The hot summer days are upon us in Ocean City, MD., and while you may be on vacation at the beach it is vital to keep cool in the heat. Here are a few tips in how to keep it cool in OC…
Ten ways to keep cool while on vacation in Ocean City, MD:
- Mid-Day Break
The hottest part of the day is from noon to 2 p.m., which is the perfect time to take a midday break whether it is a trip to the pool or head back to your room for some air conditioning. Perhaps a light lunch, rehydration and a quick nap is all you need to recharge for the remainder of the day in the sun.
Why not take advantage of the ocean right outside your door step? Laying on the beach is not just for getting a tan. You can set up shop in the hot sand, or make your way down to the shore break where you can catch the cool ocean breeze. Keep your feet in the water without having to get all the way in. Sometimes you don’t even have to dip your feet in, let the water come to you.
Or jump in! Nothing is better than submerging yourself into the cool salt water on a hot summer day. Especially if the sun got the best of you the day before.
Most hotels and other accommodations offer a swimming pool indoors and/or outdoors. The middle of the day when the sun is at its strongest is the best time to make your way to the pool for a break from the heat. Especially if the kids aren’t ready to give up on playing in the water, the pool is a good place to retreat.
At the Carousel Resort Hotel & Condominiums located on 118th Street & Coastal Hwy., the indoor and outdoor pool are open daily for guests during the summer season; both opening at 10 a.m. The outdoor pool (May-August) closes at 9 p.m., and the indoor pool closes at 10 p.m.
- Cold Snack
We all scream for ice cream! A hot day is a good excuse for a popsicle, ice cream cone, or even a Frappuccino. Head to the Bistro Snack Shop with Starbucks located in the Carousel Resort’s Atrium. There is no better way to lower your core body temperature quickly.
However, while this treat may lower your core body temperature quickly, the effect does not last long. So, take advantage of the Atrium’s air conditioning before you head back outdoors or perhaps the ice skating rink? We will get to that later.
- Take Cover!
An easy remedy is to find yourself some shade – whether it is under an umbrella, or even the palm trees on the Carousel’s tropical lawn – the shade will give you a cooler temperature your body will appreciate.
One of the best things about Ocean City, is local cuisine and libations are within reach no matter where you are. Here at the Carousel, head out to the Tsunami Bar and Grill (May-October) where there is umbrellas and a bar top waiting to give you shade. Try our Scooby Doo to cool down! Can’t give our secret away, so you will have to go find out for yourself.
Or head inside where there are several options to refuel. Besides the Bistro, there is also the Bamboo Lounge or Reef 118 Oceanfront Restaurant. No matter what, all menus ensure there is something to satisfy all tastes.
- Eat Light
Big meals filled with protein can actually make it harder to deal with the heat, as your metabolism fires up in an effort to break down all that food. Smaller, more frequent meals will help keep your internal temp more consistent.
Did we mention the Carousel Resort has a variety of dining options? From small bites to salads, tacos and even sashimi. Plus more!
To see menu options visit our website: https://carouselhotel.com/dining/.
- Night Time at the Beach
Not all the fun is under the sun. Here in Ocean City, the events carry on under the stars.
- Family Beach Olympics (June-August)
Family Beach Olympics organized by the Town of Ocean City (TOC) Recreation and Parks Department is held on the beach in front of the Carousel Resort on Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. where families and friends can gather to take part in sand castle contests, relays, tug-of-war, win prizes and more! This event is free and open to the public.
Family Beach Olympics is also held on the beach at 27th Street, sponsored by the Dough Roller, on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
- Movies on the Beach (June-August)
Also in partnership with the TOC Rec & Parks Department Movies on the Beach are held on the beach in front of the Carousel Resort on Wednesday nights starting at 8:30 p.m. Bring your beach chair and blanket, and lay under the stars. This event is also free and open to the public.
Like Family Beach Olympics, Movies on the Beach is also held on the beach at 27th Street on Mondays and Fridays starting at 8:30 p.m.
- Sundaes in the Park (June-August)
Organized by the TOC Special Events Department, the popular Sundaes in the Park weekly event combines a free concert with an ice cream sundae (small fee) at Northside Park on 125th Street & the Bay starting at 7:00 p.m. While parents enjoy the music, children will enjoy special entertainment just for them. The evening ends with a fireworks display at 9:00 p.m.
For a list of all free family events in Ocean City during the summer visit www.OCocean.com.
- Indoor Amusements
Take the fun indoors! Although Ocean City is known for fun in the sun, there are many options in giving visitors and locals alike a cool down indoors, or even during the event of inclement weather.
- Carousel Ice Skating Rink
Yes, you heard that right! The Carousel Resort has the only ice skating rink in Ocean City, MD., located right in the Atrium of the hotel. For a nominal rental fee guests and the public can take on the ice at the beach.
Hours are listed below:
Sunday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Check out the Ice Show while you’re there! The Carousel Resort offers a free ice skating show, Dream World, put on by the Next Ice Age. The show is open to the public, taking place Saturday through Thursday starting at 6:30 p.m.
Leave the Xbox at home! From the boardwalk to hotel game rooms, arcades are spread through the town with interactive fun. Take on the ski ball machine, or earn as many tickets you can to win a prize.
- Indoor Mini Golf
If you have been to Ocean City, MD., before than you know the game of mini golf as a course is positioned about every block of Coastal Hwy. However did you know about the indoor mini golf? Providing the perfect activity for the sun burned or avoiding the rain.
Old Pro Golf on 136th Street and 68th Street both offer indoor courses with their own special themes.
- Laser Tag
Game World located on 146th Street has a two –story, 7,500 sq. ft. laser tag that all ages will enjoy, plus an arcade, Fat Albert’s pizza shop and outdoor mini golf course.
Steeeer-ike! Head to Ocean Lanes on 72nd Street. Open year-round, the 10 lane bowling alley with bumper bars for kids, also come equipped with a complete snack bar, cold beers and wine. Ocean Lanes is open 7 days a week from noon to midnight. Call ahead at 410-524-7550 to make sure there are no leagues, tournaments or parties scheduled.
Sun & Surf on 143rd Street and Fox Gold Coast on 113th Street offers the latest movies on the scene. With cozy heated recliners, this is a movie experience you won’t want to miss!
- Ocean City Life-Saving Museum
Located downtown on 813 S. Atlantic Ave., take some time to reminisce with Ocean City Memories or let yourself travel back through time to join the heroic Surfmen of the US Life-Saving Service on a rescue mission. Preview exhibits or look up family history in the genealogy section.
- Water Parks
Take a break from the beach and slide into a day of fun with the family, Ocean City and beyond offers multiple water park options. Below are just a few…
- Jolly Roger’s Splash Mountain
2901 Philadelphia Ave B, Ocean City, MD 21842
- Frontier Town Water Park
8428 Stephen Decatur Hwy, Berlin, MD 21811
- Viking Golf & Go-Karts, Thunder Lagoon Waterpark
38965 Virginia Ave, Fenwick Island, DE 19944
- Water Sports
Jet skis, kayaks, Stand-Up Paddleboards (SUP)…need we say more! Ocean City is lucky enough to not only have the ocean, but the bay too! The steadiness of the bay makes it a perfect getaway from the heat to get some action in on the water. Not only is it something different to do, but kayaking and SUP will help you get a workout in while you’re at it.
- Odyssea Watersports
5003c Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, MD 21842
- Paradise Watersports
12913 Ocean Gateway, Ocean City, MD 21842
- Best Aquatic SUP/Kayak Rental
Northside Park 125th Street & the Bay, Ocean City, MD. 21842
A boat may not fit into your suit case, but there are many rentals in the area. All you need is one person with a boating license and you’re off to cruise the ocean, bay, and canals of the local watershed. Don’t forget the tube!
- Island Watersports Marina
805 142nd St, Ocean City, MD 21842
- Advanced Marina
122 66th St, Ocean City, MD 21842
- Bayside Boat Rentals
5307 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, MD 21842
For more information on all of Carousel Resort’s amenities, activities and accommodations visit our website at www.CarouselHotel.com.
For more information on all events and activities happening in Ocean City, MD., all year-round visit their website at www.OCocean.com.