Ocean City travel guide

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You're Going to Love Ocean City

Ocean City, Maryland is a very popular summer resort area due to its many amusement parks, water parks, nature parks, and busy boardwalk activities along the 10-mile beachfront.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Ocean City

1. Ocean City Boardwalk

The main attraction of the town lies on the central boardwalk with many museums, restaurants, bars, and street performances.

2. Jolly Roger Amusement Park

Spend a day in this amusement park/water park with pay-as-you-go games and a historic train ride available for visitors.

3. Ocean Downs

This small local casino offers horse racing simulations, slot machines, and a restaurant.

4. Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum

Visit this strange museum of odd paraphernalia, including shrunken human heads and animal skeletons.

5. Fenwick Island Lighthouse

Located just over the state line in Delaware, this lighthouse is located within a larger state park that features many beaches, restaurants, and shopping opportunities.

What to do in Ocean City

1. Ocean City Boardwalk: Fun Under the Sun

Dating back to 1902, the Ocean City Boardwalk was named by The Travel Channel as America's Best Boardwalk. Featuring three miles of shops, restaurants, entertainment, nightlife and accommodations, tourists can choose to walk the length of the footpath or rent a bike. An ideal family destination, the boardwalk includes arcades, a Ferris wheel, a roller coaster and a spectacular 1902 carousel. The boardwalk also serves a number of local food favorites, including crab cakes, fried chicken and smoky pit beef.

2. Ocean City Beach: Kick Off Your Sandals and Relax

Stretching along 10 sandy miles, Ocean City Beach offers a variety of leisure options, including swimming, sunbathing, surfing and fishing. The beach also hosts nightly concerts and movies during the summer. Free to the public all year round, the beach is available for horseback riding in the winter and early spring. The beach is a favorite among surfers and boogie boarders looking to catch a wave along the Maryland coast.

3. Trimper's Rides: Hold onto Your Hats!

Founded in 1893, Trimper's Rides is a celebrated amusement park on the Ocean City Boardwalk that features a year-round Haunted House as well as three outdoor areas. Favorite rides include the WWI Flyer Airplanes, the Big Dodgem Bumper Cars, the Water Boats (which circle the park's fishing village), The Freakout, a pendulum thrill ride, the Whip (a favorite among thrill-seekers), Aladdin's Lamp, a funhouse with trick doors and moving bridges and the Castle, where visitors aim to reach the tower and slide to the ground.

4. Assateague State Park: Get to Experience Island Life

Located on the ocean, Assateague State Park on Assateague Island features two miles of beaches for swimming, beachcombing, sunning, surfing and fishing. There's also Rackliffe House overlooking Sinepuxent Bay: an 18th century coastal plantation building housing the Coastal Maryland Heritage Center. Explore the bayside hidden coves by canoe or kayak or discover the deer, waterfowl and feral horses in the marshes. The park also provides a campground with 350 sites.

5. Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum: Take the chance to explore the High Seas

Built in 1891, the Ocean City Life-Saving Station -- situated on the boardwalk -- is a museum that displays exhibits on notorious storms, colorful sea life and harrowing life-saving expeditions in Ocean City. The museum also showcases beach artifacts, shipwreck treasures, mermaids and hundreds of sand samples from around the globe as well as dollhouses depicting local landmarks and tanks housing marine life.

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1. Ocean City Boardwalk: Fun Under the Sun

Dating back to 1902, the Ocean City Boardwalk was named by The Travel Channel as America's Best Boardwalk. Featuring three miles of shops, restaurants, entertainment, nightlife and accommodations, tourists can choose to walk the length of the footpath or rent a bike. An ideal family destination, the boardwalk includes arcades, a Ferris wheel, a roller coaster and a spectacular 1902 carousel. The boardwalk also serves a number of local food favorites, including crab cakes, fried chicken and smoky pit beef.

2. Ocean City Beach: Kick Off Your Sandals and Relax

Stretching along 10 sandy miles, Ocean City Beach offers a variety of leisure options, including swimming, sunbathing, surfing and fishing. The beach also hosts nightly concerts and movies during the summer. Free to the public all year round, the beach is available for horseback riding in the winter and early spring. The beach is a favorite among surfers and boogie boarders looking to catch a wave along the Maryland coast.

3. Trimper's Rides: Hold onto Your Hats!

Founded in 1893, Trimper's Rides is a celebrated amusement park on the Ocean City Boardwalk that features a year-round Haunted House as well as three outdoor areas. Favorite rides include the WWI Flyer Airplanes, the Big Dodgem Bumper Cars, the Water Boats (which circle the park's fishing village), The Freakout, a pendulum thrill ride, the Whip (a favorite among thrill-seekers), Aladdin's Lamp, a funhouse with trick doors and moving bridges and the Castle, where visitors aim to reach the tower and slide to the ground.

4. Assateague State Park: Get to Experience Island Life

Located on the ocean, Assateague State Park on Assateague Island features two miles of beaches for swimming, beachcombing, sunning, surfing and fishing. There's also Rackliffe House overlooking Sinepuxent Bay: an 18th century coastal plantation building housing the Coastal Maryland Heritage Center. Explore the bayside hidden coves by canoe or kayak or discover the deer, waterfowl and feral horses in the marshes. The park also provides a campground with 350 sites.

5. Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum: Take the chance to explore the High Seas

Built in 1891, the Ocean City Life-Saving Station -- situated on the boardwalk -- is a museum that displays exhibits on notorious storms, colorful sea life and harrowing life-saving expeditions in Ocean City. The museum also showcases beach artifacts, shipwreck treasures, mermaids and hundreds of sand samples from around the globe as well as dollhouses depicting local landmarks and tanks housing marine life.

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Top activities & attractions in Ocean City

Where to Eat in Ocean City

BJ's on the Water offers freshly caught seafood and a revolving events schedule, including duck feedings and canoe races in the summer. A meal for two costs $40.

When to visit Ocean City

Ocean City in January
Estimated hotel price
$80
1 night at 3-star hotel
Ocean City in January
Estimated hotel price
$80
1 night at 3-star hotel

The best time to visit is between June and September when the city comes alive with its many beach sport activities, concerts, and other seasonal cultural events.

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How to Get to Ocean City

Plane

Ocean City Municipal Airport (OCE) is located five miles outside of downtown, serving regional domestic flights. Most visitors will then transfer by taxi or private rental car to Ocean City.

Train

Amtrak offers connections to Maryland from neighboring states such as Delaware and Pennsylvania. A one-way ticket from Washington D.C. to Ocean City costs $140 and takes 9.5 hours.

Car

Follow the US-113 N and DE-1 N Highways from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to make the journey to Ocean City in three hours.

Bus

MegaBus and Greyhound offer routes to Ocean City from various East Coast destinations. A one-way ticket from Washington D.C. to Ocean City costs $25 and takes 5.5 hours.

Airlines serving Ocean City

American Airlines
Good (4,030 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (1,015 reviews)
Spirit Airlines
Good (2,313 reviews)

Where to stay in Ocean City

Ocean City Beachfront - most tourists stay around this waterfront area for its swimming opportunities, outdoor events, and many food and lodging options.

Popular Neighborhoods in Ocean City

Fenwick Island - located just a 20-minute drive across the border in Delaware, this park offers many more beach, hiking, kayaking, and other outdoor sports opportunities.

Assateague Island - this park is located just a 15-minute drive away from Ocean City and is famous for its wild pony population.

Where to stay in popular areas of Ocean City

Most booked hotels in Ocean City

Talbot Inn
Excellent (8.7, 258 reviews)
$100+
Courtyard by Marriott Ocean City Oceanfront
Excellent (8.6, 344 reviews)
$91+
Grand Hotel Ocean City Oceanfront
Excellent (8.3, 4157 reviews)
$83+
Princess Royale Oceanfront Resort
Good (7.8, 3281 reviews)
$122+
Fenwick Islander Motel
Good (7.8, 679 reviews)
$82+
Holiday Inn Ocean City
Good (7.6, 2603 reviews)
$61+
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How to Get Around Ocean City

Public Transportation

The Ocean City Municipal Bus covers routes to all corners of the town. A day pass costs $3.

Taxi

Taxi fares start at $2.60 and will total around $10 for a trip between major Ocean City attractions.

Car

Enterprise and Xpress Rent-A-Car offer daily rental vehicles starting at $60 a day.

The Cost of Living in Ocean City

Shopping Streets

The boardwalk and oceanfront strip offer a variety of small stores where you can buy souvenirs and beach-related items for your stay. Tanger Outlets Ocean City is the largest shopping mall in the area with indoor stalls and international brands.

Groceries and Other

Food Lion and Acme Market are the two largest grocery stores. A dozen eggs costs $3.

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