Ocean City, MD - Anyone Been There?

August 13, 2010 at 06:23:48
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I'm taking the family to Ocean City, MD next week. Is anybody familiar with the area?

We're not big time partiers so I'm not interested in bars and night clubs. I've already done the requisite Internet searches for Things To Do but I'm hoping for some personal recommendations.

I'm looking for things to do like Assateague Island State Park, the best spot for crabbing, etc. Day trips by car to surrounding areas would be fine.

It'll be the wife and I and four "kids" ages 18 - 24.

Any thoughts?


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August 13, 2010 at 10:41:35
I use to live in the DC area.

Ocean City is very crowded, very. You mainly go there for the drinks and the people, enjoying the water is very difficult at best.

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August 13, 2010 at 10:47:12
Went there over 20 years ago. Ocean City, MD is the fishing capitol for a couple of species. Some marlin and bluefish.

I took an 8 hour charter to bluefish. This was a boat with only 6 or less fishermen and you troll for bluefish. The boat, with 4 of us caught 47 bluefish for one of the best fishing experiences I ever had. No guarantees and I don't remember what time of the year it was. There may be certain seasons. There are also drift boats that carry more passengers. They are cheaper but not as good an experience.


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August 13, 2010 at 11:42:52

Reminds me of something Yogi Berra once said:

"Nobody goes there anymore; it's too crowded."

If nobody was enjoying the water, then why would it be so crowded? If they're all in the bars, that's good for me 'cuz that's not where I want to be.

P.S. I just looked at Google maps. The beaches are empty. ;-)

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August 13, 2010 at 12:40:58

Somebody just sent me these...



Doesn't seem too bad for a hot Friday afternoon, especially for someone who grew up going to Jones Beach on Long Island.

By mid-afternoon the beach blankets (and radio stations) were overlapping. We'd go early in the morning, get a front row parking spot, enjoy a few hours of body-surfing and then laugh at the incoming traffic as we were heading out.

The best part was watching people try to get our parking spot. I've seen people jump out of their car from 3 rows away and stand in the spot until the driver could get to it. Lots of yelling and cursing from other cars.

I'm glad I moved away from all that.

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August 13, 2010 at 14:02:02
Hmmm.. that doesn't look too bad for this time of year.

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August 22, 2010 at 08:03:01
re: Ocean City is very crowded, very. You mainly go there for the drinks and the people, enjoying the water is very difficult at best.

We're back!

I have to say that based on my experience, the above is not true.

I guess it's all in how you structure your time. We spent most days traveling around the area and did most of our swimming later in the day.

Some highlights...

Assateague Island, where the wild horses came right up to our beach blanket. One used his nose to open our towel bin looking for food. By the time we finished walking the various trails on the island, the beach was practically empty.

Deal Island Wildlife Management Area, where we used chicken legs and string to catch enough Maryland Blue Crab to feed the 6 of us. Crabs were hitting the chicken within seconds. Some were too small to keep, but it didn't take long to catch a couple of dozen keepers.

Salibury, MD where we rode a tiny cable guided ferry across the Wicomico River - 2 cars/6 passenger maximum. We had six people with us, so we got a "private ride".

BTW..the beaches aren't crowded after 5 PM - or during rain storms. It was absolutely pouring Wednesday morning, so we put on our bathing suits and walked the 1/4 mile from our condo to the beach. We got lots of honks and cheers as we skipped through the puddles while crossing Coastal Highway. The waves were crashing and the beach was almost - but not entirely - empty. The lifeguards were there, all bundled up in their hooded rain gear. One note: If you choose to swim after 5 PM, you do so at your own risk since the lifeguards quit at 5.

We packed our own lunches for our day trips and brought dinners from home so we avoided the restaurant crowds and saved a ton of money on meals.

Friday was the only day we actually stayed in the Ocean City area. We went parasailing in the morning, ate lunch at the Crabcake Factory (our only restaurant visit) and spent the late afternoon and early evening riding the surf.

It was a great vacation and I'm definitely not looking forward to going to work on Monday!

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September 21, 2010 at 08:00:23
If you're going to ocean city then i would suggest checking out the activities on the boardwalk and beach like the street performers. on the beach you can fly kites or just layout but you have to go farther up the beach, closer to 60th street in order to avoid most of the beach crowd.

When I go to Ocean City I normally don't try the water activities because my family is more of the beach bum variety. However, if you go to some of the bars on the bayside, you'll see the fisherman come in and gut their catches. Just last week I saw a 250lb shark being cut and trimmed.

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September 22, 2010 at 12:59:40
Hmm..thanks for the advice, but did you read the response just above yours?

I've been back for over a month.

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