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Ocean City, Md is an action-packed resort that caters to all your vacation needs, but sometimes you want to escape the hustle and bustle for a while and spend your trip exploring other exciting areas surrounding Ocean City.

Wild Ponies of Assateague Island
Wild Ponies of Assateague Island

If you feel like venturing away from the barrier island for an adventure, OCMD is only minutes away from the beautiful Assateague National Seashore where you can spend a day hiking or kayaking while immersed in nature and wildlife.  Of course, the beach is beautiful here too, just wilder. Enjoy half a day at the beach and then go kayaking on the bayside.  You can check out this and other Worcester County Parks by clicking here.

The historic towns of Berlin and Snow Hill both sit miles from Ocean City and offer unique antique shopping and small town dining opportunities. And Pocomoke is a riverfront town that is also home to the Delmarva Discovery Center- a museum dedicated to all things local culture.  Art is always worth exploring so you can download the Beach & Beyond Art Guide to start your artistic wanderings.vert_vguide_art

Tangier and Smith Islands are some of the only inhabited offshore islands in Maryland and both offer amazing experiences in their own right. Board a ferry in Crisfield (about an hour from OC) and take a scenic cruise, rent some kayaks, or feast on some of the best crabcakes and seafood known to man. If you make it to Smith Island, don’t forget to indulge in a Smith Island Cake- Maryland’s official state dessert!

Ocean City is also just a short drive from the NASA Flight Facility at Wallops Island, which is one of only 4 major rocket launch sites in the US, and the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, an internationally renowned museum in Salisbury.

Rocket launch at Wallops Island
Rocket launch at Wallops Island

If craft beer is your pleasure, the Ocean City area is home to nearly 21 craft beer breweries, so grab a designated driver or hop on a bus to tour and taste the best breweries and beers on the shore.

Phenomencape2cape_byway_guideal shopping and dining experiences are found miles up the coast in Bethany, Dewey, Rehoboth and other Delaware beaches, giving you plenty of options for ultimate day trip experiences.  Check out our Coastal Delaware guide for more information.

If you don’t mind jumping in the car to check out some world class beauty, then check out the scenic byways that traverse our county and the Delmarva Peninsula.

There is the Cape to Cape Scenic Byway, the Blue Crab Byway for drivers and the View Trail 100 for the bicyclists.

Finally, Ocean Downs Casino, located in Ocean Pines has live harness racing, slots, and table games. If you’re feeling lucky on your next Ocean City trip, a visit to the casino is a great way to add some additional action to your vacation.

With so much activity, natural beauty, and fascinating culture located around Ocean City, the day trip possibilities are practically endless. Below you will find information and ideas to help guide your next day trip from Ocean City.

Day Trips from Ocean City