Weekend getaways don’t exactly quench my thirst for travel but it’s the best I can do with a 50 hour work week, 13 hour weekly commute and the time-consuming task of studying for grad school. I’ve visited most of the cities close to New York City – DC, Philly, Baltimore, New Haven. I’ve been looking for places a little further away. That’s when I found Ocean City, Maryland. It’s like nothing like the Jersey Shore. It’s more like the family-friendly version of Atlantic City.
It was about a 5 1/2 hour drive from NYC to Ocean City. By the time JC and I arrived, it was around 8:30PM. Perfect time to feast. We had a big dinner at a seafood restaurant by the boardwalk, which was walking distance from our hotel. After our 2 hour gluttony session, we walked up and down the boardwalk to scope out the next establishment to feast in tomorrow.
On Saturday, we drove to Assateague Island, a 37-mile long national seashore 15 minutes away from the shores of Ocean City famous for its wild ponies. We parked our car next to a herd of them and spent the day napping on the beach and watching the ponies roam right in front of us. I made a mental note to come back again and pitch a tent so I could sleep under the stars. It saves on hotel fees and it’s romantic. Plus, I can wake up to wild ponies roaming on the beach.
There are plenty of activities to do on Assateagye Island, including camping, fishing, biking, crabbing, kayak tours and sightseeing cruises. It’s really a great place to spend with the family and friends if you enjoy outdoor activities and fresh air. There are beaches with dunes that protect the marshes along the Chincoteague Bay and if you’re lucky, you just might catch sight of wild horses, sika deers, herons and so many wildlife animals.