Fondly known as one of the most accommodating vacation spots in the world, Ocean City, Maryland is an entertainment mecca with more than 10 miles of beach, golf, shopping, amusements, and more. 41st street is central to just about everything you may want to do! As you step off the bottom step at Dominica Beach, you need only walk 50 paces and you are at the sand dunes! During the summer season, we have a lifeguard right out on the beach. There are no highways to cross and if you or your little one needs to use the bathroom, you are only a short jaunt away, not several blocks! Also, the Convention Center is on 41st bayside – a short walk to events, pick up tickets and the OC Visitors Center. Every May and October, OC hosts a bi-annual car show, with a parade down the boardwalk and then many cars are parked on the Convention Center parking lot to wow the viewers! Did we mention that we have several covered parking areas for those beauties! On the corner is a Dough Roller, with some of the best pancakes and sausages you have ever tasted. Less than ten blocks is Seacrets, mini-golf, Jolly Roger’s amusement and water park, numerous restaurants, stores, and more. You really do not need to move your car. Ocean City offers some of the best, cheapest and safest public transportation around.
Here are some of our favorite Ocean City attractions.
Ocean City has a variety of amusements parks such as Grand Prix Family Amusements, Frontier Town Western Park and the largest one in Ocean City – the Jolly Roger & Splash Mountain Water Park at 30th street, just a few blocks from 41st Street.
Jolly Roger on 30th Street
Named one of the best wooden boardwalks in America by the Travel Channel and also “Top 10 Great Boardwalks” by USA Today. It is 3 miles of family friendly activities such as a roller coaster and the magnificent 1902 carousel. As you stroll down the boardwalk you will also find street performers and Maryland’s famous crab cakes.
Family Friendly Entertainment
Ocean City offers a ton of options for family entertainment. For those looking for education mixed with entertainment you can tour the 1832 Federal style Calvin B. Taylor House Museum or step back in time and visit the Furnace Town Living Heritage Museum. You can also be amazed at Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Or get inspired and check out Ocean City Center for the Arts and history buffs will definitely want to visit Julia A. Purnell Museum with variety of exhibits on display.
From June through August many local places offer special opportunities such as the beach at 27th street offering Beach Olympics and every Monday thru Saturday you can learn about sharks and watch feedings at the Ocean City Life Saving Station Museum.
For families looking for a little extra activity you can pedal down to Bike World, which offers weekly rentals or saddle up and head to Holly Ridge Equestrian Center. You can also enter the world of virtual activity at Marty’s Playland with a full arcade on the first level that has been entertaining since 1940’s.
Ocean City is the White Marlin Capital of the world and every year fisherman compete for prizes in the White Marlin Open. You must have a fishing license but Ocean City welcomes all ages and skill levels to fish in the hundreds of square miles of water. If you are fishing for bigeye or yellowish tuna, bluefish, or wahoo they are just right off shore. Also flounder, trout, and sea bass are found in the bay. Be sure to stop by Fenwick Bait and Tackle.
With water everywhere, a plethora of water activities are everywhere in Ocean City and one of the most popular things to do. You can ride the wave over to family owned and operated, Inlet Sea Doos, Inc. to rent wave runners or go parasailing. Or check out the largest surf shop in Maryland, K-Coast Surf Shop.
Surfing is pretty frequent here since Ocean City has been recognized for having one of the best 50 breaks in the world. You can purchase, rent, or repair boards and they also offer lessons.
There’s also Shark’s Cove Marina, Paddle House Outfitters, Bay Sports and Best Aquatic.
There’s plenty of golf courses in Ocean City including Deer Run Golf Club which Golf Digest rates as one of the “Best Places to Play.” Its home of the Bob Beckelman Golf Academy and has a full service Pro Shop.
Relax with a glass of wine at Costa Ventosa Winery & Vineyard where you can take a tour of the wine process and walk through 10 acres of vineyards. If ice cold beer is more your style stop into Burley Oak Brewing Company where their number one goal is to produce the best tasting brew. You can also stop by The Fin City Brewing Company, where there are always a variety of hand-crafted ales on tap and it is conveniently located at Hooper’s Crab House. If gambling is something you enjoy then be sure to check out The Casino at Ocean Downs.