Family-Friendly Activities

 

There are plenty of family-friendly activities in Ocean City, Maryland!

path to the beach

Want to explore Ocean City on two—or four—wheels? Stop by Bike World on Caroline Street where you can rent all types of bicycles, whether you’re looking for comfort or speed. Grab a friend and rent a tandem bicycle, or rent a surrey that will fit the whole family. And remember, fun cycles aren’t just for the kids!

If you’d rather cruise than peddle around town, Ocean City Scooter Rentals is the place for you. Visit one of the two locations on 22nd and 54th Streets, and zip around Ocean City on a scooter, which is available for hourly, half or full day rentals. Helmets are included with your rental, and smiles are a sure thing.

A taste of the Old West is never too far away in Ocean City due to the popular western theme park at Frontier Town. Explore the replica western town circa 1880, and meet some colorful characters like cowboys, Indians and can-can girls.

Then head over to the adjacent water park to float along the Lazy River, slide down a variety of water slides or play 18 holes of mini-golf.

Calling budding artists of all ages, Jeffrey Auxer Designs offers lessons and classes to learn the basics of glassblowing. For a truly unique activity, visit the blown glass and fine art studio, located on Jefferson Street in Berlin. You can:

  • Witness the beauty of blown glass
  • Browse the gift shop
  • Make your very own glass piece

 

In search of live music and theater while on vacation? Be entertained at the OC Jamboree, an art music theater located in West Ocean City home to fun and family-friendly shows.

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Fun Activities in Ocean City, Maryland

 

Discover all the fun activities to do in Ocean City, Maryland!

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A special museum on the Boardwalk displays artifacts of a whole different nature. Ripley’s Believe it Or Not! Museum features more than 500 bizarre exhibits from around the world.

Enjoy some laughs at Flashback Old Time Photos, which has three locations in Ocean City—two on the Boardwalk and one in the OC Square Shopping Center. Nothing can be as entertaining as watching your family members dress up as saloon girls, pirates, gangsters and cowboys and then having the photos to prove it.

Go-karting is one activity that unites both kids and adults. Kids love getting behind the wheel of something motorized, and the challenge of a race is felt by young and old. Baja Amusements in West Ocean City has:

  • Eight different go-kart tracks for all ages
  • Ocean City’s fast half-mile track
  • Single- and twin-engine karts for maximum speed
  • An 18-hole mini golf course
  • Bumper boats
  • Two climbing walls
  • Kiddie rides

Grand Prix Amusements also boasts eight go-kart tracks, including the favorite Grand Prix Track, featuring half a mile of banked curves and racing action. Reach ultimate speeds on the new Bullit Racing Go-Karts. The seven acres of the amusement park are filled with loads of other attractions including

  • Land and water rides
  • Bumper boats
  • Batting cages
  • And more!

 

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Looking for fun activities to do on the water while in Ocean City?See here for a complete list!
 

Things To Do at the Pocomoke River State Park

 

Embrace the Outdoors at Pocomoke River State Park!

Consisting of 17,676 acres of land, the Pocomoke River State Park rests between Snow Hill and Pocomoke City in Worcester County.

Today, the park is famous for its loblolly pine and cypress swamps that border the scenic Pocomoke River, which means black water, which means good fishing!

fish caught

Caught Flounder

There is always a good chance to spot plants and wildlife in both the swamps and upland, including pink laurel, bald eagles, river otters, white dogwood and over 50 species of fish.

Recreational activities include:

  • Boat rental
  • Camp fire programs
  • Fishing
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking on trails
  • Swimming
  • Camping
  • Flat water canoeing
  • Playground
  • And more!

There are also nearby attractions that serve as a great representation of the surrounding cities and towns such as:

  • Assateague and Chincoteague Islands
  • NASA’s Wallops Island Visitors Center
  • Delmarva Discovery Center
  • Furnace Town

Must-Dos in Pocomoke City and Snow Hill

 

Classic Small Towns on a Scenic River

While exploring the charming and manicured streets of Snow Hill and Pocomoke City, be sure to check out these highlighted features of the two cities:

The Delmarva Discovery Center

This living museum has a prime spot just a few feet away from the Pocomoke River and the town’s picture-perfect drawbridge. Stow your car here and spend the day exploring Pocomoke by foot.

Inside the center, you’re far more than a spectator. Go ahead and touch, listen, experiment and explore.

It’s a hands-on experience that offers a fun and fascinating look at the Pocomoke River, its history, ecology and role in the lives of folks in this region for the past 300 years.

Furnace Town Living Heritage Museum

This gem sits in the heart of the Pocomoke River State Forest. Maryland’s only bog ore furnace is just five miles north of Snow Hill on the banks of Nassawango Creek.

Furnace Town hosts many special events throughout the year featuring art, music and living history. Adjoining Furnace Town is The Nature Conservancy Nassawango Preserve.

Take a hike on their one-mile trail through forest and swamp.

hiking through a trail

Hiking Trial

Water Travel

Take a river cruise aboard a 22 foot pontoon boat which anchors in Snow Hill. Paddle on the Pocomoke River and Nassawango Creek with the Pocomoke River Canoe Company.

Golf

Golfers can head to Winter Quarters Municipal Golf Course, a nine-hole, par 35 course in Pocomoke City or play at the Nassawango Country Club, an 18-hole, par 72 championship course on the banks of the Pocomoke River in Snow Hill.

Downtown History and Culture

With their classic brick-fronted storefronts, Pocomoke and Snow Hill’s downtown harkens back to small-town America with a smattering of shops, restaurants and museums.

Take a tour of the stately Costen House and the Sturgis One Room School Museum. Another downtown jewel is the Mar-Va Theater, an Art Deco beauty from 1927 that was renovated and reopened in 2008. The Mar-Va offers movies, theatrical productions, concerts and more.

You can also visit the Julia Purnell Museum in Snow Hill and participate in the First Friday Arts on the River events.

For more information about Pocomoke City and Snow Hill, visit www.pocomoke.com and www.snowhillmd.com

Best Craft Beer in Ocean City, Maryland

 

Ocean City’s Finest Craft Beer!

Ocean City Craft Beer

Ocean City Craft Beer

 

1. 28th Street Pit & Pub
28th Street, North Philadelphia Ave.
410-289-2020 • Open daily 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

  •  Beer, BBQ & Ribs!
  • Family-friendly
  • Children’s menu for children under the age of 10
  • Private parties and groups welcome
  • Happy Hour everyday from 3 to 6 p.m.
  • Carry-out and limited delivery

2. 45th Street Taphouse Bar & Grill
4507 Coastal Highway
443-664-2201 • Open daily 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

  • Culinary experience overlooking the bay
  • 36 specialty beers on tap
  • Appetizers, Burgers, Plates, Little Surfer’s menu and desserts
  • Diing available inside and outside
  • Happy House everyday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Open 7 days a week

3. De Lazy Lizard Bar & Grill
302 North 1st Street • 410-289-1122

  • Waterfront and indoor bar and grill
  • Delicious food and tropical drinks
  • Fun, casual (kid-friendly) and tasteful atmosphere
  • Over 20 years of experience in the business
  • Home of the Craft Beer Tower
  • Happy Hour from 3 – 6 p.m.

4. Fish Tails Bar & Grill (Re-opening April 15th)
2207 Herring Way
410-289-0990 • Open Sunday-Saturday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

  • Casual dining experience
  • Family-friendly
  • Overlooking the Bay on 21st Street in Bahia Marina
  • Menu prepared with the freshest products onsite
  • Fun and attentive staff
  • Happy Hour Monday-Friday from 3 – 6 p.m.

 

See here for more great places for Craft Beer in Ocean City, Maryland!

Things To Do in Salisbury, Maryland

 

The largest city on the Eastern Shore of Maryland

Salisbury still has a small-town feel even though it is such a large city. Just a half-hour west of Ocean City, Salisbury offers a peaceful atmosphere, great shopping, dining and entertainment plus several unique attractions.

One of the most popular attractions in town is the Salisbury Zoo. Nestled among the tress in a shady park along the banks of a branch of the Wicomico River, the Salisbury Zoo is a quiet treat for the young at heart.

Founded more than 50 years ago by the City of Salisbury, the zoo’s mission is to further animal conservation and environmental awareness while providing a friendly, relaxing environment with education and recreational opportunities. Naturalistic habitats are provided for animals native to North, Central and South America and include a diverse array of animals including spectacled bears, spider monkeys, bobcats, bald eagles and one of the nation’s finest waterfowl collections.

Admission and parking are free. The zoo is open daily, year-round from 9a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Group guided tours are available by appointment. The zoo is located 27 miles west of Ocean City off Highway 50. For more information, call 410-548-3188 or visit www.salisburyzoo.org.

Another popular attraction in Salisbury is The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art. The most comprehensive collection of wildfowl carving in the world, The Ward Museum is on the campus of Salisbury University and features a world-renowned collection of the indigenous North American art form of woodcarving.

Find everything from antique working decoys to internationally-acclaimed contemporary sculptures and paintings at this entirely unique museum. Brother Lern and Steve Ward of Crisfield, Maryland founded the museum, carrying their skills and visions to elevate decoy carvings to a bona fide fine art. Today, the museum works to promote, preserve and perpetuate wildfowl art.

Several galleries explore the history and heritage of the art form, examining the relationship of man and nature. Changing exhibits, educational programs and tours guarantee an exciting pace and loads to do for each member of the family.

The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art is located at 909 South Schumaker Drive in Salisbury. Call 410-742-4988 or visit www.wardmuseum.org for more formation.

No trip to Salisbury is complete without a visit to The Country House, “The Largest Country Store in the East.” You’ll quickly discover why customers from across the country say it’s “worth the trip.” Browse more than 21,00 square feet of Eastern Shore treasures, antique reproductions, country primitive home furnishings, gifts and collectibles.

Open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and located at 805 East Main Street, Salisbury Maryland 21804. Shop online at www.thecountryhouse.com.

Ocean City February Events

 

2nd Annual Mardi Gras Pit & Pub

When: Saturday, February 8, 2015 from 6-11 p.m.

Where: 28th Street Pit and Pub

2706 N. Philadelphia Avenue, Ocean City, Maryland

Why:

  • Cajun buffet, desserts, champagne, hurricane fountains and draft beer
  • Silent auction, bake sale and palm/tarot reader
  • Drag queen comedy act and blues band Skyla Burrell
  • Benefits the Ravens roost #58 Community Outreach programs

Tickets: $30.00 per person or $50.00 per couple. Purchase at the pub or by calling 443-497-2040, 443-944-4763 or 410-289-2020.

 

32nd Annual Seaside Boat Show

When: February 13, 14 and 15, 2015. Friday- 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday- 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday- 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Ocean City Convention Center

4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, Maryland

Why:

  • About 350 boats on display for show
  • over 140 exhibitors including over 50 boat dealers
  • Bass boats and accessory show special
  • The #1 Inside Boat Show on the eastern shore

Tickets: Regular admission- $10.00. Weekend Pass- $15.00

See here for more information about the event.

 

3rd Friday

When: February 20, 2015 from 5:00-9:00 p.m.

Where: Main Street in Salisbury
218 West Main Street, Salisbury, Maryland

Why:

  • A free art and entertainment event
  • Held on every 3rd Friday of every month for your conveinice
  • Live music, local art, shopping and local food

See here for more information about the event.

 

 

 

 

 

Ocean City Food 101

 

An Inside Look on Ocean City’s Finest Eats

FRESH CATCH

Much of the fresh catch from the Atlantic Ocean and their tributaries winds up on restaurant menus. When dining out, look for blackboard specials—these usually indicate what the chief received fresh that day. Some of the fish found in the region include:

  • Atlantic mackerel
  • Black sea bass
  • Bluefish
  • Catfish
  • Croaker
  • Flounder
  • Scup
  • Sea Trout
  • Shad
  • Spanish mackerel
  • Tuna
  • Spot
  • Striped bass

Of course, fish can be prepared in many ways, including fried, broiled and sauteed, and many restaurants have specialty house sauces to accompany the catch.

fresh salmon

Fresh salmon and grilled vegetables dish

CRABS

Call the crab the king of the Chesapeake Bay, resplendent in a brilliant blue color and, in the case of females, bright red tips on the end of pincers.

Crabmeat is sweet, succulent and found in many forms in Ocean City restaurants. From the firs full moon in May until late summer, soft-shell crabs are found in eateries prepared fried, broiled or sauteed. Hard-shell crabs are also served steamed, plated with small mallets to crack open and pick for the sweet meat.

Perhaps the most popular use for crabmeat, crab cakes combine a mixture of crabmeat and, most commonly, bread crumbs, herbs and spices and sometimes mayonnaise. Chefs form the mixture into a patty and serve broiled or fried.

OYSTERS

Some consider oysters even more American than apple pie. English colonists found these bivalve beauties abundant in the Chesapeake Bay, and Native Americans taught early settlers how to catch and prepare oysters—methods still used today.

Protected by thick shells, the oyster meat inside is rich, succulent, earthy and sweet. A lot of folks enjoy oysters on the half shell, freshly shucked and served chilled and raw, with the addition of a wedge of lemon or cocktail sauce. Throughout Ocean City, you will find a large selection of raw bars—places specializing in preparing and serving raw oysters and other seafood.

Oysters are also found on menus prepared in other ways, including fried, on sandwiches and smoked.

oysters and a drink

Fresh Oysters and a Glass of White Wine

BARBECUE

Adopt North Carolina’s barbecue as part of your own! One of the outstanding eats is Carolina-style barbecue. First, understand the words “barbecue” and “grilling” are not synonymous. Also understand that, in the South, barbecue means pork, not chicken or beef.

Barbecue is a combination of pork, heat and smoke that makes a tender, rich, succulent meat usually minced and paired with a thin tomato-vinegar sauce. Typical of this region, sandwiches come topped with a heaping scoop of coleslaw.

The taste is sublime—smoky, tangy, sweet—and leads to an experience that must be repeated over and over again.

Look for Carolina-style listed on area menus, and ask for the sauce on the side.

PIZZA

No matter where you are traveling, sometimes there is nothing better than a fresh, hot piece of pizza with all your favorite toppings.

Well, Ocean City is a great place to be when you get this craving—no matter what the hour. There are several pizza places to choose from in Ocean City, even those that are open until 4 a.m. for those all nighters!

See here for a complete guide of pizza places in Ocean City!

pizza with toppings

Pizza with various toppings

 

Fun Things To Do in Salisbury, Maryland

 

Popular Activities in Salisbury, Maryland

One of the most popular attractions in town is the Salisbury Zoo. Nestled among the trees in a shady park along the banks of a branch of the Wicomico River, the Salisbury Zoo is a quiet treat for the young at heart.

Founded more than 50 years ago by the City of Salisbury, the zoo’s mission is to further animal conservation and environmental awareness while providing a friendly, relaxing environment with education and recreational opportunities.

Naturalistic habitats are provided for animals native to North, Central and South America and include a diverse array of animals including:

  • Spectacled bears
  • Spider monkeys
  • Bobcats
  • Bison
  • Bald eagles
  • Waterfowl collections

Admission and parking are free. The zoo is open daily, year-round from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Group guided tours are available by appointment.

The zoo is located 27 miles west of Ocean City off Hwy. 50. For more information, call 410-548-3188 or visit www.salisburyzoo.org.

Another popular attraction in Salisbury is The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art. The most comprehensive collection of wildfowl carving in the world, The Ward Museum is on the campus of Salisbury University and features a world-renowned collection of the indigenous North American art form of woodcarving.

Find everything from antique working decoys to internationally-acclaimed contemporary sculptures and paintings at this entirely unique museum.

See here for more to do in Salisbury, Maryland!

Entertainment and Nightlife in Ocean City, Maryland

 

Nightlife in Ocean City, Maryland!

After a long day in the sun, unwind at one of our many wonderful Happy Hours and then watch as the boardwalk comes alive with bright lights, and waterfront bars liven up with beach music and local bands.

Young and old will find many exciting options for evening entertainment in and around the oceanfront area. On the boardwalk, many of the attractions are open until midnight including rides, amusement parks and arcades.

Ride a roller coaster under the light of the moon, or grab some ice cream and sit on the bench to enjoy the sounds, sights and scents of the boardwalk at night.

amusement part at night

Ferris Wheel at Night

Watch as everyone from strolling couples with starry eyes to young adults looking for a fun night on the town walk along the historic boardwalk, as generations before them have done for years.

Live music can be heard everywhere, from small pubs to beachfront restaurants. Outdoor bars often feature a small acoustic band playing beach tunes, while other restaurants have country, rock, pop or jazz bands playing on a regular basis.

Any night of the week, you’re sure to find some live music to suit your tastes. Just call ahead and ask who’s on the lineup for that night.

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