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Key Info

1020 Boardwalk

Price & Hours

Tickets prices vary
Hours vary seasonally


Amusement Parks Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend


  • 3.5Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

More than 32 rides, including a Ferris wheel, make Playland's Castaway Cove stand out on the Ocean City Boardwalk. The amusement park has been operating for more than 60 years and has developed a reputation for its assortment of thrill-seeking and family-friendly rides. In addition to its numerous rides, Playland's Castaway Cove also operates an indoor arcade on-site as well as two mini-golf locations and a go-kart speedway nearby. Keep in mind: The off-site locations operate on different hours and don't follow Playland's Castaway Cove's ticket system.

Playland's Castaway Cove earned rave reviews from past Ocean City visitors, who said that the rides are generally fairly priced. They suggest looking into the park's numerous discounted ticket opportunities, especially because tickets never expire. The only controversial ride is the new GaleForce Roller Coaster, which costs $10 or 14 tickets and boasts the most impressive (or frightening) stats of the park's coasters. Still, the park's diverse selection of rides means that travelers from every age group leave satisfied.

The amusement park sits along the boardwalk between 10th Street and 11th Street. Playland's Castaway Cove amusement park welcomes visitors daily from late March through early October, usually from 6 to 11 p.m. during the summer. The park is free to enter but requires between two and 14 tickets per ride. The arcade is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets cost $1 for an individual ticket, $38 for 50 tickets, $65 for 90 tickets, $85 for 130 tickets and $130 for 220 tickets. Like most businesses in Ocean City, Playland's Castaway Cove operates seasonally, typically opening in the spring and closing in the fall. Additional information about Playland's Castaway Cove is available on its website.

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#1 Ocean City Boardwalk

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.

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