Talk about a late start. Thanks to our late night adventures, we didn’t get yesterday’s blog done until this morning. That, and sleeping in a bit, led to a really late start today. We had planned to drive to Rehoboth Beach in Delaware for the day and then head back to Jen’s house.
When we got up this morning, Jen told us that our friend Heather was leaving Ocean City today and they still had one night left on their condo rental. Score! So we packed up the car and started driving toward Ocean City, MD. We met up with Heather in Cambridge to get the keys to the condo.
Edited to add: Our friend Heather has mad meet up skills… she chose a meet up place and both of our GPS arrival times were within 2 minutes of each other!
Now, if you’ve been reading our blog for any amount of time, you’ll know that we’ve been working hard to knock out our Summer Bucket List. We were pretty stoked about crossing off water gun fight two days ago and treasure hunt yesterday. We’ve been trying to hit up a carnival for weeks now. Every time we’ve had one near home, it’s rained or been WAY too hot.
Well, you know our luck, there’s an amusement park (aka carnival!) on the pier in Ocean City. Sign us up! We arrived in Ocean City around 2 pm and headed straight for the pier.Β  If you’ve ever been to an amusement park on a pier (this was our second such adventure… remember Santa Monica?), you know that it costs a freaking fortune. So, we opted for the unlimited ride wristbands.Β  And, yes, this does count as a carnival πŸ™‚
The girls were too little to ride a lot of the rides. Josh took Max on the bumper cars and I took the girls on some flying boat thing. Lia liked it for a few minutes and then started yelling “done! done!” Then we rode the ferris wheel. None of the kids have ever ridden a ferris wheel until today… they all liked it!Β  Especially Ava.
After the ferris wheel, I went to get us some Thrasher’s french fries while Josh took the kids on the carousel. The fries were amazing! FYI, they won’t let you put ketchup on them πŸ˜‰ We munched on some fries and then rode on some spinning ride that Lia did not like. Then we rode the (really lame!) haunted roller coaster, which Lia also did not like. That was about the extent of the rides on the pier.
Since we went to the Jolly Roger Amusement Park, they actually have two locations in Ocean City, one on the pier and one in town. The wristbands covered both locations, so we went to the other location. They had WAY more kiddie rides there! There was a kiddie roller coaster Β AND a big roller coaster (that Max and Ava LOVED!), tea cups, a helicopter ride, race cars (that Lia LOVED!), swings, climb through playground, and a train ride.
We were SO glad we went to the second park too. I kinda felt like, maybe, I got my money’s worth ;). Of course, you know, we were also really eager to get to the beach. By the time we left the “carnival” it was after 5 pm. We knew we had to eat something, so we headed straight for Dumser’s (our friend John recommended it). Josh and I got burgers, fries, and a chocolate shake (yum!). The kids had a pbj, but we decided to get them some nuggets and apples from Mickey D’s just to make sure they weren’t hungry.
Then we headed to our (oh yeah!) beach front condo. We rolled up and rode the elevator up to this ridiculous place that’s probably about as big as our first house… oh, and it’s got an ocean view from the balcony. We need to send a SUPER HUGE thank you to our friend Heather who hooked us up with the place for the night… AWESOME!!
So we dragged all our junk upstairs, ditched our shoes, and headed straight for the beach (we ate in the car during the 5 minute ride to our condo because we REALLY wanted to get to the beach). It was a short walk down to the beach. At first, all the kids were gung ho about getting in the water. The waves were HUGE! (Sidenote: maybe not huge for Maryland, but huge for us).
We splashed in the waves (can you bucket list, check?!) and played in the sand. That waterproof cast cover I bought Max came in handy since he wasn’t allowed to get sand in his cast or ocean water. He was pretty against wearing it at first, but I think he forgot about it by the time we got down to the water. We were down there about 15 minutes and Lia went too far in and got knocked over big time (hey, she’s little). I took her up to the condo and she decided she wanted to change and go back to the shore, so we did.
We spent a good hour playing. Max and Lia pretty much spent most of the time playing in the sand. Β Ava (the crazy one!), wanted to splash and run and jump in the waves. Josh and I took turns running with her. We went out too far and got soaked. We laughed. We giggled. We ran like crazy. And then it was bedtime. We came in, showered up, did laundry, and threw the kiddos in bed.
We’re headed into D.C. tomorrow! We don’t have a lot planned for the day (that’s kinda how we roll in case you haven’t figured that out yet ;). We’re gonna hit up the Air & Space Museum with Uncle Hugo (best tour guide ever!) and meet my friend Susannah and her hubby for dinner. And we’re keeping our fingers crossed that we have enough time for a little more wave splashing before we leave Ocean City in the morning!
Jolly Roger Amusement Park(s), Ocean City MD – 4 stars: We had a fabulous time! Now, just to clarify, if we were rating just the pier location, we would have given it 1 star, because there were only 4 rides the girls could even ride. It was really kinda lame. BUT, our wristbands covered both parks and it only took us about 20 minutes to walk to our car, drive to the other park, park the car, and get inside. Overall, it cost our family almost $100 for about 2 1/2 hours of fun. But, because it wasn’t crowded, we were able to ride all the rides (except the big roller coaster) with less than a 2-3 minute wait. The kids had an absolute blast at the second location and if you have little kids, I would recommend just skipping the pier location and sticking to the in-town location.
Dumsers, Ocean City MD – 3 stars: The food was okay… WAY overpriced for what it was. It cost us over $20 for two hamburgers (the equivalent of a Sonic single burger), one order of fries, and a small milkshake. The milkshake was fantastic! I’ve heard they are known for their ice cream, not really their food. We’d definitely go back, but we would just get ice cream πŸ˜‰
Sea Terrace BeachFront Condos, Ocean City, MD – 5 stars: Um, we’ve NEVER stayed in a condo while traveling, but this place rocks! There are two bedrooms (the kids’ room has 2 beds!) and two bathrooms, a fully stocked kitchen, two living room areas, and an ocean view balcony… it’s amazing!!



  • That looks like a snuggly fun day πŸ™‚ There are some really sweet pics in there…Max kissing mommy’s nose, the two girls snuggling… many! Love the love.

  • i just love Ocean City. I grew up in MD’s eastern shore and spent many summers there eating up those yummy Thrashers fries! looks like you all had a good time πŸ™‚

  • Love seeing pics of Ocean City! Didn’t realize you guys were heading that way. I have family that lives there. All I have to say is beware the undercurrent! And have fun!

  • First of all, the Haunted House is supposed to be cheesy…that’s the charm. That is the first and most anticipated destination upon arriving at the boardwalk. So watch it. Second, you are most welcome. I’m glad it all worked out. But I am slightly disappointed that my mad meet-up skills weren’t mentioned. Both arriving within 5 minutes of eachother?? C’mon…I’ve been bragging about that since you all pulled out of the BK parking lot. πŸ˜‰

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