Explore Ocean City Beyond the Boardwalk


While Ocean City’s award-winning boardwalk is a “must” on your list of vacation activities, don’t be afraid to venture off the boards and enjoy the rest of OC! Whether you are on the bayside, North or West Ocean City or even Midtown, your experience will be filled with fun and memories.

North Ocean City

This area begins 91st Street and continues on to the Delaware border at 146th Street. The northside area has just as much to do, with a little more peace and quiet. Your time here will be filled with all the fun and memories you expect from an OC vacation.

Spend a Day at a Park in North Ocean City

Ocean City has a number of parks with all types of activities available, and many of these parks are located in North Ocean City. Northside Park is the perfect place for a jog, bike ride and other family fun. It is also the site of several free events throughout the year such as: seasonal movie nights, Sundaes in the Park, July 4th Concert and Fireworks and the Winterfest of Lights.

Dining in North Ocean City

If a picnic at the park isn’t really your style, then check out the variety of eateries in North Ocean City where you can indulge in our famous East Coast seafood fresh from the docks. North Ocean City isn’t limited to just seafood. Try ethnic cuisines, sizzling steaks, pizza, burgers, sandwiches and barbeque pit beef. Follow your delicious meal with some local dessert favorites. You can’t beat a late-night trip to one of the old-fashioned ice cream parlors. Then, continue to satisfy your sweet tooth with a dozen donuts in the morning.

Shopping in North Ocean City

Shopping is another big draw for visitors to Ocean City. Whether you’re looking for a new outfit for a night on the town or souvenirs to bring back for friends, there are dozens of boutiques, stores and even a mall in North OC. From saltwater taffy to designer jewelry and bikinis to surfboards, you’ll find it all here!

Family-Friendly Fun in North Ocean City

Have some fun, family-friendly competition on your OC vacation. Test your skill on an elaborate mini golf course filled with obstacles and challenging hole designs. Rain or shine, you can play on the indoor and outdoor courses available.

After a day on your feet, take a breather and check out the summer blockbusters at one of the local movie theaters. After the bustle of the boardwalk, a trip to the peaceful Northside is the perfect restful reprieve.

West Ocean City

Located just over the U.S. 50 Bridge across the bay from the Boardwalk, West Ocean City is one of the fastest growing areas of Worcester County. Large homes and new businesses now take the space of what once was empty farmland. Old beach cottages have been replaced by beautiful town homes and marinas with sport-fishing yachts and charter excursions. You can also find exciting golf opportunities.

Things to Do in West Ocean City

West Ocean City offers a variety of attractions and recreational opportunities, including an amusement park, mini-golf, golf, boating, fishing, crabbing and more—but with far less crowds. Explore the commercial fishing harbor, and pick up some fresh seafood from a local market. There is a marina for seasonal and transient docking, fine seafood restaurants, and a park and ride facility, which gives great access to the beach.

Shopping in West Ocean City

One of the area’s biggest draws is the Tanger outlets, with a wealth of shopping opportunities at great prices. A central business district has an eclectic mix of hotels, shops and restaurants, and a variety of special events taking place throughout the year. Tons of activities and accommodations, combined with the friendly community of dedicated residents, puts West Ocean City at the forefront of change and development in the region.

Midtown Ocean City

Just beyond the boards is the Golden Mile, an area of Ocean City often overlooked. The Golden Mile is most commonly known as Midtown Ocean City. It’s where the quietness of North OC meets the excitement of the south. If you’re looking for diversity, this is the place to be! More than just high rising hotels, the Golden Mile has tons to do for both kids and adults.

Exciting Attractions in Midtown Ocean City

The Boardwalk isn’t the only place to find amusement parks. If you cast your gaze north, you will find activities that everyone in your family will love. Visit thrilling amusement parks, with rides, games and endless excitement. Want to cool down? Get away from the sandy shore and visit a waterpark. They don’t have rides like that at the beach. A variety of mini-golf locations offer an escape from the real world, with such themes as Hawaiian, pirates and even safari.

If you’re in town for the watersports, the Golden Mile has it all! On both the bayside and the beach you’ll find standup paddleboarding, kayaking, surfing and other water activities that Ocean City is known for providing. If you need a water break, you can visit a local gym, get in a game of tennis and more! 

Arts and Entertainment in Midtown Ocean City

You’ll find them at the Golden Mile. Take in a concert or play at the Ocean City Performing Arts Center. Top headliners and touring theater companies come through this venue all the time. You can also find live music at many local restaurants. Hear some of Ocean City’s finest musicians and dance the night away. Want an evening of mystery and illusions? The whole family will love watching a magic show.

Eclectic Dining in Midtown Ocean City

The Golden Mile is best known for its dining options. Midtown has everything, whether you want a romantic night out or a family meal with the kiddos. Experience foods from diverse cultures, from Italian cuisine to an Irish pub to an authentic Jewish deli. Don’t settle for a run-of-the-mill chain restaurant. Independently owned eateries are the name of the game here.

In Ocean City, you don’t have to worry about taking the kids out—family friendly joints abound. Your kids will love tasting Ocean City’s famed pizza places or grabbing a mouth-watering burger. Be sure to follow up that dinner with dessert. Nothing’s better than ice cream on a hot summer day.

Find some of the most romantic locations right off the Golden Mile. Watch the sunset over the bay at a bayside restaurant. Sit on a deck, and listen to smooth tunes as you stare into the eyes of the one you love. And nothing goes better with romance than delicious seafood. A fresh catch of the day is guaranteed at the Golden Mile’s many seafood restaurants.

Shopping in Midtown Ocean City

Although there are some great locations on the boards, Midtown has some of the best shopping around! If you are searching for that perfect summer look, find it here. Or maybe you need to get all your surf and beach gear. It can all be found on the Golden Mile. Fine jewelry, trendy apparel and fun accessories—that’s only the beginning of what you will find here.

There are also shops that specialize in delicious treats and Ocean City mementos. Don’t leave OC without a little something for your loved ones back home. Whether it’s a fun t-shirt, nautical home décor or some of the famed salt water taffy. You will always remember your time in Ocean City while you enjoy these items back home.

This summer, learn how the Golden Mile got its name. This stretch of Ocean City is an oft-neglected gem. Be sure to include Midtown in your vacation plans. It’s filled to the brim with fun, food and tons to do.