“Good morning brother!… would you like to go with mom and me to Ocean City tomorrow?” asked my sister during a phone call one day in late August as I was on my way to a business meeting. “Sure,” I said, “as long as I can reschedule my Chinese class to a later date.” Fortunately, everything worked out and my sister, mother and me were on our way to Ocean City, Maryland the following day for some much needed rest and relaxation. Both my sister and mother were on their vacations, and I needed a major getaway, mental break, from my mundane workload at home as a freelance journalist.
Ocean City happens to be one of my sister’s favorite vacation destinations because of the attractions it offers from mini-golfing to karaoke to the vast array of restaurants. Sunsations is a popular store that sells beach gear, souvenirs and other trinkets. Plenty of these chain stores span the length of Coastal Highway, the main artery that runs parallel to the shoreline and ends at the threshold of the boardwalk. In fact, vacationers can ride the “tourist” bus, which cost $3 for a day pass, up and down this long highway.
I remember driving to Ocean City as a kid with my family. We usually stayed at the Comfort Inn hotel, which has a Denny’s attached to it. The hotel included friendly customer service, a fitness center, swimming pool and hot tub. Then you could walk across the street to lay on the beach for a day or days of therapeutic bliss. One time, the last time, I went to Ocean City with a few colleagues from a summer camp I worked at in Chestertown, Maryland. We spent our valuable vacation day there and had a blast. It was great to be back at a familiar place I’ve always enjoyed.
My sister recommended a crab house for our final dinner. PNG (People Going Nuts) is a small crab house for crab lovers to indulge in all-you-can-eat crabs for about $26. If you don’t want to do that, you can pay by the dozen, then take home the leftovers. According to my sister, their fried chicken was delicious also. Bread was automatically served as an appetizer. I certainly couldn’t finish my whole meal so I took the rest home as did my sister.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to try parasailing during our brief sojourn, mostly due to lack of time. But it sure did appeal to me from the first day while we strolled the boardwalk. We also noticed people on jet skis and on some other type of boat that moved at a slower pace. Next time I go there I definitely want to experience the parasailing, a bucket list goal of mine.
Something new that I noticed this time was the expanded area designated for carnival rides, including a giant Ferris Wheel, roller coaster, merry-go-round, bumper cars, and a spaceship type of thrill activity that shoots you up in the air then brings you back down. They still have the original mini-amusement park that I recall as a kid, but now people have another option for where and how they can pique their adrenaline rush. Ocean City, Maryland is the place to “put your vacation days to good use” as the official tourism website explains. Go see for yourself!