100 things to do in Ocean City

Whether it's volleyball on the beach, strolling the Boardwalk, or angling on a pier with the sun setting on the water, Ocean City offers the kind of easy, beach vacay that everyone from families to college co-eds can enjoy. To make the most of those oh-so-fleeting summer days (and nights), with the help of some readers at baltimoresun.com, we've assembled a list of 100 things to do in Ocean City.

1. Wear sunscreen. It's such a drag, but skin cancer is worse. So apply sunblock before, during and after you hit the beach. And don't forget your hat.

2. Splash down. Jolly Roger's Splash Mountain water park is fun for all ages and is the 'finest water park in the mid-Atlantic,' according to Park World magazine. (jollyrogerpark.com)

3. Get high. Take to the skies for a tour by airplane of the skyline and beaches. (oceancityairport.com)

4. Have a mango facial. Or a mango peel or any other tropical treat for your skin at one of the many day spas in Ocean City, including Creative Day Spa and A Perfect Face.

5. Dine for a discount. Ocean City Restaurant Week, May 30- June 6, offers two-course lunches for $20 and three-course dinners for $30. (oceancityrestaurantweek.com)

6. Meet Rodney. Ocean City's lifeguard mascot offers deals and discounts, so ask your hotel for the Rodney Rate.

7. Step back in time. Visit the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum to view an exhibit that traces the history of the Boardwalk.

8. Pick strawberries. Head west on Route 54 in the morning to pick strawberries at Magee Farms. Pick up a box of fresh strawberries - maybe even eat a few off the vine.

9. Look for Elvis. If you're lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of "Norman" – Ocean City's Elvis - on the boards. He's been there for years and brings smiles to all.

10. Pony up. Visit nearby Assateague Island to see the wild ponies.

11. Be baptized. Jesus on the Beach Music & Ministry Festival (July 26-28) offers ocean baptisms.

12. Picnic by the bay. Pack a basket and head for the Isle of Wight Park (between the two Route 90 bridges) to enjoy the scenic Bay views.

13. Go to Alaska. Stop by The Alaska Stand (9th Street on the Boardwalk) for a cheesedog, burger, or funnel cake.

14. Eat crab cakes. Go to Phillip's on the Boardwalk for a scrumptious breakfast with a great view. Come back for lunch to sample their famous OC crab cakes (Atlantic Ave. on the Boardwalk).

15. People watch on the boardwalk as you eat a snowball from King Kone.

16. Have a clambake. For two at Hooper's Crab House.

17. Go Irish. Spend an evening at Shenanigan's Irish Pub for the tastes and sounds of the Emerald Isle. (ocshenanigans.com)

18. Have a slice. Eating pizza at the Dough Roller (Boardwalk at S. Division St.) is an OC tradition.

19. Play games. Test your family's athletic prowess at the annual Family Beach Olympics.

20. Tie a knot. Learn knot-tying at the O.C. Life-Saving Station Museum.

21. Show your patriotism. Folks sing "God Bless America" every evening at sunset at Macky's Bayside Bar & Grill. 54th St. Bayfront.

22. Hunt for fun. Organize an Ocean City-themed scavenger hunt.

23. See a movie. Save the price of admission with free family movie nights on the beach (Monday and Friday at 27th Street)

24. Hit the ball. Play – or watch - a game of beach volleyball.

25. Grab some Tubby's Pizza subs and fries. It's absolutely amazing.

26. Get help. Stop by the Chamber of Commerce or the visitor's center, inside the Convention Center, for fun ideas and directions.

27. Go to the playground. Take the kids to the wooden playsets on the southern end of the beach.

28. Grind it. Catch a skateboard competition on June 22 at Ocean Bowl Skate Park, 3rd St. and St. Louis Ave.

29. Enjoy a cold treat and a free concert at the weekly Sundaes in the Park series at Northside Park

30. Roll along. Rent a bike or a surrey for a ride along the Boardwalk. This year, the town has extended hours for bicycles on the boardwalk. (ococean.com)

31. Play put-put. Improve your handicap at Old Pro Golf's seven themed miniature golf courses. (oldprogolf.com)

32. Get fired up. Watch OC's annual Ravens Roost parade.

33. Take the best shot. Get up early and walk along the beach. Take your camera - the light of the sun sparkling on the water is wonderful.

34. Eat to the beat. Grab a bite and enjoy live entertainment (often free) at M.R. Ducks on Talbot St; Macky's on 54th; Fager's Island on 60th; and BJ's on the Water at 75th

35. Get wet. Take an ocean dip or swim in the hotel pool.

36. Bird watch. Sightings in OC's back bays include egrets, pelicans and herons.

37. Remember someone. Read the inscribed plaques on the Boardwalk benches.

38. Enjoy a sunset. One of the best places to view a gorgeous sunset it at the aptly named Sunset Park on the south end of town.

39. Play ball. Northside Park (127th Street and the Bay) boasts 58 acres - complete with baseball and softball fields

40. Spy boats. Sit on bench and watch the boats zip along the shoreline or through the inlet.

41. See shrunken heads. Expect the weird and odd when you visit Ripley's Believe It or Not on the Boardwalk.

42. Go caramel crazy. Munch on Fisher's popcorn or just savor the aroma.

43. Go to a bonfire. Hear guest speakers at weekly bonfires on the beach (North Division St.)

44. Take a day trip. Head for the historic town of Berlin, a few short miles from OC. Grab a bite at Rayne's Reef Luncheonette – aka the "Falcon Diner" in the Julia Roberts movie "Runaway Bride."

45. Read a bestseller. Bring your own or check out books at the Ocean City Library on 100th Street.

46. Watch fireworks. Celebrate the Fourth of July with free concerts and fireworks.

47. Sip and slurp. Try a strawberry or banana milkshake at Dumser's Dairyland Ice Cream Parlor.

48. Charter a boat. Go deep sea fishing for tuna, bluefish and more. (bahiamarina.com)

49. Build a sandcastle. Use seaweed and shells. When you're done, view the professional sand castle display by the Boardwalk, but don't compare.

50. Picnic on the beach. Be sure to clean up afterwards.

51. Treat yourself. Pick up a box of saltwater taffy from Dolle's Candy, celebrating its 100th anniversary on the Boardwalk

52. Party in the park. Enjoy "party" nights at Sunset Park.

53. Buy a souvenir. Don't go home without a T-shirt or coffee mug.

54. Swing out. Perfect your golf game at Eagle's Landing. The course has been ranked one of America's top public facilities.

55. Run away.Take a jog on the beach, along the Boardwalk or in the park.

56. Sway the night away. Go to the free weekly concerts on the beach (Wednesdays at North Division St.)

57. Read the signs. Look for hidden messages as you count the number of banner planes along the coast.

58. Eat a bucket. Order up some Thrasher's fries and don't forget the vinegar.

59. Serve it up. Find a partner to raise a racquet with at the town's public tennis courts.

60. Hop on board. Ride the Ocean City Boardwalk Tram from the inlet to 27th Street.

61. Be romantic. Take a moonlight stroll on the beach with your sweetheart. Stargaze, and of course, don't forget to hold hands.

62. Find a buy. Shop the outlet stores in West Ocean City (many hotels offer free transport shuttles). When you're done, stop in for a cupcake at the Original Smith Island Cake Company.

63. Go crabbin. Catch a few crabs in the Bay.

64. Mangia. Have dinner at Adolfo's at the Inlet – a real hidden gem for Italian food.

65. Be nostalgic. Stop by City Hall to view images of Ocean City's past

66. Reel them in. Hang out at the O.C. Fishing Center from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. to watch fishermen unload marlins and sharks.

67. Say cheese. Mug for the camera in a photo booth.

68. Admire a lifeguard: Watch the Ocean City Beach Patrol class of 2010 demonstrate their skills.

69. Spend loose change. Check out the Electric Quarter Arcade on 137th street. It's been there for years but always has new games and awesome prizes.

70. Have a slushy. Drink a Dirty Banana at Seacrets.

71. Strike a pose. Enjoy yoga on the beach or at Northside Park on Thursdays.

72. Grab a crab.Take the lil' ones to the Kids Crab Round-up. (ococean.com)

73. Go camping. There are several nearby sites, including Fort Whaley in Whaleyville, and Castaways RV resort and camp ground along Route 611.

74. Look up. Watch the parasailers glide over the Bay and ocean.

75. Pick up a game. Shoots hoops at the town's public courts.

76. Sample a fresh blacken tuna sandwich from the Balia Bar at 64th Street.

77. Go fly a kite. Or simply view the colorful display at the Kite Loft

78. Support local arts. Attend an Art League of OC exhibit. (artleagueofoceancity.org)

79. See big fish. Watch for dolphins or gawk at the whoppers during the White Marlin Open.

80. Stay over. Spend the night at the Lighthouse Club Hotel on Fager's Island. It's like sleeping on a ship and the service is wonderful. (fagers.com/hotel)

81. Grab the brass ring. Ride the vintage carousel at Trimper's amusement park. (trimpersrides.com)

82. Wiggle your toes. Make footprints in the sand and watch the waves wash them away.

83. Play family team laser tag at Lazer Storm, followed by a trip to Ritas or soft ice cream.

84. Get creative. Have an artsy time at the annual Arts & Craft Festival ( Labor Day weekend at the Convention Center)

85. Go fish. Cast a line from one of OC's four public fishing piers.

86. Get back to nature.Take a hike along the San Dunes trail at Assateague Island.

87. Be Italian. Enjoy the summer's ethnic festivals – Greek, Italian or - at Sunset Park.

88. Set a spell. Relax in a rocking chair on the front porch at the Plim Plaza. Nothing like those old hotels I remember from my childhood.

89. Log on. Go to Somerset Street Plaza for free Wi-Fi.

90. Go kayaking. Try a unique kayak tour at Ayers Creek Adventures, which offers a full moon paddle and wine tasting. (ayerscreekadventures.com)

91. Pay tribute. View the Ocean City Firefighters Memorial on the Boardwalk at North Division Street

92. Revisit winter. See an ice skating show at The Carousel hotel. (carouselhotel.com)

93. Make a vow. Get married on the beach with the dolphins, sandpipers and sea gulls as your witnesses.

94. Be poetic. Write a beach-inspired poem in your diary.

95. Take a ride. Spend an afternoon jet skiing. (ocbaysiderentals.com)

96. Toss a disc. Play Frisbee with your pooch at the Ocean City Dog Park at 94th Street. (oceancitymd.gov)

97. Hit the beach after dark. Watch the sand crabs glow in the dark at night.

98. Catch a wave. Surfers can visit special blocks designated as daily surfing beaches. The sites rotate two blocks south each day, and most area surf shops keep a schedule.

99. Go fast. Take a ride on the Sea Rocket, a speedboat cruises the coast line. (searocket.com)

100. Say goodbye. But not before you savor the waning days of summer at Sunfest, Sept. 23-26.

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