Tall ship visit is just one thing to do in Ocean City before summer ends

There's still time to fit in a few events in Ocean City before the end of the summer, including something new this year: the OC Tall Ship Event, which takes place Aug. 21 to Sept. 2 at Bayside Pier.

A replica of a 16th century Spanish galleon tall ship will be docked between 3rd and 4th Street, giving visitors the chance to take a historic tours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Andalucia Galleon ship is modeled after the vessels Spain used to explore the new world centuries ago and features six decks and three masts with six sails. It has a crew of about 25 Spanish sailors.

"This is the first time a ship of this size has come to Ocean City," said Bryan Lilley, president of the National Air, Sea and Space Foundation, the sponsor of next week's event.  which is sponsoring the visit. "We hope visitors are going to enjoy this historic opportunity to step back in time and meet the crew who travel the world to educate guests about the ship and the history of Spanish exploration." 

Lilley said it's the second visit promoted by the foundation. The first was in Port Canaveral in May and that event attracted more than 30,000 people.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $11 for kids ages six to 11 and free for children younger than six. For more details, go to www.tallshipevent.com.

Even if you're low on cash, there are still many things to do. Check out these freebies:

Aug. 18 and 25, 7-9 p.m.

Sundaes in the Park, Northside Park, 125th St., Bayside. It’s worth the trek uptown- this family friendly event includes do-it-yourself sundaes ("for a small fee"), as well as live music and entertainment. On Sunday, Aug. 18, Jesse Garron, a tribute to Elvis, will be performing, along with juggling workshop Cascading Carlos. On Aug. 25 Captain Quint will be performing tropical rock and roll and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources will be hosting a "scales and tales" program. The event is followed by a fireworks show at 9 p.m.

Aug. 19, 20, 26 and 27, 10 p.m.

Beach Fireworks. On the beach at North Division Street. The show is about eight minutes long, so it might not be worth a long trip individually, but pair with some rides at Trimper’s and you have a lovely evening.

Aug. 21 and 28, 8-9:30 p.m.

Concerts on the Beach. On the beach at North Division St. Only two concerts remain in this summer series- Rising Sun Reggae Band on Aug. 21 and Randy Lee Ashcraft & the Saltwater Cowboys on August 28.  (BYO towel).

Aug. 21 and 28, 8:30 p.m.

Movies on the Beach- Wednesdays. On the beach at 118th St. Not in the mood for live music? Bring your beach chairs up to 118th St. and catch a free movie. There are only two left this summer - "The Avengers" on Aug. 21 and "Rise of the Guardians" on Aug. 28.

Aug. 22 and 29, 7-9 p.m.

Sunset Park Party Nights. At Sunset Park, South Division St., Bayside. Check out some live music bayside- Rob Fahey and the Pieces play Aug. 22 and Poole & the Gang play August 29. Admission is free and beverages, including beer, are available for purchase.

Aug. 22 and 29, 8:30 p.m.

Movies on the Beach- Thursdays. On the beach at 91st St. Please note the different location. Same deal, bring a chair and settle in for a free movie! "Hotel Transylvania" is playing Aug. 22 and "Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away" will be playing Aug. 29.

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