Although Ocean City is most often viewed as a top summer destination, visitors can find activities to do year-round. No matter what time of year, you can unwind by sitting out on the beach or taking a leisurely stroll down the city’s expansive boardwalk. If you’re looking for a few day trip ideas when visiting beautiful Ocean City, Maryland, here are some activities to consider.
If you’ve never been to Assateague National Seashore, you’re missing out on one of the best destinations for nature lovers. Assateague allows visitors to relax on natural beaches without the noise and crowds of the boardwalk. A major highlight of the beach is the chance to mingle with 150 wild horses that populate the grounds. Day passes are available and parking lots are open from 9 a.m. to sunset.
Chincoteague is another protected beach with wild horses roaming free. A favorite event held at the beach is an annual Pony Swim during the summer months. Horseback rides and cruises can be booked during your visit to the park.
Ocean City beaches are also good to visit, especially during the off-season when crowds dwindle. Beach entrance is free with plenty of areas for fishing. Free or low cost parking can also be found nearby the boardwalk.
You will have no problem filling the hours of your day with a shopping trip to Ocean City. A few miles from the beach are the very popular Tanger Outlets. Get the best deals on designer items at merchants such as Brook Brothers, The Gap, Coach, Eddie Bauer and Crocs.
The Gold Coast Mall is another place to stop when arranging an Ocean City shopping trip. For antique shopping, the quaint town of Berlin is perfect for picking up unique items that you can’t find anywhere else.
No matter what your plans include in Ocean City, save room for an elegant lunch or dinner. Since this is a coastal town, you can rest assured knowing the seafood options will be top notch. Phillips Crab House is always a popular spot with a solid menu of fresh fish and shellfish dishes. At first glance, On the Bay doesn’t look like anything special, but there’s a reason the place has been honored with the distinction of serving the best crabs in Ocean City. For fewer crowds, head to Berlin or Snow Hill for quieter, but just as delicious dining options.
Ocean City has rich historical significance. Most famously, Ocean City is home to the United States Coast Guard Tower—a structure used during World War II to scan the waves for U-boats from Germany. To find out more about Ocean City’s development and transformation through your years, visitors can stop at the Ocean City Life Saving Station Museum.
The DiscoverSea Museum is another day trip opportunity and appealing for those looking to unearth the mysteries of local shipwrecks. If you’re on the boardwalk, you might also break up the day with an hour-long visit to Ripley’s Believe It or Not.
If you love to golf, then you must plan a day at the Ocean City Golf Club. The club is home to two amazing golf courses: The Seaside Course and the Newport Bay Course. Green fees are affordable with most golfers describing both courses challenging, but enjoyable.
In Berlin, the standout is the championship 36-hole GlenRiddle Golf Club. Each hole is dramatic and presents a different challenge for the golfer. Tee times can be reserved online ahead of your visit.
When you become a resident at Gull Creek Assisted Living, you can enjoy regular day trips to Ocean City which is just a short drive away from our convenient Berlin, Maryland location. Our compassionate team strives to provide exceptional, personalized care to all Gull Creek residents. Contact us to find out more about what we have to offer.