GUIDE TO OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND IN THE FALL
Ocean City’s unique location means that fall looks a little different here than it does in other places. Where else can you go from the beach, to admiring the fall foliage in less than 20 mins. Another great thing about our location is that even though the official end to summer has come and gone, fall is one of the best times for weather ( it stay’s in the 70’s/80’s well into the end of September). This is also a time of year where all the tourists and visitors clear out and you’re actually able to experience all the city has to offer without having to battle the crowds.
It always makes me so happy when you guys post about or share with me that you’ve used my OCMD Travel guide recommendations and I hope this fall guide does the same as well as encourage local readers to come and explore all that OC has to offer in the fall and be sure to check out the fall bucket list for more fun fall activities to do ANYWHERE!.
Tip: Keep in mind that although the first day of autumn was this past month, the temperatures generally don’t start to drop here until beginning to mid October . Be sure to check the weather when you are planning to come as some of these activities may be best enjoyed a little later in the season.
- Go Horseback ridding at one of the local farms. One of my favorites for an awesome trail ride experience (even for beginners) is Holly Ridge Farm, a short twenty minute ride from OC!
- Also twenty minutes away is Assateague Island, a protected barrier island off the coast of Maryland/Northern VA. It’s known for its beautiful uncrowded beach, trails and kayako/canoe paths that wind through marshland, dunes and pineforest. Assaeague is mostly known for being home to wild Chincoteague ponies, bald eagles and migratory seabirds. Its a great place to take a walk or bike ride, or bring your kayaks/canoes for a fun fall adventure.
-Check out the OC Chamber of Commerce for fall activities that are fun for all ages, like Wine on the Beach, O.C.toberfest and the Halloween Pet Parade.
-A fun activity I am dieting to try out is hanging out at Ally Oops the new dine bowl play indoor arcade and restauruant/bar in north OC!
- Living on the shore there are a ton of amazing wineries and breweries even more festivals. I love getting to try out different wine’s and different wineries, especially with a group of friends! There’s nothing like bringing your own snacks (or making your own cheese board) and hanging out by the bonfire with your favorite wine or brews.
- Another fun activity rain or shine is to take a tour of Seacrets Distillery and seeing how some of their homemade vodka’s and Jamaican rums are made.
-Paint night’s are a great activity year round, but especially once the temps start to drop. I personally have not been to a paint nigh but have seen great things about OC Paint Experience/ T.C. Sudios.
- The must-do fall activity, especially on the shore is to check out one of the amazing local farms and go apple picking or pumpkin picking! There’s nothing like bring home some fresh goodies. Don’t forget to stop by and check out produce at one of the many local produce stands/farms or head to the Ocean Pines farmers + artisanal market on Saturday mornings for more of a one stop shop.
-Less than 30 mins from Ocean City is the historic town of Berlin, home to the movie Runaway Bride with Julia Roberts. It’s one of my fave places to do some shopping, shoot some pics, or take a stroll through downtown.
-Who hasn’t dreamt of having a bonfire on the beach? Fall is the perfect time! Assateague Island is a great place for a relaxing night and you may even see some horses, or if you want a bit closer you can apply to get a permit from Ocean City. As much as we love the beach in the summer, there’s also something so fun about it during the chillier months. It makes for the perfect setting for bundling up in sweaters and roasting marshmallows while listening to the waves and still getting to enjoy the great outdoors.
-Go deep sea fishing: Ocean city is home to some of the best billfish fishing in the world. White Marlin Open may be one of the biggest events, but the fun doesn’t stop in the summer. OCMD is a fisher’s paradise for three quarters of the year. Expect to see common species, like marlin, sea bass and bluefish as well as the addition of species like sea trout and Atlantic croaker. You can find these fish in areas close to shore, which include the bay areas, jetties and shipwrecks near the coast, so it’s a perfect time to give this activity a try. If you’re new to fishing, check out one of the many charters and expeditions available. Winter is one of the weaker seasons for many of the traditional catches in Ocean City. As the water cools, the fish begin to move south, but you can still find Striped bass as they move north and a few other species.
-Sip on wine at Red Red Wine bar: After spending the summer sipping on cocktails at rooftop bars, there is something so cozy about heading to one of these elegant wine bars instead. They offer a wide selection of wine and a knowledgable staff and next door is their sister location, Dry 85, a bourbon and bacon bar!
-Catch a football game: take a short drive up the road to Salisbury for a d3 football game. be sure to Check the football schedules for the seagulls.
Whenever you may be headed to Ocean City, Maryland, I hope you love it as much as I do. One year officially living here in the books, and this place still amazes me daily!