BALTIMORE (WJZ) — While the seasons may be changing, Ocean City is not closing up shop when summer is over, and you can enjoy the destination all year.
While the summer is Ocean City’s busy season, the tourist town doesn’t shut down after Labor Day, in fact they have a whole calendar full of fall events.
More than a 250,000 visitors flock to Ocean City every summer, and as the seasons change, so do the number of guests.
“Empty nesters here enjoying a stroll on the beach, or the boardwalk, and see families with pre-school kids,” said Donna Abbott, with Ocean City Tourism & Marketing. “So you’ll see people who do not have lives that are dictated by the calendar are here in the fall.”
The beach town calms down, but there is still plenty to do.
Including Sunfest, one of the city’s biggest festivals featuring musical entertainment and family activities.
“We are a vacation destination, and we know people want to be here all year around, so we want to be here to supply entertainment all year round,” said Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan.
Many locals look forward to the off-season.
“Your hours get reduced and you get to enjoy the beach as well,” said Steve Hoffman, owner of 28th Street Pit & Pub.
Especially the businesses that operate all year.
“The water temperature is nice, the beach is great, not crowded, there’s no crowds at the restaurants or crowds at the bars,” Hoffman said.
It’s a chance to relax in this historic town, and take a break from the hectic summer rush.
While the crowds may thin out as we get later in the year, many businesses are actually open year round.