For over five centuries, Ocean City Maryland’s been the destination to be. The Algonquian tribes came here to fish. Not long after, the European transplants started coming in throngs to move away from the densely populated towns in Virginia. The creation of railroads and bridges that connected Ocean City to many of the mainland towns transformed this once sleepy fishing village into the resort destination you see and know of today. So whether you’re visiting for a day or spending an entire weekend, consider these must do activities in Ocean City Maryland.
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Explore the Boardwalk
At just under three miles long, the boardwalk ought to be one of the must do activities in Ocean City Maryland. Stroll along the main corridor where you can check out the dozen of shops selling typical boardwalk souvenirs. It’s also one of the best places to people watch. Visitors can also rent bikes so they can explore the off the beaten parts of the boardwalk and enjoy the relatively quieter beaches further north. The more adventurous types can also try their skills at roller-skating. When the sun sets, the boardwalk comes to life with restaurants offering fresh seafood, street performers and rides from the famous amusement park that feature antique rides including the century-old Herschell-Spellman carousel.
Take Part in Beach and Water Activities
The beach remains one of the top activities in Ocean City Maryland, with over 10 miles of golden sand. Visitors won’t find it difficult to find a spot to lay down the towel and enjoy the warm sunshine. Head north of the boardwalk though to find the quieter and less densely populated spots. If simply getting a tan isn’t your idea of a beach holiday, fear not because the gentle breaks of the Atlantic Ocean make it a favorite for boogie boarders and wave riders as well. The windy conditions also makes Ocean City suitable for parasailing and kite flying, both are favourite activities by visiting families. Finally, Ocean City is known as one of the best fishing spots on the east coast, particularly for marlin.
Indulge in Fresh Seafood
Unless you’re a vegetarian, a trip to Ocean City Maryland will be incomplete without indulging in fresh seafood. Try Hooked, located just off the Coastal Highway. It prides its menu with locally sourced seafood and produce. Then there’s the original Phillips Crab House, known for their all-you-can-eat seafood buffet. For something a bit more casual, head over to Belly Busters Seafood and Deli. Here you can get platters made with shrimp and fish, as well as decent-sized sandwiches and subs or bushels of crab and clams during the season at market price.
Watch the Sunrise and Sunset
Visitors to Ocean City literally watch the day begin withthe spectacular sunrise from their ocean view hotel rooms. Then end with the ability to catch the sunset from one of the bayside restaurants or piers. If you’re a morning person, I suggest you get your trainers on and take in an early morning run, followed by a coffee and a donut from one of the seaside donut shacks.
Discover the History of Ocean City
Ocean City’s history goes back several centuries starting with its time as a sleepy fishing village to its time as a hub for rescue missions by the U.S. Coast Guard. Visitors who want to learn more about these periods ought to check out the fascinating Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum. Housed in the former Coast Guard building located at the southern tip of the boardwalk, the museum features plenty of artifacts. These range from old photographs of residents, volunteers and the town itself to items recovered and found from shipwrecks.
Admission is minimal ($3 for adults) making it one of the best deals and must do activities in Ocean City Maryland.
Take a Day Trip to Assateague Island
In case you fancy taking a day out of the bustling beach scene, you can take your rental car and drive south to Assateague Island National Seashore. The barrier island located just nine miles from Ocean City is famous for its wild ponies. Rent a kayak and navigate the shallow waters to get up close and personal to these fascinating creatures that came to stay after surviving a Spanish shipwreck. In addition to the wildlife spotting, hiking and camping are also popular activities within the island.
There is a $15 fee (valid for a week) per vehicle to enter the park.