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North Philadelphia Avenue


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Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend


  • 3.5Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Jolly Roger Amusement Park is spread out across two locations. The amusement park at the pier is home to a collection of traditional theme park rides, including a carousel, bumper cars, a Ferris wheel and roller coaster, among other thrills. Meanwhile, the 30th Street location sits about 10 minutes north of the boardwalk and is home to a water park, mini-golf courses and SpeedWorld, which offers go-karts and other racing-themed entertainment.

Reviews from recent visitors were mixed on whether or not the ticket price is worth the experience. Most think it's a great place for families with younger kids, especially the water park. If you're hoping to save a bit of coin, heed the advice of reviewers and ask your hotel if they offer discounted admission passes.

Park hours vary by location and attraction. In general, the park at the pier welcomes visitors from noon to 11 p.m. during the summer season. Prices vary by attraction. For access to the rides at the pier, expect to pay between $24.99 and $28.99 per person. To view an updated calendar and detailed ticket prices, check the park's website.

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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, the beach offers 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 stretch of sand, head north past the boardwalk; although there are fewer amenities here, you won't have to deal with the hustle and bustle of passersby.

Recent visitors applauded the cleanliness of the beach and boardwalk and appreciated the family-friendly atmosphere of both. Perpetual crowds were a common gripe among reviewers. Travelers suggest visiting early in the morning or late afternoon if you don't want to share the sand with too many of your fellow vacationers. You can also save some cash by bringing your own equipment instead of forking over money to rent chairs or umbrellas.

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