Ocean City Convention and Visitors Bureau, 4001 Coastal Highway, (800) 626-2326, www.ococean.com.
Worcester County Tourism Office, 104 W. Market St., Snow Hill, (410) 632-3110, www.visitworcester.org.
Art League of Ocean City, 502 94th St., Ocean City, (410) 524-9433, www.artleagueofoceancity.org. Since the 1960s this league has dedicated itself to enriching our lives with art through monthly themed exhibits, planned events for the art lover in you, and artsy activities for all age groups.
East of the Bay Gallery, 11805-I Coastal Highway, Ocean City, (410) 723-0447. Maybe you don't associate Ocean City with fine art, what with all the fun souvenir crap that you gotta take home, but East of the Bay does, and it hosts exhibits all year round.
Furnace Town Living Heritage Museum, Old Furnace Road, Snow Hill, (410) 632-2032, www.furnacetown.com. This old furnace and its success at producing pig iron helped the town flourish in the mid-19th century. Those days are long gone, but you can still get a glimpse of what it looked like, plus find out exactly what pig iron is.
Ocean City Skydiving Center, 12724 Airport Road, Berlin, (410) 213-1319, www.skydiveoc.com. A scary experience with a great view. Ever done it? Neither have we, but we're building up our nerve and this is going to be the summer we do.
Antiques by the Sea, Aug. 13-16, Convention Center, 40th St., Ocean City, (410) 289-3453, www.ococean.com. Antiques from all over the East Coast are at your disposal. The more than 60 vendors displaying them wouldn't mind if you bought a few either.
Berlin Village Fair, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 12, Main Street, Berlin, (410) 641-4775, www.berlinmdcc.org. Make some furry friends in the petting zoo, place your bets on the sleekest tub in the bathtub race, and take that old-looking piece of jewelry to have it appraised. There's all that, plus food, entertainment, and a miniature train display.
Cypress Festival, June 17-19, Cypress Park, Pocomoke, (410) 957-1919, www.pocomoke.com. This festival provides just about everything you want in a festival: rides, food, fireworks, and live entertainment. Plus Ducky Derby, a horseshoe competition, boat rides and BINGO!
Jamboree in the Park, 5-10 p.m. July 4, Northside Park, 127th Street, Ocean City, (410) 250-0125, www.ococean.com. Just the right event to dust off those old-school Jams shorts. It is the Jamboree, right? Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.
Spring Arts and Crafts Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 29-30, Convention Center, 40th St., Ocean City, (410) 213-0735. It's Memorial Day weekend and the beach is too packed to enjoy. Stop by this annual event and pick up some handmade items to make your friends think you made it yourself.
White Marlin Open, Aug. 1-7, Harbor Island Marina, 14th St., Ocean City, (410) 289-9229, www.whitemarlinopen.com. If only that larger-than-life fish hadn't gotten away you'd be standing next to the other anglers in the "World's Richest Fishing Tournament." At least you can watch them compete for millions.
Worcester County Fair, Aug. 13-15, Furnace Town Museum, Old Furnace Road, Snow Hill, (410) 632-1972, www.worcestercountyfair.com. It wouldn't be a county fair without competitions for all animals, human and otherwise. As the livestock, pets, horses, and dogs shake their tails for prizes, the humans show off their 4-H exhibits, belt out tunes in the talent show, and model the latest in handmade fashion. For the noncompetitive types, you get to watch and eat.
SPORTS AND RECREATION
Angler Watersports, Talbot Street, Ocean City, (410) 289-7003. Try not to get wet as you make waves with a variety of motorized boating devices.
Carousel Ice Rink, 11700 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, (410) 524-1000, www.carouselhotel.com/iceskating.html. It's never too hot to ice skate at this indoor rink off the beach.
Frontier Town, Rte. 611, Ocean City, (410) 641-0880, www.frontiertown.com. Step into the Wild West at this theme park only 5 miles from the beach. The outlaws commit crimes, while the can-can girls entertain, and the Indian chiefs perform ceremonial dances. We'll let you sort out the good, the bad, and the ugly for yourself.
Jolly Roger, 30th Street and Coastal Highway, Ocean City, (410) 289-3477, www.jollyrogerpark.com. This theme park has the tried and true rides like the ferris wheel and bumper cars, as well as the latest thrillers like the Wild Mouse Roller Coaster. There is something for grandpa and grandson alike.
Ocean City Paintball Beach Attack, 12605 Ocean Gateway, West Ocean City, (410) 213-2500, www.ocean-city.com/paintball. Some people relax by painting pretty pictures, others unwind by shooting their friends with paint balls. If you're in the latter group, this is the place for you, day or night.
Crafters by the Sea, 11944 Ocean Gateway, Ocean City, (410) 213-9885, www.craftersbythesea.net. A good place to pick up a gift for the hostess of your beach party weekend. Fresh cut flowers, wildfowl carvings, Beanie babies, and more.
Kelly's Front Porch, 13th Street on the boardwalk, Ocean City, (410) 289-8134, www.kellys-frontporch.com. The beach has many coffee and ice cream options, but this one promises to be "olde fashioned." Old or new, the "Hall of Fame" banana split sounds pretty tasty about now.
Ocean City Factory Outlets, Route 50 and Golf Course Road, Ocean City, (410) 213-7898, www.ocfactoryoutlets.com. The outlets promise up to 70 percent savings every day and that means more money to spend at the beach.
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