Have you heard about Geocaching? Geocaching is a giant game of treasure hunt! The goal of the game is to locate a hidden container, also known as a geocache, and then share your findings online. You use a hand-held GPS or mobile phone that has a GPS program to plot coordinates on a map. These coordinates will take you to a “hidden treasure”. This hidden treasure is the cache. There are a few hidden caches in Ocean City! Have you found them?
In order to find the geocache coordinates, you must go to the Geocaching website and create a free account. After you create your account, you’ll have access to the map coordinates for each cache. Plug those coordinates into your GPS and get ready to search!
How to Start Geocaching:
Register for a free Basic Membership at Geocaching.com
Click "Hide & Seek a Cache."
Enter Ocean City’s postal code (21842) and click "search."
Choose any geocache from the list and click on its name.
Enter the coordinates of the geocache into your GPS Device.
Use your GPS device to assist you in finding the hidden geocache.
Sign the logbook and return the geocache to its original location.
Share your geocaching stories and photos online.
A geo coin, which is the coveted prize, will be given to the first 500 geocachers that locate at least 22 caches throughout Maryland. To be eligible for a coin, you must first get a passport at a town visitor center. You may obtain your passport at the Ocean City Visitor Center in the Roland E. Powell Convention Center on 40th Street. The Center is open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm daily. After getting your passport, you must find a geocache!
Every time you find a geocache box, you can use the stamp inside to stamp your passport. You must also write in the cache code word in your passport. At least 2 municipal caches must be found, and then you can return to the Ocean City Visitor Center again. Have someone at the Visitor Center check your passport for validation and they’ll hand you your newest coin!
A geocache trail is a series of geocachers linked together by a similar theme. The Maryland Municipal League Geocache Trail, that Ocean City is included in, is “Celebrating Maryland’s Cities and Towns”. This trail is made of 78 different cities and towns located thought-out our state.
Geocaching is a great way to explore Ocean City and learn things that you never knew about our beach town. This high-tech treasure hunting game can be played around the United States and throughout the entire world.
We’re curious to know if you’ve found any of the caches in Ocean City? After hearing about this big scavenger hunt, we’re excited to try it ourselves! Good luck!