7 Reasons to Book a Trip to Ocean City This November

By Kelsey Thomas

Ocean City, MD is gorgeous all year round, however there is something truly spectacular about the area in November. There’s still just as much to do as the summertime and you can even start getting yourself in the holiday spirit. With off-season deals and events you don’t want to miss, we’re here to share with you the top 7 reasons to book a trip to Ocean City this November.

1: Less Crowded

This might be a given, but there’s obviously way less people in the area during November. This means you can make the absolute most of your stay by enjoying all of your favorite activities without the hassle of trying to not run into others. It allows you to feel and act like a true local. You can take a nice, relaxing bike ride or walk on the boardwalk or chill on the beach without worrying dodging people.

2: Warm Ocean Water

With the sun still shining brightly, the ocean water is still refreshing and not painfully cold. In fact, the average Ocean City ocean temperature in the fall is 66.2°F. That’s the perfect weather to take a dip when you get too hot on the beach or to walk along the shoreline with your feet in the water.

3: Perfect Season for Golf

With over 17 championship courses, Ocean City is the ultimate place for golf lovers to visit in the fall. After all, it is the perfect season to go golfing. Some popular ones include Eagle’s Landing Golf Course, Ocean City Golf Club, Ocean Pines Golf Club and Rum Point Seaside Golf Links.

More of a mini golf fan? Ocean City is also filled with places to go play some putt putt. Try to hit a hole in one at Nick’s Beach Ball Golf or put your skills the test at Old Pro Golf’s indoor courses.

4. Deals All Around

The off-season deals are off the charts in Ocean City. Many hotels and vacation rentals run off-season specials, which means you can put that saved money to more awesome activities in OC, like pressing your luck at one of Ocean City’s casinos. Many restaurants also offer a variety of food and beverage specials on the off-season. You’ll really be able to get the biggest bangs for your bucks.

5. Winterfest of Lights

Ocean City’s Winterfest of Lights is an annual tradition that has become a family-friendly favorite. Starting on November 18, 2021 and running all the way until January 2, 2022, Winterfest takes you on a majestic journey through thousands of lights and animations. For admission that is only $5 for people 12+ and free for anyone 11 and under, you can see the 50 foot lit Christmas tree, explore holiday exhibits, visit the gift shop, sip on delicious hot cocoa and much more… talk about staying in budget!

6. Holiday Shoppers Fair

The annual Holiday Shoppers Fair is taking place November 26-28, 2021 and is the perfect opportunity to purchase unique holiday gifts. With over 150 vendors, you can shop from all things handmade products to themed items like nautical, candles, photography, florals, jewelry, ceramic and more. There are even door prizes and children’s activities, so be sure to bring the whole family to partake in some holiday fun.

7. Relax Before Holidays

With all this talk of the holidays, November can also be a time where many start to stress about everything coming up. Ocean City is the perfect place to unwind and relax before diving into a full month of events and activities. You can focus on yourself for a bit before having to worry about friends and relatives. Besides, we all deserve a little self-love here and there.

So with all that’s said and done, there’s really no reason to not book a stay in Ocean City this November. There is truly something for everybody, whether you’re looking to relax, be on the go or tune into that holiday spirit.

A Walk on the Boardwalk

The History of One of America’s Favorite Boardwalks

Earning top honors on countless “Best Boardwalks” ratings, the Ocean City Boardwalk is one of the East Coast’s premiere destinations in the summer. Home to fabulous shops, amazing attractions and marvelous restaurants, this award-winning boardwalk comes from humble beginnings.

History of the Ocean City Boardwalk

Before vacationers populated the boardwalk, Ocean City was a sleepy fishing village until the Atlantic Hotel opened its doors to visitors in 1875. Legend has it that in 1902 several oceanfront hotel owners came together to construct a wooden walkway for the convenience of their guests. Simply known as Atlantic Avenue, this was the start of our boardwalk. In 1910, a permanent promenade was built that ran five blocks, then that was expanded to 15th street in the 1920s.

The boardwalk we see today is filled with novelty T shirts, ice cream stands and plenty of amusements and games. At its start, the boardwalk was a promenade and people would come dressed to impress. For roughly 30 years, the boardwalk was the place to be seen. Beauty parades marched down the boards while live music played from the bandstand on the beach.

By the 1950s, the boardwalk had been extended to 26th Street and the culture started to shift. The live music crowded faded away, ushering a new opportunity for amusements. City council initially did not want the new franchise to develop, but eventually gave in allowing the carnival-style amusements and concession stands to open at the lower end of the boardwalk.

Throughout history, natural disasters and other incidents have ravaged the boardwalk. Locals and business owners used each tragedy as an opportunity to expand and improve the boardwalk to be even better than before.

For three days in March of 1962, a devasting nor’easter destroyed the boardwalk on what would be known as the “Ash Wednesday Storm.” The storm, with high flooding and strong winds demolished homes and businesses, washed away sand and sent pieces of the boardwalk floating across town. When the boardwalk was rebuilt it was expanded upon, with the downtown portion being made of concrete.

During the mid-1960s, there was a shift in the atmosphere on the boardwalk. People no longer dressed in their Sunday best, and the boardwalk became a casual destination for everyone, much like we see now.

Today’s Boardwalk

Today, with the addition of more and more attractions and hotels, the boardwalk extends to 27th Street. In 2012, the boardwalk underwent a complete renovation with all new wooden boards replacing the ones that had begun to deteriorate in order to keep in step with the same old-time, nostalgic feel.

You can still hear the old-time melodies, as children spin round and round on the carousel. The Herschell-Spillman carousel, one of the oldest fixtures on the boardwalk, is the oldest operating carousel. Take a ride and snap a picture on this historic amusement when you visit Trimper’s Rides & Amusements.

While the sounds on the beach have changed since the bandstand days, you can still hear live music almost every night. From free concerts to annual events, the Ocean City boardwalk is full of life—day or night. You’re just steps away from a live band or street performer.

Annual Events on the Boardwalk

Every May, beachgoers get a taste of summer before the heat arrives at the popular, free Springfest. Indulge in local food vendors, enjoy live entertainment and browse the stunning arts and crafts. These are just some of many activities and attractions that await. While you walk the boardwalk in June, hear jets soar above you during the Ocean City Air Show. The beach and boardwalk are your seats to this outstanding air show. Wind down the summer season at Ocean City’s largest festival, Sunfest. This free event on the boardwalk is perfect for experiencing local art, entertainment and food. Sunfest also features the Sunfest Kite Festival, where master kite flyers showcase their skills.

Beside all of the entertainment and events are delicious dining options. Have a drink by the beach at an outdoor bar, followed by a fresh-seafood feast.

Through all of the changes our boardwalk has undergone, the only thing that hasn’t changed is the excitement that awaits vacationers. As you walk on the boardwalk, remember the history and get ready to make some memories of your own.