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Ocean City Boardwalk picture in Ocean City
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Ocean City Boardwalk picture in Ocean City
Ocean City Boardwalk picture in Ocean City
Zipper and Trimper's picture in Ocean City
Ocean City Boardwalk picture 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.

Recent visitors praise the Boardwalk as an idyllic vacation spot for kids, citing the arcade games and amusement park rides as particular highlights. Many also said it's a great place for people-watching and suggest grabbing an ice cream and finding a bench to relax on. So whether you're looking to nosh on famous Maryland blue crabs, see a shrunken head, ride a roller-coaster or party the night away, this is the place to go. Those with pets should note animals are prohibited from the Boardwalk from the beginning of May until the end of September. For more information, check out the Boardwalk website.

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#1 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 ... Read more » threespeedjones / iStockphoto.com

#2 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 ... Read more » abriggs21 / Getty Images

#3 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 ... Read more » guy schmidt / Flickr

#4 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 ... Read more » Courtesy of OC Museum

#5 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 ... Read more » dbking / Flickr

#6 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 ... Read more » maxjewel / iStockphoto.com

#7 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 ... Read more » pecaphoto77 / Getty Images

#8 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 ... Read more » Dan Thornberg / Getty Images

#9 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 ... Read more » Bernt Rostad / Flickr

#10 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 ... Read more » Jasmin Merdan / Getty Images

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During high season, the 3-mile-long boardwalk is filled with tourists that frequent sites like Ripley's Believe it or Not! or Trimper's Rides and Amusements. abriggs21 / Getty Images

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Each Trimper's ride costs at least one ticket, which you can purchase by the ticket or on a sheet of tickets. dbking / Flickr

This skinny island just south of the O.C. is famous for its herds of wild ponies, which are probably the descendants of those that survived a Spanish shipwreck several centuries ago. maxjewel / iStockphoto.com

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You can't miss Ripley's along the O.C. Boardwalk, just north of Trimper's Rides and Amusements. Bernt Rostad / Flickr

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