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Ocean City Area Features

Go Play Outside!

Many of us recall a parent’s insistence that we get off the couch and go outside to play. Although that was great advice, it’s a much easier rule to follow when there are opportunities for fun around every corner! And Ocean City certainly has a large selection of outdoor activities to choose from. Some of these adventures are free while others are “pay-to-play.” Regardless, they’ll all provide exciting entertainment for the entire family.

Activity-Filled Fun Parks

Visit a family-friendly fun park for popular amusements that can provide lots of laughs and excitement for people of all ages. Younger children will have a blast at Trimper’s. There are many carnival-style rides such as the “Teacups” and the “Puppy Ride,” which children who are at least three-and-a-half-feet tall can ride unaccompanied. And who doesn’t love their antique carousel? Not only is it fun and nostalgic, but it’s a great place for a memorable photo of the kids. There are even a few thrill rides for more adventurous patrons, including the long-standing staple of the Ocean City Boardwalk, the “Tidal Wave.”

Jolly Roger sets the stage for a wild experience at two different locations. On the pier at the boardwalk, take an exhilarating ride on the “Kracken” or a more leisurely and scenic tour of the Ocean City skyline on the Ferris wheel. Meanwhile, the extra acreage at Jolly Roger’s 31st Street location adds bigger rides and sister parks to the mix. Start off the day at SpeedWorld on “The Cyclone”—the world’s first cart coaster on a 5-story wooden track. Then enjoy more carnival rides and even roller coasters at Jolly Roger before heading to Splash Mountain. Cool off in the wave pool or on the lazy river, experience the “Eye of the Hurricane,” and splash down after a thrilling ride on the “Aqualoop”—ranked the #1 waterslide in the country by Popular Mechanics.

Meanwhile, Frontier Town in West Ocean City combines multiple types of fun in one location. Find yourself transported to the Old West at the Western Theme Park. Here you can pan for gold, watch Wild West shootouts, ride a miniature steam engine locomotive, and even visit an Indian settlement. Frontier Town also has a waterpark where patrons can cool off while tubing on the river or sliding down a waterslide into a refreshing pool. Don’t miss the Jaws exhibit featuring an actual shark from the 1975 blockbuster film! Finally, climb to new heights and soar down a zip line at High Ropes Adventure Park—another exciting adventure offered at Frontier Town.

Mini Golf

Mini golf is a very popular activity in the evening after the sun has set and the course is lit up, but it’s really fun any time of the day. Choose a course with a theme that you find appealing and putt through the obstacles trying for that elusive hole-in-one. Get into a tropical frame of mind at Nick’s Maui Golf where volcanoes and waterfalls are just a few of the challenges you’ll face. Professor Hacker’s Lost Treasure Golf takes its players around the course’s pirate ships, skull mountain and water hazards. Old Pro Golf has a few different themes to choose from at their many locations, with obstacles involving dragons, castles, dinosaurs, and even sea creatures and pirates! Some of the local courses have arcade games or even small rides to play on after a bit of family-friendly competition.


At Grand Prix Amusements or Baja Amusements, not only will your heart be racing, but the rest of your body will be as well. Speed around a racetrack in a go-kart, challenging other members of the family to see who can cross the finish line first. At these sister companies, take your pick of their combined 17 different tracks including Baja’s Road Racer or Grand Prix’s Family Speedway. Drive your stock car, sprint car or go-kart around the racetracks as fast as you can! So that everyone can have a fun time maneuvering around a course, there are kiddie karts for younger drivers who want to drive by themselves, and double karts that accommodate passengers so parents can sit with their children on the track. While at Grand Prix, those 16 or older should check out the Pro Track. This track prides itself on its super-fast, 30mph karts—so speedy that before driving these, riders must first sign a release.

Return to Simpler Times

Find yourself face-to-face with history at the Furnace Town Living Heritage Village near Berlin, MD. Costumed interpreters use tools and materials from the 19th century to depict life during that time. The Maryland Iron Company started a “Furnace Town” (also called Nassawango) here, employing miners, molders and more for the production, sale and shipment of iron products. The large Nassawango Iron Furnace was integral to the livelihoods of the 300 citizens of Furnace Town, and when the company went bankrupt, the town dissipated. Fortunately, the past has been preserved here and Furnace Town comes alive again with historically accurate demonstrations. Visitors can wander around the homesteads, see a blacksmith at work, tour a one-room schoolhouse, view the famous furnace, and learn how people lived in coastal southern Maryland during the 1800s. It’s an educational experience that is also incredibly delightful.


When it comes to water-based sports, surfing is king. If you’ve never tried it, Ocean City is a great place to start. Here, you’ll find the perfect waves that help a rookie surfer figure out the sport. For your safety and the safety of others, surfing is only allowed at certain (rotating) locations on the beach so you may want to check where this sport can be enjoyed before you go. Local companies offer private and group lessons or advice and rental boards. If you’re a veteran surfer and need some new gear, visit Ron Jon Surf Shop for one of the largest selections of surfing equipment around.


Trying a watersport such as paddleboarding while staying in Ocean City gives you and your family the opportunity to pleasantly discover hidden coves along the protected bays or the natural splendors of the open sea. Stand-up paddleboarding has gained many enthusiasts from around the world. The beautiful part of this sport is that when you catch a wave, you’re already standing up. Riders first try to catch a breaking wave, and then use the paddle to increase speed while riding the surf. It's pretty easy to learn but experts advise first learning and practicing on “flat water.” Assawoman Bay is an ideal location to try paddleboarding for yourself. Don’t be surprised if you end up taking a refreshing dip in the water once or twice until you get the hang of it! Once riders get used to keeping their balance and paddling smoothly, they may want to head to the ocean for more challenging fun.

Sun, Sand, Surf

Play like a kid again and go splashing and swimming in the ocean—after all, isn’t that why the family chose to vacation on the Maryland shore? The Atlantic Ocean and the bays on the other side of the barrier islands are arguably the greatest tourist attractions in Ocean City. People are compelled to come to the sea. The beautiful waterscapes are home to a host of activities that can ensure everyone in the family has a memorable and exciting time on the water. To heighten the fun, bring a wave board, boogie board, or just use your body to ride the surf into the shore. Afterwards, relax from the excitement and dry off on the clean, spacious beaches under the warm sun.

Whatever means of excitement you pick, you are sure to have a fun-filled and adventurous time!

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