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Old 07-27-2013, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Columbia, MD
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It's been several years since I've been "down the ocean" but from what I am hearing and reading in the news things have been going downhill in the beach town. I keep hearing about an increase in crime and an abundance of "trashy" people. Is Ocean City still the family friendly resort town from the one I remember from just a decade ago?
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Old 07-27-2013, 06:36 PM
 
Location: Stuck on the East Coast, hoping to head West
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I go to OC once a week all summer for day trips and probably spend the night there once a month. I've been doing this for years. I only go during the week (not weekends) during summer so I don't know if my observations will be helpful or not. Anyway, I definitely don't stay on or near the boardwalk. Too much activity, noise, and rowdy kids. Also, I just don't like the quality of most of the hotels down there.

I might occasionally go to the boardwalk, but that's rare and I only go during the day. Not that I think it's that dangerous (although there have been a few issues in the wee morning hours), it's just that I'm not into crowds. I also don't like the actual beach near the Boardwalk.

I also wouldn't use the OC bus--at least during the night. Way overcrowded with drunks and undesirables.

Overall, I find Ocean City incredibly overpriced and, at best,mediocre in the way of hotels and restaurants.

If I were to plan a family trip to OC I would stay at either Francis Scott Key (they have activities on property for the kiddos, like pool (outdoor and a nice little indoor waterpark, and miniature golf) or camp at Frontiertown (waterpark with lazy river and slide, tot area, wild west shows, miniature golf, ice cream place, arcade) and then drive or take a shuttle to Assateague Island.
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Old 07-27-2013, 07:28 PM
 
Location: MD's Eastern Shore
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Yes, Ocean City is still a safe, family resort. Yes, there have been a few issues lately making the news which disturbs me but they have been isolated instances later at night or early in the morning. But since you bring up the issues "family friendly" I'm going to assume you wouldn't place yourself in those circumstance.

One thing to remember is that OC turns into one of MD's largest city's during the summer so with the increased population (weekly, summertime, and weekend) comes an increased chance. Again, something most people with families aren't going to be part of as their probably not going to place themselves in those places late at night.

Another thing to point out is that any incident makes statewide news as well as news of neighboring localities.

I live here, on the west side at least and have absolutely no issues. I just avoid crossing the bridge into town as much as posible during the summer but do go on the boardwalk periodically. September starts my time to play.
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Old 07-27-2013, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Stuck on the East Coast, hoping to head West
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September starts my time to play.

Totally agree with this ^^^^^ I *love* Ocean City in the fall. Probably my favorite time to visit.
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Old 07-29-2013, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Fort Washington, MD
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Ocean City seems like its past its heyday. The attractions are mediocre, the shopping is subpar, and the hotels are dreary (much in line with what someone previously commented). The only true feature is the boardwalk, but that charm quickly fades out after you pass the fifth or so marijuana-toking discount shirt shop. You could say that they're 'all washed up'~~
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Old 07-29-2013, 08:36 AM
 
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Trashy.

It costs the same to spend a week in South Florida, even with airfare. Much funner experience without the riff-raff.
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Old 08-01-2013, 07:04 AM
 
Location: Hiding from Antifa?
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It used to be said that a week in Cancun, with airfare, was considered cheaper than a week in OC. I wonder if that's still true?
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Old 08-01-2013, 08:58 AM
 
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It used to be said that a week in Cancun, with airfare, was considered cheaper than a week in OC. I wonder if that's still true?
No idea. But it would be good to know
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Old 08-02-2013, 04:54 AM
 
Location: Mount Airy, Maryland
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It's not that bad. Sure the boardwalk is full of ink on the body but it's perfectly safe and the motels are much less expensive than Rehobeth.
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Old 08-02-2013, 05:38 AM
 
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OC is still a family town. Being that it is the largest City in MD during the summer, there will be increased crimes, but no murders, robberies, etc. Its your usual misdemeanors, underage drinking, and brawls. However, that happens at night when the clubs are open to 1-2 am. But if you are going with family, you wouldn't go there to begin with. The Boardwalk is no different than other Seaside tows. For Maryland, its good for what it is, a getaway and a place to take the kids. You have rides, water parks, and a beach... The OUtlets are pretty good. The restaurants are more pricier due to its location, but its pretty good.

If you want the Word Class Ocean Town, go to South Beach, Myrtle Beach, or Cancun.
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