Ocean City Winter Fun: Things to Do in the Off-season

Those in the northeast who want a quick beach getaway should plan an extended winter weekend in Ocean City, Maryland. Although the city attracts families during the summer, visitors will find plenty to do in the off-season as well. From horseback riding on the beach to holiday events, the cooler temps won’t slow down the fun. Check out these ideas for some Ocean City winter fun.

Ocean City Winter Fun: Have a Blast in the Off-season

Ocean City Winterfest

Looking for holiday cheer? Ocean City’s Winterfest of Lights runs through December 31. Ride the Winterfest Express through an animated wonderland that has everyone in awe of holiday scenes. Ring in the New Year with Ocean City’s spectacular midnight fireworks display at Northside Park.

Penguin Swim for Atlantic General Hospital

On New Year’s Day, don’t miss hundreds of crazy costumes and people who gather 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.

See the Sites

Grab a bite to eat and 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 on New Year’s Day. See beautiful holiday decorations and pay tribute to the city’s Silent Giants, the public workers who keep the city operating. At the event, visitors also enjoy musical entertainment and light refreshments for a pleasant afternoon.

Bring Your Horse

Those who own a horse can buy a permit to ride on the beach. Permits allow riders to explore the beach from November 1 to March 30, providing a fun activity for all ages. Families who want lessons and guided rides can book ad adventure with Holly Ridge Equestrian Center located in West Ocean City.

If it’s too chilly outdoors, take the family to these top five museums in Ocean City.