The Best Things to Do in Ocean City, Maryland

Ocean City Maryland

Ocean City Maryland is famous for its three mile long wooden boardwalk. With plenty of live music and awesome nightlife, you will have an amazing time in this fun city! 

It’s a great town for a family vacation or a trip with friends. I’ve gone to Ocean City Maryland on girls’ trips and it didn’t disappoint! I’m going to share with you the best things to do in Ocean City, Maryland… with and without children. 

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What to SEE in Ocean City, MD

The Beach in Ocean City

Beaches along the East coast are some of the best places for a summer vacation. The good news is visiting the 10 miles of Ocean City beach is absolutely FREE. There is plenty of entertainment on and off the beautiful sandy beaches. Make sure you look into the special events so you know things like when they have free movies on the beach and live music

Ocean City Maryland

In the summer months, this beautiful beach is ready for you to go sunbathing, build castles, and fly kites.  It has lifeguards and rentals for beach chairs and umbrellas. (Okay so I did not make that sandcastle, but it’s pretty impressive.)

Sand Castle

Jolly Roger's Amusement Parks

When you take the whole family to Ocean City, one of the fun things you want to do is go to the amusement park. Jolly Roger Amusement Park has two locations. One is located at the southern end of the bustling boardwalk and one is on 30th Street. It is ranked on TripAdvisor as #12 out of 28 things to do in Ocean City. The giant Ferris wheel is a main attraction that you can see from the costal highway.

Jolly Roger has a number of parks, with popular attractions for all ages, including water slides at  Splash Mountain Water Park, racing at Speedworld, and playing Miniature Golf

Click HERE to see the live webcam of the park. 

The Ocean City Boardwalk

Ocean City Boardwalk Sign

Ocean City Maryland is famous for its three mile long wooden boardwalk. Like most boardwalks it has plenty of food, games, amusement rides, and entertainment

Boardwalk Ocean City Maryland

Everyone loves a beach boardwalk, but you will have to visit the Ocean City boardwalk yourself to see why National Geographic named it one of the top 10 in the U.S. and USA Today named it one of the nation’s best boardwalks for food. For a delicious way to see the boardwalk, check out the Ocean City Downtown and Boardwalk Foodie Walking Tour.

Trimper’s Rides and Amusement Park

Ranked as #5 of 28 things to do in Ocean City Maryland, Trimpers Rides and Amusement Park should be a “must-see” on your list! It is the oldest continuously family-owned and operated amusement park in the world. In 2020 they underwent a number of major renovations to add 11 new rides. They are well known for their popular rides like their Herschell-Spillman merry-go-round and their roller coasters. Check out their year in review in the video below to see more. 

Ocean City Fishing Pier

I’ve liked fishing since I was a little girl. I’m not particularly good at it, but it’s fun. (Sometimes all I catch is a buzz. Cheers!)

Oceanic Fishing Pier is open 24 hours from May – September and you don’t need a fishing license. You can rent everything you need including rods, reels, tackle, and more. 

Oceanic Pier is rated in the top 5 favorite fishing piers in the United States. TripAdvisor ranks it #8 out of 28 things to do in Ocean City.

Ocean City Fishing Pier

Parasailing over Ocean City

Have you ever gone parasailing? I did it over the beach one time and it was so much FUN!

This 1.5 Hour Parasailing Adventure is an incredible way to see Ocean City Maryland. If you have never tried this then parasailing over the Ocean City coast is something you should experience. You can enjoy this unique experience with two or three people at one time. 

Click HERE for more information and tickets to the parasailing adventure.  🎟


Ocean Sailing in the Atlantic Ocean

Although I’ve done things like parasailing, I have not ever been sailing. This excursion is next on my bucket list! It will be at the top of the best things to do in Ocean City, Maryland. 

The excursion “Ocean sailing on a Sail Catamaran in Ocean City” is a 3 hour long adventure. During the trip, you can see dolphins and go swimming right off of the boat. With a maximum of 6 travelers, this is a PERFECT unique family experience!

Click HERE for more information and tickets. 🎟

Sailboat Ocean City Maryland

Where to STAY in Ocean City, MD

Before you book a place to stay, make sure you read Top 5 Things you NEED to Know when Finding a Hotel.  

Ocean City has so many options, depending on what works best for you and your budget. I’ve been staying at Airbnb’s more often lately, because they are more economical and they are a great option for larger groups. Click the link below to see the amazing options VBRO has for Ocean City Maryland. They have a TON of condos to rent. 

Where to EAT & DRINK in Ocean City, MD

The Greene Turtle

If you have been to Ocean City Maryland then you’ve definitely heard of The Greene Turtle, which was voted the BEST sports bar restaurant in Ocean City. Make sure you stop at the gift shop to purchase your Green Turtle gear. They have tons of TV’s, DJ’s on the weekends, and outside seating.

The Green Turtle Ocean City Maryland

If you’d like to combine their good food with some extra fun then you should do the Ocean City Bay Hopper Lunch Cruise with Drinks. This 2 hour long lunch cruise lets you pick your meal and a drink kit. Then, you can tell the captain where you’d like to go in the bay, or you can let them decide for you. 

Happy Hour Boat Tours

There are a few options for some fun Ocean City happy hour boat tours!

One is a Happy Hour BOYB Cruise where you can bring your own booze and take a boat ride with friends around the bay to see some of the best sites in Ocean City, Maryland.

The other option is a 21 and older happy hour cruise around the bay where they have alcohol available for purchase. The first drink is included in the ticket price. Cheers!   

Happy Hour

If you are traveling solo or with a small group, a happy hour cruise is the best way to make friends and get feedback from other tourists.

This 3-hour tour is likely to sell out so make sure you get your tickets early. If your plans change, you can cancel for free within 24 hours of your activity.

Ice Cream Cruise

This fun cruise is great for families! It is only 1 hour long, which means it’s a perfect first-time cruise to see how everyone feels about being out on the water. 

It shouldn’t surprise you to know that on the Bay Hopper Ice Cream Cruise you can expect to sample a variety of locally made award-winning ice cream flavors! 

Ocean City Maryland Ice Cream Cruise

This delicious tour only holds 5 guests and is likely to sell out so make sure you get your tickets early.

Click HERE for tickets and more information about the Bay Hopper Ice Cream Cruise.  🎟

Seacrets Bar and Grill

Seacrets Bar and Grill is located at 117 49th Street Ocean City, MD 21842. They have a full menu and a distillery. This is a very popular spot to visit when you are in the Ocean City area. You are guaranteed to have a good time at Seacrets. It is one of the best places to party, especially in the summer months when you can enjoy it in the open-air. 

Honestly, the nightlife at Seacrets is my FAVORITE part about Ocean City Maryland! If you read “How to Have an Epic Weekend in Baltimore Maryland” you know that I enjoy nightlife. Tripadvisor ranks Seacrets #1 out of 14 for nightlife in Ocean City Maryland. 

Seacrets Bar Ocean City Maryland

It’s hard to tell from the picture, but this place is HUGE! They have SEVENTEEN bars inside and something going on EVERY night of the week so be sure to check out their calendar in advance. I love to see live music when I’m there. This place ranks #1 for “The Best Things to Do in Ocean City, Maryland” and after you go there you will see why! 

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