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Things to Do in Ocean City

Ocean City is buzzing as people flock from all over the country to experience the city’s exciting array of attractions and activities.

Must-Do Activities and Attractions in Ocean City

Nationally recognized by magazines and travel publications, Ocean City is an excellent destination for couples, families and friends searching for a beach getaway. As the weather warms up, Ocean City is buzzing as people flock from all over the country to experience the city’s exciting array of attractions and activities.

Ocean City Boardwalk

The smell of the ocean and boardwalk fries fills the air as you walk along the Ocean City boardwalk. The two-and-a-half-mile boardwalk is the best way to take in some of Ocean City’s best restaurants, shops and attractions. You can spend an entire day eating your way down the boardwalk, from ice cream and candy to hot dogs, fries and more. During spring and summer, the Ocean City boardwalk is bustling with activity and even free events such as live entertainment and festivals.

Water Activities in Ocean City

You’re sure to spend some time splashing in the surf and lounging in the sand when you visit Ocean City. Why not get out on the water? Ocean City offers the opportunity of plenty of fun on the water. Rent jet skis, paddleboards, pontoon boats and more for a thrilling and scenic experience. If water sports aren’t your thing, take a leisurely cruise sightseeing for dolphins or just spending time with friends and family.

Fishing in Ocean City

Known as “The White Marlin Capital of the World,” Ocean City is the perfect place to cast a line. Anglers can find an array of species in Ocean City’s waters, including tautog, seabass, flounder, and trigger fish. Throughout the year, Ocean City is home to a number of fishing tournaments with high-value prizes for the biggest catch. People come from far and wide to not only compete, but also to watch the exciting weigh ins.

Ocean City fishing

Ocean City Amusements and Games

Ocean City is home to a number of exciting amusement parks such as Trimper’s Rides and Jolly Roger Amusements. In addition to classic carnival-style amusements, you can also find more modern rides to get your adrenaline pumping as well as rides that are kid-friendly and safe. Or, hit the arcade and test your skills playing one of the modern games. You can find arcade games and state-of-the-art virtual reality games.

Explore More of Ocean City

While you’ll have plenty to see and do on the beach and boardwalk, venture beyond the Ocean City Boardwalk and see what the rest of this coastal community has to offer.

North Ocean City

North of the hustle and bustle of the boardwalk is the softer side of Ocean City. Beginning at 91st Street, the northside of Ocean City has several parks that are perfect for some fun outside or a relaxing picnic. The parks in North Ocean City also play host to fantastic events year-round, including Sundaes in the Park, a Fourth of July concert and the Winterfest of Lights.

West Ocean City

West Ocean City is a hub of activity of anglers and shoppers. Just across the U.S. 50 bridge, on the bayside of Ocean City, West Ocean City has developed from vacant farmland to a quaint retreat. West Ocean City has a wonderful commercial fishing harbor where you can cast a line or pick up some freshly-caught seafood from a local market. If browsing for seafood isn’t your thing, why not hit the outlet mall in West Ocean City? The Tanger Outlets Ocean City features name-brand retailers at discounted prices.

Midtown Ocean City

Nestled between the boardwalk and North Ocean City is Midtown Ocean City. Also known as the Golden Mile, Midtown is the home to fantastic restaurants and nightlife, both bayside and oceanside. Entertainment is endless in Midtown Ocean City. From family-friendly activities and watersports to lively bars and beachside clubs, there’s something for everyone in Midtown.

Ocean City Shopping

No matter what your style or budget is, Ocean City has a variety of shops that are sure to please. Shopping in Ocean City is the perfect opportunity to search for souvenirs, a one-of-a-kind gift or trendy apparel. On the boardwalk you’ll find stores that specialize in beach essentials and attire. If you venture away from the ocean, you’ll find an outlet mall, charming boutiques, shopping centers and more. Browse specialty stores for handcrafted art, jewelry, wine, chocolate and more. There’s plenty of shopping in and around Ocean City.

Ocean City shopping

Golfing in Ocean City

Ocean City has quickly become a golf destination on the East Coast. The area courses are not only challenging but set on beautiful vistas. Both casual and more experienced golfers can find a course that suits them when they golf in Ocean City. Enjoy a leisurely game or hit the driving range for some practice. Area golf clubs even have lessons and clinics to help you improve your handicap.

Take a Day Trip from Ocean City

Sure, there’s plenty of fun to be had on the beach, boardwalk and all throughout Ocean City, but when you need a change of scenery, hop in the car and take a day trip to one of Ocean City’s neighboring locales. Visiting one of these towns is also a great getaway for when you visit Ocean City during the off season.

Assateague Island is known for its unspoiled shoreline and majestic wild horses. Nature lovers can have an eco-adventure on the island, exploring the dunes, wetlands and trails.

Voted one of “America’s Coolest Small Towns,” Berlin is the perfect escape if you’re looking for some relaxation. Another quaint small town just outside of Ocean City is Snow Hill. Snow Hill gives visitors a chance to shop in town or spend some time on the banks of the Pocomoke River. Just north of Snow Hill is Pocomoke City, a riverside town with a fun and educational museum dedicated to the local culture.

Ocean City Berlin

Salisbury offers some of the comforts of a bigger city while maintain the charm of the Eastern Shore. Salisbury is filled with shopping, craft beer, amazing restaurants, fascinating museums and the Delmarva Shorebirds minor league baseball team.

As you can see, there’s plenty to do in Ocean City. The hardest part will be deciding which to do first.

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