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50 Free Things to Do in Ocean City this Spring


  1. Start your morning watching the sunrise over the beach. 
  2. Kick off the season with a little luck at the 36th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade
  3. Collect seashells on the beach
  4. Keep your eyes on the sky during the Maryland International Kite Expo weekend
  5. Listen to live bands and enjoy the ambiance at Springfest!
  6. Look for egrets and herons in the wet marshes
  7. Wave at one of the webcams all over town
  8. Bring the whole family to the Easter Fun Fair and Arts and Crafts Show (Free for those three and under and military/fire/police, only a few dollars for all others)
  9. Take a romantic sunset stroll on the pedestrian walkway of the Route 50 bridge
  10. Pick up a few brochures and plan your vacation at the Visitor Center, located in the Convention Center
  11. On May 7, you can get free health screenings at the Community Health Fair
  12. Free movies on the beach start up again on June 5 — Catch a free family flick on Wednesday evenings outside the Carousel
  13. Bring your dog to the beach and Boardwalk until April 30
  14. Use binoculars to spy on Assateague Island from the Ocean City Inlet 
  15. Walk around the galleries in the Ocean City Center for the Arts
  16. Read up on some Ocean City Oddities,
  17. And say hello to Nanticoke while you’re at the Inlet
  18. Spend Easter at the beach, and attend a Sunrise Service on Easter Sunday
  19. Pick up a game of basketball at Little Salisbury Park 
  20. Head over to Salisbury, Maryland and visit their free zoo
  21. Catch artists crafting intricate sculptures in the sand
  22. Spend the first warm spring day laying out on the beach (before the crowds really get here)
  23. Take in the peace and tranquility of “Stinky Beach” (AKA Homer Gudelsky Park)
  24. Organize a beach-themed scavenger hunt 
  25. Make like a local and read one of the free newspapers in town
  26. If you want to spend your summer living and working in Ocean City, think about attending the Job Fair in late March
  27. See how many painted utility boxes you can spot downtown 
  28. Enjoy live music and exhibits at the annual Crab Soup Festival in the Somerset Street Plaza 
  29. Stop in for one of the Art League’s monthly First Friday Opening Receptions
  30. Birdwatch by the bay 
  31. Bicycle on the Boardwalk
  32. Go for a stroll in Northside Park 
  33. Pretend it’s the 1960s as you walk down Motel Row
  34. Take a jog around South Gate Pond in Ocean Pines
  35. Pack a picnic and enjoy the view at the Isle of Wight
  36. Drop a line at the Ninth Street Fishing Pier 
  37. Watch boats come and go from the West Ocean City marinas
  38. Rollerblade on the Boardwalk
  39. Go to a 2nd Friday Art Stroll in Berlin
  40. Create a photoblog of your spring vacation
  41. Catch classic cars parading down the Boardwalk every morning during Cruisin’ Ocean City weekend
  42. Make sand angels
  43. Ravens fans, remember to wear your purple at the Baltimore Ravens Roosts Parade
  44. Watch the surfers catch gnarly waves at OC Surf Fest
  45. Take a walk under the Inlet pier
  46. Explore the Ocean City Life-Saving Station for free on International Museum Day
  47. Take a hike on a nature trail at Assateague Island 
  48. Join the crowds for the annual Fireman’s Parade
  49. Finally, say goodbye to spring and hello, summer at the annual Ocean City Air Show June 15 – 16
  50. End your day watching a picturesque sunset over the bay

Things to Do in Ocean City, Maryland

Ocean City, Maryland did not become the East Coast’s premier vacation resort by accident. Its breathtaking beach and busy Boardwalk are major factors, but they are far from the only things to do in Ocean City, Maryland that attract visitors from all over the world.

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 is practically endless.

If you’re bringing the whole family to Ocean City, be sure to check out all the free and kids activities, headlined by the free events hosted by the town each week in season (such as movies and concerts on the beach, light shows along the Boardwalk, 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, Wallops Island, more than 20 breweries, and the Delaware Beaches, giving you plenty of options for ultimate day trip experiences. Regardless of what your passions or interests are, there are unlimited things to do in Ocean City.

And don’t limit your Ocean City trips to the months between Memorial and Labor Day. 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.

Things to Do in Ocean City