What is your most fond childhood memory? For me, it was packing up our whole family in the minivan and heading to the beach. Since we are from Maryland, the beach we visited year after year was Ocean City, MD. I always wondered if it was just a nostalgia thing that made this beach so awesome to me or if it really is a great family friendly option. On our recent trip home, I took the kids to Ocean City, MD to see how they would react. The verdict? They did not want to leave! Let’s dig into more detail about this little gem in Maryland.
Where To Stay
Ocean City, MD is home to hundreds of hotels so it may be a little hard to choose where to stay. If you are planning for an oceanfront, mid-summer stay, take my advice and book ahead! It gets SUPERRRRR busy in the summer months so your chances of finding the perfect ocean view drop drastically. Other things to consider are how close you want to be to the boardwalk and what sort of amenities are most important to you.
A great option for an on the boardwalk hotel is Park Place. Located on 2nd Street, you can literally walk out of this hotel right into the heart of the boardwalk. Park Place also has 2 outdoor pools and plenty of space for suntanning outside. My personal favorite hotel, however, is the Carousel. It’s about a 15 minute drive from the boardwalk, but all of the amenities make up for it. There is an indoor pool/hot tub/sauna, outdoor pools, and a giant ice rink open all year. There is also an outdoor play structure (pictured above) to keep the kids occupied at all hours of the day.
Obviously if you are going to beach you are probably planning on getting in the water at some point. When you stay in Ocean City, MD, your choice of water activities is not just limited to body surfing and boogie boarding. You can rent jet skis and take your own tour of the waters. If you are looking for a more informative tour, you can go on a guided kayak session through the bay.
If you have younger kids that would not be suited for those activities, there are a ton of boat tours that can accommodate the whole family. Visit Talbot Street Watersports for a better idea of the types of tours appropriate for your child’s age.
Although it is super easy to spend your entire vacation on the water, Ocean City, MD has a ton of other activities to get into. One of the most obvious things you have to do when visiting Ocean City is hit up the boardwalk. Whether you are looking to go shopping, eat sweet treats, or ride the iconic Trimper’s Rides, this 3-mile boardwalk is sure to keep you occupied.
My personal favorite childhood memory at Ocean City, MD was visiting the Jolly Rogers Amusement Park on 30th Street. Jolly Rogers park is perfect for everyone from the tiniest tots all the way up to thrill seeking parents. Other excellent family friendly activities in the area include hanging out with wild horses on the National seashore of Assateague Island, rewinding time at the Frontier Town Amusement Park, and playing putt putt.
We’ve all had at least one beach experience where we were too sunburned to go outside for a day or two. If that happens to you or a family member on your trip to Ocean City, MD, you won’t be disappointed with the range of indoor options. Two options I have already mentioned in this post. You can go to Old Pro Golf for a round or two of indoor putt putt. You can also head to the Carousel hotel near 120th Street for ice skating or to watch the ice show performance.
Another unique indoor family friendly activity is to go get your Old Time Photos taken. There are a ton of locations all over town to do this. When you are done taking pictures, head to the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not museum on the boardwalk. There is a mirror maze, lazer race, and odditorium, all of which are really entertaining for the kids. If you are up for a drive, the Delmarva Discovery Center is located about an hour outside of town in Pocomoke City. It is a great way to educate and entertain the kids indoors.
Arguably the most important part of vacation is getting excellent local food. Ocean City, MD is home to more delicious local eats than I have space to list so I will just go over my favorites.
For a sweet and savory breakfast bite, head to the Bayside Skillet near 77th Street. Their crepes are truly one of a kind so any wait you experience is well worth it. Another favorite breakfast spot of mine is Layton’s on 92nd. My favorite lunch and dinner spots for excellent seafood are Seacrets and The Crab Bag. Both restaurants are excellent for either lunch or dinner so you can interchange them as you’d like (and they also have excellent Happy Hour if that’s your thing). If you are a big fan of seafood and all you can eat, be sure to check out Ember’s for the dinner buffet.
Plan Your Visit To Ocean City, MD Now!
As you can tell, Ocean City, MD is the full package when it comes to kid friendly beaches. Whether you are near or far from Maryland, this beach is definitely worth checking out if you have an adventurous family like us. If you want to see more behind the scenes of our recent trip to Ocean City, MD, follow me on social! As always, please share this post if you love what you’ve read or think a friend would love the content. Thank you so much for taking the time to read about our adventures out in Our Happy Place 🙂