Fourth of July Concert & Fireworks


Fourth of July Concert & Fireworks


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The skies around Ocean City will light up for the Fourth of July!


All over our country, on July 4th we as Americans come together to celebrate our nation’s independence. There’s picnics, barbeques and of course amazing fireworks displays. But if you’re traveling to Ocean City on the fourth, maybe you’re afraid you’ll miss out. Don’t worry! Celebrating Independence Day in Ocean City is an experience you’ll never forget. Fun events for the whole family and amazing displays of light will make this Fourth of July the best yet!


July 4th Concert & Fireworks at Northside Park

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Enjoy a free concert at 8 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. at Northside Park on 125th Street. For more information, call 800-626-2326 or 410-250-0125.

Entertainment: Mike Hines and The Look – Uptown at 8 p.m.

July 4th Concert & Fireworks on the Beach

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Enjoy a free concert at 8 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. on the beach at N. Division Street. For more information, call 800-626-2326 or 410-250-0125.

Entertainment: Triple Rail Turn – Downtown at 8 p.m.

Event Highlight: Annual Cruisin’ Ocean City


Hot Rods, Street Machines, Classics & More Are Cruisin’ into Ocean City


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Cruisin’ Ocean City



May 17 – 20, 2018



Inlet Parking Lot • 809 South Atlantic Avenue, Ocean City
Convention Center • 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City

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his popular car show features over 3,400 hot rods, customs, classics, street machines, muscle cars and more. Live entertainment, celebrity guests, special attractions, boardwalk parades, manufacturers, vendor midway and more.  Admission.  Boardwalk parades on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings from 7am to 10am.  So many things to see and do, so make sure you cruise on down to Ocean City, MD, for the 28th Annual Cruisin’ Ocean City.  For additional information, visit, or call 410-289-2800 or 800-626-2326.





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Plan your next Assateauge Island adventure!


What sets Assateague apart from other Islands?

The National Seashore is one of the largest and last surviving Mid-Atlantic barrier islands possessing a continuum of intact coastal habitats where the full range of natural processes occur with little or no human interference. Amidst the highly developed Mid-Atlantic region, the National Seashore’s coastal resources provide unique opportunities for nature-based recreation, education, solitude, and inspiration.

Assateague Island National Seashore/National Park Service official website:


What Draws People to Visit Assateague?

Beaches, camping, over sand vehicle access, birding….but the number 1 reason, horses! Wild horses have been present on Assateague Island for hundreds of years. The seashore provides a unique opportunity to view wild horses in a natural setting, and a majority of visitors indicate that seeing horses is one of the primary reasons for visiting Assateague Island.

The natural resources of the park provide visitors with a wide variety of active and passive

recreational and educational opportunities. Expansive seascapes of ocean and bay, panoramic views, natural sounds, inviting waters, ocean breezes, and dark night skies provide a dramatic setting for an exceptional seashore experience. Visitors have the opportunity to experience the seashore in a variety of ways from driving on the beach to counting the stars by a campfire, and from ranger-guided educational activities to self-guided explorations.

How to plan your visit!

Early morning beach sunrise

There are two entrances to Assateague Island National Seashore. Assateague’s north entrance is at the end of Route 611, eight miles south of Ocean City, MD. The south entrance is at the end of Route 175, two miles east of Chincoteague, VA. There is no vehicle access to the two entrances on Assateague Island. Vehicles must return to the mainland to access either the north or south entrance.

Assateague Island National Seashore is open year-round. Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge hours change seasonally. There is no vehicle access between the two districts on Assateague Island. Vehicles must return to the mainland to access either the north or south entrance.

Summers at Assateague are generally hot and humid. Mosquitoes, biting flies, gnats and ticks are abundant from spring through autumn. Insect repellent and/or protective clothing is recommended. It rarely snows in the winter but it is often cold, damp and windy. Sturdy hiking shoes are recommended for long walks in the sand and hard soled water shoes/sandals or for wading in bay waters.

Map to help plan your trip:


All the ways to explore Assateague!

kayaking tour through Assateague’s marsh.

Biking and Hiking! First-time visitors should stop at the visitor centers to see exhibits and obtain information about the many recreational activities and natural features in the seashore. Seasonally, a wide variety of guided programs can be enjoyed to enhance your visit. There are 12 miles of beach in Maryland and a small section of beach in Virginia open to over-sand vehicles. An annual OSV permit may be purchased for $70 to $150 depending upon the type of access desired. Specific equipment is required.

Explore the bayside of the island. Enjoy kayaking, wading and swimming, clamming and crabbing in the shallow, warm bay waters. Most visitor’s go to the beach so you may feel like you have the bayside area all to yourself.


Assateague is an island on the move!

More than half of Assateague Island National Seashore’s 48,000 acres is comprised of near-shore and estuarine waters, and the interplay between these waters and the barrier island affects nearly every aspect of life in this dynamic coastal environment.

The geography of the island itself is in a state of constant flux, continuously being reshaped by the elemental forces of wind and water. Powerful storms can dramatically alter the shoreline in a matter of hours, as waves wash over the beach and reshape the island from ocean to bay. Other forces sculpt the landscape in less obvious ways. Exposure to salt spray, lack of fresh water, and isolation from the mainland are subtle, but powerful influences on the Island’s species composition. Over time, these conditions have produced a community of plants and animals uniquely suited to the extremes found at the edge of the sea.

Assateague’s fame!

Horses on the beach!


Many visitors first learn about the Assateague horses from Marguerite Henry’s famous book Misty of Chincoteague. The story takes place during a traditional Chincoteague festival called “Pony Penning.” On the last Wednesday of July, the Virginia herd of horses is rounded up and swum from Assateague Island to nearby Chincoteague Island. On the following day most of the young foals are auctioned off. Proceeds from the sale benefit the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department.

Check out the Pony Swim! 

When should you visit Assateague Island?
Assateague Island National Seashore is open year-round. Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge hours change seasonally. Summers at Assateague are generally hot and humid. Mosquitoes, biting flies, gnats and ticks are abundant from spring through autumn. Insect repellent and/or protective clothing is recommended. It rarely snows in the winter but it is often cold, damp and windy. Sturdy hiking shoes are recommended for long walks in the sand and hard soled water shoes/sandals or for wading in bay waters. Be prepared for a visit any time of year.

What you need to know before you plan your trip!

Be prepared! Day visits or camping at Assateague will be a more pleasant experience if you plan ahead! The barrier island habitat can be harsh if you are not prepared. Camping is available only in the Maryland district of Assateague Island. Campers are reminded to bring firewood (locally purchased), sunscreen, insect repellent, screen tents for shade and insect protection, and long tent stakes to anchor tents in the sand and wind. During the summer, lifeguard protected beaches are provided in both Maryland and Virginia districts. Surfing, surf fishing, mats, and floats are allowed outside the life-guarded areas. On rare occasions, the park and certain island areas will be closed due to severe weather. Insect repellent and/or protective clothing is recommended. It rarely snows in the winter but it is often cold, damp and windy. Sturdy hiking shoes are recommended for long walks in the sand and hard soled water shoes/sandals or for wading in bay waters.

During the spring and summer, certain oceanside areas may be closed due to bird nesting. Certain areas are closed during the hunting season. Please check with the Ranger Station at (410) 641-3030 for designated hunting dates. Adverse weather conditions are common during the spring and fall. Assateague Island is known for high concentrations of biting insects anytime from April through October.


What is the biggest misconception about the island?

Most people believe that Assateague Island was designated a National Seashore for the purpose of protecting the wild horses. Not so, the wild horses are an important cultural resource and are protected along with other natural resources. The purposes of Assateague Island National Seashore are to preserve the outstanding Mid-Atlantic coastal resources of Assateague Island and its adjacent waters and the natural processes upon which they depend and provide high quality resource-compatible recreational opportunities to visitors.


Three agencies manage Assateague Island; the National Park Service, the US Fish and Wildlife and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Visitors are usually thoroughly confused!

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Editorial and Images Provided by Assateague Island National Seashore

The Big Easy on 60 is OPEN!


The Tastes of New Orleans in the Heart of Ocean City


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Photo Credit: The Big Easy on 60


Ocean City is known for amazing pizza and fresh seafood, but why not try something a little different? Welcome to The Big Easy on 60! Owner Mark Hall had a vision to bring the tastes of the Big Easy to the easygoing vacationers of Ocean City.

As soon as you walk through the doors, you will feel instantly transported to the Bayou. Every day at the Big Easy is like visiting a café on Bourbon Street. This family-friendly restaurant offers great indoor and outdoor dining. There’s also a full bar. Be sure to try the Big Easy’s IPA. Come in for Happy Hour, every day from 2–5 p.m.


Your favorite creole dishes are on the menu:
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Al your favorite New Orleans dishes!
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•Shrimp n’ Grits


•Crab Soup

•Chix n’ Waffles






Contact Information:

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The Big Easy on 60

60th and Coastal Highway
Ocean City, MD




Family-Friendly Amusement Parks in Ocean City


Your kids will love these Ocean City amusement parks. Photo Credit.

Your kids will love these Ocean City amusement parks. Photo Credit.


Bringing your kids on vacation can sometimes be stressful. Where should you go? What should you do? You want to give your kids the time of their lives, but you also want to keep them safe. The choices are endless. Ocean City has so much more than just the beach. If you need a break from sandy feet, why not visit one of the local amusement parks?


List of Family-Friendly Amusement Parks:


Baja Amusements

12639 Ocean Gateway, Ocean City, MD • 410-213-2252 • Website

There is a ton to do at Baja, including bumper boats and rides specifically geared toward the kids. Your kids will love getting behind the wheel of their very own go-kart. And those 5–7 years of age have their very own Rookie Track to practice their behind the wheel skills. Read more here.


Frontier Town

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8430 Stephen Decatur Highway, Berlin, MD • Theme Park: 410-641-0057 • Waterpark: 410-641-0693 • Website

Your kids will love this Wild West themed amusement park. The High Ropes Adventure Park has a Yellow Course that kids 7 and up can participate in. And the waterpark has a shallow pool with kid-friendly mini-slides, fountains and sprayers. Read more here.


Grand Prix Amusements

12424 Ocean Gateway, West Ocean City, MD • 410-213-1278 • Website

This amusement park specialized in go-karts. Take your kids for a spin on one of the family-friendly tracks. Kids eight and up can drive themselves! If they’re littler, there are double-seater karts, where passengers ride for free! There is also a Kiddie Track for children 5–7 year of age to try driving by themselves. There’s also a moonbounce, a ball crawl and more attractions your kids will love.


Jolly Roger Amusement Parks

2901 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, Maryland • 410-289-3477 • Website

This is actually a collection of six parks. Most are free to enter, and you just pay for each ride. This allows you to stick to the few family friendly rides in each park. The water park does have a cover charge but at three-and-a-half feet tall, a child can ride all but one of the park’s rides. Read more here.


Trimper’s Rides and Amusement Park

700-730 S Atlantic Ave, Ocean City, MD • 410-289-8617 • Website

Many Ocean City visitors say that Trimper’s is the best place in town for small children. The website clearly distinguishes rides as Kiddie, Family, or Thrill and also provides the minimum height for each ride so you can plan your day in advance. Read more here.


Viking Golf Theme Park

38965 Virginia Avenue, Fenwick Island, DE • Go-Karts: 302-539-1644 • Waterpark:302-539-4027 • Website

Do you want a day of mini-golf, go-karting or waterpark attractions? At Viking you won’t have to choose. And all of these attractions cater to your kiddos to make sure they’re having the best time possible.


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Amusement Parks may raise some concern about safety for your little ones. Click here to learn more about how to be safe while visiting an amusement park in Ocean City.


Looking for other family-friendly activities? CLICK HERE to read more about what to do with your kids in OC.



Amusement Park Safety for Kids in Ocean City


Here are some safety tips before planning a visit to an amusement park in Ocean City.

Here are some safety tips before planning a visit to an amusement park in Ocean City.


A vacation to Ocean City is guaranteed to be jam packed with fun! There is so much to do—the ocean, water activities, attractions and more! Amusement parks are just one of the many fun things you can do with your family while visiting. Beachside amusement parks are full of rides and activities, but you may be concerned with safety.

The amusement parks in Ocean City want to keep you and your children safe so that you can feel free to enjoy your time. However, there may be a few things to consider when planning a trip to an amusement park with the kids.


When spending the day at a park, here are a few precautions to keep in mind so that your children are being safe and having fun.


Stay with Your Kids or Let Them Go?

In our modern age, most parents are reluctant to let children out of their site even at a kid-friendly amusement park. However, some of the parks, such as the Jolly Roger Splash Mountain Water Park will allow parents to let their children enter the park alone. Some parents may choose to do this because everyone is charged for park entry even if you do not plan to go on the water rides (the amusement park section has no entry fee since everything is on a pay-by-the-ride basis). If you decide to do this, drop your kids at the front gate. Then instruct your kids to meet you at the exact same location at a specific time. Make sure they know how important it is to be timely. However, smaller children should always have a parent or guardian with them.


What to Do If Separated

Train your children to know what they should do if separated from you at an amusement park. Point out the uniform of someone who works at the park so they will be able to identify someone who can help rather than just go up to a stranger.  With older kids, you can often simply make sure everyone has a park map and knows where and when to meet up if you get separated. Be sure to instruct your children not to go off with strangers.



Age Appropriate Rides

Make sure that you check out minimum height restrictions before going to an amusement park. Many parks have these restrictions listed on their websites. It would be a shame to find out the day you go that your child is too short to ride anything.

Even if your child is tall enough to ride a ride, does that mean they should? Sometimes we want to push our kids to try new things, but this may result in scaring them more than empowering them. It’s okay to encourage your children to be brave, but if they are insistent they don’t want to ride don’t force them.



Click here to read about some of the family-friendly amusement parks in and near Ocean City.



SNAPSHOT: Odyssea Watersports


Odyssea Watersports — Family Friendly Fun on the Water


Photo Credit: Odyssea Watersports

Photo Credit: Odyssea Watersports


Ocean City is an amazing place for vacationers and residents alike. Not only is it an affordable desination located near many major cities, but there is so much to do! Fun activities, the beach, boardwalk, lots of nighttime adventures…the list goes on! There is something for people of all ages.

But water is one of the main features of this location. And in Ocean City, there are ample opportunities to try out water activities. But one location stands apart. A private beach, an ample supply of jetskis, paddleboards as well as pontoon boat rentals, a play area for kids. Odyssea Watersports is a family friendly and affordable destination that wants to make sure you make great vacation memories.


To Jetski, or Not to Jetski? That is the Question…
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Photo Credit: Odyssea Watersports

After 19 years in business, Odyssea knows that jetskiing and other watersports are key activities for Ocean City visitors. Water activities add excitement to vacations. And when in a new location, it’s a good idea to try new things never ventured before. Any experience level is welcome! Whether this is your first time on the water, or you’re an old pro who left your equipment at home.


Make it a Family Affair
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Photo Credit: Odyssea Watersports

Odyssea Watersports knows the importance of family. Their business started from the desire to have a business that their entire family could do together. It has since blossomed into something bigger from all the love they’ve put into it. They take pride in serving each of their customers as if they were a part of their family.

At many rental locations, if someone is not participating they are left on the sidelines. But their riding area is located very close to Odyssea’s private beach. Customers can take turns by switching drivers on the beach. Or they can watch from the comfort of the shore. On the private beach, there are picnic table to snack at while your loved ones are out on the water. There is also a play area for kids with sand toys provided.


Safety First
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Photo Credit: Odyssea Watersports

The employees at Odyssea Watersports take their job very seriously, and customer safety is of the utmost importance. They want to make sure that each and every customer feels comfortable while out on the water. So all equipment is new and top of the line.

Each activity has a professional instructor who will train customers to make sure they are ready for the water. There are also guides on the water, keeping a close eye on customers to make sure everyone is safe. If someone needs help or if they have a question, the guides are right there to help with any need.


Odyssea is a one stop shop for the most popular watersports. And the business continues to grow year after year to make sure their customers are having the most enjoyable, relaxing and exciting experience. It’s a fun way to create great family memories that can be relived time after time. Come once, and you’re sure to be one of the many who come every year.


Contact Information

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Photo Credit: Odyssea Watersports

Odyssea Watersports

5003 Coastal Highway, 50th Street & the Bay, Ocean City, MD



***Be sure to follow Odyssea Watersports on FACEBOOK, TWITTER or INSTAGRAM for special promotions happening all season long.  




NEW FOR 2016 at Odyssea Watersports!!! CLICK HERE.


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Public Transportation in Ocean City


Don’t Want to Drive? Try Out the OC’s Public Transportation!


The Boardwalk Tram is just one of the great transportation on offer to the public in Ocean City!

The Boardwalk Tram is just one of the great transportation on offer to the public in Ocean City!


Ocean City is 10 miles of the most exciting and active beachfront on the Atlantic Coast. It’s great to hangout on beach, walk the 3-mile Boardwalk, and take in the sights from your hotel balcony. But one thing you may not want to do is drive around busy streets you are unfamiliar with. Plus, if you fly to Ocean City, you may not want to add the expense of car rental. Or maybe you’ve been experiencing the exciting night life in Ocean City. What’s a safe way back to your accommodations?

The answer is Ocean City’s public transportation. The OC has plenty of inexpensive public transportation options.


Four Main Ocean City Public Transportation Services


The Boardwalk Tram

Walking the entire 3-mile Boardwalk is fun but exhausting. If you want to see everything the Boardwalk has to offer without the walk, the Boardwalk Tram is a great way to get around.

One-Way Trip: $3

8 Rides: $20

One-Day Pass: $6 (11 a.m.–4 p.m.)


The Coastal Highway Beach Bus
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If you want to travel away from the Boardwalk, the Coastal Highway Beach Bus takes you up and down the entire Coastal Highway. See what’s happening beyond the boards.

All-Day Pass: $3 (allows transfers to any Park-N-Ride bus)

 *Seniors & Disabled, half price

**Children under three-and-a-half feet ride FREE



To get beyond the beach, hitch a ride on the Park-N-Ride. This public transportation takes you to even more parts of Ocean City, so you can see more of what the OC has to offer than just the beach.

All-Day Pass: $3


Express “Beach Bus” Shuttle

Ocean City always has tons of great special events happening all season long. The Express “Beach Bus” Shuttle is a service offered when these great happenings are in town. The All-Day Pass lasts from 6 a.m. to 6 a.m. on the following day. Enjoy the event to the fullest and still have a way back to your room.

All-Day Pass: $3


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For a full schedule of these 4 forms of Ocean City Public Transportation click here.

You can also learn more about each individual service at the Ocean City official site:

Remember to enjoy your vacation. Have fun and be safe. Don’t drink and drive. Always use public transportation if you don’t have a designated driver.




SNAPSHOT: Ocean City


Ocean City—Making the Most Out of 10 Miles


Welcome to Ocean City, Maryland!

Welcome to Ocean City, Maryland!


An amazing boardwalk full of fun attractions, great shops and yummy food. A beautiful beach. Tons of events, amusement parks, museums. Ocean City has so much packed into a 10-mile stretch of land. This seaside, resort town is always bustling with activity and excitement.

Snapshot-Boardwalk2Ocean City has a variety of visitor experiences, so it makes the perfect vacation destination. With tons of fun attractions and kid-friendly restaurants, it’s a great place to bring the whole family. Need a romantic weekend away? OC is your place! Or if you want some sporting in your life—Ocean City has the best fishing, golfing and water activities in the mid-Atlantic!

There is so much to do! But don’t forget the main attraction, Ocean City’s white, sandy beaches. So grab your towel and umbrella, and get a front row seat to a beautiful view of the Atlantic. One by one, all your stresses will drop away. Then hit up the Boardwalk, with some of Ocean City’s most popular spots. Beach food, rides, arcades and bars—and live entertainment all summer long.

Photo Credit: Robyn Phillips Photography

Photo Credit: Robyn Phillips Photography

And once you’ve had your fill of the hustle and bustle, take a retreat away from the crowds. Just a short drive from Ocean City, there’s so much more to experience! Head over to Berlin, a charming, small town with tons of character. Or take a day trip to Assateague Island, where the wild ponies run freely along the surf. And of course, the local golf resorts are situated in some of the most picturesque locales, so you can play out your game in peace and solitude.

Come experience the night life, the wild life, and of course, the good life! Ocean City has something for everyone! From the picturesque back bays to the happening bars. Come experience one of America’s favorite beach towns!




Local Business Snapshots

You don’t really know a place until you shop local! If you want the real Ocean City experience, check out one of these great local businesses.


Longboard Café

Odyssea Watersports 


SNAPSHOT: Longboard Café


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Photo Credit: Longboard Cafe


If you’re thinking that Longboard Café is a casual, surf-themed restaurant, you are right! But it’s also more. Longboard takes casual dining to a new level. The idea is fine dining meets California casual. That means that one side of the table could be enjoying burgers and fish tacos while the other is eating an upscale meal of Saffron Risotto. And during the busy summer days, Longboard is bursting with patrons who thinks this formula is perfect!


The Inspiration—Sunny California

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Photo Credit: Longboard Cafe


Owner, Rick Vach, started out his casual yet refined concept at a smaller restaurant in Sunset Island. The restaurant was such a success that he decided to head to the big leagues in Ocean City. Longboard Café was born from a similar concept.

Rick had a long surfing background. He also missed the amazing food he had encountered during his time in California and Mexico. This makes Longboard different than anything else you’ll find in Ocean City. From the time you step in, you get a sense of the laid back atmosphere. From the vintage longboards lining the walls to the bamboo décor. It feels like California. And the food is not your usual Ocean City seafood fare.


Comfortable When You Step In—Impressed When You Step Out


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Photo Credit: Longboard Cafe

The food! The dining at Longboard Café is comparable to any other fine dining in town! When you arrive, you have an instant sense of comfortability. But after you sample the cuisine, you will leave impressed by the quality, fine dining.

The specialties are West Coast oriented, giving patrons a taste of something different. Customers who have been to California are reminded of the cuisine. But it’s not typical resort fare.

Photo Credit: Longboard Cafe

Photo Credit: Longboard Cafe

An eclectic menu is the name of the game. Each time a new item is added, it does well. So they can’t cut anything from their growing menu. The chefs are not classically trained but they are foodies. They are always playing around with recipes, trying something new.

And what a menu! Salads replete with creative toppings—like grilled chicken, granny smith apples, roasted corn and a honey lime vinaigrette. The best tacos in town. Gourmet hamburgers, made with short rib and chuck brisket. Incredible seafood prepared fresh. And of course, a customer favorite, the wrinkled green beans.


Longboard Looking Ahead

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Photo Credit: Longboard Cafe

During the summer season, Longboard is always bursting at the seams. So think ahead when planning a visit.

Daily specials will always be changing. Be sure to check out their lunch sandwiches, the Fish of the Day, the Risotto of the Day and the Steak/Chop of the Day. They’re always trying out exotic game or fresh seafood.

There’s also live entertainment three to four times a week, starting around 8:30 p.m.





Contact Information

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Photo Credit: Longboard Cafe

Longboard Café

6701 Coastal Highway 4, Ocean City, MD









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