  12. Take in a movie.  Movie theaters have had a tough time of it this last year, but the two movie theaters in Ocean City are open for private screenings and limited capacity screenings.
    Sun and Surf Cinema on 143rd Street


  13. Watch the sun set. The perfect way to end the day, find your spot to watch the sunset over the bay. Whether you are standing at Northside Park, in your bayside hotel room, or inside a bayside restaurant, an Ocean City sunset never disappoints.

    Sunset at Fager’s
  14. Lastly, dinner. Eat in or carry out, pizza or something more formal, what ever you are comfortable with, there are still plenty of restaurants open even in the quiet season in Ocean City.

    End the day with dinner in Ocean City
Anne Neely
Anne Neely
Anne grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland, and still has the accent to prove it. She earned her Business degree from the University of Northumbria in Newcastle, England and when she was 21, she bought herself a round the world ticket and spent a year working and traveling across the globe. She came across Ocean City for the first time over 25 years ago and shortly after it became her permanent home.  When time allows, Anne still loves to travel. She has been with OceanCity.com since September 2014.

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