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Key Info

400 Boardwalk

Price & Hours

24/7 daily


Amusement Parks, Entertainment and Nightlife, Beaches, Free, Neighborhood/Area, Recreation, Swimming/Pools Type
More than Full Day Time to Spend


  • 5.0Value
  • 5.0Food Scene
  • 5.0Atmosphere

The Ocean City Boardwalk serves as the area's primary pedestrian artery and runs about 2 1/2 miles along the beach. Ocean City's original boardwalk, along with much of the city, burnt down in 1927. The current boardwalk was built immediately after, but sections have been repaired and replaced continuously over time. Currently, the boardwalk hosts amusement park rides, restaurants, stores and more. The Ocean City Boardwalk remains an iconic path to walk, run or bike down.

Past travelers exulted in the assortment of food that's available along the boardwalk: pizza, fried Oreos, ice cream, popcorn, caramel corn, funnel cake and taffy, to name a few. These recent visitors also praised Ocean City's status as a dry town, and they claimed that the lack of alcohol makes its boardwalk particularly enjoyable for families in the evening. Coupled with the boardwalk's abundance of family-friendly activities, the attraction earns rave reviews from anyone traveling with children.

The boardwalk sits on the eastern edge of Ocean City and runs roughly parallel to Wesley Avenue, starting on 1st Street and ending at 23rd Street. The boardwalk is always open, but its various attractions all operate on their own schedules. Bicycle riding is generally allowed all day during the offseason (October to April) and it's allowed from 5 a.m. to noon during peak season (May to September). Additional information about the Ocean City Boardwalk is available online via the Ocean City website.

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#2 Ocean City Beach

The barrier island of Ocean City advertises 8 miles of coast for visitors to explore. But the majority of visitors will congregate on the roughly 2 1/2-mile stretch of sand closest to the boardwalk in the northeastern section of the island. Like the rest of Ocean City, Ocean City Beach appeals to families thanks to its prohibition of alcohol, fires, barbecues, smoking and vaping. The beach's warm weather and strict rules primarily draw visitors looking for a relatively calm and relaxing opportunity to enjoy the saltwater and sun.

Past travelers praised the beach's lifeguards, who typically patrol the beach from 10 a.m. to between 5 and 7 p.m. Memorial Day through mid-September, as friendly and watchful. Visitors were also thankful for the clean and spacious public bathrooms located near the boardwalk. Overall, Ocean City Beach represents the city's ideal as a family-friendly destination, so the atmosphere left most recent sunbathers pleased.

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