Picture this: you, relaxing on the beach with a favorite book. Or maybe you’re perched on a beloved porch swing or hotel balcony, sipping a drink, reading a juicy novel as the sun sets over the bay. Whatever the setting, we could all use a transportive page-turner now and again, especially when on vacation. But where can you find that romance you can toss in your canvas tote before a much needed beach walk, or that young adult favorite to read poolside? I've hand-selected five of the top local destinations for book lovers so you can satisfy your passion for reading. Ocean City is home to a host of exceptional spots that bibliophiles will enjoy.
Indoor Mini GolfBack to Top of List
Escape the rain with a safari trip or undersea adventure at one of Old Pro Golf’s classic indoor mini golf locations, sitting at 68th Street and 136th Street. Open from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily, this OCMD icon is the perfect place to putt during those surprise A.M. showers or post-dinner drizzles.
The only rule? Hole in ones get rewarded with bragging rights...and Candy Kitchen fudge.
Two Words: Spa DayBack to Top of List
An overcast sky is the perfect excuse to treat yourself to that spa day you’ve been wanting. Head over to Creative Day Spa on 91st Street at the Princess Royale Oceanfront Resort and get pampering. Soothe your summer skin with an “Island Escape” facial, couples deep tissue massage, or bring the little ones for Prince & Princess Pedicures! This award-winning spa has a little something for everyone.
Paint Night.Back to Top of List
Tap into your inner Picasso for a paint night on the town! Pop in on a “Paint Your Pet” class or a Paint & Sip night at T.C. Studios on 15th Street in Downtown OC. And, with their paint party packages, the studio is a prime spot for hosting birthday parties and bachelorette shindigs.
Looking to dabble in pottery, watercolor or illustration? Check out The Art League on 94th Street! They host classes and workshops for every level of experience, even the stick figure doodlers.
Get Lost in Seacrets, Jamaica!Back to Top of List
No Seacret here. Sitting at 49th Street bayside is Seacrets, Jamaica, your slice of island paradise -- rain or shine.
With a covered outdoor area complete with sandy floors, bayside views, and tableside palms, you’ll be left saying “what rain?” Forget the forecast and swing by Seacrets for happy hour cocktails and an order of Jerk Chicken and Steamed Shrimp for the table.
Shop ‘Til You Drop.Back to Top of List
Rainy day blues don’t stand a chance against a little retail therapy. Ocean City is packed with beach shops, discounted outlets, and unique souvenir finds for your people back home.
For cool local finds, check out K-Coast Surf Shop, Sea Quest, or head over to the Gold Coast Mall on 114th Street. Rather get your outlet fix in? The Ocean City Outlets features 30 of your favorite outlet shops, all within walking distance of each other!
Hit the ArcadeBack to Top of List
Get your nostalgia fill by hitting Marty’s Playland on the Boards for a few rounds of skeeball, a fortune reading from old fortune teller, and a lot of tickets. See who can rack up the most by going head-to-head in some of Marty’s arcade classics! At the end of your ticket spree, hop in the photobooth to snap a few pics for the fridge back home.
Looking for some adult arcade games? Test your luck at the Ocean Downs Casino over in West OC.
Takeout & Games.Back to Top of List
Step one: Stay in! Jammies optional.
Step two: Build your own at-home buffet by ordering a medley of shareable meals from a few of your fave takeout spots -- wings from Hooters, lo mein from Asian Garden, a few slices from Pizza Mambo, and carryout cocktail pouches from Longboard Café.
Step three: Chow down over a game of charades and “would you rather” q’s, or pick up a deck of cards for rummy and go fish.
Lights, Camera...Popcorn.Back to Top of List
Everybody knows that rainy days are literally made for the cinema. Check out that new release you’ve been eyeing up or catch a classic flick on the big screen at Fox Gold Coast Theater on 113th Street!
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show in their cooozy, reclining seats -- complete with a side table for you to load up on theatre snacks.