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Top Activities in Ocean City, MD
So Much More Than A Beach!
Ocean City, Maryland did not become the East Coast’s premier vacation resort by accident. The breathtaking beach and busy boardwalk are far from the only things to do! There are the obvious resort activities like shopping, rejuvenating at spas and salons, and fabulous dining (think seafood!) But then there are the many free activities like beach-combing, people-watching, star-gazing, swimming, walking the boards, skateboarding, and those are just the beginning.
Ocean City, Maryland hosts weekly events, annual conventions and festivals, nearly 20 exquisite golf courses, the best watersports and fishing on the eastern seaboard, endless shopping, amusement parks, museums, mini golf… the list goes on and on.
If you’re bringing the whole family to Ocean City, be sure to check out all the free activities and kids activities, headlined by the free events hosted by the town each week in season. This includes movies and concerts on the beach, light shows along the Boardwalk, Family Beach Olympics, fireworks, and Sundaes in the Park.
If you feel like venturing away from the barrier island for an adventure, OCMD is only minutes away from the beautiful Assateague National Seashore, historic Berlin, and Wallops Island where you might see a rocket launch. There more than 20 breweries nearby, and the Delaware Beaches, giving you plenty of options for ultimate day trip experiences.
Ocean City offers many late season festivals like Sunfest and Bike Week, excellent holiday shopping opportunities, amazing chances to experience nature and wildlife, and the nationally acclaimed 6-week annual celebration known as Winterfest of Lights.
What is There to Do in Ocean City, MD?
There is no shortage of activities in Ocean City for kids and adults. Having some ideas for things to do when you need a break from the beach, will keep your vacation running smoothly and everybody happy.
Exploring the 3-mile boardwalk is a must, where you’ll find food, shops, games and amusements, and lots to see.
Amusements, Rides & Games, Arcades
Try Trimpers rides at the inlet or Jolly Roger amusements for go-carts and water park fun. Several arcades and redemption arcades can be found on the boardwalk and throughout Ocean City.
There are headline events that return year after year like the Ocean City Air Show, Bike Week, Sunfest, Springfest and Winterfest. There are also Shore Craft Beer festivals, weekly concerts during the summer and larger concerts and performances at the Convention Center. View Upcoming Events
Watersports & Boating
The waters of Ocean City offer some of the most popular things to do. Rent a pontoon boat or jet-ski, try parasailing, take a boat tour on the OC Bay Hopper or sail on the Alyosha. Ocean City also offers excellent kayaking, paddle boarding and surfing. Offshore is a rich sportfish fishing ground. Try the 2021 Best of Ocean City Winner, Tortuga Bay Fishing
The Best Things to Do for Kids
Rides and games at Trimpers, Visit one of the Arcades, Check out the Jolly Roger rides and amusements at the pier, and also the Jolly Roger waterpark. What trip would be complete without mini-golf. View our mini golf course listings, or read our Ocean City mini-golf guide.
Check out our “Top 10 Things to Do with Kids in Ocean City” post from the blog.