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Tips on What To Do in Ocean City

Most people visit Ocean City for the 10 miles of shoreline, but for the rainy days, a cache of other activities awaits.

  • Ocean City's main attraction remains the endless diversions that appeal to all -- sport fishing, parasailing, arcades, skateboard parks and miles of wide, sandy public beaches." -- New York Times
  • By simply walking out the front door of Ocean City hotels or beach houses, any and every visitor will find that there are countless activities available to be experienced; however, there are a few things that qualify as 'uniquely Ocean City,' and should be experienced. The Ocean City boardwalk is nearly impossible to miss, as it covers three miles of the Ocean City shoreline." -- AOL Travel


The beach is why you will most likely go to Ocean City. The city features 10 miles of clean public beaches that tend to get very crowded during the summer months. The three-mile boardwalk that backs the shore features restaurants, hotels and other attractions that come highly recommended by leisure travelers. Recent visitors also recommend visiting the Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum, located on the boardwalk's pier; easily recognizable, it's the only building with a giant shark crashing through its wall.

  • One of the East Coast's most iconic boardwalks always delivers fun family entertainment come summer. Dating back to 1902, the boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland, is packed with restaurants, shops, amusements, nightlife, and hotels." -- Sherman's Travel

Attractions for Kids

Families that tire of the beach might enjoy any of the numerous miniature golf courses sprinkled throughout the city. Recent travelers also suggest the boardwalk, which features a handful of attractions, including Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum and Jolly Rogers at the Pier.

Leisure travelers also suggest checking out Trimper's Rides and Amusement Park at 1st Street, as well as an indoor ice rink that is open all year in the Carousel Resort Hotel. The rink is in the northern end of the city.

  • Ocean City, which claims to be the number-one family resort on the East Coast, is home to several amusement parks and child-oriented activities. Before you head for the attractions, look for coupons for everything from miniature golf to go-carts, at either Visitor Center or in one of the local newspapers, such as Sunny Day or Beachcomber." -- Frommer's
  • For some traditional carnival-caliber amusements, check out the Sling Shot ride that will catapult and bounce you around inside its chambers." -- Sherman's Travel


Several nearby bays make for pleasant daytrips. The Assawoman and Sinepuxent bays are scenic and quieter than the main stretches of OC and are good for fishing and kayaking. About 20 miles south of Ocean City is the Assateague Island National Seashore, where you can see wild ponies and take in the relatively untouched natural beauty. All are accessible by car.

  • There is neither airport nor public transportation on the Eastern Shore, so you'll need a car. … On Assateague, there's only one road other than a wildlife drive, and it goes directly to the beach. … Bikes are allowed on the trails and paths on Assateague, so you can ride all the way to the beach." -- Frommer's


Laid-back is the name of the game here. Although OC has its share of dive bars and tacky clubs, you can find places to kick back with your drink of choice and relax. Recent visitors suggest heading for clubs like Seacrets, Jamaica and Fager's Island Bar. In addition, many miniature golf places stay open late. If you want to avoid "Senior Week" and the requisite craziness, avoid these places in late May and June.

  • From people-watching on the boardwalk to a game of miniature golf to cocktails at the hundreds of beach and bayside bars, high-season Ocean City has almost as much nightlife as it has sand. There's something for everybody -- certainly lots of places for singles to meet, as well as a few spots just to relax with a beer." -- Frommer's

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