Thursday, August 14 – Ocean City Recognized For Affordability

OCEAN CITY – The Town of Ocean City has been named one of the top 10 "East Coast Family Vacations under $250" by AOL Travel.

Ocean City made the list due to the combination of affordable dining, lodging, attractions and entertainment, making it possible for a family of four to enjoy Ocean City, for less than $250 a day. Ocean City was the only beach town to make the list. Other destinations named included Bedford, Pa., Mt. Washington, N.H., Finger Lakes Region, N.Y., Dawsonville, Ga., Williamsburg, Va., Pocono Mountains, Pa., Laurel Highlands, Pa., Charleston, S.C. and Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

"Ocean City is proud to be recognized by AOL Travel as an affordable vacation destination," said Mayor Rick Meehan. "We understand the challenges sometimes faced in making family vacations possible in today’s economy. That is why the town tries to ensure that visitors to Ocean City see the value in their vacation by offering free family events and affordable public transportation."

On the website, the message under Ocean City featured a photo of the beach around dusk with the pier in the background. The message read, “Breakfast: Layton’s Family Restaurant has a breakfast buffet. Total it will cost you around $33. Lodging: The Fenwick Inn Hotel is right across the street from the beach and rooms are just $99 during a weekday. Dinner: Try the Dough Roller for some great Italian food that the whole family will love for just $56.

Attraction: Get the kids a $22 wristband at Trimper’s Amusement Park so they can ride every attraction from 1-6 p.m.! There are also free movies and games on the beach. Transportation: The OC bus costs $2 per person for all-day.”

Ocean City’s other recent national media recognitions include: One of the "Best Boardwalks in America", the Travel Channel (2004); "One of the 10 Great Places to have Fun on the Boardwalk", USA Today (2005); "Top 11 Lighting Displays in the Country" for Winterfest of Lights, America Online City Guide (2005); One of America’s "Best Seaside Strolls", Reader’s Digest (2006); One of the "Top 10 U.S. Beaches", Woman’s Day Online (2007); and One of the "Top Boardwalks", The Today Show (2007).

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