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Alex has taught at two public schools, been accepted into three honorary societies, and traveled the Americas and Europe. He has his A.A.T.

The Town Of Ocean City, Maryland

I’ve been going to Ocean City, and its surrounding areas, almost as far back as my memory goes. It is like a second home to me. And, with the demolition of my childhood neighborhood - it serves as something of a doorway to my own past. It’s a beautiful and entertaining place, with the best beach I have ever been to. There is so much fun to be had at the Town of Ocean City, and at the places which are fairly close to it. My most recent trip was taken in 2021, following a second vaccination shot (the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine).

Tradition

The area is filled with tradition for my family. My great-grandfather on my mother's mother's side used to come to the Town of Ocean City to fish. Mom's mother has always enjoyed walking the boardwalk. My mom's father had fun on the roller coaster. Mom loves the rides, and my uncle likes the beach. I've been to Ocean City with large portions of my family, as well as with loved ones. Just about everyone loves this gem in Maryland!

Transportation To Ocean City

Traveling To And From Ocean City

The family travels to Ocean City have always taken many hours. As a child, and as a young man - I had the benefit of being able to take naps on the ways there and back. The long drives are much more difficult, as an adult with a car and license. But, this experience has always been part of the adventure. I remember my grandmother playing "The Beach Boys" on the stereo as she drove us. I still possess the emotional memories that those feelings preserved sometimes when I listen to that band. Although I have driven to Ocean City by myself before, I prefer to go with at least one loved one.

There was one year, either going to or coming from Ocean City, that my mom encountered an incredible playground. It was a play-area that was built with vehicle tires! I loved it. There was another experience, I recall, when (as we were in the car) a song was playing on the radio. It surprised us in how different it was from other music we were familiar with. It was "The Macarena".

City Of Buildings And Beach Surrounding The Boardwalk

Photo taken with an Android cellphone camera.

Photo taken with an Android cellphone camera.

Hotels In The Area

One of my favorite things to do at hotels has been to look over the edge, high above the ground - with only a railing between me and almost certain death. I’ve enjoyed that rush that heights give me, since I was a child; looking down from the second floor at my grandma’s Roman Catholic church. For some more on far drops, check out the part about cliffs in my article on my trip down south! [If you are using a windows computer, after my article has loaded – press “ctrl” and “F” at the same time. You can then type in “cliff” to find what I am referencing!]

The Article About My Trips Down South

There was one special time when I was able to stay at a place, with my grandma, that was right on the boardwalk. There was even a parrot in the hotel! It was amazing to be able to leave one’s room, and immediately leave to go by the beach! We had never done such a thing before (even though my uncle had, who also may have influenced my grandma into doing the same), and it was an amazing vacation experience!

Bench And Sand On Assateague Island

Photo taken with a Nikon D5600.

Photo taken with a Nikon D5600.

The "Flamingo Motel"

I, my mom, and my dad, went to a place, called the “Flamingo Motel”. From what I recall, this was a fabulous motel to stay at! There was a depiction of a giant flamingo on the building.

Beach Sculpture At The Beach In Ocean City

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Photo taken with an Android cellphone camera.

The "Francis Scott Key"

With Grandma, I would sometimes stay at the “Francis Scott Key”. This motel has a pool, and the rooms are lovely. The whole place is a unique experience, different from other lodgings in, and around, Ocean City. A friend, who I took with me to Ocean City in 2021, also remembered going to this motel before.

The Waves At The Town Of Ocean City

Hotel Pools

I’ve had a lot of fun in hotel pools. I’ve even enjoyed laying on the pool lounge chair. There was an indoor pool I liked, when I was in the area with my grandma. They had a hot-tub too. I loved that so much! There is a fantastic outdoor pool at the "Francis Scott Key", as well as other hotels.

Bookstore

There was a bookstore in Ocean City that I once visited, when I was in the town with my grandmother. I bought some Swami Srila Prabhupada books, if I remember correctly. I recall aisles of wondrous books! My mother raised me on the principle that books are very important. And, at that time, I was curious about the “Hare Krishna” movement.

Sand At Ocean City

Photo taken with an Android cellphone camera.

Photo taken with an Android cellphone camera.

Restaurants

The restaurants at the Town of Ocean City are plentiful and lovely. There was even a "Burger King" near the end of the boardwalk, although I'm not entirely certain that it is still present there. What was amazing about that fast-food stop, if I remember correctly - was that there was a second floor to the restaurant (which is less of a common phenomenon for restaurants). There are restaurants like "The Dough Roller" and "The Angler".

There was one restaurant that my grandma would take me to. I believe it was "The Angler". We would walk to it on foot, as she tried to save in parking. It was a fabulous experience, every time. The restaurant was a lovely seafood place. I can remember getting a table next to the beautiful water. I think there was a vehicular bridge in sight. I’ve always found this kind of architecture fascinating. Once one of my exes showed me a wonderful sight with a similar kind of bridge in her home country. Enjoying a meal by the water is one of the most delightful times one can have.

Mounds Near A Beach On Assateague Island

Photo taken with a Nikon D5600.

Photo taken with a Nikon D5600.

Parking

When I went in the Ocean City area with my mom, she would pay more for more convenient parking at the end of the boardwalk. My grandma would use the parking meters, and although we would walk farther – the price difference was likely noticeable. Of course, there were times with my mother that we were able to walk from the hotel. Crossing the streets could be an experience, and I hold fond memories of such occasions. The distance from where we were staying is an important note. My grandmother preferred, at times, to be some distance from the beach, largely for financial reasons.

Assateague Island

I have been to Assateague Island multiple times. It is a beautiful place. Although I have spent much less time here, than at more popular destinations in the Ocean City area, I have enjoyed my time at the island.

"Kratts' Creatures" Episode 24

Assateague Ponies

There is a population of horses, who are now wild, living on Assateague Island. They are commonly known as “Chincoteague ponies” or “Assateague horses”. One should keep one's distance from these animals. Even though their ancestors may have been domesticated; these horses are wild.

Assateague Horses And Insular Dwarfism

These horses are likely the result of insular dwarfism, a phenomenon which occurs when an organism is placed in a relatively small environment, like the tiny environment that can be found within an island. It’s been suggested that insular dwarfism has occurred in some species of dinosaurs. A more modern example, other than the aforementioned “ponies”, would be the Cozumel racoon.

Derelict Wall Art At The Town Of Ocean City

Photo taken with an Android cellphone camera.

Photo taken with an Android cellphone camera.

Chincoteague Pony History

The ancestors of the Assateague horses may have been domesticated horses who were somehow left on Assateague island. Today, they are a major tourist attraction. The so-called “ponies” are famously mentioned on Kratts’ Creatures, episode 24, “Wild Ponies”.

I can remember going to one of the Assateague Island buildings. I recall a horseshoe crab inside, ready to be pet (consider reading my article on horseshoe crab breeding). I found excitement that the place used to display, in a theater in the building, the Kratt brothers’ episode of the “Assateague ponies” (yet another common name for the horses). I loved watching the Kratt brothers as a kid, and it was super cool that they did an episode on a place near where I frequented, at least once a year, growing up.

Article On Horseshoe Crab Breeding

The Ocean On The Beach At Ocean City

Photo taken with an Android cellphone camera.

Photo taken with an Android cellphone camera.

Walking the boardwalk is a hallmark of an Ocean City vacation. It is something to be done with every visit. Simply walking and taking everything in is an experience all on its own. There are arcades, stores, and restaurants throughout. There are even museums to be found.

Wall Painting Near Boardwalk At Ocean City

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Photo taken with an Android cellphone camera.

The Ocean

Of of the main attractions of Ocean City has always been the ocean. The sounds of the waves, the smell of the ocean, and the feel of the hot sand - all massage and steady my mind. When I went to the ocean, earlier this year - the water was so cold, that it made my feet reddish. I had to struggle to stay in, it was so cold. It was not a day to even consider getting more than one's feet wet. As a child, there was something mesmerizing about floating in the water, with only one's head above the ocean's waves. The waves themselves, farther out, are such a unique portion of the experience. The ocean is a place of wonder.

Buildings And Beach Surrounding The Boardwalk

Photo taken with an Android cellphone camera.

Photo taken with an Android cellphone camera.

Beaches

In more recent years, big rocks have been added along the primary beach of Ocean City. This is presumably to assist in the creation of more sand, as much of the beach’s sand is lost, due to tourists. There's a fairly popular beach on Assateague Island, and there are sand sculptures made on the main beach at the Town of Ocean City.

Spray-Paint Art Displayed On The Boardwalk At The Town Of Ocean City

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Photo taken with an Android cellphone camera. https://www.instagram.com/jon.eye/ https://www.instagram.com/capn_jack07/

Ocean City Commercials

Ocean City has not been unknown to publicize a number of commercials. One that has really stuck with me was one I saw while we were in our hotel. I think Mom was getting ready to leave, and we witnessed a commercial with the famous comedian Gallagher in it! It was unexpected, but lovely nonetheless.

Sand Sculpture Next To The Ocean City Boardwalk

Photo taken with an Android cellphone camera.

Photo taken with an Android cellphone camera.

Wax Museum In Ocean City

I remember going to a wax museum when I was super young. I believe the museum was the “Ocean City Wax Museum”, which closed when I was around five years old. I didn’t like it, at the time. Wax figures can be unsettling. However, I wish it was still open. I would love to visit it, as an adult who now loves the world of the creepy and bizarre! I think I recall seeing a wax figure of Darth Vader.

"Ripley’s Believe It or Not!"

There is a "Ripley’s Believe It or Not!" museum on Ocean City's main boardwalk. I've been there multiple times, and I will emphasize that it is a very enjoyable and fun experience to be had.

Top Of A Box Of "Wockenfuss" Candy

Photo taken with an Android cellphone camera.

Photo taken with an Android cellphone camera.

Candy Stores

Some of my favorite memories are of walking into the candy stores with my grandmother. There is a certain kind of atmosphere in those places - with specific smells, and an overall feeling. My grandma would take us to "Candy Kitchen" and "Wockenfuss". In that same tradition, I got some fudge the last time I went to the area.

Transportation Away From Ocean City

Amusement Parks And Mini-Golf

It would not be fair to exclude mention of the various amusement parks that exist in the Ocean City vicinity. There are places like the "Jolly Roger Amusement Parks". I loved going on the rides growing up, and I still enjoy this activity as an adult. All ages can have fun in Ocean City. There is also fun to be had with mini-golf near the beach.

"The Fantastical Mini Golf Courses of Ocean City"

"Trimper's Haunted House"

"Trimper's Haunted House" is a very unique haunted house. Not only is it located on the primary boardwalk, but it is an amusement ride - that is, there is no walking at all. Small changes have been made, over the years - yet it has maintained something of its charm.

"Trimper's Haunted House Ride Through in 1986 - Ocean City, Maryland"

Concluding Remarks

Ocean City, Maryland is one of my favorite places in the world. I've loved the place for so many years. I recommend this as a vacation spot for anyone who wants a good time (and, for those who clean up after themselves). There is so much joy in this place, for so many people. It is a place that is near and dear to my heart.

Sand Sculptures At Ocean City, Maryland

A photo taken by someone other than the author.

A photo taken by someone other than the author.

The Town Of Ocean City, Maryland

© 2021 Alexander James Guckenberger

Comments

Alexander James Guckenberger (author) from Maryland, United States of America on May 26, 2021:

The Sampsons,

I love "The Beach Boys" so much!

Alexander James Guckenberger (author) from Maryland, United States of America on May 26, 2021:

Pamela Oglesby,

Thank you. It's always wonderful to have shared memories with loved ones.

The Sampsons from The Ozarks, Missouri on May 26, 2021:

Sounds like a great place to visit for many reasons. I especially like the musical memories, Beach Boys and The Macarena.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 26, 2021:

Ocean City sounds like a great place to visit. You have some fantastic memories with your family and those are always the best kind of memories. This is an interesting and informative article.

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