Late August is always an interesting time in Ocean City, Maryland. There are no holidays or major festivals to speak of, yet people flock to the beach in great numbers as they try to soak up the last rays of summer sun before September ushers in fall weather. For those of you looking to make the most of the final grains of sand in the hour glass that is summer before they run out, Ocean City has plenty of exciting things to do this week.
Here is a look at some of the highlights to help you plan your stay:
-Hotel Week was developed in 2012 as a way to promote tourism in Ocean City through discounted room rates and special events put on by the town. The inaugural year of the program was a success and the 2013 (August 18-29) version is expected to be even bigger. If you want to squeeze in a final, affordable Ocean City vacation before fall, check out these featured hotel specials, and book a room at the fraction of the cost.
–In 1988, the Maryland government launched a Beach Replenishment and Hurricane Protection program to help preserve its beaches. Since its inception, the program has saved an estimated $717 million in damages. This weekend, as the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy looms, Governor Martin O’Malley, Senator Ben Cardin, and other Maryland political officials will be in Ocean City to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the beach preservation program. State officials will be joined by Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan on Saturday August 17 on the 27th Street beach. Join them for an afternoon of celebrating a cause that all sides of the political spectrum should support: the preservation and replenishment of Maryland beaches.
-The Eastern Shore is comprised of a large population of skilled watermen who make a living fishing the Bay for crabs, oysters, and other delicious Maryland seafood that we all enjoy so much. This weekend, many of the area’s top watermen will be putting down the crab pots for a day and showing off another skill, just a short drive from Ocean City, at the 1st Annual Pocomoke Boat Docking competition on Sunday August 18. This competition may be new to Pocomoke, but boat docking is a time honored tradition on the Eastern Shore and these events typically draw thousands of spectators that can turn any small town into a big time party. You do not want to miss this amazing display of refined skill and raw horsepower.
–If you’re looking to get wet and wild on your vacation, Ocean City is home to virtually every watersport imaginable. Whether you want a relaxing afternoon on the water paddleboarding or kayaking, or are looking for something a little more extreme like jet skiing or parasailing, Ocean City has a multitude of watersport rental companies ready to give you the ride of your life. If you’re an ultimate adventure seeker, a ride aboard Ocean City’s newest watersport craze, the Jetlev (or Jetovator) is calling your name. Strap yourself into this part jet ski, part jet pack and take your vacation to heights you never knew were possible.
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