With its breathtaking beaches, bustling boardwalk and various area attractions, Ocean City draws visitors from all over the world and is considered by many as the East Coast’s premier vacation getaway. Located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Isle of Wight Bay, the barrier island that is Ocean City is surrounded by miles of beaches. If you enjoy salt water and pleasantly warm weather, this city is the perfect place to visit.
Looking for vacation inspiration? Find a few of our favorite things to do near Ocean City during the summer here:
1. Water Sports and Fishing
With more than 10 miles of coastline, Ocean City offers numerous water sport activities. Whether you feel the need for speed and want to straddle a jet ski, or you are looking for a leisurely paced sport such as the paddle board, you’ll find an activity that suits your needs and desires. Numerous rental establishments are strategically located along the coast, making it easy to enjoy the sport of your choosing.
Is fishing more what you had in mind? You’re in luck. Ocean City is the White Marlin Capital of the World and location of the world’s largest billfish tournament. Anglers from all over the world have gathered for the past 44 years competing to catch the heaviest White Marlin. This premier summer event draws tens of thousands with more than 2,000 vying to win the competition.
Anglers of all skill levels find that Ocean City offers hundreds of square miles of fishing opportunity. Remember, a fishing license is required. Situated next to the Gulf Stream, yellowfin tuna and bigeye are readily available as well as wahoo and bluefish. Numerous other sport fish swim the waters surrounding the barrier island. Fishing boats that charge by the head are readily available but fill up quickly.
Many locations are accessible if you prefer to fish from the shore. A favorite of visitors and locals alike is the Route 50 Bridge, but many other bridges, beaches and piers provide a multitude of locations for your fishing pleasure. Public piers include Third St Pier, Ninth St. Pier, Inlet Park and Northside Park. Aside from offering great fishing advice, local bait and tackle shops also provide fishing equipment rentals.
Public boat ramps are available at:
- Ocean City Commercial Harbor on Sunset Avenue in West Ocean City
- Gum Point Road off Route 589
- Assateague Island Park on Route 611 at Assateague Island Bridge
2. The Boardwalk
Dubbed America’s Best Boardwalk by The Travel Channel, Ocean City’s wooden boardwalk is lined with a plethora of fabulous restaurants and unforgettable shopping experiences, as well as a multitude of attractions and activities befitting a world class seaside resort. Day or night, it’s three miles of highly concentrated fun!
Amusement parks and arcades are ready to distract. One, located on the southern end of the boardwalk, Trimper’s Rides has offered theme-park attractions to visitors for decades. Dance to the calliope atop a horse on the magnificent 1902 carousel. Scream with delight on a roller coaster. Catch an amazing view atop a Ferris wheel. Shoot to win at the arcades.
As the sun sets, the boardwalk is filled with music and fun. Step off to the beach for free family activities almost every summer night. Enjoy movies, concerts and even beach Olympics!
With a huge selection of accommodations available on the boardwalk, you can enjoy the beach and award-wining attractions just a few steps away.
3. The Life-Saving Station Museum
The Life-Saving Station Museum building was relocated to its current position, the southern-most end of the Boardwalk, in 1977. Fully restored, the Life-Saving Station Museum contains many exhibits on sea life, storms and life-saving measures. The building once housed the surfman responsible for the rescue of shipwrecked mariners, and later, the US Coast Guard. Its exhibits include the following:
- A self-guided tour covering the history of the Life-Saving Station Building and its expansion over the years
- A room filled with old rescue equipment
- History of the Boardwalk
- The Aquarium Room, containing two 250-gallon aquariums plus multiple smaller tanks, displays interesting creatures found in local Ocean City waters
- The Sands from Around the World Exhibit displays sand samples collected from 200 different exotic locations
- Wreck in the Offing offers a vivid depiction of the early history of the US Life-Saving Service of Maryland, Delaware and Virginia
4. Day Trips From Ocean City
There are many activities, natural beauty and fascinating culture waiting to be discovered just a short distance from Ocean City. One of the most famous is Assateague National Seashore, but many other amazing day trips are just minutes away. Here are a few of your choices:
- Assateague National Seashore, made famous by the wild ponies that roam the island, is just minutes from Ocean City. Enjoy the wild and beautiful beach, spend the day hiking and exploring the abundant flora and fauna in the area or go kayaking in the bay.
- Visit historic Berlin, voted as “America’s Coolest Small Town” by Budget Travel in 2014. Berlin is the location where the movies Runaway Bride and Tuck Everlasting were shot. Its downtown is a National Register Historic District. Berlin is a worldwide art destination as well, preserving and celebrating painters, writers, actors and street performers monthly.
- Visit the NASA Flight Facility at Wallops Island which offers various public programs, special events and launch viewings.
- Visit one of the area’s many craft beer breweries.
- Located in Berlin, Ocean Downs Casino has table games and slots as well as live harness horse racing.
Fun in Ocean City
Regardless of your interests or passions, you are sure to find an activity that delights you and your family in Ocean City.
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