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Best Things To Do in Ocean City

The Boardwalk that backs Ocean City is a three-mile stretch of shops, hotels and restaurants. You'll enjoy some quality family time at the Ocean City Beach and Ripley's Believe it or Not! Or, if would prefer a quick day trip, venture 10 miles south to the Ocean City Golf Club or Assateague Island National Park  for some fun and relaxation.

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#1

#1 in Ocean City

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When the summer rolls around, head to the Ocean City Beach for sun, sand and surf. Running along the entire 10-mile-long east coast of the island, you're sure to find the perfect spot to spread your towel. If you're looking for a rowdier atmosphere, recent travelers recommend sticking to the southern end of Ocean City, where the neighboring Boardwalk makes for great people watching and seafront dining. For a quieter, family-friendly beach, head north past the Boardwalk; although there are fewer amenities here, you won't have to deal with the hustle and bustle of passersby.
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Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Ocean City Beach
When the summer rolls around, head to the Ocean City Beach for sun, sand and surf. Running along the entire 10-mile-long east coast of the island, you're sure to find the perfect spot to spread your towel. If you're looking for a rowdier atmosphere, recent travelers recommend sticking to the southern end of Ocean City, where the neighboring Boardwalk makes for great people watching and seafront dining. For a quieter, family-friendly beach, head north past the Boardwalk; although there are fewer amenities here, you won't have to deal with the hustle and bustle of passersby.
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#2 in Ocean City

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Even if you're only passing through Ocean City, you can't help but spend time on the boardwalk. This kitschy three-mile long pedestrian route is flanked by soft sand and the Atlantic on one side and a mish-mash of hotels, eateries, souvenir shops, bars and rides on the other. Most of the area's popular sites can be found here, including Ripley's Believe it or Not!, the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum and Trimper's Rides and Amusements.
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Neighborhood/Area Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Ocean City Boardwalk
Even if you're only passing through Ocean City, you can't help but spend time on the boardwalk. This kitschy three-mile long pedestrian route is flanked by soft sand and the Atlantic on one side and a mish-mash of hotels, eateries, souvenir shops, bars and rides on the other. Most of the area's popular sites can be found here, including Ripley's Believe it or Not!, the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum and Trimper's Rides and Amusements.
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#3

#3 in Ocean City

No matter the season, a round of miniature golf is a great way to pass the time. And Ocean City features a variety of "putt-putt" courses tailored to specific themes, from pirates to cowboys -- even outer space.
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Amusement Parks Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Ocean City Miniature Golf
No matter the season, a round of miniature golf is a great way to pass the time. And Ocean City features a variety of "putt-putt" courses tailored to specific themes, from pirates to cowboys -- even outer space.
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#4

#4 in Ocean City

If you're interested in learning a little area history, head to the southernmost tip of the Boardwalk to the Ocean City Life-Saving Museum. Housed in a former U.S. Lifesaving Service and Coast Guard building, the small yet interesting museum traces this tourist hotspot back to its days as a small fishing village. Here, you'll see exhibits dedicated to Ocean City's development, as well as to local sea life and artifacts recovered from old shipwrecks. The museum also hosts special events and free children's programs, so it's a great place to visit as a family.
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Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum
If you're interested in learning a little area history, head to the southernmost tip of the Boardwalk to the Ocean City Life-Saving Museum. Housed in a former U.S. Lifesaving Service and Coast Guard building, the small yet interesting museum traces this tourist hotspot back to its days as a small fishing village. Here, you'll see exhibits dedicated to Ocean City's development, as well as to local sea life and artifacts recovered from old shipwrecks. The museum also hosts special events and free children's programs, so it's a great place to visit as a family.
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#5

#5 in Ocean City

Since the late 1800s, Trimper's Rides and Amusements has dominated Ocean City's entertainment scene. With more than 100 rides -- both indoor and outdoor -- you're sure to find something to suit the whole family. Let your tots fly high on the Airplanes ride, or take to the seas in the Bumper Boats. Your older kids might enjoy the thrills of the Avalanche and the Freakout.
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Amusement Parks Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Trimper's Rides and Amusements
Since the late 1800s, Trimper's Rides and Amusements has dominated Ocean City's entertainment scene. With more than 100 rides -- both indoor and outdoor -- you're sure to find something to suit the whole family. Let your tots fly high on the Airplanes ride, or take to the seas in the Bumper Boats. Your older kids might enjoy the thrills of the Avalanche and the Freakout.
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#6 in Ocean City

If you tire of tourist-filled Ocean City, you may want to consider a day-trip to nearby Assateague Island National Park. This long, lean island — which begins just south of the resort area and stretches on to Virginia — is famous for its herds of wild horses, which are said to have taken over the island after surviving a Spanish shipwreck several centuries ago. Beautiful views of both the Atlantic Ocean and the Sinepuxent Bay make Assateague a popular hiking spot.
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Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Assateague Island National Park
If you tire of tourist-filled Ocean City, you may want to consider a day-trip to nearby Assateague Island National Park. This long, lean island — which begins just south of the resort area and stretches on to Virginia — is famous for its herds of wild horses, which are said to have taken over the island after surviving a Spanish shipwreck several centuries ago. Beautiful views of both the Atlantic Ocean and the Sinepuxent Bay make Assateague a popular hiking spot.
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#7

#7 in Ocean City

Free
If the Boardwalk doesn't satisfy your yen for spending, the Ocean City Factory Outlets should do the trick. Located on the mainland just north of the Ocean Gateway, this sprawling outdoor shopping center boasts popular stores such as Aéropostale, Gap, Nautica, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein and Pac Sun. There are also plenty of places to eat here, making it easy to spend several hours perusing and purchasing.
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Shopping Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Ocean City Factory Outlets
If the Boardwalk doesn't satisfy your yen for spending, the Ocean City Factory Outlets should do the trick. Located on the mainland just north of the Ocean Gateway, this sprawling outdoor shopping center boasts popular stores such as Aéropostale, Gap, Nautica, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein and Pac Sun. There are also plenty of places to eat here, making it easy to spend several hours perusing and purchasing.
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#8

#8 in Ocean City

This massive golf club is actually home to two separate golf courses. The older of the two -- the par-72 Seaside Course -- was founded in 1959 and is known for its more classic layout, featuring wide fairways and challenging greens. Seaside's newer neighbor, the par-73 Newport Bay Course, is described as both challenging and enjoyable, a perfect combination for players of all levels.
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Golf Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Ocean City Golf Club
This massive golf club is actually home to two separate golf courses. The older of the two -- the par-72 Seaside Course -- was founded in 1959 and is known for its more classic layout, featuring wide fairways and challenging greens. Seaside's newer neighbor, the par-73 Newport Bay Course, is described as both challenging and enjoyable, a perfect combination for players of all levels.
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#9

#9 in Ocean City

At the Ripley's Believe it or Not! museum -- easily recognized by the massive shark escaping from the front façade -- you'll find oddities from around the world. Authentic shrunken heads, two-headed animals and more than 500 other mind-bending exhibits wait for you in the site's 12-themed galleries. You can also visit the museum's Impossible LaseRace, the Marvelous Mirror Maze and the Candy Factory.
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Museums Type
Ripley's Believe it or Not!
At the Ripley's Believe it or Not! museum -- easily recognized by the massive shark escaping from the front façade -- you'll find oddities from around the world. Authentic shrunken heads, two-headed animals and more than 500 other mind-bending exhibits wait for you in the site's 12-themed galleries. You can also visit the museum's Impossible LaseRace, the Marvelous Mirror Maze and the Candy Factory.
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#10

#10 in Ocean City

Jutting outward from the Coastal Highway into the Isle of Wight Bay, Jolly Roger is Maryland's largest amusement park and a great place for a family day. Its wide variety of attractions -- including a water park, roller coasters, games and two miniature golf courses -- will suit visitors of all ages. While you're here, don't pass up your chance to try out the Slingshot, known for being Ocean City's most thrilling ride.
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Amusement Parks Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Jolly Roger Amusement Park
Jutting outward from the Coastal Highway into the Isle of Wight Bay, Jolly Roger is Maryland's largest amusement park and a great place for a family day. Its wide variety of attractions -- including a water park, roller coasters, games and two miniature golf courses -- will suit visitors of all ages. While you're here, don't pass up your chance to try out the Slingshot, known for being Ocean City's most thrilling ride.
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