Things to Do in Ocean City, Maryland
- Beach and Boardwalk –
Obviously! Who goes to Ocean City and doesn’t go to the beach or boardwalk? Ocean City Beach often gets compliments for having very attentive and professional lifeguards, clean sand and of course great waves! Oh, and the boardwalk! Let’s just say boardwalk french fries are a must. There are rides at Trimper’s Rides and Amusement Park, a gaming arcade and tons of gift shops to keep you busy by the ocean.
- Water Sports –
If you like to get out there and play hard, there are tons of water activities to do in Ocean City! If you like paddle boarding, sailing, kayaking, or windsurfing, head on over to 48th Street Watersports. Like being active, but looking for something a little more relaxing on your vacation? They also offer sunset or night paddle sessions as well as yoga!
- Amusement Parks –
Jolly Roger Amusement Park offers rides for people of all ages. They also have their own waterpark called Splash Mountain. The actual amusement park has roller coasters as well as SpeedWorld, a racing track where you get the chance to drive cars or go on the Cyclone, the world’s first cart coaster. Did we mention there’s also ziplining?
- Museums –
The kids will love the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not museum! You can even touch most of the things inside. See a two-headed calf, a five-legged and two-tailed fox, the world’s tallest man and more. If you’re more of a history buff, there’s the Ocean City Coast Guard Museum! It’s filled with antiques and ship wrecked treasures.
- Pirate Ship Adventure –
Kids come aboard an actual pirate ship for the adventure of a lifetime! The Duckaneer allows children to become a pirate and after some briefing, the pirates help the kids look the part with face paint and eye patches. They can shoot cannons (water guns) and battle Cut Throat Jack to secure their treasure! They are taught to dance like pirates and get to take home some of their booty!
- Mini Golf –
Have a ball by going mini golfing in Ocean City! There are multiple locations to take the kids. Go to the Temple of the Dragon, a Renaissance castle, a dinosaur or a pirate themed course. Or, go to all! Visit Old Pro Golf to find the perfect place.
- Assateague Island –
Covering an area over 41,320 acres between Maryland and Virginia, this island and National Park is a place where travelers can see wild horses! Vacationers can experience nature, see some wildlife and enjoy the day, a definite must-see when visiting Ocean City. Check out their website here: “Assateague Island”
What To Pack
Travelling to the shore in Ocean City, Maryland is a fun-filled vacation. Bring flip flops, sunscreen and a relaxed attitude. The beach is a place where memories are made and families reconnect. Bring some playing cards or a football and have some fun on the beach. Unplug and enjoy each other’s company. Think of typical beach-wear and don’t forget a sweater for those colder nights. Be sure to scroll up to see the average temperatures for the month you’re visiting. Grab some sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses too! If you area headed to Assateague Island, make sure you bring along bug spray. Just remember, the most important item that you should bring is yourself. For more packing tricks, watch our Sundance Vacations Packing Tips video.
Just about 30 minutes west of Ocean City is the Salisbury-Ocean City Regional Airport. US Airways flies out of the Salisbury Airport to and from Baltimore, Washington, DC and Philadelphia. If you do not have anyone to pick you up from the airport, there are taxi and limo services available to take you to your destination at the beach. There are also bus services that go into Ocean City on their routes from many cities in the region.
Many people drive in Ocean City, but parking can sometimes be a problem, especially in the evenings. The best option would likely be the bus because the fare is very cheap ($3.00) and once you pay you have an all day pass to get on and off as you please. The bus goes the entire length of Ocean City on Coastal Highway and Philadelphia Avenue and stops at every other block. During the summer buses run every 10 minutes. On the boardwalk, there is a train that runs every 20 minutes and it too has a cheap fare, but be sure to have exact change. For more information, please visit Delmarva Beach Guide. Check out this article on our Sundance Vacations Blog for some tips on how you could save money on a rental car if you’d rather go that route.
- January- East Coast Commercial Fishermen’s & Aquaculture Trade Expo, Nautical & Wildlife Art Festival
- February- Super Bowl Scramble, Seaside Boat Show
- March- Reach the Beach Dance, St. Patrick’s Day Parade
- April- Easter Kids’ Fun Fair and Art & Craft Show, Spring Restaurant Week
- May- White Marlin Festival & Crab Soup Cook-Off, OC Island to Island Half Marathon/5K
- June- Treasures of the Earth Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show, Firemen’s Parade
- July- Movies on the Beach at the Carousel, July 4th Concert & Fireworks at Northside Park
- August- OC Cruzers Car Show & Music, Sundaes in the Park & Fireworks
- September- Labor Day Weekend Art & Craft Show, Flounder Pounder Fishing Tournament, Kevin Poole at Harpoon Hanna’s
- October- Bluegrass by the Bay Festival, Berlin Farmer’s Market
- November- Free Community Yoga, Mid-Atlantic Arms Expo
- December- Berlin Christmas Parade, Ocean Pines Farmers Market
|Transportation to Destination||Amount of Time|
|Drive to Ocean View||32 Minutes|
|Drive to Assateague Island||18 Minutes|
|Drive to Salisbury||35 Minutes|
|Drive to Rehoboth Beach DE||44 Minutes|
|Drive to Milford DE||1 Hour 2 Minutes|
|Drive to Cambridge||1 Hour 7 Minutes|
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- The Travel Channel calls the classic wooden boardwalk one of America’s best. USA Today named it one of the nation’s “Top 10 Great Boardwalks.” It’s 3 miles of family fun & sun!
- In 1900, the first boardwalk was constructed. Trimper’s Amusements opened shortly after. Unlike today, however, the boardwalk wasn’t a year-round fixture. The boards were actually taken up in the winter and stored until the following spring!
- In October of 1908 a 58 ft. long whale washed ashore at 4th St.
- Maryland has more natural hot springs than any other state in the country: 300+
- Edgar Allen Poe is buried in Baltimore’s Westminster Cemetery.