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Ocean City Boardwalk


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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend


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  • 4.0Atmosphere

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 hot spot back to its days as a small fishing village. Here, you'll see exhibits dedicated to Ocean City's development, as well as local sea life and artifacts recovered from old shipwrecks. The museum also hosts special events and free children's programs (scavenger hunts were a particular highlight for recent visitors), making it a great place to visit as a family.

Recent museum-goers said the museum was fascinating and informative and highly recommended taking the time to explore. The "Sands From Around the World" exhibit, which features sand from Iceland, Russia, Australia, Hawaii, Iwo Jima and more, was a particular highlight.

From May through October, the museum welcomes visitors between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. November through April, the museum is open weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for youth ages 12 to 18; and free for children 11 and younger. For more information, check out the museum's official 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, 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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