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Ocean City

Ocean City, Maryland Area Guide

About the different areas of Ocean City

Overview of Ocean City, MD

Ocean City, Maryland is about 9 miles long, extending from the inlet to the Delaware border.  There is a lot packed into this 9 miles and if you know where to go, you can find exactly what you are looking for, from deserted beaches to the excitement of rides, entertainment, and shopping.  Ocean City is expanding across the bridge, too, so for some, West Ocean City is a great choice. We will start with the island first.  

Articles About Downtown

Inside Ocean City’s Oldest Bar

Harbor Inn is the very picture of a "hole-in-the-wall" bar. Located on the bayside of Somerset Street, it's easy to miss if passed by on a night when jukebox tunes aren't emanating from the inside, although that isn't very often. The dive...

Downtown Ocean City

More activity & 3 miles of boardwalk

When you think downtown, most people think of the Ocean City Boardwalk which runs from the inlet to to the end of the boardwalk between 27th Street and 28th Street.  The more activity you want, the farther south you want to stay.   The downtown area has lots to offer on the bayside including fishing charters, jet-ski rentals, and fabulous bars and restaurants.  Check out the Angler where you can get the best Goombay Smash in town, a fresh seafood dinner, and you can add a sunset cruise for only $5 per person.  

Oceanside, you will find the 3 mile long Ocean City Boardwalk with its rides and arcades as well as many oceanfront hotels, apartments, and shops.  The only local brewery actually in Ocean City, Backshore Brewing, is on the Boardwalk at 10th Street.

Midtown Ocean City

From 27th to 62nd Streets

If you want to get away from the crowds enjoying the famous Ocean City Boardwalk, but you still want to be close enough to access the boardwalk,  Midtown Ocean City is for you.  You will find some of the most popular restaurants and bars in this stretch.  Running from 28th Street, to the Route 90 bridge at 62nd Street, midtown Ocean City is a popular location for people who like some activity, but don’t want the downtown crowds.  One exception for those looking for activity in midtown Ocean City is Seacrets, Jamaica USA.  Home to a restaurant, night-club, and even a distillery with over $1 million in relevant antiques and memorabilia from the Prohibition era, Seacrets is a destination in itself if you want live music, a great bay view, and lots to do.   The Ocean City Convention Center is at 40th Street and is home to many large meetings and conventions as well as the Ocean City Performing Arts Center.  There is ample parking here most of the time. 

Articles About Midtown

Special Event Zone in Ocean City September 21-26th 2021

The lowered speed limit and increased fines and penalties in the Special Event Zone have been successful tools for law enforcement officers during large Motor Events. These types of events draw large crowds of pedestrians and spectators. The Special...

Articles About North Ocean City

Have A Happy New Year in Ocean City!

As 2021 comes to a close, what better way to start 2022 than to head to Ocean City to celebrate the New Year? There is entertainment and festivities to suit everyone, as well as deals on hotel packages that...

North Ocean City

Known as Condo Row; Great for Families

Known as “Condo Row” because it boasts the highest concentration of condos and vacation rentals in town, North Ocean City is the quietest place to stay in Ocean City.  Running from the Route 90 bridge to the Delaware line, this is the best area if you want a quieter family vacation.  There are still plenty of hotels and a variety of restaurants, but the wilder party locations and entertainment venues are mostly farther south.  Entertainment is family oriented and the biggest park in Ocean City is Northside Park at 125th Street.  You can also catch the OC Bay Hopper water taxi to travel around Ocean City without having to drive.  Buses are another good way to travel and keep your car parked.

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West Ocean City

Area west of Route 50 bridge

Route 50 crosses into Ocean City at the southern end and bridges the area of West Ocean City and downtown. A long boardwalk runs along Route 50 for people who want to travel safely by bike or foot. 

Long overlooked, West Ocean City is home to a growing number of hotels and restaurants.  You may be able to find slightly less expensive hotel options on the West OC side of the bridge. Many stay in West Ocean City because it has the best access to Assateague Island, home of the world-famous wild ponies, sika deer, and white-tailed deer.   On Assateague, people love to fish and enjoy the wide-open beaches more reminiscent of the Outer Banks in North Carolina.  

West Ocean City is home to the only outlet mall at the beaches in Maryland. There is a new movie theater and lots of shopping options in a relatively small area.  Dining options have expanded as well.  There is a drive-through Starbucks, a Chick-fil-A, and several chain options.  In addition, you have one of the most popular crab houses located at the foot of the Route 50 bridge which is also home to jet-ski rentals and parasailing options.  There are go-carts, paintball, and other entertainment offerings. 

West Ocean City is home to a working waterfront where you can watch daily catches of fish and shellfish coming back to dock.  Consequently you can find great bars and restaurants here offering waterviews and some of the best fresh seafood options in all of Ocean City.  

The West Ocean City Park & Ride is owned by the Town of Ocean City and is where visitors can park for free and take the bus into Ocean City.  Greyhound buses drop passengers here as do other bus services in the region.   

Articles About West Ocean City

Winter Waterfowl: Not Always at your Peck and Call

During these cold, wet, winter months, it can be hard to find life in the Coastal Bays. However, there are many interesting creatures who call our watershed home during these chilly times, such as migrating waterfowl! You may be...

Berlin is only 8 miles away

Berlin has a brewery, is getting a distillery, has lots of shopping and dining options and some of the best ice cream in the country.

Berlin, MD

Just 8 miles before you get to Ocean City on route 50

Berlin is only 8 miles from Ocean City and is home to a downtown dominated by historic brick buildings, many fabulous restaurants, Burley Oak Brewing Company, a meadery, and many shops.  You can easily spend hours walking Main Street and browsing through the stores.  Berlin is a popular filming location for Hollywood and movie-goers will recognize scenes from Runaway Bride and Tuck Everlasting.