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Ocean CityUnited States of America

A resort town with a sweeping shoreline and plenty of activities for families, this is one of Maryland’s foremost summer destinations. 

Ocean City, Maryland, is one of the most popular resort towns in the area. It has a busy boardwalk, an eight mile (13 kilometer) long beach and a wide range of family activities, including amusement parks and an ice-skating rink.

Wander along the three-mile (4.8-kilometer) boardwalk and take in the view. Visit one of the amusement parks for a roller coaster ride, water slides and a range of games and shops.

Car lovers will want to explore Wheels of Yesterday, a classic car museum that is home to vintage cars such as a shiny gold 1960 Studebaker Hawk. For a different kind of museum experience, head over to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum and be wowed by all kinds of unusual exhibits. Not far from this “odditorium,” you can take a dizzying look through Ripley’s Mirror Maze. At Carousel Resort, there’s an ice-skating rink open to the public year-round.

Once you’ve finished with all the activities on the boardwalk, head to the beach, which is well maintained and patrolled by lifeguards. Beach tags are required during summer for children aged 12 and over and can be purchased from beach-tag inspectors.

Stroll along the beach and watch the waves roll in. If you get hungry or want to pick up a souvenir, duck into one of the many shops and restaurants along the way.

For something a little more adventurous, organize surfing lessons or go scuba diving. Fishing enthusiasts can jump aboard a charter boat and try their luck. Ocean City is known for its excellent marlin, tuna and wahoo fishing.

Learn about some of the local history at the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum, located at the south end of the boardwalk. This museum has exhibits on storms, sea life and life-saving, and displays old-style equipment used to rescue people from shipwrecks.

Ocean City has much to offer, from clean beaches to lots of arcade fun.

Where to stay in Ocean City

Ocean City Beach featuring a sandy beach and waves as well as a couple

Midtown Ocean City

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,515 area reviews)

Midtown Ocean City is beloved for its stunning beaches. Take some time to explore sights in the area like Ocean City Beach and Jolly Roger Amusement Park.

Midtown Ocean City
Ocean Pines, Berlin, Maryland, United States of America

Ocean Pines

4.5/5Wonderful!(5 area reviews)

You'll enjoy the beaches and live music in Ocean Pines. You might want to make time for a stop at Ocean Pines Golf and Country Club or River Run Golf Club.

Ocean Pines
#delicious Maryland crab cake

West Ocean City

4.5/5Wonderful!(891 area reviews)

The beaches and seaside views are top of the list for many visitors to West Ocean City. A stop by Ocean City Inlet or Baja Amusements might round out your trip.

West Ocean City
Mini golf. No Ocean City trip is complete without it. This place is fun with its pseudo-Indiana Jones treasure-hunting theme. We did the Diamond course. Definitely recommended!

Caine Woods

While Caine Woods isn't home to many top sights, Maryland Beach and Northside Park are some notable places to visit nearby.

Caine Woods

Top Hotels in Ocean City

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Grand Hotel & Spa
Grand Hotel & Spa
3 out of 5
2100 N Baltimore Ave, Ocean City, MD
The price is $144 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Ocean City hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Ocean City Boardwalk and Ocean City Beach. Jolly Roger Amusement Park and Roland E. ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,810 reviews)

"Room was clean and comfortable, beautiful view, our adjoining rooms were fine, no complaints!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2020

Grand Hotel & Spa
 Princess Royale Oceanfront Hotel & Resort
Princess Royale Oceanfront Hotel & Resort
3 out of 5
Oceanfront on 91st Street, Ocean City, MD
The price is $84 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Ocean City hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ocean Plaza Mall Shopping Center and Ocean City Beach. Maryland Beach is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) ...

4.3/5Excellent! (918 reviews)

"Nice pool and beach! Very clean and great for families"…"

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2020

Princess Royale Oceanfront Hotel & Resort
The Americana Hotel
The Americana Hotel
2.5 out of 5
913 Atlantic Avenue, Ocean City, MD
The price is $94 per night

Located in Ocean City, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk and within a 5-minute walk of Ocean City Boardwalk and Ocean City Beach. Jolly Roger at the ...

3.9/5Good! (494 reviews)

"Located right on the board walk very convenient! Friendly check in staff. Linens and shower were dated but for the location and price it was worth it ."…"

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

The Americana Hotel

Getting around Ocean City

Public transit in Ocean City is provided by Ocean City Transportation, which offers various services for getting around the city. The Beach Bus travels along the coastal highway for the whole length of the city, and the Boardwalk Tram is a fleet of trackless trains which run up and down the boardwalk. The ADA Para Transit is a fleet of buses offering door-to-door services for disabled residents and visitors. Visit the Ocean City Transportation website.Browse Ocean City rental cars.

Best time to visit

The best and most popular time to visit Ocean City is during the summer months from May to September. During this time, temperatures reach an average high in the mid 80s F (late 20s C) and the place bustles with visiting vacationers. The shoulder seasons of spring and fall are not as warm, but can be cheaper. During the winter many hotels and restaurants close and the city can be very quiet.

Popular places to visit in Ocean City

Ocean City Boardwalk
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Ocean City Boardwalk

Discover a diverse collection of specialty stores, arcades, amusements, restaurants and bars on this classic wooden boardwalk on Ocean City’s waterfront.

Ocean City Beach
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Ocean City Beach

Swim in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean, relax on soft white sands or stroll by the arcades and shops on the exciting boardwalk at this family-friendly city beach.

Maryland Beach
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Maryland Beach

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Maryland Beach, a popular beach in Ocean City. Stroll along the seaside in this family-friendly area, or check out its lively bars.

Jolly Roger at the Pier
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Jolly Roger at the Pier

The old classics get a new spin at this waterfront fun park, which has an exciting collection of wild rides, high-octane roller coasters and traditional amusements.

Trimper's Rides
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Trimper's Rides

Bring your family to Trimper's Rides and enjoy the excitement of this theme park in Ocean City. Discover the beautiful sunrises in this walkable area, or enjoy its golf courses.

Northside Park
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Northside Park

Enjoy the beautiful sunsets and explore Northside Park, a lovely green space in North Ocean City. Wander the beautiful beaches and seaside in this family-friendly area.

Top things to do in Ocean City

Ocean City Scavenger Hunt: Making Waves in Ocean City
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Ocean City Scavenger Hunt: Making Waves in Ocean City

$20
Per adult
Guided Sunset Stand-Up Paddleboard Excursion in Rehoboth Bay
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Guided Sunset Stand-Up Paddleboard Excursion in Rehoboth Bay

$55
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Guided Stand-Up Paddleboard Tour in Rehoboth Bay
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Guided Stand-Up Paddleboard Tour in Rehoboth Bay

$45
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Guided Kayak Excursion
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Guided Kayak Excursion

$45
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
6-12 Hour Private Driver (MD)
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6-12 Hour Private Driver (MD)

$480
Per adult
3-Float Package
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3-Float Package

$138
Per adult

Reviews of Ocean City

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
1633
5 - Excellent 54.46964643095397%
4 - Good
1136
4 - Good 37.89192795196798%
3 - Okay
196
3 - Okay 6.537691794529686%
2 - Disappointing
21
2 - Disappointing 0.7004669779853235%
1 - Terrible
12
1 - Terrible 0.400266844563042%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jun 6, 2020

It was ok as leisure only , not typical ocean city due to covid!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 5, 2020

Great place to. Isit for a quick getaway!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 4, 2020

Lots of hotels. Absent Covid, the beach would probably be very crowded. Nearby National Parks were very nice. We were happy to be there when it was relatively empty, other than the lack of restaurants open.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 4, 2020

Ocean City is a beautiful city and I will return.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jun 3, 2020

love ocean city but will definitely be staying elsewhere

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Ocean City is indeed very special, full of history and beauty. I would go back to OC in a second but, would not stay at the same hotel.

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