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an you feel the excitement? You’re in Maryland’s world famous beach resort! Over nine miles of pristine beaches await your toes. Yet there is so much more to see and do. The bayside of the island offers an array of watersports, including jet skis, catamarans, paddleboards, bottom fishing and more. There are amazing restaurants, fun places for the whole family and adventures just a shells toss from the island. To find out more, just turn the pages of this book. It’s going to be a great vacation! On behalf of the staff of Inside Ocean City, let the fun begin!

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Insider Notes Public Transportation Map Must Haves Ocean City Beach Patrol Beach Safety Rip Currents Adventure Beyond the Beach Assateague Island National Seashore Assateague’s Gun Club Era Junior Beach Patrol Date Night Rainy Day Suggestions Golf Dine Coastal Happy Hour Mixology

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Our Sponsors Adventure 2 Bahia Marina 47 Bayside Boat Rentals 40 Flashback Old Time Photos 61 Fox Gold Coast Theater 42 Odyssea Watersports 41 Smith Island Cruises 61 Sun & Surf Cinema 64 Sun & Surf Cultural Entertainment Golf 69 GlenRiddle 69 Links at Lighthouse Sound 69 Rum Pointe Happy Hour 82 Bad Ass Café 83 Buxy's Salty Dog Saloon 83 Dry Dock 28 81 Harborside Bar & Grill 82 Pit & Pub 80 West 'O Bottle Shop Medical Care 20 75th St. Urgent Care 12 West Ocean City Illness & Injury

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Mixology 87 Brass Balls Saloon 85 Buxy's Salty Dog Saloon 86 Dry Dock 28 88 Harborside Bar & Grill 89 Pit & Pub Other 56 Kylan Barn 24 Ocean 98/ Irie Radio 57 OC Hotel Motel Restaurant Assoc. 29 Taustin Group 25 Worcester County Tourism Pets 15 Delmarva Unleashed 44 Pooch Palooza Dog Festival 26 The Plaid Dog (Inside Back Cover) Real Estate 66 Holiday Real Estate

Restaurants 76 32 Palm 74 Atrium Cafe & Bar B Blu Crabhouse & Raw Bar (Back Cover) 79 Brass Balls Saloon 75 Coral Reef 29 Embers 74 Harrison’s Harborwatch 29 Jay’s Cafe 78 Lighthouse Sound 75 Marlin Moon 29 Pier 23 77 Pit & Pub 78 Ruth's Chris 18 Starbucks Seafood 19 Martin Fish Company

Retail Shops 30 Candy Kitchen 18 Jessica's Fudge 18 Starbucks 28 West O Bottle Shop

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FREE Activities Sundaes in the Park

Northside Park on 125th St. Most Sunday evenings in July & August 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Beach Dance Parties

Caroline St. & the Boards Themed parties with live entertainment from DJ Batman and guest. Every Tuesday from 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Movies on the Beach

27th St. on the Beach Monday & Fridays 118th St. on the Beach in front of the Carousel Hotel.

Sunset Park Party Nights

Sunset Park, South Division St. & the Bay Thursdays from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Family Games

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Love Locks Like Paris's famous "love locks," Ocean City's Fishing Pier has been hosting locks of love since the early 2000s. Hundreds, likely thousands of locks, are secured to the pier's fence. Some clasped to the fence to symbolize forever love, others to commemorate a family vacation in town or even in remembrance of loved ones no longer here. They adorn the fence in many sizes and shapes, complete with names and dates engraved. The original Paris tradition says that the locks should be secured to a permanent location and the key tossed in a body of water to symbolize forever love. It's quite the perfect setting.

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Doggies on the Beach Ocean City permits furry four-legged visitors on the beach during the off season, which is from October 1 through April 30. There’s more room to run, and frisbee’s are much easier to catch, when there are not sun bathers to navigate. Please be sure to clean-up after your pooch. Off-season dates and clean-up laws are strictly enforced! Visit for more on the rules. When Fido travels with you in season, you can both enjoy a romp at the Ocean City Dog Playground, located on 94th Street, bayside. The playground is divided into two sections; one for small dogs (under 28 lbs), the other for larger dogs (over 28 lbs). A Dog Pass Access Card is required for admission and is available from Ocean City Recreation and Parks, located at 200, 125th Street, bayside. The front desk is open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., closed on holidays. Dog Access Cards are available weekly and annually. All dogs must have proof of rabies vaccine and a valid dog license from a municipality. Details are available online at or by calling 800-OC-OCEAN. Be sure to ask for a copy of Delmarva Unleashed, the Shore's only dog magazine, when you check in most anywhere in town with your dog! Inside Ocean City 2022


Public Transportation The Boardwalk Tram Traveling from the Inlet to the North Station on 27th Street, the Boardwalk tram will stop at most any location along the route to load or discharge passengers. This half hour ride traverses the entire Boardwalk and offers a beautiful view of the beach, ocean and Boardwalk experience. Tram fare is $4.00 per person, per boarding, one way ride. Discount fare punch cards are available for a fee of $26 for 8 rides, and are available at the Tram Station or from a Tram Conductor. The unlimited ride pass, at a cost of $8, allows a passenger to get on and off the Boardwalk tram as much as they like between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily. Unfortunately, the unlimited ride pass is not available during Holidays, Holiday Weekends or Special Events. (Restrictions may apply.) Unlimited ride passes are available at both the Tram Stations and from the Conductor. The tram operation is subject to prevailing weather conditions. For further information, see the station operator, visit, or call one of the following numbers: 410-520-4394 or 410-723-1606. Fees subject to change.


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Coastal Highway Transit Ride the Beach Bus Take a ride on Ocean City’s municipal buses that travel along Coastal Highway. Our buses are safe, clean, reliable, and convenient. A $3 RideAll-Day pass allows you to ride from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 a.m. the next morning. Don’t forget, with your pass, you can transfer to one of our Park & Ride buses at no additional cost and go to beautiful West Ocean City. All Ocean City buses are handicap accessible. If a vehicle lift/ramp and securement area can accommodate a mobility device, Ocean City Transportation will transport the device and user. Free: Children 42 inches in height and under, ADA Certified Disabled card holders and Ocean City Resident Senior Bus Pass holders. Proof of eligibility may be required. Visit for specific times and fees. Fees subject to change.

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andy Kitchen has been making homemade salt water taffy, creamy fudge, and hand-dipped chocolates since 1937. Family owned and operated, Candy Kitchen has passed down original recipes from generation to generation using only the finest ingredients. Over the years, Candy Kitchen has expanded their product line to offer custom packaging, great gifts for all occasions, plush toys and novelties. Candy Kitchen has 19 convenient locations throughout the beaches of Maryland and Delaware. Come visit one of their stores or shop online and see why Candy Kitchen has been the “Sweetest Place at the Beach” for over 85 years! 30

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Ocean City Locations Now in West Ocean City! Boardwalk Somerset & Boardwalk Dorchester & Boardwalk 2nd St. & Boardwalk 9th St. & Boardwalk Coastal Highway 22nd St. & Philadelphia Ave. 28th St. & Philadelphia Ave. 53rd St. & Coastal Highway 64th St. & Coastal Highway 93rd St. & Coastal Highway Gold Coast Mall 123rd St. & Coastal Highway Additional Locations Fenwick Island, DE Bethany Beach, DE Rehoboth Beach, DE


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Beach Rules The Ocean City Beach Patrol is responsible for maintaining a safe, secure, and enjoyable atmosphere on the beach and in the ocean. The Surf Rescue Technician on the stand carries out this responsibility, by informing the public and enforcing applicable rules, laws and local ordinances. For your protection and safety, the activities below are either Prohibited or Regulated by Beach Patrol. • No alcoholic beverages • No dogs on the beach, between May 1 - Sept. 30 • No sleeping on the beach between 10 p.m. & 6 a.m. • No use of skim boards between 10 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. • No glass containers • No loud music The following activities are under the discretion of Beach Patrol • Ball playing and Frisbee throwing • Umbrella placement beyond the established line • Kite flying • Digging holes in the sand • Fishing while OCBP is on duty • Surfing in designated areas only (See Surfing Beaches)

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Learn to swim and obey the rules of the swimming area. Swim in patrolled areas only; 10 a.m. –5:30 p.m. Never swim alone. Check with the lifeguard about current conditions before entering the ocean. Obey all laws, ordinances, rules and directives from lifeguards. If you hear a whistle, stop what you are doing and look directly at the lifeguard for information. Never dive into unknown water or shallow breaking waves. Don’t swim near wooden pilings, rock jetties or the pier. Rely on your swimming ability rather than a flotation device. If you are unable to swim out of a strong current, call or wave for help. The ocean can be unpredictable, treat it with respect. Take seriously, the warning of the SRT (Surf Rescue Technician/Lifeguard) when storms are in the area. The Ocean City Beach Patrol is in constant communication with the National Weather Service. When instructed by Beach Patrol personnel, please secure your belongings and leave the beach immediately for everyone’s safety.

Lifeguards — Introduce your child to the lifeguard on your beach.

Explain to them that if they get lost, go to the nearest lifeguard and tell them that they are lost. The lifeguards will help family members reunite.

Beach Safety Warning...Holes!

A message from the Ocean city Beach Patrol Actual Hole on OC Beach Image courtesy OCBP

Sunscreen — Remember to apply sunscreen with

a minimum of SPF 30, thirty minutes before going outdoors and again every two hours even if your sunscreen is waterproof. Apply sunscreen to your whole body; your bathing suit can move and expose unprotected skin. There is no such thing as all-day protection. Sunburn is the most common injury that happens to people at the beach. A blistering sunburn during adolescence doubles the chance of developing skin cancer later in life.

Fluids — When you are outside in warm weather, your body needs plenty of water. Remember to drink lots of water even if you are not thirsty. Dehydration can be a serious problem, so drink plenty of liquids. Water is best. Be careful when digging holes. No hole should be deeper than the knees of the shortest person near the hole. Sand is very unstable and may suddenly collapse without warning and cause a suffocation emergency. Holes also create a potential danger for those people responsible for maintaining and patrolling the beach throughout the night. This hole was so deep that a six-foot man would have only been able to touch the rim with hands overhead. If this hole had collapsed, the outcome would have been a fatality. They never thought they might have been digging their own grave. Remember, if you dig it, fill it. We are glad you are here, and we want you to remain safe!

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to swim, don’t go in the water!

If you don’t know how

Never dive headfirst into the water!

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The Unsecured Umbrella: An umbrella blown across the beach by the wind has caused many injuries. When strong gusty winds blow, umbrella tops should be set facing into the wind. Make sure a good size hole is dug and pack in sand firmly around it.

Wind Direction Flotation Devices: Bodyboards, Noodles, and other Flotation Aids can be

considered a hazard in the ocean. Many drownings and rescue incidents are associated with the use of inappropriate flotation devices. Many people associate “safety” with flotation aids and feel safe going out much further than they should. Currents or wind can move an unsuspecting person into deep water or far off shore. This is an invitation to disaster; people may be separated from the device by waves, slipping off or choose to prematurely let go of the device to try and make better progress to shore. Remember, flotation aids that move with waves travel with considerable speeds with the compound force of the wave behind you. The weight of a person on a speeding object may cause an injury if there is a collision with another person or the hard packed beach surface. Hard objects, such as surfboards, kayaks and skim boards can be especially hazardous. For these reasons, Coast Guard approved lifejackets are the only devices allowed on the lifeguard protected beach.

Jelly Fish

Most jellyfish in our area are not toxic enough to give you more than a little sting and a rash. If stung by a jellyfish, get a medical professional or marine animal expert to help determine the type of jellyfish to help assess the proper method of treatment. Check to see if lifeguards are flying a purple flag. 36

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Wrong Sand Holes — You might want to think twice

before digging that hold to China…beach dangers can occur in the sand as well as the surf! More people are killed or injured every year from a sand hole collapsing than a shark attack. When people dig really large holes, we’re talking multiple feet deep, they run the risk of the hole caving in on them. What’s more, the collapsing sand completely submerges the victim, leaving no evidence of what just occurred—a scary thought if no one was watching. Digging sand tunnels can also be dangerous and can collapse on the person digging the tunnel. How to avoid a sand trap? Don’t dig holes deeper than your knees and fill in any stray holes you may see at the beach.

Shark: During the rare occasion of a shark sighting,

the beach may be closed to entry. A closure may also occur if a school of bluefish are in a “feeding frenzy.” The risk of a shark attack is low however; there are ways to lower the risk even further. For instance, don’t swim at dawn, dusk and night, swim with a buddy, don’t go in the water if you are bleeding and stay clear of schooling bluefish and other schooling fish.

Rip Currents — When people picture deadly

threats at the beach, the heart-stopping image of a shark fin emerging from the water immediately comes to mind. However, beachgoers are 10 times more likely to be killed by a rip current than a shark attack. Rip currents are fast moving streams of water that knock swimmers off of their feet and drag them further away from shore. When this happens, it is best to swim with the current, not against it, as counterintuitive as it seems. Most victims of rip currents actually die of exhaustion, not drowning, because they tried to fight the rip current and ultimately lost. Swimmers are advised to swim parallel out of the current then back into the shore.

Strong Surf Onshore winds cause waves. Because

ocean winds vary, waves change from day to day. All waves deserve respect. Body surfing and swim fins are allowed in the lifeguard area – be careful! Do not try to ride waves that are too forceful for your level of skill. Sand abrasions, broken limbs, dislocated shoulders and spinal injuries are not uncommon as a result of being thrown to the hard packed beach bottom. To escape a waves great force, you can duck under or retreat from breaking waves. If you are riding a wave in some fashion, and are thrown off, try and prevent direct head and neck contact with the ocean floor. Do not run and dive into the surf if you do not know the depth and topography.

Shore Topography

Beach Berm Face


Trough Depth is often overhead


Be aware that the surf zone topography can be variable. A beach face may be narrow or steep. The trough and terrace may contain ridges, holes and drop offs. Often, when the depth is only waist deep on the sandbar, the water will be over your head on the way out. In other areas, it may be shallow the whole way out to the sandbar. For your protection, people will be kept off the sandbar until it is reasonably safe for young people and poor swimmers alike, to access the sandbar.

Shorebreak — Stay away from the big waves that

crash onto the shore. This is called “shore break” and the waves can hurt you. Shore break is a condition when large waves break directly on shore. These waves can throw swimmers onto the sand very hard. These waves are unpredictable and dangerous because they can cause shoulder, neck and back injuries to even the most experienced swimmer. When body surfing, it is recommended doing so with your head up and your arms out in front of your body to protect yourself.

Lightning — is the third deadliest threat for care-

free sunbathers and swimmers every year. When a storm rolls in, beaches will often close: that’s because even though beaches are not as tall as skyscrapers, they are common places for lightning to strike. Get out of the water and leave the beach if you see lightning or hear thunder. The lifeguards are in constant communication with the National Weather Service and will clear the beach if lightning is near. Listen to the directions of the lifeguard at your beach at all times and do what they say. So when the clouds start forming and the winds begin to howl, don’t wait for it to blow over—pack up that umbrella and head home. Inside Ocean City 2022


Rip Currents We all love our summer vacations at the beach. The sun, sand, and surf are something that we look forward to all year long. The ocean is so restorative. However, it's also a force of nature, and depending on the day there could be a dangerous force lurking in the sea; Rip Currents. These rip currents are narrow channels of fast-moving water that are very powerful. Rip currents can occur at any beach with breaking waves; they most often form at low spots or breaks in the sandbars. They can be found along most coasts of the United States, including the East, Gulf, and West Coasts. Rips can also be seen along the shores of the Great Lakes. The term "rip current" is often confused with "riptides," but the two are unique occurrences. A riptide is a specific current that describes that swift movement of tidal water through the mouth of estuaries, harbors, and inlets. Rip currents can be as narrow as 10 or 20 feet in width, though they may be up to ten times wider. The length of the rip current also varies. Rip currents begin to slow down as they move offshore, beyond the breaking waves, but sometimes extend for hundreds of feet beyond the surf zone.

According to the U.S. Lifesaving Association (USLA), more than 80 percent of the surf beach rescues, performed by lifeguards, each year, involve rip currents.


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Rip currents are not always easy to identify. Quickly changing wave heights, which occur when a large set of swells rolls in, can trigger a rip current. Some visual signs that may indicate the presence of a rip current include a break in the pattern of incoming waves, choppy water, seaweed or debris moving steadily seaward, a channel of churning choppy water, or an area where the water appears to be a different color from the surrounding water. The risk of rip currents is determined by many factors, including weather, tides, local variations in beach shape and how waves break offshore. Some beaches may have rip currents nearly all the time, while other beaches almost never see the dangerous flows. Even if you don’t spot any of these signs, a rip current could still be present. The United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) recommends wearing polarized sunglasses to see these ocean features more clearly.

How to Identify Rip Currents Look for any of these clues: • a channel of churning, choppy water • an area having a notable difference in water color • a line of foam, seaweed, or debris moving steadily seaward • a break in the incoming wave pattern One or more of the above clues may indicate the presence of rip currents. Rip currents are often not readily or easily identifiable to the average beachgoer. For your safety, be aware of this major surf zone hazard. Polarized sunglasses make it easier to see the rip current clues provided above.

How to Avoid and Survive Rip Currents Learn how to swim! Why Rip Currents are Dangerous Rip currents are the leading hazard for all beach-goers. They pose the most significant risk to those that are weak or non-swimmers. Typically rip current speeds are 1-2 feet per second, but there have been speeds as high as 8 feet per second recorded; faster than an Olympic swimmer! What to Do If You Find Yourself In A Rip Current Rips are fast-moving currents of water that can that can even grab a hold of the strongest swimmer and begin to pull them away from the shore. Your initial instinct is to try and counter the rip current by swimming straight back to the beach. However, this approach can put you at risk of drowning from fatigue, as you try to fight the flow. If you do find yourself caught in a rip current, there are a couple of things that you can do to get out. If you are a strong enough swimmer you can try and swim out of the current in a direction that follows the shoreline; “swim with the current.” Once you are free, you can then begin to swim back to shore. If you are unable to get yourself out of the current, you can float or tread water until the current has stopped. If neither of these options works, then wave your arms and call out for help. The potential for rip currents is a prime reason to "keep your feet in the stand until the guard is in the stand!" If you are on the beach and happen to spot someone that is caught in a rip current, the first thing to do is get help from a lifeguard. If there is not a lifeguard available, call 911. It is never a good idea to try and rescue the person yourself unless it is a last resort. There is always a chance that you too could end up caught in the rip current and become a victim as well. If you do decide that you need to help the person immediately make sure that you have someone sort of flotation device with you; a raft, bodyboard or a life preserver. Try to toss the flotation device to the victim without getting too close to the current. You could also try to yell instruction to the person in distress on how to try and escape the rip current. To keep yourself safe when visiting the beach this summer, it is always a good idea to check the latest National Weather Service forecast for your local beach conditions. When you arrive at the beach, you can always ask one of the lifeguards about the chance of encountering a rip current that day and also learn of any other hazards that may be present, such as jellyfish.

• Never swim alone. • Be cautious at all times, especially when swimming at unguarded beaches. If in doubt, don’t go out! • Whenever possible, swim at a lifeguard protected beach. • Obey all instructions and orders from lifeguards. • If caught in a rip current, remain calm to conserve energy and think clearly. • Don’t fight the current. Swim out of the current in a direction following the shoreline. When out of the current, swim towards shore. • If you are unable to swim out of the rip current, float or calmly tread water. When out of the current, swim towards shore. • If you are still unable to reach the shore, draw attention to yourself: face the shore, wave your arms, and yell for help. • If you see someone in trouble, get help from a lifeguard. If a lifeguard is not available, have someone call 9-1-1. Throw the rip current victim something that floats and yell instructions on how to escape. Remember, many people drown while trying to save someone else from a rip current. Inside Ocean City 2022





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hen you're ready to shake the sand from your shoes, there are many things to do in town. You could explore the Boardwalk with all of its festive beach food. Maybe you're up for some water sports? Rent a jet ski, a pontoon boat, or paddle-board. You might hop on a fishing charter or an excursion boat to take a day trip to nearby Smith Island. The sea-level rise there so dramatic the Island could disappear before the turn of the century; check it out before it's gone! Assateague Island National Seashore is close by, where there are trails to hike, waters to kayak, wild ponies to see, and more. It's a great day to spend in nature, and if you still need another dip in the Ocean, it's right there too. Play a round of golf on one of our world-class courses, and after catch a local happy hour with seafood appetizers fresh from the dock. Keep turning the pages we can offer some outstanding suggestions.

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Smith Island Cruise is a fun and inexpensive way to explore Maryland's last frontier, Smith Island. It’s also the home of the Maryland State Dessert, the famous Smith Island Layer Cake. So much to explore; museums, gift shops, restaurants and more! Bike and golf cart rentals available on the island. Leaves from Crisfield at 12:30 p.m. and leaves Ewell at 4:00 p.m. Purchase your tickets online at

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Who is Odyssea Watersports? A family owned and operated watersports rental for 25 years. Safety, having fun and creating memories is our mission! We are here to serve you and to help put an exclamation point on your Ocean City, MD vacation. See you on the water soon!

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An Annual Event Each Spring!

Canine Sports, Canine Games and Contest For Backyard Dogs & Canine Athletes. It's all about the dogs! (Not your average doggie event.) Visit our DelmarvaUnleashed Facebook page for prefestival fun!

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Frontier Town Western Theme Park 8428 Stephen Decatur Hwy, Berlin, MD Advance tickets are available at Lure Chasing FastFetch Qualifier The FastFetch Cup Cover Model Search Canine Pie Eating Tennis Ball Lottery Costume Contest Demonstrations & Vendors Ribbons, prizes and more!

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Public Parks Inlet Park: Southernmost park with viewing binoculars and informational signs. Ocean City's time capsule is located here. Downtown Recreation Complex: 3rd St., bayside. basketball courts, ballfields, skate park, (in-line skating and skateboarding), 2 tennis courts, playground equipment, area for bay fishing. Robin Park: 28th St., landscaped open space with playground equipment. OC Tennis Center: 61st St., lighted tennis courts, 6 premier courts, 3 Lee Fast-Dry clay courts. Little Salisbury: 94th St. Park, bayside, next to the Art League building. Tennis courts, playground, basketball court, dog playground. Jamestown Park: Landscaped promenade off 116th St., bayside. Northside Park: 125th St, bayside. Fifty-eight acres with lighted ball fields, fishing lagoon, ADA accessible playground, picnic area, two piers, jogging paths, sports fields, indoor gymnasium.

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For sports enthusiasts, the Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department operates a variety of activities to keep fit and have fun. Tennis: Courts are located bayside at: 3rd St., 61st St., 94th St., and 136th St. For more information, or to reserve a tennis court, call 410-524-8337, in season. Racquetball: One 3-wall court, 136th St., Gorman Park, bayside. Skate Park: 3rd St. & St. Louis Ave, Open year-round. Call 410-289-2695. Basketball: Courts are located at 4th St. & St. Louis Ave; 94th St., bayside; 125th St., bayside (indoor). Volleyball: Volleyball nets will be set up on the beach for summer. Open to everyone at no charge. Nets are available at the Inlet, 2nd St., 4th St., 5th St., 7th St., 9th St., and 11th St., and 10 courts at Dorchester Street. Golf: Eagle's Landing off Rt. 611. 410-213-7277. Other sports facilities are available. Certain fees and restrictions may apply. Please call 410-250-0125 for details.

Gorman Park: Derrickson Ave. at 136th St., bayside. Tennis court, racquetball court, playground and picnic shelter. Fiesta Park: Off 141 St., wooded park with nature trails and picnic area. North Surf Park: Laurel Rd., bayside, turn left off 142nd St., open space for picnics with tot lot. Sunset Park: S. Division St., bayside promenade with views of the bay and Assateague. For complete information, contact the Recreation and Parks Office: 410-250-0125. 46

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Public Boat Ramps

Assateague Island Park, Rt. 611 at Assateague Island Bridge Gum Point Road off Rt. 589, West Ocean City OC Commercial Harbor, 12806 Sunset Ave., West Ocean City

Public Fishing Piers

Inlet Park, Downtown Ocean City at OC Inlet 3rd St. Pier, bayside 9th St. Pier, bayside Northside Park, 125th St., bayside

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ssateague Island is managed by three official park agencies. Assateague Island National Seashore is cared for and managed by the National Park Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Visitors to the park in Virginia enjoy the beach, plus find opportunities for countless breathtaking experiences and adventures at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge (established in 1943). The beach, wildlife, dunes, wetlands and marsh islands are protected for public outdoor recreation use and enjoyment. Like all barrier islands, Assateague has changed in form over the years. The structure of barrier islands is determined by movement of sand in the littoral zone, the land-facing side of the island. At one time, the island was connected to the lowest point of Fenwick Island, DE. However, in August 1933, a hurricane created an inlet south of Ocean City, Maryland. This inlet separated the two landforms. Normally, it would have silted back due to the littoral drift that ran from north to south. However, after the storm, between 1933 and 1935 a permanent system of artificial jetties was built to preserve the inlet as a navigation channel. As a result, the island has drifted considerably westward, and the two landmasses are now over 0.62 miles (1.00 km) apart. While this process has benefited Ocean City, creating wider beaches and better fishing access, it caused erosion problems on Assateague. Between 1933 and the early 1960s, federal interest in creating a national seashore on the island alternated with periodic pushes for development. In 1950, a 15 mile section of the Maryland side of Assateague was platted for development, and a paved road, Baltimore Boulevard, was constructed to traverse the new development. A storm in 1962 destroyed or covered most of Baltimore Boulevard, and many of the structures on the island were destroyed. Although some private landowners on the island supported re-development, by this time the state of Maryland generally supported a national seashore and legislation was introduced in the United States Congress. After Congressional efforts did not produce final

legislation in 1964, new legislation in 1965 was successful and Assateague Island National Seashore was formed. In 1962, Assateague Island National Seashore was established for the purpose of protecting Assateague Island in the states of Virginia and Maryland. The National Park Service and Fish & Wildlife Service help protect Assateague Island's splendor. Assateague Island National Seashore is administered to provide for recreational use and enjoyment consistent with the perpetuation and maintenance of the seashore's natural environment. Assateague is vital for resting and feeding migratory shorebirds and other abundant bird species. Over 320 species of birds can be found here. Assateague Island is a priceless seashore ecosystem and a sustainable resource that all visitors can appreciate. Assateague Island is a great vacation destination within easy reach for many East Coast residents. Sightseeing cruises, kayak tours, crabbing, bird watching, fishing, hunting, biking and other activities continually make this a paradise for visitors that enjoy outdoor recreation. Assateague Island has over 37 miles of beautiful beach. This is considered one of best beaches on the entire East Coast. Search for seashells as you walk the pristine white sands, swim in the picturesque waves along the Atlantic coastline or just relax on Assateague's vast unspoiled beaches. The Assateague Lighthouse is on the way to the beach and it is one of the most famous in the nation. You will find nearby amenities at Chincoteague Island and Ocean City such as seafood restaurants and lodging in the form of hotels, cottages, beach houses, campgrounds and bed & breakfasts. Visitor attractions and a relaxing atmosphere make Assateague Island a great destination. Be prepared to have fun, and you may want to visit Assateague again on your next vacation. Assateague wild ponies have roamed the beaches, pine forest, and salt marsh of Assateague Island since the 1600's. Assateague Island National Seashore has a combined total of over 300 wild ponies in Maryland and Virginia. Some people believe the horses arrived on Assateague’s shores when a Spanish galleon ship (with a cargo of horses) sank

offshore. Others believe the horses arrived by early colonial settlers that allowed them to graze there. A Spanish ship wreck was discovered recently in the waters off Assateague which lends credit to the first theory. The ponies have become well-adapted and enjoy the solitude Assateague Island offers. Marsh and sand dune grasses, rosehips, bayberry twigs and persimmons supply the bulk of their food. Assateague ponies are often found feeding on the salt marsh cord grass along Assateague's western shoreline. When traveling by boat, you may encounter Assateague ponies along extensive bay habitats and pine forest of the 37 mile barrier island. Both Maryland and Virginia sides of Assateague have wild ponies, each has a herd of about 160. A fence at the Maryland/Virginia state line separates the two herds. The wild ponies of Assateague are usually seen in groups of about 5-10 animals. The National Park Service and Fish & Wildlife Service have conducted resource management studies to ensure the wild horse population is maintained at a level the seashore environment of Assateague can tolerate. Resource management techniques are different in Maryland than in Virginia when it comes to maintaining a healthy population of wild ponies. In Maryland, some female horses annually undergo a contraceptive vaccine administered through a dart gun. This has proven to reduce high pregnancy rates with no harmful side effects. Wild horses in Virginia are part of the Annual Pony Swim. Started in 1924, approximately 150 wild horses are rounded up on Assateague the last Wednesday in July. The horses swim across the Assateague Channel to Chincoteague Island where an auction takes place to reduce their population on Assateague. After many of the foals are sold, the remaining herd swims back to Assateague a couple days later. These management techniques reduce the impact the horses pose to their natural environment and help provide a sustainable resource for future generations. When excess numbers are removed from the island and they

are placed into human ownership, they adapt quickly to domestication. Made famous by Marguerite Henry in her children's book Misty of Chincoteague, the animals are popular tourist attractions and subjects for photography. Large populations of birds inhabit the island, including American Oyster-catcher, Great Blue Heron, and Snowy Egret. There are over 320 species that are known to inhabit the island during some portion of the year. These include gulls, terns, and other shorebirds along with raptors, water birds, and waterfowl. The Piping Plover is a threatened species that nests on Assateague. The feral horse population of Assateague Island is alternately known as the Assateague horse in Maryland and the Chincoteague pony in Virginia. This distinction, made both on per-breed and per-individual basis, is sometimes a matter of disagreement. The traditional definition of a horse or a pony is based on whether the animal in question falls over or under 14.2 hands. The equines on the island tend to be under 14.2, but have a horse phenotype. It is argued that their relatively small size is primarily due to environmental, rather than genetic conditions. Two Spanish shipwrecks are part of the history of Assateague Island National Seashore. Wrecked in 1750, the La Galga beached at Assateague Island while escorting Spanish merchants from Cuba. A second ship thought to be the transport vessel Juno was lost in 1802. Even though both lie off the coast near Assateague Island, hidden from view within an American park, the ships remain the property of the Spanish government. Visitors can see artifacts from the wrecks at the park visitor center. The tragic fates of the Juno and the La Galga are testaments to the dangers trans-Atlantic travelers faced when they sailed between Spain and its colonies. Assateague Island itself was an English colony and later became part of the United States. Inside Ocean City 2022



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Assateague’s Gun Club Era


s I compose this story, we soon enter year 3 of the COVID 19 Pandemic. While our world is forever changed in many ways, good things have emerged over the last couple of years. We have learned to prioritize family and take our overall health more seriously to maintain a more robust immune system. We have spent much more time with family members and seized opportunities to strengthen those bonds. Native Chincoteague islander Stephanie Montross and her father Russell Fish began a quest to visit each of the remaining hunting lodges on Assateague Island and learn more about their rich history. Stephanie has a passion for nature photography, and Russell just loves spending time with his daughter. It's been an incredible adventure for them, which they still enjoy. We thought you, too, might enjoy a bit of that story.


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Remains of Clemens Beach House, originally constructed in 1953, by Wylie Maddox and sold to Robert Clemens in 1964. While rarely used for waterfowl hunting, it was popular for deer hunting. The house was rebuilt in 1968.

Most locals have never seen the lodges, and even fewer visitors will. They are now difficult to reach, requiring permits and 4-wheel drive vehicles. Roads that once lead to the "resorts" have long crumbled and become impassible. Some are reachable via boat from the Virginia area, but you will need to know just where they are and which 'gut' will take you to them. Rich in history, remains of the lodges are now registered with the Maryland Historical Trust, a source for much of this information. In addition, in 2004, the National Park Service(NPS)/Department of the Interior commissioned the report Waterfowl Hunting Camps and Related Properties within the Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland, and Virginia. I have also drawn from that text; you can find it in its entirety in the public domain.

I have also spoken with a small handful of people, including Russell Fish, who visited these lodges as children during their glory day, all of whom have fond memories of the camaraderie of those who love the waterfowl sport. My husband and I, too, had the privilege of seeing many of these in our youth; hiking to the lodges was always an adventure; at that time, the road was still somewhat passable via 4-wheel drive.

Historic images by Andrew Roach, NPS, including images by Stephanie Montross, and Beached Paws Photography, other images sourced as noted.

Most of the hunting clubs were owned by the wealthy, but there were other commercial lodges where the modest hunter could enjoy the sport. For locals, the gunning clubs provided a means for work. Often gun clubs would employ the whole family over generations to carve decoys, pick fowl, provide housekeeping and blind maintenance, and many other related services. This was not just a resort-style endeavor, the end of the Civil War brought great prosperity and affluence to the North East as large cities like New York, Philadelphia, and Boston became commerce hubs. Waterfowl began to take center stage on restaurant menus, and with the railroad in full swing, getting waterfowl to those restaurants from the island offered a more steady income for locals. The train also provided quick travel to and from the region, and the business boomed. In 1877, Chincoteague Island was rapidly becoming a favorite resort for waterfowl hunting. The strip of land that traversed Maryland and Virginia was along an East Coast flyway. It is said that close to 100 ducks/ geese a day were harvested on the Chincoteague side of Assateague Island, primarily by market hunters. Many commercial lodges were for "market gunners" who began to harvest so much waterfowl that new laws were established. The Federal Migratory Bird Act of 1918 imposed harvest limits, established hunting seasons, and included some firearms restrictions. With the implementation of such a significant change, many market hunters became professional guides and carvers. In 1935, more regulations prohibited the use of live decoys. While primitive decoys were used much earlier, the decoy carving industry would grow dramatically as very skilled professional carvers would supply wealthy hunters with realistic models. In addition, the more prosperous gun clubs often provided better quality decoys. The Great Depression, followed by numerous severe storms during the 1930s, contributed to a decline in the more traditional waterfowl hunting at the clubs and lodges, but many did continue and for decades. Even President Nixon enjoyed a few holidays on Assateague, at the house of Whaleyville, MD native Thomas McCabe, one-time CEO of Scott Paper Company.

Bunting’s Gunning Lodge constructed in the late 1930s. The last of the family to own the property was Eugene Bunting who purchased the property from his grandfather, Clayton for just $1.

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Early all-terrain vehicle (ATV) photographed at Buntings Hunting Lodge. Image circa 2007

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Bob O’ Del Gun Club was constructed from 2 former shanty boats, probably as early as 1917 and the buildings were connected via a series of boardwalks. It began as a “corporate” hunting club by members of General Motors

Waterfowl hunting remains a significant form of recreation along Maryland and Virginia's Eastern Shores. While the sport started as a means of subsistence, it reached a peak as a recreational sport in 1939 with over 44 thousand licensed sportsmen and almost 3000 hunting clubs and privately owned hunting areas nationwide. Of those 3000, approximately 11 stood on Assateague Island. Because hunting is not permitted in most National Parks, certain areas were initially set aside for hunting, recognizing that it was such a popular existing sport in the area. When the NPS began purchasing private parcels, many owners retained property rights for 25 years. Clubs such as Clemens had exclusive rights while others merely

kept hunting season rights. On properties where rights were surrendered at the sale, those areas were immediately opened for public hunting during the season based on a lottery system. As a result, waterfowl hunting increased by 17% in the early 1970s and remained almost consistent through 1980. As the early 1980s arrived, visitors to Assateague island were interested in more beach-related activities like swimming, surfing, bird watching, hiking, and other non hunting activities. As a result, hunting dropped to approximately 1%, most of that was for deer hunting. In the late 1990s, retention rights expired, and an era had come to a close.

“There were large dinner parties at the clubs, and the wealthy would fly in for gambling.” “There were many Model A Fords at the camps as people drove to the camps. Others would take the Ferry to reach the clubs via water, and there was even a small airstrip for the elite to fly in. It was a big business just getting hunters there.”

Green Run Hunting Club & Lodge, circa 2007 NPS. The lodge was constructed in 1954 -57 from part of the Green Run Inlet Life-Saving Station built in 1875-76. It was often described as “one of the finest commercial clubs in the country.” It was the largest commercial gunning club in MD.

Skytours Inc - Dining in the Main Clubroom - Green Run Lodge/

Hungerford House was built in 1953 and later rehabilitated by NPS and used for short term housing.

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Valentines Lodge, circa 2020, was constructed in 1966. The smaller lodge boasted numerous ducking blinds across it 169.84 acre parcel. The lodge is one of only a few owned by the National Park Service, not registered with the Maryland Historical Trust.

Image / from the Ocean City Life Saving Museum 1965/66

In 1807, off the coast of Maryland (presumably Assateague), a ship from Newfoundland, Canada, bound for England, encountered heavy seas and began to take on water. As the sailors aboard accepted their seemingly grim fate, salvation arrived from a local boat whose crew successfully rescued all aboard, including two dogs. The dogs were later named "Sailor" and "Canton," after the ship's name that saved them. The dogs were "St. John's Water Dogs," also called Lesser Newfoundlands. The dogs were purchased for a guinea each by a gentleman who took them home to Maryland's Western Shore, where they were bred. Had they reached their original destination on the British shore, it is believed they would have become the dogs of aristocratic waterfowl hunters as they possessed exceptional skills for retrieval. Canton was historically noted to have the most unusual eye color with a "dingy reddish" coat. Owner, George Law of Baltimore, described them as "peculiar, so light as to have almost an unnatural appearance." While descendants of Sailor and Canton have been bred with what the American Kennel Club (AKC) says they believe to be Coonhounds, those noted eyes of Canton's are still often seen in well-bred Chesapeake Bay Retrievers. By 1888 the breed was recognized as an official breed, and many naturally skilled Chesapeake Bay Retrievers could be found at the better gunning clubs on Assateague. Inside Ocean City 2022


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he Ocean City Beach Patrol's Junior Beach Patrol program is award-winning. Each summer, the program is offered to individuals ages 10-17 beginning the first Tuesday after July 4th. Once enrolled, children can experience the training and daily routine of Surf Rescue Technicians (SRTs). The program models itself after the training, workouts, duties, and responsibilities of the SRT. It focuses on the development of skills associated with the enjoyable and safe use of the beach environment. It is designed to instruct boys and girls in surf rescue techniques and ocean knowledge. Registration for these programs begins in February each year and continues until all slots are filled. So that all participants have a valuable experience, we limit the number in each session to 30 participants, giving an instructor to participant ratio of less than one to five. The popularity of this program has grown throughout the years. Parents are encouraged to register their children early to ensure a spot. Registration questions may be directed to the Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department at 410-250-0125. Many SRTs made their start in lifesaving in the Junior Beach Patrol. Tuesday through Friday, we offer a four-day academy from 8:00 am until 11:30 am. In addition, due to the program's popularity, we have added a four-day afternoon session during several weeks from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm. There is also a one-day introductory session which takes place on Thursdays from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. 58

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by Kristin Joson, Ocean City Beach Patrol The four-day academy consists of four levels that children can advance through, introducing new skills at each level. Each level has an age requirement and requires completion of the previous level. After successfully completing all four levels, a participant can apply for a paid position as a Junior Instructor once they are fifteen years old. This paid position requires candidates to pass a running and swimming test. Once selected, Junior Instructors will attend a paid Surf Rescue Training Academy along with rookie Surf Rescue Technicians. They will be well on their way to becoming a Surf Rescue Technician once they turn seventeen years of age. Since 2020 anyone who has participated successfully in all four levels may become an SRT at sixteen once they pass all phases of our pre-employment physical skills evaluation. Many of our Junior Beach Patrol families make the camp a family outing. Parents and younger siblings make it a beach day while watching their children have fun and learn valuable lessons. Programs are repeated each week for six weeks, so there should be a JBP academy that will work for any vacationer during your stay in Ocean City. Just remember to register early, before the program is sold out and your child misses the most incredible adventure of their young life!

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Not a Great Beach Day? ...a few suggestions Assateague Island National Seashore Visitor Center 7307 Stephen Decatur Hwy., Berlin, MD (410) 641-1441 The Assateague Island Visitor Center is located just outside the entrance to Assateague. Exhibits include marine aquariums, touch tank, exhibits, maps, a film about the wild ponies of the island, brochures, and a variety of educational opportunities. Calvin B. Taylor House 208 N. Main Street, Berlin , MD (410) 641-1019 Located in Berlin’s National Register Historic District, the main block of the house has been furnished as a house museum and the west wing as a gallery displaying local memorabilia. 60

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Delmarva Discovery Center Delmarva Discovery Center 2 Market Street, Pocomoke, MD (410) 957-9933 The Delmarva Discovery Center on the Pocomoke River serves as a source of learning and discovery for the public through the preservation and interpretation of its cultural and natural heritage. Furnace Town Old Furnace Rd. Snowhill, MD (410) 632-2032 Heritage. Artistry. Nature. Fun. This museum uses living history format to re-create a vanished 19th Century community. See a blacksmith, woodworker, broom maker, printer, gardener, spinner and weaver.

Julia A. Purnell Museum 208 W. Market Street, Snow Hill, MD (410) 632-0515 The Purnell Museum is home to over 10,000 pieces that highlight local history, including artwork from the museum’s namesake, Julia A. Purnell. NASA Visitor Center - Wallops Flight Facility Route 175 Chincoteague, VA (757) 824-2298 The NASA Wallops Visitor Center is the place to explore the past, present, and future of NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.

Ocean City Life-Saving Museum 813 S. Boardwalk, Ocean City, MD (410) 289-4991 The Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum displays exhibits of storms, sea life and life-saving in Ocean City. Other exhibits include beach vacation artifacts, shipwreck finds, mermaids, over 200 samples of sand from around the world, and more! Sun & Surf Cinema 143rd St. & Coastal Hwy., Ocean City. MD Catch the latest flick while you relax in luxury power recliners. Immerse yourself in the movie with state of the art Dolby stereo sound. Reserve your seat at

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Fox Gold Coast Theater 112 St. & Coastal Hwy. Bayside, Ocean City. MD Also a great place to catch the latest flick while you relax in luxury power recliners. Immerse yourself in the movie with state of the art Dolby stereo sound. Reserve your seat at Inside Ocean City 2022


Date Night

What makes for a great date night? Time to really get to know each other. If you've been with your significant other for some time already, time alone together offers the opportunity to re-establish the connection. Time away from the day-to-day stresses and chaos can do wonders for your relationship. We have a few suggestions to get you started on that great Ocean City date.

A Day Time Adventure Learn to Surf This doesn't have to be one teach the other; check out the local surf shops for a schedule of classes. It will be an introductory class, but lots of laughs and spills will make for a memorable morning. You might even dry off and have some lunch in one of our open-air pubs.

Rent Two Spots on a Fishing Charter Even if neither of you has ever fished, this is a great adventure. Sun, water, and watermen that will teach you their art. They know the best fishing places and try very hard for your trip to be a fruitful one. Yes, they will even bait the line for you. If you are staying in accommodations that offer an in-room kitchen, you can even take your catch home for dinner. Many watermen will clean your fish for a small fee.

Relax at Northside Park The Park is an excellent place if you're looking for a quiet afternoon. Plentiful sunshine, trees with benches cooling in their shade, and of course water; the Assawoman Bay makes for a beautiful backdrop for a date. You might even plan this outing for a Sunday and catch Sundaes in the Park! Or you can always take a small tub of ice cream and two spoons. 62

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Venture to Assateague Island Walking and talking is a great way to get to know one another or even reminisce. There are many trails for hiking, and you might even spot a wild pony or two. Just be sure to keep your distance from them; no great date ever ended up in the ER.

Later in the Day & Evening

Young or Just Young at Heart? No matter your age, it's still fun to plan games on the Boardwalk and win silly prizes. You can spend within your budget and still have a little left for a Boardwalk treat. Old fashioned summer fun never disappoints.

Explore Near-by Berlin Just 15 minutes from town is the charming town of Berlin. It's a great little town to browse, with several quaint restaurants to delight any foodie. In addition, there are shops of all kinds to explore, the famous Island Creamery, and local breweries. Spend the afternoon, the evening, or the entire day.

Order Crabs for the Deck Have a great little balcony or deck in your accommodation? Order a dozen steamed crabs, grab a few beers and enjoy one of Ocean City's most famous meals. Maryland Blue Crabs are like no other, and they are at their best when freshly steamed. It's a great get to know you date. After dinner, perhaps a walk on the beach to round out the evening.

Walk the Boards -The entire Boardwalk It's something all locals will tell you they have done a least once and most on a first date. Time to get to know each other, explore shops, play a carnival game, and an array of Boardwalk fare for snacking. The entire length of the Boards is just 2.45 miles, in one direction. Want to do it like a local? Park in the Inlet parking lot and walk down and back to your car. Sound like just too much walking? You will be surprised how much fun it will be and how memorable the accomplishment when in good company.

Dinner & a Movie Go Ice Skating at the Carousel Hotel Locals know it's an excellent place for a date. Near the holidays, it even has that "Hallmark" charm as you skate hand in hand around the ice. Drinks and snacks are available to polish your evening.

The old standby, but it's always a winner. There are over 100 restaurants to choose from with a wide variety of cuisines. While seafood is often at the forefront of many menus, you can find everything from Italian to Chinese take-out. And the movie theaters? You can find them uptown, midtown, and in West Ocean City.


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cean City, one of the Mid-Atlantic’s most popular summer playgrounds, is also a championship golf resort. We offer courses designed by some of the best in the business. Take in 18 holes of beautiful morning golf along the waterways of the Atlantic. Tame a pristine championship course winding the inland bays with breathtaking sunsets. If you’re traveling with the family, book an early round, and be back in time to enjoy the water park with the kids. Or, shake the sand off after lunch for a game before dinner. If you’re new to the game, many courses offer professional instructors, as well as family rates that won’t break your budget. Ocean City is a great place to introduce the sport to new golfers, and it’s even a great way to spend time with a teen! From driving ranges to executive courses, parkland layouts,and extraordinary links tests, our area courses take pride in the conditions and amenities which live up to the standards demanded by the legendary architects who created them. If you love Pete Dye, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Arthur Hills, Lester George, Brian Ault, and Dr. Michael Hurdzdan, you’ll simply love the golf venues featured on the shore. If you’re already here, try us out. When you come back, consider one of the many golf packages available all year long!


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Ruark Golf Properties Links at Lighthouse Sound

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Man O’ War & War Admiral Courses

Rum Pointe

Lighthouse Sound offers great variety in terms of visual excitement and strategy. As often as possible we tried to take advantage of the expansive views of the bay and Ocean City skyline. Ten holes border the pristine marshlands found within the 1,000acre site while others are framed with mature hardwoods. Together, this collection of holes will hopefully provide a challenging and memorable golf experience. GlenRiddle Golf Club provides a truly spectacular golf experience. In addition to the 36 memorable holes of golf, our facilities offer exciting teaching opportunities and a pro shop to help you perfect your game. Just like their namesakes, Man O'War and War Admiral, these courses will become legendary. They will provide the supreme challenge for the seasoned golfer with their distinctive fairways while offering those new to golf an opportunity to fall in love with the game. The "Scottish-style" links of the Rum Pointe are the only area course to feature bent-grass on the fairways and greens. No less than 17 of the 18 holes have a bay view with several holes having direct bay frontage, where you can start your ball over the water to shorten the hole. The Dyes have certainly created situations of risk and reward that will quicken the heart rate of even the most experienced golfer. From the back tees this championship quality course is capable of hosting a PGA Tour stop but forgiving enough from the middle tees to satisfy golfers of all skill levels.


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You can occasionally spot a Red Fox on the beach in Ocean City. They raise their young in dens along the dune line. For them, it's a safe space close to good hunting for small fish and shorebird eggs, or perhaps the occasional snack leftover from beachgoers. Take note, though, these are wild animals and should be safely observed from afar. They can be particularly protective with young in the area.

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ver 200 eateries in Ocean City are ready to serve you a coastal dining experience. From Eastern Shore traditions to various ethnic cuisines, you’re sure to find something delectable. Seafood is caught daily from local waters, and fresh catch often includes mahi-mahi, tuna, sea bass, sword, and even shark! Some of the world’s finest shellfish are found right off our coast, and local chefs are experts in its preparation. Raw bars offer a wide selection of mollusk, and most menus offer raw items on the half shell. Seafood can be prepared in so many ways; steamed, broiled, blackened, sautéed, the list goes on. Whichever you choose, don’t miss out on the local fare! Maryland is famous for its Maryland Crab Soup and Maryland Style Crab Cakes. Don’t forget the soft shells when they are in season and the Maryland Crab Cake Sandwich. It’s a great treat after a day on the beach. Crab is available for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even snacks, so be sure to indulge while you’re here. Family-style restaurants offer seafood and more, including our Delmarvalous fried chicken, ham, and prime-rib. Most are served with locally grown veggies from the many local farms that surround the resort, and these dining spots are sure to offer something on the menu for everyone. If you’re looking for fine dining, a world premiere resort would not be complete without world-class dining. Award-winning chefs present excellent menus to delight your palette. From signature dishes to that gourmet touch on tradition, Ocean City’s fine dining establishments are a great way to experience the taste of the beach. In addition to the many dining fares, Ocean city offers a variety of dining styles as well. You can experience some amazing sunsets on the bay while enjoying your dinner. Many restaurants offer outdoor or deck dining, so be sure to take advantage of the stunning views. Fine food and that fresh salt air combine to make the meal even more memorable. The Boardwalk’s three-mile promenade offers an assortment of treats, from world-famous fries, saltwater taffy, and popcorn to fine dining restaurants and sports bars. You can enjoy a snack or a meal and never leave the boards. Ocean City has over 125 years of hospitality. From what was once a sleepy fishing village to the world-class resort this has become, there are mouth-watering morsels at every turn. Experience Ocean City to its fullest!


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breakfast lunch dinner casual beach atmosphere Renovated, refreshed and ready to delight. Come enjoy our daily homestyle breakfasts, have your family’s favorite seafood dish, or stop in for dinner and a drink served just right. Children’s menu also available.


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Menu Highlights

Contemporary American cuisine with an Eastern Shore flair. Located in the Hilton Ocean City Oceanfront Suites.

Rockfish Meunière: Pan-seared Rockfish fillet, served with sweet corn and crab gold potato hash, crispy fried Brussel sprouts with a browned butter & lemon demi-glace. Our Signature Dish! Mongolian Pork Porterhouse: 12 oz. pork porterhouse chop, braised red cabbage, crispy tobacco onions, garlic mashed potatoes with a hoisin plum glaze. Tornadoes 32Palm: Twin filet medallions with jumbo lump crab, mustard seed demi-glace potato pancakes and garden fresh vegetable medley. Surf & Turf: Cold water lobster tail paired with an 8 oz. Certified Angus Beef filet served with mushroom ragout, potato pancakes and garden fresh vegetable medley. Chicken Cabo: Pan-seared medallions of chicken, dredged in flour, sautéed with a creamy lump crab and chorizo sausage gravy, served with garlic mashed potatoes and garden vegetable medley.


elcoming guests and presenting a coastal inspired atmosphere, 32 Palm just completed a beautiful renovation to complement a wonderful dining experience. They’re looking forward to serving you one of their delicious new menu options. The 32 Palm Lounge has a brand new look too! Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as an awesome happy hour! Mañana Pool Bar is another great option in the warmer months.


32nd Street & Oceanside, Ocean City

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Pit & Pub Ocean City’s Smokehouse

Locations on

28th St. & 127th St.

Menu Highlights Smoked Wings 1 lb, voted BEST AT THE BEACH by the Baltimore Sun. Available in BBQ, Buffalo, Hot, Caribbean, FirePit, Honey Old Bay, and Garlic Chili Mac Don’t Knock it til you try it. Homemade mac & cheese buried under our homemade chili (Voted OC’s Best 2016) and finished with tater tots! The Porker In house smoked pork loin shaved thin & grilled w/mushrooms, jalapeños, onions served on Nann bread with smoky chipotle aioli & smothered in Swiss Roast Beef Slow cooked top round medium rare, piled high - onions and horseradish available Smoked Meatloaf 1/2 lb. of in house smoked goodness Hot Beef or Turkey Platter Smoked in house for 8-10 hours, served open faced with french fries and gravy


ungry for BBQ? Stop-in to the Pit and Pub, Ocean City’s only real smokehouse BBQ restaurant. Try our fresh, smoked meats and homemade BBQ. With kid friendly menu items and specials, we encourage getting the family together and feasting on great BBQ & Wings! Whether you are looking to dine-in or carry-out, Pit-n-Pub can accommodate any size party and even offer catering services.

Pig Out Rack of Ribs 1/2 BBQ Chicken Brisket Sandwich, French Fries & Slaw Eat it in 25 mins. for a FREE Shirt, and 25% off Coupon on next visit *Menu items subject to change

28th Street - 2706 Philadelphia Ave - 410-289-2020 & Northside - 12701 Coastal Hwy - 443-664-7482

Lighthouse Sound Make your next event a breathtaking event.

Lighthouse Sound Restaurant invites you to join us for dinner overlooking the breathtaking Assawoman Bay and Ocean City skyline. Whether a family outing,

corporate meeting, banquet or wedding, Lighthouse Sound Restaurant will cater to your every need and have your guests raving for years to come. Serving Sunday brunch, lunch and dinner, our culinary staff will prepare the finest cuisine East of the Chesapeake.


Ruth’s Chris Exceptional Service. Sizzling Taste


uth’s Chris Steak House is located within the GlenRiddle Clubhouse and is open to the public. The clubhouse was built in the 1920’s and was home to the legendary racehorses, Man O’ War and War Admiral. Much of the original woodwork was restored and is used in the decor of the restaurant. The stall doors are used as table tops in the bar and grill and you can also find some original woodwork throughout the clubhouse and restaurant. Reservations suggested. 12723 St. Martin’s Neck Road, Bishopville 11501 Maid in Arms Way, Berlin


410-213-9444 or 888-632-4747

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Conquer the Ballbuster!

Win an Exclusive Tee!

Karaoke Thur., Fri., Sat.

410-289-0069 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Late-Nite Munchies Frozen Drinks, Fresh Fruit Crushes, Kids Meals, Live Entertainment Between 11th & 12th Streets on the Boardwalk

Best Drink Menu in Ocean City! Featuring the Original Hurricane Crush!


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Harborside Bar & Grill Home of the Original Orange Crush

If you're in town on a budget, check out these family-friendly pubs that offer excellent light fare during Happy Hour. You can even dust off the sand a little early and catch dinner before the lines begin to form.


his rustic Waterfront bar and restaurant located in West Ocean City serves up great food, fun and the Original Fresh Squeezed Orange Crush. Happy Hour specials include rail drinks, and brews, both on tap and in bottles. All of which pair excellently with the fresh seafood right off the dock!

12841 Harbor Rd., West Ocean City


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Bad Ass Cafe

BBQ, Smokehouse & Seafood



resh ocean air, accompanied by sumptuous food and a cool brew, make Happy Hour at the Bad Ass Cafe a beach experience not to be missed. It’s one you will be talking about long after vacation is over!

Between 11th & 12th Streets on the Boardwalk Ocean City


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ungry for BBQ? Stop into the 28th St. Pit & Pub, Ocean City’s only real smokehouse BBQ restaurant. Try our fresh, smoked meats and homemade BBQ. Happy Hour: Monday-Friday 3:00-6:00 P.M.

28th Street, Coastal Hwy Ocean City

410-289-2020 2nd LOCATION! 127th St & Coastal Hwy.


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Buxy’s Salty Dog Saloon

Coastal Casual Pizza & More

The Locals Favorite Hometown Tavern



evel in one of our many seafood centric dishes, try a specialty craft pizza, along with a freshly created salad or a warm crock of soup. Enjoy live entertainment in our modern, nautical themed space. Dock yourself at the infamous & authentic boat bar while enjoying a craft cocktail or local brew. Outdoor seating available

2709 Coastal Highway, Ocean City


ome see what all the locals know... Buxy’s is the place to come to meet friends, relax and be social with no attitudes. We just lay back and let it roll, enjoying OC’s best cheesesteaks, cold drinks, friendly staff, live entertainment, sports action and good friends.

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uxy is not just a bartender or bar owner, Buxy is a legend in OC. Owner of Ocean City’s true “Steelers” bar, Buxy and the Salty Dog, have been serving up great food, libations and year-round fun for over 21 years. At Buxy’s Salty Dog, you will find some of the best cheesesteaks at the beach, along with a great selection of fresh local food for the whole family. There’s also live entertainment, and 36 big screen TV’s to enjoy the game.

410.289.0973 2707 Philadelphia Ave. Ocean City


ry Dock 28 was created to offer a unique dining experience to the many locals and visitors of Ocean City. Revel in one of our many seafood centric dishes, try a specialty craft pizza, along with a freshly created salad or a warm crock of soup. Enjoy live entertainment in our modern, nautical themed space. Dock yourself at the infamous & authentic boat bar while enjoying a craft cocktail or local brew. Outdoor seating available, live entertainment weekly, t-shirt shop, high definition TVs, stellar carry out, beer & wine to go!

410.289.2828 2707 Philadelphia Ave. Ocean City


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Hurricane Crush The only storm you will truly enjoy!


verlooking the Beach and Boardwalk, the bar at Brass Ball’s Saloon is Lynn’s natural habitat. Friends, old and new, will find him serving up O.C.’s Original Frozen Rum Runner, Real Ice Cream Drinks and Fresh Fruit Crushes. He’ll also be happy to make your favorites, or, if you’re feeling adventurous, try his fruit infused “Donkey Punch” or a “Got Balls?” shot. Friday and Saturday nights find him upstairs at Bad Ass Cafe’s crazy Karaoke Party. Here you can mingle with the crowd or view the stage from the mezzanine, or chill in the game room lounge.

410.289.0069 Between 11th & 12th St

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The True Home of the Fresh Squeezed

Original Orange Crush!


he home of the Original Orange Crush. A refreshing citrus libation that is often imitated, yet never duplicated. This rustic waterfront bar, located in the commercial harbor in West Ocean City, is a local favorite you have to experience. Their extensive menu offers a wide variety of appetizers, fresh seafood, steak & pasta entrées, as well as juicy burgers and sandwiches. On many nights, you can find live entertainment to dance the night away. It’s just the place to be!

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410.289.2020 127th St & Coastal Hwy.

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