100 things to do in Ocean City

May 19, 2010

Whether it's volleyball on the beach, strolling the Boardwalk, or angling on a pier with the sun setting on the water, Ocean City offers the kind of easy, beach vacay that everyone from families to college co-eds can enjoy. To make the most of those oh-so-fleeting summer days (and nights), with the help of some readers at baltimoresun.com, we've assembled a list of 100 things to do in Ocean City.

1. Wear sunscreen. It's such a drag, but skin cancer is worse. So apply sunblock before, during and after you hit the beach. And don't forget your hat.

2. Splash down. Jolly Roger's Splash Mountain water park is fun for all ages and is the 'finest water park in the mid-Atlantic,' according to Park World magazine. (jollyrogerpark.com)

3. Get high. Take to the skies for a tour by airplane of the skyline and beaches. (oceancityairport.com)

4. Have a mango facial. Or a mango peel or any other tropical treat for your skin at one of the many day spas in Ocean City, including Creative Day Spa and A Perfect Face.

5. Dine for a discount. Ocean City Restaurant Week, May 30- June 6, offers two-course lunches for $20 and three-course dinners for $30. (oceancityrestaurantweek.com)

6. Meet Rodney. Ocean City's lifeguard mascot offers deals and discounts, so ask your hotel for the Rodney Rate.

7. Step back in time. Visit the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum to view an exhibit that traces the history of the Boardwalk.

8. Pick strawberries. Head west on Route 54 in the morning to pick strawberries at Magee Farms. Pick up a box of fresh strawberries - maybe even eat a few off the vine.

9. Look for Elvis. If you're lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of "Norman" – Ocean City's Elvis - on the boards. He's been there for years and brings smiles to all.

10. Pony up. Visit nearby Assateague Island to see the wild ponies.

11. Be baptized. Jesus on the Beach Music & Ministry Festival (July 26-28) offers ocean baptisms.

12. Picnic by the bay. Pack a basket and head for the Isle of Wight Park (between the two Route 90 bridges) to enjoy the scenic Bay views.

13. Go to Alaska. Stop by The Alaska Stand (9th Street on the Boardwalk) for a cheesedog, burger, or funnel cake.

14. Eat crab cakes. Go to Phillip's on the Boardwalk for a scrumptious breakfast with a great view. Come back for lunch to sample their famous OC crab cakes (Atlantic Ave. on the Boardwalk).

15. People watch on the boardwalk as you eat a snowball from King Kone.

16. Have a clambake. For two at Hooper's Crab House.

17. Go Irish. Spend an evening at Shenanigan's Irish Pub for the tastes and sounds of the Emerald Isle. (ocshenanigans.com)

18. Have a slice. Eating pizza at the Dough Roller (Boardwalk at S. Division St.) is an OC tradition.

19. Play games. Test your family's athletic prowess at the annual Family Beach Olympics.

20. Tie a knot. Learn knot-tying at the O.C. Life-Saving Station Museum.

21. Show your patriotism. Folks sing "God Bless America" every evening at sunset at Macky's Bayside Bar & Grill. 54th St. Bayfront.

22. Hunt for fun. Organize an Ocean City-themed scavenger hunt.

23. See a movie. Save the price of admission with free family movie nights on the beach (Monday and Friday at 27th Street)

24. Hit the ball. Play – or watch - a game of beach volleyball.

25. Grab some Tubby's Pizza subs and fries. It's absolutely amazing.

26. Get help. Stop by the Chamber of Commerce or the visitor's center, inside the Convention Center, for fun ideas and directions.

27. Go to the playground. Take the kids to the wooden playsets on the southern end of the beach.

28. Grind it. Catch a skateboard competition on June 22 at Ocean Bowl Skate Park, 3rd St. and St. Louis Ave.

29. Enjoy a cold treat and a free concert at the weekly Sundaes in the Park series at Northside Park

30. Roll along. Rent a bike or a surrey for a ride along the Boardwalk. This year, the town has extended hours for bicycles on the boardwalk. (ococean.com)

31. Play put-put. Improve your handicap at Old Pro Golf's seven themed miniature golf courses. (oldprogolf.com)

32. Get fired up. Watch OC's annual Ravens Roost parade.

33. Take the best shot. Get up early and walk along the beach. Take your camera - the light of the sun sparkling on the water is wonderful.

34. Eat to the beat. Grab a bite and enjoy live entertainment (often free) at M.R. Ducks on Talbot St; Macky's on 54th; Fager's Island on 60th; and BJ's on the Water at 75th

35. Get wet. Take an ocean dip or swim in the hotel pool.

36. Bird watch. Sightings in OC's back bays include egrets, pelicans and herons.

37. Remember someone. Read the inscribed plaques on the Boardwalk benches.

38. Enjoy a sunset. One of the best places to view a gorgeous sunset it at the aptly named Sunset Park on the south end of town.

39. Play ball. Northside Park (127th Street and the Bay) boasts 58 acres - complete with baseball and softball fields

40. Spy boats. Sit on bench and watch the boats zip along the shoreline or through the inlet.

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