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Top Five Fun and Safe Travel Activities

If you are in Ocean City this week, you may notice a couple of changes as you drive down Coastal Highway. The speed limit, normally 40 mph through North Ocean City, has been reduced to 30 mph, and Downtown, the speed limit has also been reduced. This is due to the expected, unauthorized H2Oi Pop-Up Rally.  It is reasonable to expect heavier than usual traffic, noise and strict enforcement of vehicle laws during the week and weekend.

COVID-19 has changed how we live. Are you tired of hearing that phrase yet? Even so, it’s still important to reiterate. It’s even more important for people to be able to relax and have fun. For many, sitting cooped up in the house where the line between work and home is likely blurred,  it’s important to be able to get away. Moreover, it’s more important to be safe and protective of yourself and your household. We have a solution for you! It is still possible to get out and enjoy what Ocean City, Assateague, and the Eastern Shore have to offer. Here are our top five fun and safe travel activities.

Stroll Along the Boardwalk

The Ocean City Boardwalk has a rich history and here, old meets new. You and the members of your household (or just yourself!) can walk down the historic boardwalk and bask in the Ocean City awesomeness!

Snow on boardwalk
Don’t let the clear sky fool you, it’s cold out there. Photo by Anne Neely.

You can remain socially distant, wear your mask, and still take a stroll along the Boardwalk. While it is a great place to walk in the summer, too, the Boardwalk is an amazing place to go in the winter, also! Don’t forget to check out Dorchester Street and its ever changing displays of public art as well.

A snow-covered boardwalk is the best kind of boardwalk.

Even if not all of the stores are open, it’s still a great place to enjoy the majestic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Inlet.

Free As A Bird

Next on the list of top five fun and safe things to do is birdwatching. You can find several species of birds in Maryland. Depending on where you go birding, you could see ducks, swans, hooded mergansers, grebes, or herons among many more! Not only is Ocean City a great place to see different types of birds, our next of the top five safe and fun activities is another terrific place to see them, too.

Even when you try to chase them off the beach, they don’t ALWAYS move.

Visit The Wild Horses Of Assateague Island National Park

Have you ever been to this approximately 37-mile stretch of heaven? It’s right here for all to enjoy! You can hike, swim (though probably not in the winter, unless you’re really brave), have a bonfire, and even camp!

Wild horses graze on Assateague.

There are so many activities to do here-did you know there are programs run by the park rangers, biking, hiking, crabbing and yes, fishing? You could visit several times and still not run out of awesome things to do here. It’s definitely worth checking out again or for the first time!

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“Assateague beach, July 17th, 2017, in the picture my husband Jim and I having a blast on our first trip to Ocean City!! Horseshoe crab and lots of horses, absolutely amazing to see!”

 

See The Only Marked Grave in Ocean City

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The Captain William Carhart grave Ocean City, MD.

Did you know there are no cemeteries with marked graves in Ocean City? There is only ONE marked grave! According to the Coalition to Protect Maryland Burial Sites, the grave belongs to Captain Carhart, but that’s another mystery for another time. In addition, despite all the development around it (it’s smack dab in the middle of a golf course, no less!), the marked grave remains. Check it out!

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The site of Captain William Carhart’s grave in West Ocean City.

 

Head Down to Escapomania

While they have three locations, you want to head to the one uptown, located at 11805 Coastal Highway, Suite 1, Ocean City Maryland is open year-round! According to their website, there are several themes to choose from. Every experience is now “100% private” and they take COVID precautions seriously.

If you’re looking for some fun, and you like cracking a good puzzle, Esacpomania has some hopefully great experiences in store for you and your family to have a great time!

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The Poltergeist room.

If the Poltergeist room is not for you, you can also try The Sherlock Holmes experience, among many others!

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An ornate study in the world of Sherlock Holmes.

Which one of these safe and fun activities are you going to do? Do you have a suggestion of your own? Please let us know!

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