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Ocean City, MD

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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

Fenwick Inn
Fenwick Inn
2 out of 5
13801 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD
The price is $88 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 29
Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Lost Treasure Golf, Ocean City Beach, and Maryland Beach. Fenwick Island Lighthouse and Golf Down ...
3.8/5Good! (1,129 reviews)
"The most DOG FRIENDLY hotel I've ever been to!! They don't just "tolerate" your dog, they LOVE them! When we checked in, they gave my dog a toy and a treat and directed us to their designated pet potty spot. For allowing pets, the inn was very clean and our room was great (and was located right between ..."

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021

Fenwick Inn
Princess Royale Oceanfront Resort
Princess Royale Oceanfront Resort
3 out of 5
Oceanfront on 91st Street, Ocean City, MD
The price is $394 per night from Aug 17 to Aug 17
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) ...
4.2/5Very Good! (987 reviews)
"Clean, well maintained, friendly staff, Adult Swim-water aerobics, live music at night, great beach with easy access."

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021

Princess Royale Oceanfront Resort
The Wellington Hotel
The Wellington Hotel
2 out of 5
900 Baltimore Ave., Ocean City, MD
The price is $119 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 29
Situated by the ocean, this hotel is steps from Midway Shopping Center, Ocean City Beach, and Ocean City Boardwalk. Jolly Roger at the Pier and Jolly Roger Amusement ...
3.7/5Good! (792 reviews)
"It was in the center of everything. Great location. Very nice staff. Very clean and quiet. Just was missing blackout drapes for a person like me that likes to wake up late. Overall excellent."

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

The Wellington Hotel
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Home2 Suites by Hilton Ocean City - Bayside, MD
Home2 Suites by Hilton Ocean City - Bayside, MD
2.5 out of 5
120 67th Street 3A, Ocean City, MD
The price is $279 per night from Aug 25 to Aug 25
Located in Midtown Ocean City, this aparthotel is 0.2 mi (0.2 km) from Ocean City Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Roland E. Powell Convention Center and Ocean ...
4.3/5Excellent! (387 reviews)
"Loved that we could take our dog with us. There was no area to take her to the bathroom (grassy area). Food on Saturday was finished."

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Ocean City - Bayside, MD
Coconut Malorie Resort Ocean City a Ramada by Wyndham
Coconut Malorie Resort Ocean City a Ramada by Wyndham
3 out of 5
200 59th Street on the Bay, Ocean City, MD
Located in Midtown Ocean City, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Isle of Wight Bay and Ocean City Beach. Ocean City Boardwalk and Roland E. Powell ...
3.8/5Good! (1,276 reviews)
"Don't think there is a bad view in the entire place but upgrades and updates to be done."

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2021

Coconut Malorie Resort Ocean City a Ramada by Wyndham
Beach Plaza Apartments
Beach Plaza Apartments
1305 N Boardwalk, Ocean City, MD
The price is $799 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
Situated on the beach, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Ocean City Beach and Ocean City Boardwalk. Jolly Roger at the Pier and Jolly Roger ...
Beach Plaza Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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.

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