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Family Friendly Ocean City Vacation Guide

Vacationing with Kids

Traveling with Children and Families in Ocean City

Ocean City, MD is a family-friendly destination.  Generations of families gather each year in this East Coast resort town to enjoy each other and the beach.  If you know the best places to go, you can negotiate even the busiest times and every generation will enjoy their time in Ocean City, MD.  We all have children and they all love Ocean City.  They grew up here and now, they are bringing their own families back.  On this page you will find:

  • Insider tips for the perfect vacation with children
  • Family Friendly Hotels in Ocean City
  • Family Friendly Restaurants in Ocean City
  • Fun Activities for all generations, and more

Top Ten Things to Do With Children, Ocean City, MD

Top Ten Things to Do With Children, Ocean City, MD   1.  Play at the Beach -- I remember the days when my family would bring me to the beach and...

Where to Stay with Kids

Find the best place to stay in Ocean City.

Fun Things to Do with Kids

Ocean City is full of fun for all ages. View our recommendations for the best activities for kids and families.

Ocean City,MD Beach Guide

Explore Ocean City's 10 miles of free beaches and find your perfect spot.

Getting Around

Ocean City is easy to get around and there are plenty of options. Bikes, eBikes, Walk, Bus, Uber, Driving. Read our transportation guide.

Family-friendly Restaurants

There are many restaurants that cater specifically to the younger generation, but others are perfect for kids and you wouldn't think it.

From the Blog

Check out articles on families in Ocean City. Lots of great ways to negotiate Ocean City while keeping everybody in the family happy without breaking the bank.

Family Friendly Hotels in
Ocean City, MD

Beachfront Condos vs Hotels vs House Rental

The key to a fun stress free trip with the family is research and planning.  At the top of the list is finding a easily accessible place to stay that is located near the activities you plan to do.  Nobody is happy if the kids aren’t happy so if you want vacation success for all you must please the kids.  The most common requests are:

  1. Easy Beach Access
  2. Close to the boardwalk – especially for teenagers.
  3. A great pool.
  4. Fun activities nearby – amusements, mini-golf, arcade
  5. Away from the crowds – for those with small children

Small Children & Beach Lovers:

  • Beachfront Condos in North Ocean City are a popular choice.  Much quieter and less crowded area.  
    There are plenty of dining options in North Ocean City, but you will need to drive to get to boardwalk, inlet and amusements though.


  • Downtown/Boardwalk Hotels.  They can’t get enough of the boardwalk scene and offerings.  The lively downtown beaches are loads of fun and they can manage getting back to the hotel on their own.

Traveling with Kids & Pets:

    • Search our hotels to find the ones that welcome your furry friends.  The Clarion in North Ocean City and the Aloft in mid-town are both great options!

11 favorite family friendly hotels in Ocean City, MD

Kids in Ocean City can have the time of their lives. From the excitement of the three-mile boardwalk with its endless sights, sounds and tasty treats, to the ten mile stretch of clean beach with its perfect boogie boarding...

Top 5 Family-Friendly Things to Do in West Ocean City

Since Ocean City is becoming more of a year-round destination with each passing season, West OC has especially been expanding by leaps and bounds. There's more open here in the "off" months to keep visitors and locals busy, but...

Family Friendly Activities

Inlet Amusements, Boardwalk, Mini-Golf

Here are the top things to do with your family in Ocean City.

  1. Beach – obviously
  2. Mini-Golf
  3. Trimpers Amusements
  4. Ice Cream at XXX on the Boardwalk
  5. Dinner at 
  6. Day trip to ….
Popular Family Friendly Fun Things to Do

Jolly Roger at the Pier

Jolly Roger Speedworld

Nick’s Mini Golf – 18th Street

Family Dining

Restaurants, Pizza, Fried Dough & Ice Cream

Here are some recommended places to eat that the whole family will enjoy.

  1. restaurant
  2. ice cream
  3. fried dough
  4. popcorn
  5. pizza
  6. another restaurant
Recommendations for Fun Family Dining

Caribbean Pool Bar and Grill

Whiskers Pub

2022 Best of Ocean City Winner

Captain’s Galley Crab Cake Shack

Piezano’s Pizza North

The Kitchen

Starbucks Coffee

From the Blog: Articles relating to kids and family friendly topics

Restaurants, Pizza, Fried Dough & Ice Cream