Experiences

The Assateague Island Boat Tour is one of our most popular trips!  Once you board the Bay Hopper, we’ll cruise to the magical and elusive Assateague Island.  This island is famous for its wild ponies, unicorns, and the gumdrops that fall from the sky!

 

How did the ponies get there?  Did they swim?  How many ponies live there?  Can you pet the ponies?  Can you feed the ponies?  The answers to these questions, facts about the island, and the other amazing wildlife living on - and around - Assateague can be answered by your knowledgeable and wise captain.

 

This is a trip you will not forget.  Oh, we should mention that if you have kids and you bring them on this trip that they will love you forever!  Don’t be a bad parent.  Book this trip now!

 

Please note that the part about the unicorns and gumdrops might be a very slight exaggeration.


  


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Crabbing and eating these interesting creatures is a Maryland tradition.  If you've ever wondered how to catch a blue crab or how to eat them then this is the trip for you!  Likewise, if you grew up eating crabs and want a taste of the past or would like to give your kids some of the great memories you have then this trip is a must.

 

On this trip, your captain - a seasoned seaman and crabber – will guide you to some of the hottest spots on the Bay for catching crabs.  Your sneaky captain will have already dropped some crab pots in his favorite crabbing locations so that by the time you reach them they'll already have a bunch of delicious creatures crawling around inside.

 

Once anchored, you’ll be recruited to help haul in the bounty!  The captain will teach you everything you need to know about crabs – including how to cook and eat them.  This is a great opportunity to get your hands dirty.  

 

When you depart the boat at the end of the trip, your captain will divide up the bounty amongst all who want to devour them – which is typically everyone.  This trip is a big hit with the kids!  





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What happens when you take pizza and you add that to a boat on the water?  Mama mia - I'll tell you what happens - you get a great time!!! 

If you're tired of getting pizza delivered and eating it on your couch or gobbling a hot slice while sitting in a car  - then we have a solution.  It's called the OC Bay Hopper Pizza Cruise.

We'll leave the dock at the Bay Hopper Kiosk on 118th street and head out to pick up some delicious pizza for your cruise! Pizza (2 pizzas per section of the boat - pepperoni or cheese pizza only) and cold drinks (and water) are included in the trip price- your kids will not leave the boat hungry!

We'll take your pizza order when you arrive at our 118th street Kiosk to board our boat.  This is a great family trip!!!  

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If you’re looking for a great way to unwind then this cruise is it!  You’ll board our Bay Hopper at either our West OC or our North OC location.  We’ll then head out into the Assawoman Bay.  The Bay in the evening slows down and gets calm and quiet.  All you have to do is sit back, grab your favorite beverage, take a deep breath of the salty ocean air, and relax.

 

The Bay Hopper will glide you across the water giving you a front row seat to some of the Bay’s most amazing wildlife.  At this point, you might reach for one of those delicious snacks you packed for the trip and notice the lights in OC start to pop on.  Then, you simply watch the sun melt into the water.  At this point you’ll feel so relaxed that you might not be able to keep your eyes open. 

 

Once the sun sets, your captain will pilot the Bay Hopper back to our pier and you can start your evening on the town refreshed.  Or, you have a couple of more drinks, look at the tv for a while and go to sleep.  Either way, you’ll feel good.



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This is the perfect trip for foodies looking for something other than the typical day at the beach.  When embarking on this tour, you will receive a one-of-a-kind OC experience as you spend a few hours with Sandy Gillis.  Sandy is an OC resident and an OC restaurant aficionado. 

 

In addition to a tour of some of OC most popular waterfront restaurants, you will also spend some time on Gillis Island.  Gillis Island is Sandy’s beautiful waterfront home which includes an epic, private beach bar!  A cool drink on Gillis Island is something you won’t forget and it is part of this amazing trip.   

 

On your tour of the OC restaurants, you'll sample delicious foods and some tasty cocktails.  Depending on your departure point, you’ll stop at 2 of the following:  Hoopers, 45th Street Taphouse, Tailchasers, Green Turtle.  Sandy will fill you in on all the fascinating facts about OC and the restaurants you visit.

 

When this trip is over, you’ll have more than just a full belly – you'll have also learned a few things.



 


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Ideal for celebrating special occasions, getting out on the water with a large family group or bar hopping with friends!


We love our mulit-generational groups!!!


We are happy to take you and your group of up to 17 people around the bay to see the various sites and attractions of Ocean City Maryland. Our 27 foot Carolina skiff are always run by a licensed US Coast Guard captains who will be professional and courteous and will drive you wherever you'd like to go. Our OC Bay Hoppers are available in four hour blocks of time.


Our boats can handle up to 17 passengers but your trip will be much more comfortable with between 12-15 people (we have seating for 15 onboard). For groups larger than 17 we are able to coordinate a second boat (after 8pm only).


Rates (includes captain, does not include alcohol):


Before 4pm  $165/hr (plus $75 one time gas fee)

After 4pm  $195/hr (plus $75 one time gas fee)

After 9pm         $225/hr (plus $75 one time gas fee)

*Our boats must return to the dock by midnight

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This casual, two-hour trip aboard the Bay Hopper provides unparalleled views of the Ocean City skyline and its natural counterpart- Assateague Island!  Sit back and relax, take in the smell of the salty sea air, and crack open a cold, local craft beer, brewed right here on the Eastern Shore.

 

There's no better way to appreciate the region's culture than by enjoying its beauty and its locally-made, handcrafted libations all at once.  Your first two beers are included, and each 12 oz. craft beer can be purchased for just $5 thereafter -- the lowest price you'll find on land or sea! 

 

Take a ride on the Bay Hopper's Shore Craft Beer Cruise and discover for yourself how World Class Beer meets World Class Beauty on the Eastern Shore. 



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Ever hear the expression “tastes like heaven?”  Do you think heaven has a taste?  Well, if heaven was to have a taste and there was some way for you to put heaven in your mouth then we think we know what this taste would be like.  If you’d like to find out, then get on our famous Ice Cream Cruise!

 

Yes folks, this is the one and only OC Bay Hopper Ice Cream Cruise!  Get off the beach and take a one-hour trip on the beautiful Assawoman Bay to sample a variety of mouthwatering, award-winning, small-batch, gourmet ice cream. 

 

This cruise only serves Taharka Bros ice cream!  If you don’t know Taharka – the best way to describe it is that it “tastes like heaven.”  This is amazing ice cream made in Baltimore.  You’ll try some very interesting flavors like the award-winning honey graham, mint flix and chillz, coffee oreo and more.  If you want to score some points with your kids or find something to bribe them with then here it is!     


  

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This is the best place in Ocean City to see the 4th of July fireworks.  We'll take you on a relaxing cruise on the Assawoman Bay and cruise around to watch a variety of fireworks happening along the Bay.  From the water you will be able to see multiple fireworks shows at the same time!  This is a truly one of a kind experience that can only happen from a boat.  This trip departs from our north OC location at 118th street as well as our new West OC location so select what's most convenient for you .  On this cruise, please feel free to bring your favorite drinks to tame your thirst and snacks to keep your belly full.  Small coolers are welcome.


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The Maryland Coastal Bays Program has been protecting the pristine beauty of the coastal Ocean City region for more that 24 years.  On this trip, you’ll be joined by members of the Maryland Coastal Bays Program as you tour the Assawoman and Sinepuxent Bays.  You’ll have experts on the boat who will explain what the Maryland Coastal Bays Program is doing to preserve this natural treasure.  You’ll also learn about the incredible wildlife inhabiting the coastal bay region. 


A highlight of this trip will be a stop at the amazing Assateague Island!  Here, you’ll see the famous wild ponies that occupy this island, and you’ll also have a hands-on opportunity to learn about the marine life inhabiting the waters around the island.  Get ready for an amazing learning adventure.  Don’t forget the camera and the kids!  Kids love this trip! 


PLEASE NOTE: 50% of all profits from this trip will go to support the Maryland Coastal Bays Program.      




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At the OC Bay Hopper, we’re all about making things easy for our customers.  With the Green Turtle Lunch Cruise, we’ve done tons and tons of work to craft a unique experience for you that will make your head explode!  And the only thing you need to do is gather some friends or family, buy a ticket, and get on the boat. 

On this trip, you’ll get a choice of one of the Green Turtle’s famous drink concoctions for each section of the boat that you purchase.  This includes one of the following: 


-       Orange Crush

-       Grapefruit Crush

-       Bloody Mary

-       Margarita

 

But we don’t stop there.  In addition to the drinks, each member of your group will also get their choice of some fantastic Green Turtle grub - specifically re-imagined for enjoyment on a boat.  You’ll get your choice of one of the following:


-       Turkey Bacon Avocado Club (turkey, bacon, avocado, lettuce, tomato)

-       Crabby Melt (crab dip, bacon, tomato, cheddar cheese)

-       Adult Grilled Cheese (bbq pulled pork, gouda cheese, pepperjack cheese, bacon)

-       Fish and Chips (hand battered cod, fries, tartar sauce on the side)


On top of all this, we also throw in a basket of fries for your group to share!   Mix all this together and you get a boatload of fun.




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The OC inlet at night is spectacular!  But it’s even better from the water.  Throw into the mix a drone show and you have all the makings of fantastic show! 

 

If you want a feast for your eyes then this is something you must try!  Whether you are trying to impress a date or trying to boost your standing with your kids – this trip can help. BYOB- or a cooler!

 

Here are your options when you’re in OC: do the same thing you always do or do something different.  This is different.  Get on the boat, sit back, get a fine beverage in your hand, smell the sea air, look at the stars, and let the amazing lights of OC and the drones up above bedazzle you!


      

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Learn to drive a boat in Ocean City!

Looking to learn the basics of what it takes to man a boat?  How about learning the ropes while you're here in Ocean City? Hop on board with Captain Steve for two hours and he will teach you all the basics! From parts of the boat, different knots, safety, de docking, underway skills and what it takes to dock the boat! This two hour experience will allow you to get a hands on feel of how to drive a boat and maybe even inspire someone to be a captain one day. Maybe you're an up and coming captain for OC Bay Hopper... who knows!



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Mmmmm, barbecued meat!  Do you have a hanker'n for some good ol' fashion BBQ?  Imagine kick'n back with a cold beer and a pile of tasty meats while cruising the Assawoman Bay.  What could be better?

Welp, here's your chance to make your BBQ dreams come true.  By partnering with Annabelle's BBQ, we have combined a fantastic BBQ extravaganza with a relaxing cruise on the OC Bay Hopper. And you will get a great chance to see Ocean City from the bay as you cruise down from our headquarters at 117th street to 64th street for the meal pickup. We will set up a table on the boat, and then you and your friends or family can relax and enjoy the scenic cruise back. 

No waiting in line for a table, no rush, no fuss. Just boating and BBQ-ing in style.

On the Annabelle's BBQ Cruise you will get five 1/2 pound portions of various amazing bbq meats for your section of the boat.  This includes brisket, pork, ribs, smoked turkey, and some kick-ass sausages!  Add to this your choice of three of the following:

  • Mac & Cheese
  • Cole Slaw
  • Fries
  • Chips
  • Collard Greens
  • Salad
  • Pork Beans

This is enough food to stuff the bellies of 4 - 5 adults.  Want more, then double your order for an additional $115 (per section of the boat).

For drinks, this cruise is BYOB.  Feel free to bring your favorite cold beer, soft drinks, or for you fancy folks - some fine wine.   Oh, don't forget the tooth picks.


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Board one of our Bay Hoppers at our West OC location and we’ll transport you to and from Assateague Island!  The Island’s magical sand and unique environment makes it a special place for breeding bivalve molluscs – otherwise known as clams.

 

Your captain will have the Bay Hopper equipped with everything you’ll need to harvest the clams.  All you need to bring is a willingness to do a little work and a pair of good feet.  Your captain will show you how to find and collect the clams; this is easy but make the captain feel good and pretend his instructions are amazing.

 

This clamming adventure is a great option for kids; the waters by Assateague are very shallow and there’s wild horses roaming around!  Clams and horses – what can be better than that!  After the trip, take your haul of bivalves home and make some clam chowder!  Or maybe a little clam sauce over linguini!  The possibilities are endless.   


Photo (U.S. National Park Service) 

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Step onto the Bay Hopper and let the Fiesta begin!  Once on the Bay Hopper we will cruise down the Assawoman Bay to Barrio Taco on 64th street in OC.  The team at Barrio Taco will meet us and bring you a taco kit with a tasty combination of different homemade salsas that are sure to awaken your taste buds.

Your group will get to choose 3 of the following meats:


·       Barbacoa – beef slowly cooked

·       Al Pastor – spit roasted sliced pork, pineapple, pineapple cilantro salsa

·       Asada – smoked adobo rubbed prime beef brisket

·       Chorizo – house made pork sausage

·       Carnitas – smoked pork



In addition to the meats and salsa, your group will get the needed toppings for a perfect taco – including radishes, cilantro, cabbage, and limes.  Now, you’re probably thinking that a nice cold cerveza would go great with these tacos – and you’d be right!  Since this trip is BYOB, feel free to bring your favorite beer or other drink of your choosing.

Please keep in mind that the meat provided is plenty to make up 10 tacos, if you would like to add an additional "meat tray" for your group, it will be an additional $55.




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Are you a morning person?  If so, join us at our West OC location for a great morning wake-up! 

By partnering with the One Love Smoothie Café, we’ll serve you up a 90-morning cruise that will rejuvenate you and prepare you for a full day in OC! 

 

Let’s start with some coffee.  One Love has some fantastic coffee made with Ethiopian Yirgacheffe beans.  We’ll put a cup of this delicious brew in your hands to get your blood flowing.  Then, how about a healthy and delectable smoothy to follow-up the coffee?  You know you’ll need the vitamins and other nutrients that these all natural, hand-crafted smoothies can deliver.

 

You’ll have your choice one of 3 delicious smoothies: Mango Madness (mango, pineapple, banana, avocado, and honey), Pina Colada (banana, pineapple, coconut milk, mango, and vanilla), or a Dreamsicle (vanilla soy milk, strawberries, bananas, fresh squeezed orange juice).  The coffee and the smoothie are included in the price of this trip (the price of this trip includes coffee and smoothies for 3 passengers).    

 

Once you have your coffee and smoothie in hand, the Bay Hopper will head out to tour Ocean City’s commercial harbor and to beautiful Assateague Island!  By the time we get back to the Bay Hopper pier you’ll be ready to take on the world!



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Step onto the Bay Hopper and let the Fiesta begin!  Once on the Bay Hopper we will cruise down the Assawoman Bay to Barrio Taco on 64th street in OC.  The team at Barrio Taco will meet us and bring you a taco kit with a tasty combination of different homemade salsas that are sure to awaken your taste buds.

Your group will get to choose 3 of the following meats:


·       Barbacoa – beef slowly cooked

·       Al Pastor – spit roasted sliced pork, pineapple, pineapple cilantro salsa

·       Asada – smoked adobo rubbed prime beef brisket

·       Chorizo – house made pork sausage

·       Carnitas – smoked pork


In addition to the meats and salsa, your group will get the needed toppings for a perfect taco – including radishes, cilantro, cabbage, and limes.  Now, you’re probably thinking that a nice cold cerveza would go great with these tacos – and you’d be right!  Since this trip is BYOB, feel free to bring your favorite beer or other drink of your choosing.


Each section of the boat will receive 15 tacos!!!



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After a hard day in OC you need a drink.  But you don’t want to fight the crowds at a bar.  However, you would like to get out and do something - if only you had a friend with a boat.  Welp, now you do have a friend with a boat! 

 

Unwind with your friends at the Bay Hopper and jump aboard the OC Classic Happy Hour Cruise!  Your captain – and new best friend – will show you some of the best sites in OC like the OC commercial fishing harbor, the northern end of Assateague Island, and Sunset Marina while enjoying a few cold cocktails!  You’ll see amazing waterfront homes, yachts, wild ponies, and if you’re lucky a dolphin or two.   


THIS IS A BYOB happy hour cruise.  This means that you get to bring whatever you'd like to drink onboard!  If you'd like, stop into Pier 23 (right next door) and get one of their ice cold six packs to go.  

 



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Hop on board for our weekly Firework Experience! On this cruise you will get to experience a breath-taking sunset on the bay. Something which can never be justified through pictures or words alone. Once the sun sets you will have the pleasuring of watching some incredibly fireworks being launched into the night sky! You will be accompanied by a BayHopper Captain from our team onboard for this experience taking care of any and all needs. Being on the water is the best way to see the Fireworks. Not to mention seeing a stunning sunset as well! What more could you ask for!? Please feel free to bring your own food and drinks onboard to add to your special evening. 




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