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  • What do you do here in the winter?

    As you might have already noticed, I'm trying to get the forum (aka all of you posters) more involved in some of our articles, and vice versa. I think it's important to give voice to everyone who frequents OC--not just me and Tony and the occasional columnist (we all live here, anyway).

    I'm pretty new here (I took over another Kristin's account who joined in 2010) but even I can tell that the forum has fallen by the wayside in the past few years and that it used to be much more popular. That's also something I'd like to change, but of course that's a much slower process. (I like this place! I like to hear from all of you and I also think it's important that this is one of the only big OC-centered forums where you're free to compliment *and* criticize the town.)

    ANYWAY, we have tons of articles on 'X things to do in the off-season,' but I'd love to actually hear from you folks and compile it into a post.

    Obviously Winterfest is big, but are there other wintertime-y things you come down here for? Pitstops along the way to Winterfest? Ocean City Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hannukah, New Years traditions? Do you just love to trek down the beach when it's covered in snow, or do you mostly come for off-season hotel rates and to get a break from work?

    Share it! Stories, traditions, anecdotes, photos--why do you come to Ocean City in the winter, and what do you do?

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    My wife and I usually make two trips each winter - one for Winterfest of Lights and one for the long Presidents' Day Weekend.

    Here are some of the things we like to do.

    1. Walk the Boardwalk. Even when it's cold, there's no better place to be. And, as long as it's not raining, there's still plenty of places open during the day.

    2. Ripley's - If the chill coming off the water is too much, we'll go in here. Since it's a little less crowded than the summer months, you can look around more.

    3. Explore Coastal Highway - We stay in West OC, so in the summer months, it can at times be a pain in the neck to venture too far north on Coastal. But, in the winter, we'll drive up that way and check out the OCBC, BJs, Roses at the ruins of the Ocean Plaza Mall, and the Gold Coast Mall.

    4. Bowling - The Ocean Lanes around 71st street offers bowling for a decent price. Cheap beers are nice too.

    5. Take Ocean City at a much slower pace. - In the summertime, we tend to move more swiftly to try to get a spot on the beach or by the pool, but the offseason tends to be a bit slower, more leisurely.

    6. Have a drink - There's plenty of watering holes still open. Some of which still offer great views, such as the 45th St. Tap House. Plus, if it's chilly, they have the heat on, so you can sit down and enjoy some friendly service and good libations at choices that include The Cork Bar, The Bearded Clam, Backshore (if it's not too cold), Fager's, the OCBC, etc

    7. Get some take out and watch a movie. - Sure, you can do that at home. But, at home, you can't spend a day on the Boardwalk looking at the Atlantic Ocean, having some Thrasher's or Pollock Johnny's for lunch, then grabbing some food from Lombardi's, putting on comfy clothes, and enjoying a DVD.
    Last edited by Kds53098; 11-02-2017, 07:56 AM.

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    • #3
      I am fortunate enough to have a condo that overlooks the ocean. We come down a lot and just enjoy the view. It is also the ONLY time of the year that I will venture down the boardwalk. Sometimes we will do outlet shopping for Christmas or visit friends at a bar that live in Ocean Pines year round. We always spend New Year's Eve at Seacrets with adult family,and visit our favorite bartenders all offseason. It helps that we can just cross the street. Haven't been to Winterfest light show (just haven't had an interest) but now that we have a granddaughter will probably go this year.

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      • #4
        Adding to my post

        8. The OC Life Saving Station Museum - A bit of a hidden gem on the south end of the Boards. In a chilly day, you can take some time to learn abou the history of Ocean City for an extremely low price (I think admission is $3).

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        • #5
          Thanks guys! This is giving me ideas for myself, too (this is my first winter living here full-time).

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          • #6
            We love OC in the winter. Smaller crowds, but a fairly large number of restaurants open. Don’t usually do the bar scene.
            The ocean and beach are always there, and the winter experience is interesting. We watch it from our deck, or if
            it's too cold, from the window.
            Walks on the beach, or even the quiet streets, are nice.
            Our daughter is in Berlin, so we can visit them.
            And like anywhere else, you can turns to books, the Internet or tv for entertainment.

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            • #7
              The Life Saving Station museum is always a treat. The old "Laughing Sally" is in there and she's still just as funny as ever. The Art League on 90th St. is worth a trip to see. Beautiful artwork inside on display and some available to buy, plus you'll often find area artists working on projects and they've always been happy to answer questions about their work. I have a piece I bought there still hanging above my bed. When you enter the Art's Center, you'll see a large glass installation suspended from the ceiling by Jeffrey Auxer. His studio is in nearby Berlin and it's open to the public. You can even make an appointment and make your own glass blown ornament to hang on your holiday tree or in a window, plus he has a retail shop where you can buy something small like glass earrings, or as large as a massive vase or wall decor. You don't need an appointment to visit the shop. And Berlin is a great place to spend the day.
              Assateague is perfect on a warm winter day. Nobody around, lots of shells, and it's so quiet. And on your way into the park, there's a nature center on the right just before you go over the causeway that's very interesting. Or even Bethany Beach has small shops and things to explore and parking is free now.
              And of course, it's the perfect time to check out restaurants you've never been to because of summer crowds. Many have winter specials to entice you.
              And you can't miss the Winterfest of Lights. It starts in a couple of weeks (maybe even next week) and it's a must see. It's at Northside Park on 125th St. And to top it off, there are usually horse drawn carriage rides available around the inlet end of the boardwalk Beautiful on a holiday winter night. For other events, check out www.ococean.comm/events for a full list of things going on through the coming months.
              Ask an OC Insider

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Z06RL View Post
                And you can't miss the Winterfest of Lights. It starts in a couple of weeks (maybe even next week) and it's a must see. It's at Northside Park on 125th St. And to top it off, there are usually horse drawn carriage rides available around the inlet end of the boardwalk Beautiful on a holiday winter night. For other events, check out www.ococean.comm/events for a full list of things going on through the coming months.
                Winterfest of Lights Starts November 16 and runs til December 31
                common sense is not so common

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by bar2008 View Post
                  Winterfest of Lights Starts November 16 and runs til December 31
                  We're starting our Christmas festivities a little earlier this year by going to the opening weekend of Winterfest. They're promising something a little different this year for the 25th Anniversary of the event. We've gone the last three years, and except for changing the order here and there, the display hasn't changed, so I'm intrigued to see what's in store.

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                  • #10
                    Bitch about the weather.
                    Ken

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by terp84alum View Post
                      Bitch about the weather.

                      LOL! Yes, and that!
                      Ask an OC Insider

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by terp84alum View Post
                        Bitch about the weather.
                        Gee, I thought that winter activity was exclusive to Pennsylvanians!

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                        • #13
                          Wanted to reply to this thread, but have been unable to post since late October.

                          OC Life-Saving Museum: Last time I was at the Convention Center to pick up a sand-wheelchair for my Mom, they had a stack of free passes for the museum on the counter. You could take as many as you want and I'm pretty sure they don't expire. Took a bunch and have them on hand for guests.

                          This was last year, so not sure if they still do that, but it's worth stopping by there anyway, lots of info on what to do on OC if you're not here all the time.

                          The museum is really cool and perfect for a rainy day or offseason.

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                          • #14
                            I'm really bitching about the weather now. Lol
                            Ken

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                            • #15
                              Is this still on this year?

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