Where to Stay, Play, & Eat in Ocean City

10 miles of beach, 3 miles of boardwalk, fresh seafood as far as the eye can see, and unbelievable oceanfront fun awaits you and your group in Ocean City, Maryland. There are over 200 delicious restaurants, over 100 unique shops, and even tons of free family events like concerts and firework shows regularly. This is a family fun vacation paradise!


While in Ocean City you will have several different options of places to stay, luckily for you mostly on the beachfront. You can choose to RV here to the city to save extra bucks or campout once you get here, but the Oceanfront Inns are where it’s really at! ($)

Stay at the Days, Holiday, Fenwick, or Howard Johnson Oceanfront Inn, each providing budget and group-friendly options, as well as spectacular bay, ocean, and beachside views. These options are our favorite when it comes to experiencing a city for the first time, the staff always keen to help tourists find the hottest, or most off-the-grid, spots in town. ($$)

If you are wanting to see Ocean City like a local then you may be more interested in the Seagate Rentals, the oceanfront condos, and apartments made for vacationers who either want to feel like they are at home, or have a lengthy stay. ($$$)

Last but not least we have Surf Villas, the beachfront spot in Ocean City that allows guests to experience all the amenities of a resort hotel, with the privacy of a 1 bedroom apartment. It’s like a private motel, only for tourists, and on the beach! ($$$)


Ocean City is all about the beach, the boardwalk, and the best seafood in the Mid-Atlantic. When it comes to filling your time, trust us, you won’t have a problem finding fun things to do.

Boardwalk - Nothing beats a good walk up and down the boardwalk in Ocean City, the strip a great place for walking, running, biking, or taking the tram for sightseeing during the day, and playing arcade games, riding rides, and eating delicious foods during the night. ($-$$)
Ocean City Beach - C’mon, it’s Ocean City, how can you go without a beach stop? Besides, you’re going to want to try and be here during a sunrise or sunset, the views will stick with you for a lifetime. (free)
Life-Saving Station Museum - This is the perfect spot to learn all about the coast of Maryland’s colorful history. ($)
Assateague - This popular local state park is famous for its wild ponies, nature trails, and birdwatching opportunities (so be sure to bring a camera). (free)
Retail Therapy - Shop on the boardwalk, in the outlet malls, or even the downtown Gold Coast Mall; there are several retail therapy options while here! ($-$$$)

Free City Events - That’s right, free. During the summer the city puts on free concerts, movies, laser light shows, and firework shows for tourists and locals alike to enjoy. (free)
Golf - There are several impressive golf courses and mini-golf courses here in town, just choose the one you like the best! ($)
Northside Park - 58 acres perfect for picnicking, path walking, and playing. (free)
Jolly Roger Amusement Park - Explore over 285 acres of roller coasters and water rides to really let loose! ($$)


Fresh seafood is not hard to find in Ocean City, especially if you are looking for Maryland crab cakes or Ocean City Blue Crab. The other options for southern comfort food, pizza, and juicy burgers aren’t so bad, either.

Thrasher’s French Fries - An Ocean City classic since 1929, these fries on the boardwalk are seriously delicious. ($)
Blu Crabhouse - Blue Crab for days here at the popular downtown crab house with bay views, not to mention that ultra-fresh Raw Oyster Bar.  ($$)
Crabcake Factory - Another crab-lovers paradise, the Crabcake Factory is famous nation-wide for its lump crab cakes and fresh bloody marys. ($$)
Dumser’s Dairyland - Old fashioned milkshakes and ice cream treats, a city classic since 1939. ($)