Ocean City, Maryland is an excellent East Coast beach – ten miles of clean, white sand set on a barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and the Sinepuxent Bay. Summer water temperatures rise to a comfortable 70 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer, thanks to the Gulf Stream Current which runs north, just off-shore. Waves break between three to six feet high; perfect for body surfing, bogey boarding, or just having a great time.
Ocean City has been a prime tourist destination ever since the Atlantic Hotel first opened its doors on July 4, 1875. The two and a half mile boardwalk offers amusement parks, shops, and typical boardwalk fare at the south end. The north end provides a lovely place to stroll past hotels and motels as you listen to the sound of the surf.
Ocean City has come a long way since the Atlantic Hotel opened. Now, folks visit all year around. The weather and water make for great beach days up into October, minus the summer crowds. And weekends are filled with special events and festivals. Winter offers brisk, refreshing salt air and is a great time for birdwatching. And in Spring, you can welcome the return of great weather while enjoying an upsurge in more festivals and events.
One of my favorite places for fun in Ocean City is Trimper’s Rides whose indoor vintage amusement part has provided fun for the whole family for 100 years. The capstone of Trimper’s is the1902 Hershell-Spellman Carousel with its beautifully restored, hand-painted menagerie. You can ride on a goat, giraffe, lion, rooster, horses or one of the artistically decorated chariots. The miniature Ferris Wheel and kiddie carousel date from the 1920’s.
Marty’s Playland is another place to visit. Play vintage ski-ball or drop a dime into one of the one hundred year old claw machines at Diggerville. Marty’s also includes contemporary arcade games.
The fishing is great in Ocean City, both onshore and offshore.
There are lots of cool things to do in Ocean City. Fly a kite, play miniature golf, build a sand castle, rent a kayak, or visit nearby Assateague National Seashore.
On Independence Day, Ocean City features two fabulous fireworks displays – one at the south end of the boardwalk, and the other at Northside Park on 127th Street.
Food venues run from funky outdoor picnic tables to fine dining; popular bars with live music, and several restaurants with bay views, where you can watch the sunset while you enjoy Maryland’s famous seafood.