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Is Ocean City decent for a relaxing late December impromptu get-a-way? Is stuff open? How is the lodging situation that time of year?

Submitted by John R, Ridgefield NJ on December 11, 2019
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It is a great place in the winter! Almost all the hotels are open and many restaurants stay open year round and even more are open during the holidays.

It is a great time to be in OC!


Michael B.

Michael B.

Warrenville, IL Answered: December 12, 2019 Insider Since 2011

I've been in Ocean City many times during the winter and there is always something to do even during this time of the year. 

Troy F.

Troy F.

Hanover, PA 17331 Answered: December 12, 2019 Insider Since 2008

hey john, yes it very relaxing and there are things to do. yes places are open and ready for you. the lodging you will find many wonderful places to stay at great prices. visit http://www.ococean.com for more

Kathy H.

Kathy H.

Bayville, NJ Answered: December 12, 2019 Insider Since 2010

Relaxing is the word for winter!  There are a good number of restaurants open and the Boardwalk is still open.  There are a number of larger hotels open and rates are at their lowest for the year.  The beach is still nice for a walk, just bundle up.  There are also a number of restaurants that offer daily specials during the winter.

Savas K.

Savas K.

Hunt Valley and Ocean City Answered: December 11, 2019 Insider Since 2010

I have often been to OC in late December. If you are looking for a place to relax and enjoy some more casual nightlife and great restaurants, then it is a good choice. If you are looking for outdoor activities or water sports, then it is not a god choice. Lodging is easy to find- there are many major hotels open, and if you want to rent a condo or similar you can pick almost anything you could want at a great price. See the OCOcean Accommodations page to access lots of great lodging options

OC has lots of events in December. See many of them here. The Winterfest of Lights is great fun,.

Here are a few more fun things to do in December:

Stop by the Convention Center Visitors Center at 40th Street for more ideas and information about events, restaurants, activities, and discounts.

Take a walk along boardwalk. Boardwalk favorites  Thrasher's Fries, Dumser's ice cream, Fisher's popcorn (my favorite!), Candy Kitchen offer great boardwalk eats. Marty's Playland arcade is my kids' favorite, but there are several arcades along the boards. You can also rent bikes and ride the boards before 11am.

Take the Seacrets Distillery Tour - I've done it several times, and it is fabulous! I recommend making reservations for the tour (410/524.2669).

Pamper yourself at a local spa. Some great options are OC Massage, Grand Aqua Spa, and Creative Day Spa.

There are several local breweries and wineries in the area. Click on the links, and check one or more of them out!

If you like art, take a trip to the Art League Center for the Arts Gallery on 94th Street. I go here almost every time I am in town. Their exhibits change monthly, and I always find something interesting to look at there, plus it is FREE.

If you like to gamble, the Ocean Downs Casino is about 5 miles outside of Ocean City on Racetrack Road (Route 589). This casino has a wide range of electronic games, slots, and table games.

If you are a golfer and you get a warm day, OC has lots of great courses. If some of you a novice golfer, try Ocean Resort Golf Club. They are a course that works well for both less proficient golfers (like me), and for more experienced ones too (like the crew I head down with every year).

Checkout the interesting shops in nearby Berlin.

If you like history definitely visit the OC Lifesaving Museum at the south end of the boardwalk (Hint: Get free passes at the Visitors Center at the south end of the Convention Center) . If it is a nice day, consider a drive up to Fort Miles in Lewis Delaware to see the restored Coastal Defenses and go up in one of the Fire Control Towers for a spectacular view.

Take a trip down to Assateague. It is only about a 15 minute drive. There is a great Visitor's Center on the right. It has lots of great interactive and touch-type exhibits that kids love. It also has a few short interesting movies about Assateague. You can drive a fair distance on Assateague before entering the fee area and I almost always see the horses in the free area. There are some great short easy hikes in the fee area that you may want to consider if the weather is nice.

Have fun in OC!

Karl S.

Karl S.

Centreville, VA Answered: December 11, 2019 Insider Since 2010
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