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, 21842
The price is $98 per night from Sep 7 to Sep 8
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Ocean City. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the clean rooms and the overall value ...
3.9/5 Good! (1,484 reviews)
Great stay!
"It was lovely! Also loved it was pet friendly"

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2022

Fenwick Inn
Princess Royale Oceanfront Resort
Princess Royale Oceanfront Resort
3 out of 5
Oceanfront on 91st Street, Ocean City, MD, 21842
The price is $179 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Ocean City. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient parking ...
3.9/5 Good! (1,494 reviews)
"Good environment"

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2022

Princess Royale Oceanfront Resort
Dunes Manor Hotel and Dunes Suites
Dunes Manor Hotel and Dunes Suites
3 out of 5
2800 Baltimore Ave, Ocean City, MD, 21842
The price is $161 per night from Sep 14 to Sep 15
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Ocean City. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,340 reviews)
"I love the room set up and the balcony facing the ocean. This hotel could of add more beautiful and colorful flowers. The staff and the housekeeping were great! I will definitely come back to stay here. Customer service was great. I love it when you call the hotel someone answers it immediately!! ..."

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2022

Dunes Manor Hotel and Dunes Suites
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.
Nock Apartments
Nock Apartments
3 out of 5
608 North Baltimore Ave, Ocean City, MD, 21842
The price is $79 per night from Sep 12 to Sep 13
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Ocean City. Enjoy free parking, laundry facilities, and a flat-screen TV. Our guests praise the overall value in our reviews. ...
3/5 (86 reviews)
Will definitely return
"We were very happy with the comfort of the bed, the friendliness of the owner, and the location couldn't be beat. We had the 2 bedroom apt and they even gave us a first floor apt due to us being older with mobility issues."

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2021

Nock Apartments
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, 21842
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Ocean City. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the pool and the WiFi in ...
3.7/5 Good! (1,347 reviews)
"Great location with fagers Island across the walking bridge."

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2022

Coconut Malorie Resort Ocean City a Ramada by Wyndham
Bay Club Resort by Coolvacay
Bay Club Resort by Coolvacay
3 out of 5
302 32nd Street, Ocean City, MD, 21842
The price is $329 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Stay at this 3-star condo in Ocean City. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 4 restaurants. Popular attractions Ocean City Beach and Maryland Beach are located ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (10 reviews)
"Loved it! Will be staying here again next summer."

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2022

Bay Club Resort by Coolvacay
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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