Top 5 Beach Reads for this Summer!

As summer unfolds and the days stretch longer, there’s no better time to indulge in some captivating reads. There are so many books being released this summer! Here are my top 5 recommendations for your next read on the Ocean City beaches.

1. Funny Story by Emily Henry


Emily Henry returns with another captivating tale that’s sure to bring laughter and joy to your summer. Set it Waning Bay, Michigan, “Funny Story” is a delightful blend of humor and heart. You follow the quirky and endearing protagonist as they navigate unexpected twists and turns in life. Henry’s sharp wit and relatable characters make this a perfect beach read that will leave you smiling long after you’ve turned the last page.



2. Just for the Summer by Abby Jimenez

Abby Jimenez delivers a swoon-worthy romance with “Just for the Summer.” The Protagonist has a curse: everyone woman he dates finds “the one” after they breakup. When a girl with the same problem contacts him with a plan to cancel out their curse he agrees. This story follows the two characters to a private island on Lake Minnetonka where they are supposed to just enjoy a little summer fling. Jimenez’s talent for creating lovable characters and steamy romantic tension ensures this book will be a hit for anyone looking to get lost in a love story this summer.


3. The God of the Woods by Liz Moore

For those who crave a bit of mystery and intrigue, “The God of the Woods” by Liz Moore is a must-read. When the daughter of the family that owns the Van Laar Preserve summer camp goes missing in 1975 all bets are off. Especially since this isn’t the first time one of the Van Laar’s children has gone missing. Told in two timelines, Moore’s masterful storytelling and atmospheric writing will keep you on the edge of your seat, making it the perfect companion for a cool summer evening.


4. Pearce Oysters by Joselyn Takacs

Dive into the world of “Pearce Oysters,” where the intricacies of family, tradition, and the sea come together in a beautifully woven narrative. Joselyn Takacs crafts a poignant story about a family-run oyster business and the challenges they face in maintaining their legacy. Following the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, the protagonist must unite his family and community to save not only the business but the Gulf Coast. With its rich descriptions and heartfelt moments, this novel is perfect for those who appreciate stories of resilience and the bonds that tie us together.


5. A Novel Love Story by Ashley Poston

Ashley Poston brings a fresh and contemporary take on romance with “A Novel Love Story.” This charming tale follows a hopeless romantic, Eileen Merriweather, who finds herself stranded in the town of one of her favorite romance series, Eloraton. In this seemingly perfect place, she discovers it’s frozen in the late author’s last unfinished story. Determined to complete the tale, she encounters a grumpy, yet alluring, bookstore owner who complicates her mission. As Eloraton’s fate intertwines with her own, Eileen realizes her true happily-ever-after might be within reach.


Fun Experiences around Ocean City

Ride the Waves: Sea Rocket & Surf Lessons

Sea Rocket Adventures: If you’re looking for a high-speed adventure on the water, the Sea Rocket is your ticket to excitement. This thrilling speedboat ride offers breathtaking views of the coastline and a good chance of spotting dolphins. It’s perfect for adrenaline junkies and those who want to see Ocean City from a unique perspective. To receive a 10% discount on an Sea Rocket experience click here and enter the code “OCMDHOTELS10”.

Surf Lessons: Learn to surf with Wave Riding School in Ocean City, MD. Led by Brian Stoehr and his expert team, they offer 1.5-hour lessons for $99 in surfing, bodyboarding, skimboarding, and more. Suitable for all ages and skill levels, their unique teaching approach guarantees fun and success.

Sessions are available at 8:30 am or 5:30 pm. Book your spot by calling or texting 443-203-WAVE (9283) or online here

Family Fun & Thrills: Jolly Roger, Trimper Rides & Mini Golf

Jolly Roger Amusement Park: This iconic amusement park offers a blend of classic and modern rides that guarantee fun for all ages. From roller coasters to water slides, Jolly Roger is a playground of joy. The park also features mini-golf and go-karts, making it a perfect destination for family outings. See the front desk at an OCMD Hotel for more information on a discount.

Trimper Rides: Step into a world of nostalgia with Trimper Rides, a historic amusement park with over a century of entertainment history. Its vintage carousel, classic midway games, and a variety of rides capture the charm and magic of Ocean City’s past while providing endless fun for visitors today.

Mini Golf: Did you really visit Ocean City if you didn’t go mini golfing? Whether you’re navigating a pirate’s cove, a jungle adventure, or a fantastical world, mini-golf is a quintessential part of the Ocean City experience. It’s perfect for families, couples, and groups of friends looking to have a good time. Visit Nick’s Mini Golf for an exclusive discount if you are staying in one of our hotels. See the front desk at an OCMD Hotel for more information on a discount.

Outdoor Adventures: Assateague Island & Oceanic Fishing Pier

Assateague Island: Just a short drive from Ocean City, Assateague Island is renowned for its wild horses and pristine beaches. Whether you’re exploring the trails, enjoying a beach picnic, or camping under the stars, Assateague offers a serene escape into nature. Don’t miss the chance to witness the island’s famous wild ponies roaming free!

Oceanic Fishing Pier: Cast a line and relax at the Oceanic Fishing Pier. This iconic spot is great for fishing enthusiasts and those looking to enjoy the scenic views of the inlet. Look out for bluefish, stripers, shad, flounder, sharks and more! Open 24 hours during the season, it’s a peaceful place to soak up the coastal atmosphere, whether you’re fishing at dawn or stargazing at night.

Creative Escapes: Glass Blowing, Classes at the Art League of Ocean City & TC Studios

Glass Blowing at Jeffery Auxer Designs: Unleash your inner artist with a glass-blowing class in Berlin, MD. This hands-on experience allows you to create your own unique glass pieces under the guidance of skilled artisans. It’s a mesmerizing process that combines art and science, making it an unforgettable activity. Classes range in price from $35 – $95. Call 443-513-4210 for reservations or visit their website here for more info.

Classes at the Art League of Ocean City: For those who prefer a different artistic medium, the Art League offers a variety of classes from painting to pottery. It’s a wonderful way to tap into your creativity while learning from local artists. Plus, you get to take home your masterpiece as a unique souvenir of your Ocean City visit. Check out their schedule here to see what classes are coming up. They fill up fast so make sure you register early!

TC Studios: Another fantastic spot for art enthusiasts is TC Studios. Here, you can participate in various art classes, from pottery to canvas painting. The studio offers a relaxed environment where you can unleash your creativity. Whether you’re crafting something for yourself or creating a gift for someone special, TC Studios provides a wonderful way to spend a few hours immersed in the joy of making art.

Unique Experiences: Seacrets Distillery Tour, Shorebirds & Ocean’s and Country Calling

Seacrets Distillery Tour: Step back in time with a tour of Seacrets Distillery. Discover the art of crafting rum and other spirits while exploring the speakeasy-themed distillery. The tour offers a fascinating look at the distillation process and ends with a tasting session, making it a delightful experience for those who appreciate a good drink and a bit of history.

Shorebirds: Catch a Delmarva Shorebirds game, the local Minor League Baseball team. It’s a fun and family-friendly way to enjoy America’s favorite pastime. The atmosphere at the stadium is always lively, with plenty of activities and promotions to keep fans entertained beyond the game. Use this link to book a game.

Oceans and Country Calling: For music lovers, the Oceans Calling Festival is a must-attend event. Held annually, this festival brings together a diverse lineup of artists performing on multiple stages right on the beach. The combination of great music, ocean views, and a vibrant crowd makes for an unforgettable experience. This year is the first Country Calling music festival!

Top Ten Things for Teens to Do in Ocean City

Top Ten Things for Teens to Do in Ocean City, Maryland

Ocean City, Maryland, is the ultimate destination for families looking for a fun-filled vacation. Known for our sandy beaches, boardwalk, and endless entertainment options, this coastal town is a paradise for teenagers seeking excitement. Whether you’re planning a trip for the first time or you’re a seasoned visitor, here’s a guide to the top ten things teens can do to make the most of their Ocean City experience while the kiddos get sandy.

1. Explore the Ocean City Boardwalk

The Ocean City Boardwalk is the heart of the city’s action. Spanning three miles, this bustling stretch is packed with shops, eateries, and entertainment options that teens will love. There’s no shortage of fun here, from souvenir hunting at the quirky shops to delicious boardwalk fries. Don’t miss the arcades, where you can challenge friends to a skeeball game or try your luck at winning a prize.

2. Hit the Beach

Of course, no trip to Ocean City is complete without spending time on its beaches. Teens can dive into the waves, join a beach volleyball game, or simply relax with a beach read. For the more adventurous, they can participate in sandcastle competitions or surf lessons, the perfect way to add a little extra excitement to the day.

3. Thrilling Water Sports

For those seeking adrenaline, Ocean City offers a variety of water sports. Jet skiing, parasailing, and kayaking are just a few of the options available. Whether you’re gliding across the water at high speed or enjoying a peaceful paddle along the coast, these activities provide a great way to experience the ocean in new and exciting ways.

4. Theme and Water Parks

Teens looking for a mix of thrills and chills should head to Jolly Roger Amusement Park or Splash Mountain Water Park. Jolly Roger features roller coasters, bumper cars, and carnival games, while Splash Mountain offers a range of water slides and lazy rivers. Both parks promise hours of fun and are sure to be a hit with the younger crowd.

5. Miniature Golf Courses

Miniature golf is a beloved pastime in Ocean City, and there are plenty of courses to choose from. Each one has its unique theme, from pirates to dinosaurs. Challenge your friends to see who can get the most hole-in ones!

6. Outdoor Adventure Parks

For a day packed with adventure, check out one of the area’s outdoor adventure parks. Places around town offer zip-lining, ropes courses, skydiving and go-karting. Teens can test their courage and agility while enjoying the beautiful outdoor settings.

7. Go Shopping

Shopping in Ocean City is a must-do, with plenty of stores catering to teens. Explore the boutiques and surf shops along the boardwalk, or take a trip to Tanger Outlets for great deals on popular brands. Whether you’re looking for the latest fashion or unique souvenirs, you’ll find plenty to browse.

8. Attend Local Events

Ocean City hosts a variety of events and festivals throughout the year that are perfect for teens. From music festivals to fireworks displays, there’s always something happening. Check local listings for events like the OC Air Show, Sunfest, or the White Marlin Open which offer entertainment and activities for all ages.

9. Skate Park

For teens who love to skateboard or BMX, the Ocean City Skate Park is a must-visit. Located right off the boardwalk, this park offers a range of ramps, bowls, and rails suitable for all skill levels. It is newly renovated and a great place for teens to practice their tricks or meet other skaters. Don’t have your gear? No problem—there are rental options available nearby. The park also hosts occasional competitions, events, and classes so be sure to check the schedule.

10. Shorebirds Game

If you want to take a break from the busy downtown, hop on Rt 50 and catch a Baseball game at the Delmarva Shorebird Stadium in Salisbury. Between innings, there are contests, mascots, and entertainment that keep the excitement going. The stadium also often features special events like fireworks nights or themed games, adding an extra layer of fun to the experience. Don’t forget to grab a ballpark hotdog while you’re there!

Sea Rocket Discount for OCMD Hotels Guests

Ocean City, Maryland, is more than a picturesque beachfront town boasting mouth watering seafood and breathtaking landscapes. It’s a vibrant community enriched by tradition and a shared love for the sea. Embodied in this community spirit is a long-standing opportunity of adventure for over 35 years, the Sea Rocket! Showcasing how this celebrated attraction seamlessly blends thrilling water activities with Ocean City’s robust community, let’s set sail on an exploratory experience.

The Patriotic Spirit of the Sea Rocket Speedboat

The Sea Rocket, painted in patriotic colors of red, white, and blue, symbolizes the American Dream! This is more than a speedboat; it’s an emblem of national pride that rides the waves of Ocean City. The Sea Rocket experience allows both locals and visitors to engage with the Atlantic Ocean’s mighty splendor while taking in an awe-inspiring perspective of Ocean City’s skyline. As you skim along the coastline, you can spot iconic landmarks, your own hotel such as The Doubletree by Hilton or The Holiday Inn, and even playful bottlenose dolphins, our regular aquatic companions- further enhancing your connection with this vibrant coastal community.

Basking in Nature’s Grandeur: Sea Rocket Sunset Cruises

As your day of adventure comes to an end, we invite you to join us on a more relaxing adventure: the Sea Rocket Sunset Cruise. Watch as the setting sun paints a canvas of golden hues across the sky, bathing the cityscape in a warm, calming light. Every landmark, from the bustling boardwalk to the beautiful beachside hotels, radiates in the sunset’s glow. These shared moments of tranquility, watching nature’s spectacle together, are the very essence of our close-knit community. Harrison’s Harbor Watch, only 5 minutes away, is one site that may grab your attention and be the place for dinner after your cruise comes to an end.

Elevating Adventures with Ocean Parasailing

For thrill-seekers, Sea Rocket’s parasailing ventures offer an exhilarating bird’s-eye view of our beautiful city and the neighboring Assateague Island State Park. As you’re lifted high into the sky, snugly fastened, and securely linked to our trusty boat, you’ll get a whole new perspective on Ocean City! It’s a sight that’ll stick with you as you satisfy your thrill seeking desire. Hey, is that your hotel over there? Seeing it from way up here sure makes you feel like a part of this remarkable city! Who knows, this new view may pique your interest of some new places to visit once you return to land, such as the new Wedge Bar that is located right in the inlet!

Sea Rocket: Activities for All

The Sea Rocket offers various exciting water activities for everyone. Hop onto our Banana Boat for an adrenaline-fueled ride or explore the calm waters with our kayak and Stand Up Paddle Boards [SUP] rentals. We also offer Private Party Cruises, ideal for unforgettable gatherings to share memorable moments against the beautiful backdrop of Ocean City. Angling enthusiasts can dive into a thrilling deep-sea adventure with Chaser Sportfishing, reaffirming Sea Rocket’s commitment to offering a variety of engaging activities that cater to everyone.

We are proud to partner with the Sea Rocket to provide guests with an incredible Ocean City experience. From soaring through the sky to cruising along the beautiful coastline, let the Sea Rocket steer toward an adventure you’ll cherish forever. To receive a ten percent discount on any Sea Rocket experience click here to book your adventure today! Please enter “OCMDHOTELS10” to receive the discount.

July 4th Fireworks in Ocean City, Maryland

Celebrate July Fourth in Ocean City

Free Fireworks and Music at Two Locations

Ocean City, Maryland – (June 18, 2024): Ocean City will light up the night sky with two simultaneous fireworks displays on Thursday, July 4th in celebration of our nation’s Independence Day. With your family and friends, beach chairs and blankets, residents and visitors can watch the fireworks sparkle over the beach and the bay.

The northern celebration at Northside Park, 125th Street and the bay, will kick off at 8:00 p.m. with DJ musical entertainment followed by a spectacular fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. “Northside Park is the perfect place for families to watch the colorful displays light up the evening sky and lagoon,” said Mayor Rick Meehan. “We encourage spectators to get there early to claim their spot to watch the fireworks.” The soccer field and walking path on the northwest side of the park will be closed from viewing due to state and local safety precautions as the fireworks display will move off the west pier into the park to bring the experience closer than ever before.

On the south end of town, guests can head to Ocean City’s famous Boardwalk with its bright lights, an assortment of food, family fun and more. This celebration will kick off with a DJ at 8:00 p.m. on the beach at Caroline Street. The official fireworks show will begin at 9:30 p.m. “The July Fourth Celebration in Ocean City is a unique opportunity to watch fireworks over the ocean,” Meehan continued. “Our Caroline Street Stage allows visitors to bring beach chairs or blankets and claim a spot on the sand where they can enjoy the live performance and capture a special and patriotic firework display set to music.”

Parking operations for the Inlet Parking Lot will stay the same for the holiday, Thursday, July 4, however; the parking rate for the Inlet Lot will increase to $5 per hour for the day. Visitors are reminded that parking is extremely limited at both fireworks locations and significant traffic delays are expected after both shows.

Coastal Highway bus service will be available from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. Patrons can ride for only $4 for a ride-all-day pass and are reminded to anticipate delays and full buses due to event-related traffic and ridership. The West Ocean City Park & Ride on Route 50 is another transportation alternative, offering free parking and $4 ride-all-day shuttle service downtown to and from Dorchester Street and St. Louis Avenue. The service running to and from the West Ocean City Park & Ride to Dorchester Street and St. Louis Avenue will be available from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Expect traffic delays and high rider demand at the West Ocean City Park & Ride. West Ocean City Park & Ride passes are also valid on Coastal Highway buses.

Finally, area boaters should note that on the evening of July 4th, the span of the Route 50 Bridge will remain closed to marine traffic at the usually scheduled 10:25 p.m. and 10:55 p.m. opening times. The Route 50 Bridge will reopen for boaters at 11:25 p.m. on the evening of July 4th.

With safety in mind, the Ocean City Fire Marshal’s Office (FMO) is also urging spectators to leave the fireworks to the professionals. “The power and danger of fireworks should not be underestimated,” said Ocean City Fire Marshal Josh Bunting. “In addition to causing damage, fireworks can cause injuries and we want people to be safe during their holiday stay in Ocean City. The safety and wellbeing of all residents and visitors of the Town of Ocean City is the primary goal of the Ocean City Fire Department.”

Although the State of Maryland has approved the use of ground-based sparkling devices such as cylindrical and cone fountains, these are not legal to use or possess in Ocean City. Further, all other fireworks that may be sold in neighboring states are not legal for use by the public anywhere in Maryland.

“The Fourth of July holiday is a great opportunity for residents and visitors to stay and play in Ocean City,” Meehan finished. “With a beautiful setting and two great fireworks events, we hope our guests will come early and stay late to celebrate America’s birthday at the beach and leave knowing that Ocean City gave them something to smile about.” For more information about July Fourth activities, visit ococean.com/events or call the Ocean City Welcome Center at 410.723.8600.

Summer 2024 Bucket List

What’s on Your Summer Bucket List?

Dive into the ultimate summer adventure in Ocean City, MD! Experience the best of OCMD with our exciting “Bucket List” promotion. Complete these must-do activities, check them off your list, and you could win an unforgettable stay in Ocean City!

Here’s how to join the fun:

  1. Explore Ocean City and complete as many bucket list items as you can.
  2. Snap a photo of at least one bucket list activity.
  3. Share your photos with us for a chance to win. Upload on the below form or tag us in social media @ OCMDHotels

Prizes:

  • Grand Prize: One lucky winner will receive a free stay in OCMD.
  • Swag Bags: Ten winners will receive exclusive Ocean City swag bags, packed with goodies.

Don’t forget to tell us about any exciting activities we might have missed! Make this summer one for the books, filled with unforgettable memories and endless fun.

Get started on your Ocean City summer bucket list today! CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT

Juneteenth on Delmarva

Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19th, is a significant holiday in the United States that commemorates the end of slavery. It marks the day in 1865 when Union Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced General Order No. 3, which declared that all enslaved people in Texas were free. This announcement came more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which had officially outlawed slavery in the Confederate states on January 1, 1863.

Here are some opportunities to learn and celebrate the Holiday on the Delmarva Peninsula:


1. Visit the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument and National Historical Park. The Center houses permanent exhibits, a film, restrooms, a museum store, an information desk, and a research library, and it serves as the park’s primary visitor destination. More information can be found by clicking here.

2. Elevate Vocal Arts (EVA) is excited to present “Afro Beats,” a Juneteenth celebration of vocal music by Black composers at the Freeman Arts Pavilion on June 19th. For more information, click here.

3. Visit the Frederick Douglass Statue and take the driving tour. November 25, 1878, Frederick Douglass gave “Self-Made Men” speech to a segregated audience in the main courtroom of this courthouse. The statue of Douglass on the courthouse lawn, created by Jay Hall Carpenter and erected in 2011, portrays Douglass at the podium delivering this speech. Click here for more information.

For a more in-depth history on the Holiday, visit the “Historical Legacy of Juneteenth” article by the Smithsonian here.

Father’s Day in Ocean City, Maryland

Celebrate Dad this Sunday at one of these amazing restaurants in Ocean City! Enjoy a drink, lunch or dinner!

Lunch Special: $10 Burgers and $4 drafts from Noon until 4pm! Or enjoy a complimentary draft beer with a purchase of a dozen oysters all day long! For more information on Marlin Moon on 33rd Street, click here.

Special Menu on Sunday includes:
10oz sirloin with a Cajun Mushroom Sauce  $36
Jack Daniel’s BBQ Ribs and Coconut Shrimp Surf and Turf $32
18oz porterhouse with a rosemary compound butter roasted potatoes and asparagus $55
$5 Drafts at Coral Reef from Noon until Close
For more information on Coral Restaurant on 17th street, click here.

Fathers Day Giveaway on Sunday! Any Dad dining with us can register to win for a Harrison Harbor Watch swag bag including an oyster stew pot!

Also enjoy Happy Hour at the Raw Bar from 2pm to 6pm with $3 Natural Lights, $8 Crushes, $8 Margaritas, $10 Steamed Shrimp and $10 Steamed Clams. For more information on Harrison’s Harbor Watch, click here.

Complimentary Draft Beer with the purchase of any of these entrees on Sunday.
12 ounce Cowboy Bone-In Pork Chop
14 ounce hand cut Ribeye
6 ounce center cut Filet Mignon
For more information and a full description of these entrees at 32 palm on 32nd street, click here.

Enjoy Happy Hour from 4 pm to 7 pm with Drafts for $3.25, Frozens for $8, Rum Runners for $9 and Wine for $6. The Atrium Cafe & Bar is located inside the Quality Inn Oceanfront on 54th street in Ocean City.

Enjoy Happy Hour from 3pm to 6pm with $3 Natural Lights, $10 wings and $8 crushes. Live music from 1pm until 9 pm! Learn more about the Wedge Bar & Grill at the Ocean City Inlet by clicking here.

Special menu for Saturday and Sunday includes one entree and two new drinks:
(pictured above) Charbroiled 20oz Porterhouse, charbroiled, topped with Boursin Cheese Compound Butter, served with grilled asparagus and creamy mashed potatoes.
Mandarin-Mezcal Margarita
The Captain’s New Fashion

$50 gift card and a Deep end t-shirt and hat for $100. Available at the 17th street pool bar only.

Learn to Surf in Ocean City, Maryland

Want to learn how to surf this summer?! We can help you with a great partnership we have with the Wave Riding School in Ocean City Maryland.

The world renowned Wave Riding School has all your surf Lessons and other forms of riding waves covered.  They offer a one of a kind system in learning to surf that maximizes success and ensures fun.  After all, fun is the ultimate goal! Call or text 443-203-WAVE (9283) for details and book online, click here.

Owner Brian Stoehr and his team of instructors consist of some the best skilled wave riders in the country.   After competing world-wide, they’re now focusing their expertise on helping the next generation of wave riders.   No matter the age or experience in the ocean, their team can help.

Lessons offer a complete how-to in your choice or surfing, bodyboarding, skim, stand up boogie and even paddle surfing.  Everything you want to know, and in the RIGHT order.  This is the key to our success.  Many people learn to surf the wrong way and that greatly affects their ability in the water long term.  Their approach to teaching makes the experience easier than you ever imaged and more memorable than you can believe.  The fun starts NOW.

All lessons are $99 and last 1.5 hours from check in to finish (8:30am-10am or 5:30pm-7pm) – CUSTOMIZED TIMES AND PROGRAMS MAY DIFFER.  TEXT FOR DETAILS.  Please note for ALL lessons, ocean conditions are ever changing and lessons can be postponed at any time.

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