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What's new in O.C.?

Restaurants, sports tour are among 10 things to watch for this season

By Nancy Jones-Bonbrest, Special to The Baltimore Sun

3:23 PM EDT, May 13, 2011

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For all that remains warmly traditional about Ocean City, there are also changes — new events, restaurants, things to do and even technology to make your vacation more enjoyable. This year is no exception.

Here's are a some of the new happenings in Ocean City for this season:

The Dew Tour Ocean City is the site of the first stop in the four-leg action sports competition, The Dew Tour. The tour takes place July 21-24 and features skateboarding, surfing, BMX and other extreme sports in competition on the beachfront, a first for the tour. The event will also feature a live concert, a festival village, BMX and skating interactive courses, and more. This is the lone East Coast leg of the competition. For more information visit allisports.com.

App city Last June, the town launched a free iPhone application, and this year there's one for the Droid. The app provides users with direct information on Ocean City restaurants, entertainment, events, maps, weather and more. View an extensive selection of deals and discounts, all updated in real time. For more information visit ococean.com/mobile.

Get the code This summer, QR (quick response) codes will be added to the Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Ocean City brochure and at select historic locations. Visitors will be able to scan the codes with their smartphones and be connected to a short video with information about the historic location. Downtown Association of Ocean City, 605 S. Baltimore Ave., 410-289-1413, downtownassociation.net.

Bus fares rise Ocean City buses, which run 24/7, are always a popular way of getting around. This year the price to ride has increased to $3 for an all-day, unlimited fare, and riders now have an added option of paying $1 per boarding. Coupons are available at several locations including: Boardwalk Tram, north and south booths; City Hall at 3rd St. and Baltimore Avenue; and Convention Center Box Office at 40th St. ococean.com.

Zippy rides Jolly Roger Amusement Park added new zip lines over Speed World that include 1,100 feet of steel cable and start 60 feet in the air. (30th Street and Coastal Highway, 410-289-3477, jollyrogerpark.com)

Bombora Restaurant New to the Beach Plaza Hotel, Bombora features chef Arturo Paz and a cuisine infused with Asian and Latin flavors. The restaurant, in the former site of Phillips Seafood, has sweeping ocean views. (13th Street and the boardwalk, 410-289-9121, bomboraoc.com).

Malia's Cafe Malia Ricks, one of the former owners of the Ocean City original, Mad Hatter's Cafe, has opened Malia's Cafe at the site of the former Spinnaker Cafe. Serving up breakfast and lunch, with vegetarian options. (18th Street and Baltimore Avenue, 443-664-2420)

Brother's Bistro This new oceanfront restaurant and bar in the Howard Johnson Plaza has great views. (12th Street and the boardwalk, 443-664-6763, hjoceanfrontplaza.com)

Blue Fish This new sushi bar and Japanese restaurant offers a wide variety of traditional Japanese dishes and fresh sushi. (9401 Coastal Highway, 410-524-3983, bluefishoc.com)