How to Beat the Heat in Ocean City

With the temperatures rising heading into the weekend, you may be looking for some fun activities where you can keep cool at the same time. If you’re looking for ways to beat the heat in Ocean City, in addition to spending much of the day swimming in the Atlantic, the following ideas can help you get started as you make your list.

Ocean City Free Public Library Two-Day Book Sale (July 19 and 20)

Hosted by the Friends and Volunteers of the Ocean City Free Public Library, the two-day book sale at the library on Friday, July 19, and Saturday, July 20, offers an excellent opportunity to keep cool and purchase a wide array of books at a discounted price. The sale will be held in the Atrium of the library and feature various genres for all book aficionados to enjoy. The hours for the sale are 10 a.m.–6 p.m. on July 19 and 9 a.m.–2 p.m. on July 20.

Ocean City Waterpark

If you want to stay cool in the water and find that lounging poolside is what you crave, a day at the Ocean City Waterpark is sure to keep you cool and entertained. From thrilling waterslides to a lazy river, you’ll find both excitement and relaxation at the Ocean City Waterpark, no matter what type of water activity you’re hoping to find.

Indoor Miniature Golf Courses with Air Conditioning

Haunted Golf and Congo Falls Adventure Golf are two golf courses on the boardwalk which offer indoor golfing with the luxury of air conditioning included. Practice your mini-golfing skills in an invigorating and refreshing air-conditioned setting.

Take a Break from the Beach and Do Some Shopping

Staintons Seafindings Vendor (450x800)

Ocean City is filled with so many wonderful shops on the boardwalk and throughout the town. Clothing boutiques, food vendors, home decor shops, and so much more offer plentiful shopping options. Spend the day shopping in a delightful air-conditioned setting. And, if you’re looking to shop the offerings of a wide array of vendors in one set location, visit Stainton’s where you’ll find products from more than 70 unique shops.

No matter what you choose to do for fun during these high-heat days, make sure to stay hydrated and seek out cool locations whenever possible.

Start Making Plans for Night in Venice (July 13)

On Saturday, July 13, the 65th Annual Night in Venice boat parade will unfold in Ocean City and provide a fun and festive evening for all who attend.

Boat owners and bayside homeowners participate in this unique boat parade by decorating their boats and homes for all to see as they compete to win prizes for the best of their category. The boat parade begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Ocean City-Longport bridge and the boat procession continues all the way to Tennessee Avenue. The participating boats will weave in and out of the lagoons along the way, providing bayside homeowners with a birds-eye view of the creatively decorated boats with the “Celebrate! 65 Years of Night in Venice” theme in mind.

Night In Venice Villanova Boat (800x450)In addition to viewing the extensive parade of boats with eye-catching decorations and fun themes, there will be special guests taking part in this year’s Night in Venice, including singer Chubby Checker, Kate Flannery of “The Office” fame, broadway star Caissie Levy, and former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Freddie Mitchell.

For the best viewing spots for spectators, there will be grandstands set up at the end of various streets along the bay, running from Battersea Road to 16th Street, as well as at Tennessee Avenue. The grandstand locations can be found at the following streets:

  • Battersea Road
  • North Street
  • First Street
  • Second Street Marina
  • Fourth Street
  • Sixth Street
  • 11th Street
  • 13th Street
  • 15th Street
  • 16th Street
  • Tennessee Avenue

The stand seating is first-come, first-served, so you want to be sure to get there nice and early to reserve your spot for the big show.

And, after the boat parade ends, don’t go too far, as there will be an extraordinary fireworks display over the bayfront at 9 p.m.

If you’re looking to take your Night in Venice viewing one step further, Dockside Kitchen at 228 Bay Avenue is hosting a three-course prix fixe dinner from 4:30–7:30 p.m. and you can even stay for the fireworks display! Currently, 23 seats remain, so make your reservations ASAP for this delicious Night in Venice opportunity!

If you have yet to attend a Night in Venice event in Ocean City, you simply must go to see this exciting boat parade in person. If you are already a fan of Night in Venice, then you probably already have your desired viewing spot in mind.

Good luck to all of the participants and, to the Night in Venice spectators, have a wonderful evening viewing the 65th Annual Night in Venice parade!

Ocean City Fire Department to Offer Its Annual Junior Firefighter Camp

Since 2010, the Ocean City Fire Department has offered its Junior Firefighter Camp, which provides kids ages 9–12 with a firsthand look into what it’s like to be a firefighter.

The annual four-day camp is held in July with this year’s camp taking place July 22–25. This popular summer camp is one which kids love to attend and many children return each and every year to hone their skills as junior firefighters.

“We get to show the kids a small glimpse of what it’s like to be a firefighter,” states Deputy Chief Vito DiMarco.

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During the educational and fun camp, the junior firefighters get to experience a wide array of firefighting activities in a safe and controlled environment.

“The kids go through several different elements that might cause them to work outside of their comfort zone, such as putting on fire gear and crawling through a fake smoke-filled room to look for a person, climbing ladders, and rappelling,” explains DiMarco. “We teach them that, through education, self-confidence, and teamwork, they can achieve more than they could ever imagine.”

The highly-applauded Ocean City Junior Firefighter Camp wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for the Ocean City firefighters themselves who volunteer on their days off to ensure the smooth running and successful activities of the camp.

OCFD Jr Firefighter Camp Ladder Climb (587x800)

Although the occupancy for this year’s camp is filled, be sure to mark it down on your calendar for next year, if you have children within the 9–12 age range. Registration for the Ocean City camps open up on May 1 each year and this one fills up quickly, so keep it on your radar if your kids wish to attend.

Also, be sure to show your support for the Ocean City Fire Department. You can visit their eye-catching newly revamped website to learn more about Ocean City’s career fire department. On the website, you’ll also be able to learn more about this camp, check out the latest Ocean City Fire Department events, learn about the Ocean City Firefighters Foundation, and even buy some OCFD products to support the department.

And, most importantly, thank you to the Ocean City Fire Department for keeping the community safe year-round!

2019 Fourth of July Happenings in Ocean City

The Fourth of July celebration is not limited to just one day in Ocean City. The entire week is filled with exciting events, family-friendly activities, and patriotic happenings.

Ready to start planning for the Fourth of July festivities which will unfold this week? Here are some options to get you started:

Sunday, June 30

  • Ocean City Nor’easters Game: You don’t have to wait until the first day of July to start the Fourth of July week celebration. Head to Carey Stadium, a.k.a., The Beach House, and watch the Ocean City Nor’easters take on Cedar Stars Academy. The game starts at 7 p.m. and provides a great evening event for all ages.

Monday, July 1

Paddle Board Sunset

  • Beach Exercise: Start your Fourth of July week off right with a free beach exercise session hosted by the Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center. This fun and healthy event takes place on the 6th Street beach from 8–9 a.m. Bring a towel and your friends! And, if you miss the Monday event and are craving some exercise later in the week, the free event will also be offered on Wednesday and Friday.
  • Sunset Paint and Paddle Event: Combine a multitude of relaxing events, including sunset views, paddleboarding, and painting, into one fun evening with the Sunset Paint and Paddle Event. Hosted by the Ocean City Paddle Company and Peace of Wood, participants will enjoy paddleboarding on the bay and then a painting session of the beautiful views as the sun sets. Contact the Ocean City Paddle Company at (609) 938-0117 for more information.

Tuesday, July 2

  • Funtastic Tuesdays: Bring the family down to Asbury Avenue on Tuesday for the city-hosted Funtastic Tuesdays event. The fun unfolds from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. between 6th and 14th Streets on Asbury Avenue and includes live entertainment, face painting, balloon sculptors, and more!
  • Fun Runs: Get your exercise and have fun doing so on Tuesday, July 2, with the fun run events, including short runs and kids distances, at Carey Stadium. The all-ages event takes place from 6–7 p.m. and is free to attend.
  • Mummers Night: Get your Mummers strut on when the Mummers Night event unfolds on the Ocean City boardwalk from 7–9 p.m. Colorful costumes, lively music, and an evening of exciting entertainment awaits you on Mummers Night.

Wednesday, July 3

  • Ocean City Farmers Market: Stock up on all of your Fourth of July party and barbecue essentials at the Ocean City Farmers Market. Fresh produce, hot sauce, pickles and olives, baked goods, flowers, handmade items, and other wonderful offerings are up for grabs at the Ocean City Farmers Market, which takes place from 8 a.m.–1 p.m. on the Ocean City Tabernacle grounds at 5th Street and Asbury Avenue.
  • Wacky Wednesday – Pie Eating Contest: Get wacky this Wednesday by taking part in a cherry and apple pie eating contest at the Ocean City Music Pier. The event starts at 10:30 a.m., but be sure to get there early if you want to participate as this popular all-ages event is limited to 150 participants. This contest is free to participate in, but remember, no hands!
  • Ocean City POPs Opening Night – A Star-Bangled Spectacular: The popular musical organization, the Ocean City POPs, will be holding its opening night performance on Wednesday, July 3 at 7:30 p.m. on the Music Pier. With a theme of “A Star-Spangled Spectacular” you know you’ll be treated to all of your favorite patriotic tunes. Tickets can be purchased at the Music Pier box office or online.

Thursday, July 4

Fourth of July Bike Ride

  • Bike Parades: Decorate your bikes in festive ribbons, streamers, and patriotic banners, and join in one of two bike parades being held in Ocean City on the Fourth of July. One bike parade will be held in the Gardens section of Ocean City on the north end of the island and registration begins at 9 a.m. in the Longport Bridge parking lot. The event takes place from 10–11 a.m. For those on the south end of the island, there will be a bike parade starting at 40th Street and Asbury Avenue. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and the parade runs from 10–11 a.m.
  • Fourth of July Celebration: The Fourth of July evening festivities will begin at 7 p.m. with a kite flying competition on the beach next to the Music Pier. This contest will be followed by live entertainment. And, for the grand finale of the Fourth of July evening, an extraordinary fireworks display will light the sky beginning at 9 p.m.

Friday, July 5

  • Children’s Theatre Series: Schoolhouse Rock Live!: Bring the kids to see the Schoolhouse Rock Live! show at the Ocean City Music Pier on July 5, starting at 10:30 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Ocean City Music Pier box office or online.

Wishing you all a safe and exciting Fourth of July!

Ocean City Farmers Market Returns June 26

It’s that time of the year again: Ocean City Farmers Market time! On Wednesday, June 26, the Ocean City Farmers Market returns to the Tabernacle grounds along the 500 block of Asbury Avenue.

Ocean City Farmers Market Jersey Fresh (800x460)

Every Wednesday through September 4, from 8 a.m.–1 p.m., fresh farmers market goodies will be lined up as far as the eye can see. From robust, red Jersey tomatoes full of flavor and healthy antioxidants to baked goods of a wide array, you’ll be certain to fill your farmers market shopping bags with all sorts of wonderful locally-made products. Some of the items you’ll find include fresh fruits and vegetables, handmade crafts, flowers, breads and sweet treats, clothing, home decor items, jewelry, and so much more.

Ocean City Farmers Market corn (752x800)

For the food and beverage shoppers of the farmers market crowd, some of the culinary vendors who will be on hand each week selling their delicious products include Wm. Schober Sons Orchards and Farm Market, Dr. Pickle, A.T. Buzby Farm, Drip N’ Scoop, Hank Sauce, and many more farmers and artisan vendors.

After finding all of your seasonal fruits and vegetables along with other delectable culinary items, stroll down Asbury Avenue, between 5th and 6th Streets, where you’ll find vendors selling household items, jewelry, accessories, toys, clothing for kids and adults, and other tempting farmers market items.

Ocean City Farmers Market Clothing Vendors (593x800)

Don’t miss the first day of the seasonal Ocean City Farmers Market and head down to the Ocean City Tabernacle grounds on Wednesday, June 26, from 8 a.m.–1 p.m. If you can’t make it to opening day, don’t worry, as the Ocean City Farmers Market will be in full swing every Wednesday through September 4!

First Annual Bayside Family Day Set for June 22 in Ocean City

Ocean City will be hosting its first-ever Bayside Family Day this Saturday, June 22. The family-friendly fun will unfold from 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Second Street dock and parking lot.

The day will be filled with plenty of exciting activities suitable for all ages and highlight the extraordinary aspects of Ocean City’s bayside businesses. Some of the festivities will include live music from the Tidal Wave Band, fabulous food vendors, unique craft vendors, educational demos, and so much more!

This wonderful inaugural event is all thanks to the efforts of many local sponsors, including Jet Drive Exchange Boat & Jet Ski Club, Ocean City Parasail, Pirate Voyages, and Totally Tubular Water Sports.

Spend the day enjoying the food, entertainment and shopping options at Bayside Family Day on June 22.

2019 Ocean City Restaurant Week Promises Delicious Culinary Bites and Great Deals (June 7–14)

Starting on Friday, June 7, and continuing through Friday, June 14, the 2019 Ocean City Restaurant Week will be in full swing.

Participating Ocean City Restaurant Association members will be offering special prix fixe menus and deals to tempt the Ocean City dining crowd. From housemade quiche at Emily’s Ocean Room to a decadent Maryland crab ravioli in a saffron cream sauce entree at Island Grill Seafood and Steak House, your culinary options throughout the week will be wide and varied.

Here is the current list of Ocean City Restaurant Week participating restaurants with menus posted on the Restaurant Association website:

Visit the Ocean City Restaurant Association website for the full menus and keep checking back to see what restaurants have been added to the list.

Support the local restaurants in Ocean City and make your reservations ASAP for the 2019 Ocean City Restaurant Week!