Ocean City Travel Guide

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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.

How we rank Things to Do

Updated April 14, 2017

  • #1
    Ocean City Beach
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    #1 in Ocean City
    Beaches, Free
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    Beaches, Free
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    Half Day to Full Day
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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

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  • #2
    Ocean City Boardwalk
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    #2 in Ocean City
    Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    Half Day to Full Day
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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

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  • #3
    Ocean City Miniature Golf
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    #3 in Ocean City
    Amusement Parks
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Amusement Parks
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    1 to 2 hours
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    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
    Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum
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    #4 in Ocean City
    Museums
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Museums
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    1 to 2 hours
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    If you're interested in learning a little area history, head to the southernmost tip of theBoardwalkto 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.

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  • #5
    Trimper's Rides and Amusements
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    #5 in Ocean City
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    Amusement Parks
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    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

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  • #6
    Assateague Island National Park
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    #6 in Ocean City
    Half Day to Full Day
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    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

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  • #7
    Ocean City Factory Outlets
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    #7 in Ocean City
    Shopping, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Shopping, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
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    If theBoardwalkdoesn'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

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  • #8
    Ocean City Golf Club
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    #8 in Ocean City
    Golf
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Golf
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    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

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  • #9
    Ripley's Believe it or Not!
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    #9 in Ocean City
    Museums
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    Museums
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    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

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  • #10
    Jolly Roger Amusement Park
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    #10 in Ocean City
    Amusement Parks
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Amusement Parks
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    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

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