Winter Fun in Ocean City, Maryland

If you want to get away for a quick vacation, an extended winter weekend in Ocean City, Maryland may be just the ticket. A favorite summer destination for families from the East Coast through the Midwest, Ocean City’s beaches are usually a little nippy for sunbathing during the winter months; but 70-degree days are not unknown so pack your swimsuit just in case. Even if you don’t encounter a warm spell, most vacationers find that winter temperatures in Ocean City are more like early spring or late fall temps back home. That’s plenty warm enough to enjoy an exhilarating horseback ride along the beach or a walk along the pier to contemplate the Atlantic’s magnificence.

If you’re looking for holiday cheer, Ocean City’s Winterfest of Lights runs through January 1. Ride the Winterfest Express through an animated wonderland that will have you ohing and ahing along with your kids. Ring in the New Year with Ocean City’s spectacular midnight fireworks display at Northside Park. On New Year’s Day, don’t miss the crazy costumes and crazier people who gather at the 91st Street beach for the Annual Penguin Swim for charity. Activities start at 11:30 a.m., culminating with a plunge into the Atlantic at 1 p.m.

Grab a bite to eat; then enjoy an old-fashioned horse and carriage ride through downtown Ocean City before stopping by City Hall for the Mayor’s Annual Open House from 1-3 p.m. Beautiful holiday decorations, a tribute to the city’s “Silent Giants,” the behind-the-scenes public workers that keep the city operating, musical entertainment and light refreshments make for a pleasant afternoon interlude before you return to your beautiful Ocean City vacation rental to relax, tune in a football game, play with the kids and enjoy being together as a family.

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