What better way to spend a fall or winter weekend than in Ocean City! Most may say that Ocean City isn’t any fun in the “off season” but the truth is there is still so much fun to be had. We put together a list of a few option for some indoor weekend getaway activities:
Visit Ocean City’s Winterfest of Lights, located at beautiful Northside Park, 125th Street and the bay. This popular, outdoor event is celebrating its 27th year and will put you in the mood for the holiday season! Board the Winterfest Express and prepare to be whisked into a magical land of spectacular lights. This mile-long journey is accompanied by music that can be enjoyed by children of all ages. Sing along while enjoying such displays as the Twelve Days of Christmas, Santa’s Workshop, The Wizard of Oz and an amazing, twinkling Christmas tree. After your ride, visit the Winterfest Pavilion. You can warm up with a hot chocolate while you browse the gift shop. Santa will be available for photos every night through December 23. Winterfest of Lights will also become center stage for Ocean City’s New Year’s Eve celebration including a live DJ, giveaways and fireworks. Advance tickets will be available at Northside Park, 125th and the Ocean City Convention Center, 40th Street during business hours in November and December.
There’s no better place to learn how Ocean City grew from a small fishing village to a premiere resort destination than here at the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum. The original Life-Saving Station was built in 1878 and was used to prevent ship disasters and to rescue and provide aid to those shipwrecked. Along with learning about the station itself, you can also explore their permanent collection of exhibits. Sands From Around the World can help you discover which beach has sand that looks like pepper, The Boardwalk of Yesterday allows you to see nostalgic boardwalk scenes, The Aquarium Room is a saltwater exhibit that contains two 250 gallon and many smaller aquariums filled with interesting creatures indigenous to the Ocean City waters, and there are many other permanent exhibits to explore. Special exhibits like the Little Keepers Day Room/Play Room, an interactive children’s discovery room where kids can play and learn what it was like to be a Surfman in the U.S. Life-Saving Service, are also available. Take some time to reminisce with our Ocean City Memories or let yourself travel back through time to join the heroic Surfmen of the US Life-Saving Service on a rescue mission all in one place.
Standing just seven blocks from the Ocean City, Maryland / Delaware State Line, DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum is the perfect place to see, and feel, some of the most famous shipwrecks. Delmarva’s Maritime past of shipwrecks and piracy is vividly brought back to life here at DiscoverSea Museum. The museum features an ever- changing “edutainment” exhibit and houses one of the most comprehensive collections of shipwreck artifacts on the Delmarva Peninsula. There are thousands of items on display ranging from gold and Silver bars, coins, weapons, china and items used aboard early day sailing ships. Our collection of shipwreck and recovered artifacts is one of the largest in the Mid-Atlantic and contains shipwreck artifacts both regional and worldwide. The seashells, marine life tanks and working lab help to educate guests of all ages about the aspects of treasures from our ocean’s depths. DiscoverSea also offers multiple programs ranging from simple narrated hands on tours of the museum, beach treasure hunts, and lectures, to weeklong Elderhostel programs on marine archaeology. Group tours are available.
Surrounded by wildlife in the heart of the Atlantic Flyway, the Ward Museum features the world’s largest and finest public collection of decorative and antique decoys. With its 4.5-acre waterfront facility with 12,000 square feet of exhibition space, the museum is nothing but fun the entire family can enjoy. Adults can enjoy woodcarving club, a winemaking night, bead-weaving workshop and a photography workshop. Children ages 3 to 6 can have lots of fun learning at Natural Tales for Tots, a program organized around a theme that features stories and crafts. Additionally, with so many special and permanent exhibits like The Decoy in Time Gallery, which is a reconstructed wetland environment complete with decoys, birds, hunting paraphernalia, morning mist, and even calling ducks, and The World Championship Gallery, featuring a high vaulted ceiling and showcasing contemporary carvings of eagles, swans, owls, geese, ducks, herons, and songbirds that appear to come to life, you’ll never have a dull moment.
Escape Room Ocean City is a real-life escape game sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. You will need to escape from the room by solving a series of mysterious clues, opening locks and finding a way out – all within 60 minutes. If you like answering riddles, solving puzzles and looking for a challenge than this is the perfect place for you. Think of it as a joyful hour to experience something different whether you’re in the Pirate’s Treasure Room, The Boss’s Office or The Quiet Room. Children under 18 years old are allowed in the room and must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Free parking is available and walk-ins are welcome if any space is available but advanced reservations are highly recommended to play, especially with larger groups.
If you’re looking to “have a ball” Old Pro Indoor Mini Golf is just the place for you and your family. Family-owned and operated, Old Pro, founded in 1965, offers two great indoor courses that are open year round. 68th street has an Undersea Adventure course while 136th Street has a Safari Village course. Elaborate themes, mechanized figures and obstacles, creative and challenging hole design and extensive use of water and landscaping are the keys that make an Old Pro miniature golf design unlike no other. One game is $8.50 per person and unlimited play is $12.50. Kids under 3 play free and seniors 65 and over get $1 off single price. Other specials vary and accommodations can be made for groups.
Looking to channel your artistic side? The new bayside Ocean City Center for the Arts might just be where you need to go! The facility features a spacious two-story gallery, a pottery studio, classrooms, art library and five working artist studios. The galleries display new exhibits of regional and local artists monthly. Exhibits kick off each month with an opening reception from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. on the first Friday of each month. The receptions, as with all activities such as oil painting classes and more, are open to the public. The Art League provides a yearly calendar on their website of all events so you can either plan ahead or check up what event is going on that day.