Ocean City Travel Guide

USA  #5 in Best Family Beach Vacations in the U.S.
Credit

Courtesy of Chris Tobin/Getty Images

Best Times to Visit Ocean City

The best time to visit Ocean City is from late May to early September, just be prepared for average highs in the mid-80s and a little humidity. There will also be a lot of crowds, and hotel rates that are double the cost of visiting in spring, so consider booking several months in advance. Budget travelers might want to consider the winters: Average low temperatures are in the lower 30s, keeping room rates low. But forewarning, many local hotels and inns close down for the offseason.

Weather in Ocean City

Switch to Celsius/MM
Average Temperature (°F)
44.5
28.1
46.3
29.6
52.8
35
61.4
43.5
69.9
53.1
78.5
61.8
83.7
67.5
83.3
67.4
78.1
62.4
68.3
50.8
58.4
41
49.4
32.4
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Average Precipitation (in)
0.17
0.14
0.17
0.13
0.14
0.11
0.14
0.16
0.15
0.13
0.12
0.13
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

April-Late May

The top attractions are still limited to offseason hours from the winter, but a spring visit can still be worth it. Prices are low – around $70 a night for a midrange hotel – and temperatures rise to the low 70s, just warm enough to lay out on a sunny day.  

Key Events:

Late May-Early September

The summer season – officially from Memorial Day to Labor Day – is no doubt the busiest time in Ocean City, but it's also the best: The warm sun is prime for beach time, and businesses set up shop for an influx of families. Unfortunately, this is also the most expensive season, and you should make your hotel reservations at least three to four months in advance.   

Key Events:

Mid September-October

The temperatures don't dip too drastically – averages highs hover in the 60s and 70s – and even though beach-centered shops are closed, the fall festivals are worth the visit.  

Key Events:

November-March

Although the prices are great in the winter, many businesses shut their doors during this slow season and there can be little to do. Plus, some of the city's transportation services, including the Boardwalk Tram, are unavailable. We recommend a holiday visit when the event schedule picks up.  

Key Events:

Popular Times to Visit Ocean City

Average Tourist Volumes

Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.

Find Flight and Hotel Deals

FLIGHTS
HOTELS

Press the down arrow key to interact with the calendar and select a date. Press the question mark key to get the keyboard shortcuts for changing dates.

Press the down arrow key to interact with the calendar and select a date. Press the question mark key to get the keyboard shortcuts for changing dates.

Explore More of Ocean City

When purchasing from our site, we may earn commissions. This does not affect the quality or independence of our editorial content.

Recommended

22 Top Sonoma Wineries to Visit

Sip world-class wines while enjoying vineyard and mountain views.

Gwen PratesiAugust 19, 2019

30 Amazing Caribbean Islands to Visit

It's time to plan your next tropical getaway.

Holly JohnsonAugust 8, 2019

The Best Travel Rewards Programs for 2019-20

See which airline and hotel loyalty programs come out on top.

Erin ShieldsAugust 6, 2019

20 Surprising Ways to Earn Loyalty Program Points or Miles

Branch out beyond hotel stays and flights to maximize your earnings.

Christine SmithAugust 6, 2019

The 12 Best Cancun Tours

These excursions will show you what lies beyond the city's bright beaches.

Lyn MettlerJuly 26, 2019

Traveling With Toddlers: 16 Tips to Make Your Vacation Go Smoothly

These expert travel hacks guarantee a happy trip for the whole family.

Kyle McCarthyJuly 25, 2019

The 11 Best New Orleans Ghost Tours

Hear chilling tales of the city's paranormal activity on one of these guided tours.

Kim Foley MacKinnonJuly 25, 2019

The 10 Best Seattle Boat Tours

Take in the Emerald City's top sights from the water.

Kim Foley MacKinnonJuly 24, 2019

The 6 Best Maui Helicopter Tours

Combine sightseeing with a breathtaking adventure on one of these flights.

Gwen PratesiJuly 23, 2019

The 7 Best San Francisco Boat Tours

Take in the city's major sights by water with one of these excursions.

Holly JohnsonJuly 22, 2019