If you’re looking for a great time in Ocean City, Maryland, you’re in the right place! Ocean City is a popular tourist destination that borders the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay. With beautiful views of the water and family-friendly attractions, you can have an excellent time vacationing here. Whether you visit for the boardwalk, the food, or the beach, today on Theresa’s Reviews you can find tips to make your visit successful.
5 Tips For A Great Time In Ocean City, Maryland
One of my family’s favorite things to do in the summer is visit the beach. From the undisturbed views of the Atlantic Coastline at Chincoteague Island to the relaxing harbor views of Annapolis, Maryland offers plenty of beautiful waterside destinations. While Ocean City is the most touristy place to visit, it offers plenty for the whole family to do. With some tips, you can have a great visit.
1. Walk the boardwalk on an overcast day.
Visit the boardwalk on an overcast day. If there is no chance – or a low chance – of rain, you can have a successful visit. When it’s sunny, walking the boardwalk can be unbearably hot, especially for children. Since water sells for $3 a bottle, you can spend less money on it if the weather is cooler.
While you’re on the boardwalk, buy souvenirs! Hermit crabs are a classic purchase for children to bring home from Ocean City, Maryland. With a new pet (or two), your children will always remember this vacation.
On the boardwalk, check out the sand sculptures. You can find the sand sculptures by walking down the boardwalk for about 5 to 10 minutes. Even after rain, the sand sculptures stay together well and are impressive to see.
Check out the new boardwalk playground. Completed in April 2017, the playground overlooks the ocean. When you aren’t visiting rides, checking out the shops, or eating sugary treats, children can relax and playing here. One convenient feature for parents is that the playground only has one entrance, so you don’t have to worry about them running off and getting lost.
3. Try food at several different restaurants.
Since Ocean City brings visitors from all over the East Coast, the restaurant industry is booming. With delicious food on every corner, you can’t go wrong with some classics.
When you visit the boardwalk, check out Boog’s Bar-B-Que. With a central location next to Jolly Roger at the Pier and Trimper’s Rides, the shop offers seating to customers, and it is the ideal place to wait if someone in your party is getting in the line for Thrasher’s Fries. I ordered the Bar-B-Que sandwich, and it had a very good flavor.
For a traditional Maryland meal, order the pit beef sandwich. With roasted and grilled meat, the sandwich tastes even more delicious when topped with onions. Make it a platter meal by adding a side of BBQ beans and coleslaw.
Another must-try restaurant is Dumser’s Dairyland. From the boardwalk to 123rd Street, you can find several convenient locations. My favorite dish is the Homemade Belgian Waffle garnished with powdered sugar and topped with a scoop of chocolate ice cream. When my children shared this meal, they loved its delectable taste, and they couldn’t believe that their parents got them ice cream for breakfast!
One of the most popular burger joints in the area is Abbey’s Burger Bistro. Although the restaurant is known for offering exotic meats, the specialty burgers are also delicious. Order the Cherrywood Smoked Angus with a side of waffle fries for a classic, tasty dish.
4. Head to the beach.
When you visit, make sure to head to the beach! Since Ocean City is a popular tourist destination, the beach can be very crowded. Visit later in the day when people are leaving to have the most unobscured view of the water.
If your vacation falls on a rainy day, make the most of your day by visiting the beach when you have a low chance of rain. We checked the hourly forecast and realized we could visit the beach from 7 to 9 a.m. before the rain began. Although waking up early isn’t ideal for everyone, it does mean that you get an unobscured view of the beach.
My children loved seeing the water in the morning. Later, when a storm began, we were grateful that we got outside when we could. On a rainy day, you can do miniature golf or visit a movie, but those places will be packed with visitors. If you can get to the beach for a few dry hours, you can spend the rest of a rainy day inside playing games to pass the time.
5. Give children plenty of time to ride the rides.
One of the most fun parts of visiting Ocean City is the rides. Children love the ferris wheel, haunted house, carousel, and more. Visit Jolly Roger at the Pier and Trimper’s Rides to find plenty of things for children to do.
Both pier-based parks offer armbands for unlimited rides. If you plan on staying for many rides, this can be your best deal. Make sure you buy an armband for the park with the most age appropriate rides for your child. While Jolly Roger on the Pier has rides for older children, many of the rides at Trimper’s are for younger children.
Although you will find plenty to do on the boardwalk, the rides are the main attraction for children. Remember that there are many beaches in Maryland, but Ocean City is unique for its child-friendly atmosphere. With entertaining rides, delicious food, and a beautiful beach, you can keep children entertained and enjoy yourself on this family vacation.
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