Ocean City makes for the perfect vacation destination. The endless array of things to do in our beach town makes visitors come back for more. We know that any vacation can be a little tough on your wallet. Looking for budget-friendly possibilities? Have no worries, we’ve outlined them all for you! We’ve got free activities for the whole family to enjoy all summer long. Here are a few priceless activities, places to see, and things to do in Ocean City for the summer of 2011.
Ocean City’s boardwalk runs a little over 2 miles and stretches from the inlet to 27th Street along the ocean. There are a variety of shops, amusements, and dining options lining the boardwalk to keep you satisfied. There is no fee to hang out on the boardwalk, making it a tradition for generations of visitors past and present.
Sunsets in Ocean City are breathtaking. You don’t want to miss them. Head to Northside Park up north or Sunset Park in south Ocean City for a non-obstructed view of the setting sun. The sun sets bayside, so we recommend you head west and to watch one of the best free shows in town.
Members of the Ocean City Beach Patrol are on duty every day from 10 am to 5:30 pm starting the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through the Sunday of Sunfest Weekend. The white-sand beaches of OC are one of our biggest draws! There is no fee to hang out on the beach in Ocean City, MD. Set up your umbrella and beach chair along our 17-mile coast this summer!
Springfest & Sunfest
Admission to both of these events is free. Celebrate spring and the beginning of summer with a 4-day-long festival that includes free live entertainment, arts, and crafts at Springfest. Springfest runs May 5th – 8th, 2011. Almost the end of the summer season? Sunfest runs from September 22nd – 25th, 2011. Sunfest was recently named the best traditional arts and crafts show in the United States by Sunshine Artist publication.
OC Air Show
The Ocean City Air Show is scheduled July 11th – 12th, 2011 this year. Claim a spot on the beach or the boardwalk (around 16th Street) and watch aircrafts zoom across our oceanic skies. The U.S. Air Force and Navy, as well as other divisions of our military, will perform skillful flying maneuvers above Ocean City. Spectators can enjoy this show for free!
Movies on the Beach
Enjoy games and a family-friendly movie on the beach. A 16-foot projection screen is perfect for lying back in the sand and watching a fun film. Bring your beach blanket or chair and enjoy a free movie right next to the ocean. Movies on the Beach are scheduled for: June 28th, July 2nd, 5th, 9th, 12th, 19th, 23rd, 26th, 30th, August 2nd, 6th, 9th, and 13th. Scheduled games and activities begin at 7:30 pm and the movie starts at 8:30 pm. The movie will be presented at 27th Street and the beach.
Sundaes in the Park
Bring an outdoor chair and watch free local musical groups and eat ice cream! Sounds great, doesn’t it? You can create your own ice cream sundae for a small fee. The concert series is family friendly and free. Sundaes in the Park are scheduled for: July 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st, August 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. These events take place at Northside Park, located at 125th Street and the bay in Ocean City.
Concerts on the Beach
Enjoy free live entertainment while you relax next to the ocean this summer! Many different bands will perform from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm on the beach at North Division Street right off of the Ocean City boardwalk. Bring your favorite beach blanket or chair and relax on July 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, August 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, or 31st.
Sunset Park Party Nights
Watch the sun set over the Isle of Wight Bay from the perfect location in Ocean City. Enjoy music beside the bay with your family and friends. This event begins at 7:00 pm on July 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, August 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th and is free to attend.
Family Beach Olympics
Every Tuesday evening from July (5th, 12th, 19th, 26th) to August (5th and 12th) the town of Ocean City will provide contests for families to compete in. Contests from previous years include activities like sand castle building, tug-of-war, relay races, and more. All activities are free and take place from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on the beach at 27th Street in Ocean City.
There are 10 public volleyball courts available to the public for free along the beach in Ocean City. These courts and nets are open to everyone. Courts are located at 2nd Street, 4th Street, 5th Street, 7th Street, 9th Street, 11th Street, and many at Dorchester Street. Remember to bring your own ball! Volleyball anyone?
Kids love playgrounds! Playgrounds can be found all over Ocean City and are free to use. Locations include:
-3rd Street Park
-Little Salisbury Park
-North Surf Park