Coming downy Ocean for summer vacay?
Here are five essential facts about O.C.–
But there may not be a place to lay your blanket on some of the narrowest areas but you can usually find a place at the southern end where the sand seems endless (and hot) all the way to the surf.
Whether you brought your board or just like to watch, surf beaches are posted for every weekday in summer. On weekends, stick to your boogie board.
3 Park your car and leave it. Coastal Hwy. can be its own parking lot.
Take the bus, take the tram, take a bike. Leave your car alone if you possibly can. Traffic is fierce especially at night. The Beach Bus costs $3 for 24 hours of carefree transportation. At night it’s so popular you just might meet the love of your life. And if a party in Dewey is your destination, you can catch the Delaware’s DART bus at Maryland’s last stop on 144th Street. the DART bus actually goes all the way to Lewes. The Boardwalk Tram is $3 a ride for the 20-plus blocks of the boardwalk. Expensive but worth it if you or your whining kid just can’t walk another block. Here’s the whole schedule. Want a bike? There are plenty of rentals. It’s easy to find a place; go online or pick up Sunny Day magazine for a coupon.
4 Bring your clubs — or pick up a putter.
If you prefer your golf to have manicured greens, lovely clubhouses and maybe a water view, you can take your pick here. The list includes Glen Riddle, originally the home of horse racing legends Man O’War and War Admiral, and Eagle’s Landing, with gorgeous bay views. All of them are on the mainland.
But if you like plastic lions, sharks or fountains filled with blue water, mini-golf is for you. All are located right on Coastal Highway: Old Pro Golf has six courses, including two indoor courses. Professor Hakker’s Lost Treasure Golf on 139th brings a bit of Indiana Jones adventure to life. And Lost Galaxy Golf on 33rd takes putt-putt golf out of this world. (Sorry, I just had to…)
5 Ocean City is more than a beach.
What else is there to do when you need a break from sand and surf? Glad you asked. Here’s a very partial list.
Horse racing and slots at Ocean Downs.
Water sports, from kayaking to jet-skiing to parasailing.
Frontier Town, a 50-year-old Old West town on the way to Assateague. It’s still fun.
Photos courtesy Town of Ocean City Tourism Office
© Photo of beach, Ferris wheel and tram by Gina Truitt