Things To Do In and Around Ocean City Maryland

If I were to list out all of my “happy places”, Ocean City Maryland would be at the top of that list. We’ve been going there since I was a kid and the tradition hasn’t stopped. My Grandma grew up on the eastern shores of Maryland and when my Grandparents retired they decided to move to Ocean City and have a happy retirement on the bay. A ton of my family on my mom’s side lives out there and we love visiting. I’m not sure if Ocean City would have made our destination list if it weren’t for family, and that’s a real shame. It’s such a fun place to vacation, with so much to do and see.

I decided to create a post dedicated to my favorite things to do while we are visiting Ocean City. Like I said, we’ve been going there for years and we’ve really discovered what we truly enjoy doing while we are there. If you’re planning a trip to Ocean City Maryland, I hope this list helps you out when deciding what to do with your days there.


Let’s Chat BOARDWALK

This is an obvious one, but you can’t visit Ocean City without going to the boardwalk. That’s basically what Ocean City is, it’s a resort town that is lined with beach and boardwalk that has rides, games, shops, restaurants and hotels.

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Entertainment on the boardwalk: make sure to stop by Tremper’s theme park. It has a ton of rides and games that are a blast, especially for teenage or young kids. If you have younger kids, a great spot is PLAYLAND, at the south end of the boardwalk, itt has such great arcade games.

Must see: Make sure to spend the 50 cents and head out to the end of the pier at the south end of the boardwalk. It’s the only pier in Ocean City and it has gorgeous views of the ocean and boardwalk. You’ll also see some fishermen out there, my mom recently saw one catch a baby shark and also a stingray (very rare)!

I’d also encourage you to head to the furthest south you can go on the boardwalk, past Tremper’s theme park. It has some history on Ocean City and has some amazing views on the inlet to the bay. The waves splashing onto the rocks here is so mesmerizing, I could watch it all day.

Must eat: There are three things I don’t leave Ocean City without having at least once, that’s Dolle’s Candyland, they’ve been making candy and salt water taffy since 1910 and they’re the very best. I love their chocolates and truffles, Nick could eat pounds of their taffy! So yummy.

Dumser’s Dairyland

Dumser’s Dairyland

Another thing we love eating is Thrasher’s French Fries. Too dang good, all they sell is french fries! They’ve been open since 1929. I would recommend eating them with a ton of the vinegar! Gosh now I’m craving them!

The last must have boardwalk food item is Dumser’s Dairyland, the best ice cream ever! They have multiple locations all up and down the boardwalk and around other parts of Ocean City.

As you can tell, we eat extremely unhealthy while we are on the boardwalk, but “boardwalk food” isn’t really the healthy type…

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This is the south end of the boardwalk I was talking about, see it’s stunning!

This is the south end of the boardwalk I was talking about, see it’s stunning!

One final thing I’d say about the boardwalk is if you’re a runner then I would totally recommend waking up early before the heat and the crowds and run up and down the boardwalk. I walked the entire boardwalk, about 4 miles there and back, when I was pregnant with Giulian, but this last trip was the first time I ran the boardwalk. It was such a great experience. My friend and I ran it twice, so about 8 miles. We should have started about 30 minutes earlier because the summer heat was killing us at the end, but it was so worth it!

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BEACH DAYS

You can’t be in Ocean City without having days at the beach, that’d just be weird… after all it is a beach town. My favorite memories are made on the beach. Especially now that we are parents. Giulian loves the beach so much, he loves the sand, the waves, the water… everything. Bring some beach toys, sunscreen, an umbrella, pack a lunch and create some memories!

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Take a peek at one of our beach days in this IGTV video:

I just want to give a quick thank you to Mitsubishi Motors for lending us their amazing 2019 Outlander PHEV GT on our last trip to Ocean City! The car was perfect for a beach day because we could store our umbrella, beach chairs, beach toys, stroller and still have so much space in the car to feel comfortable. Thank you Mitsubishi!

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Blueberry Picking

This is something we did for the first time this last trip. I can’t believe I’ve been to Maryland so many times and haven’t done this. One of my favorite things about Maryland is the adorable fruit stands on the side of the road, I love getting fresh, local fruit from these families, but I had no clue you could actually do the picking yourself! We went to Kingsley Orchards Blueberry Farm which is actually in Delaware. Many things in Delaware are just a quick drive from Ocean City. Make sure to watch the video below to get an idea of what a fun experience this was!

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blueberry picking maryland
blueberry picking maryland
blueberry picking maryland

Assateague Island

I mentioned Assateague Island in a past blog post about Maryland, so if you’d like more info on it and to see more pictures, click HERE.

In a nut shell, it’s a short drive from Ocean City and we love it for beach days. It’s much calmer than the beaches in Ocean City and Assateague has wild ponies!

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Adventure Seeker?

If you like thrills and adventurous activities, I think there are enough great options for you in Ocean City. They have the speed boat, which we took Giulian on when he was one and he was terrified (maybe wait for them to be older). There is parasailing, jet skis, paddle boards and I’m sure more that I don’t know about. On the boardwalk there are a ton of rides that offer thrills, one that comes to mind is a huge metal ball you get in that gets launched into the air… nope I haven’t done it.


Eat Crab

Ya’ll Maryland is KNOWN for their crab!! So if you’re gonna eat it, this is the place. I love getting crab cakes at just about every restaurant in Maryland. We had some family members order the all you can eat crab and they were thinking they would receive a bunch of king crab legs. Maryland crab is different than Alaskan king crab, just to clarify. Maryland crab is a lot more work to crack and has less meat, but it is delicious! Get tips from a local on how to crack open the crabs, see below my Aunt Pam, she gave us a whole lesson on crab crackin’.

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Like I said before, I hope this is helpful if you’re planning a trip to Ocean City! Feel free to send me a message or comment below with any questions!

 
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Autumn On The Eastern Shore

*Before I start this post, I want to give a HUGE thank you to Toyota for lending us your Toyota Sienna for this trip! We were traveling with a ton of cargo and people this trip and without the space that the Sienna provides, we would have been in a lot of trouble scrambling to find a car that could hold us all. The Sienna was such a huge help on this trip, and of course the drop down TV was a dream feature for the kids during our 3 hour drives to and from the airport. Toyota, you saved the day, thank you!


I’ve had people ask, “what’s your obsession with Maryland?” Well, the answer is my Grandparents. My Grandparents moved to Ocean City when I was about 8 or so. My Grandma and “Boompa” (our version of Grandpa) are the rock of our family, they’re amazing in every aspect of the word. On October 23rd they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary (goals I know)! This was our chance to do something for them, they’re always the ones doing things for us so it was a nice change being able to do something like this for them. So we planned a surprise trip to Maryland and a surprise party with all of their best friends and family to shower them with love and huge congrats! Well, my sister blew the surprise that we were going out there, oops, but the party was still a shock to them and they loved it and felt so special.

So, although Maryland is such an amazing place and I love the ocean, the beach, chasing baby G in the sand, walking the boardwalk, etc. the main reason we find ourselves in Maryland so often is because of my adorable Grandparents and the rest of our family that lives out there. We really just got lucky that they moved to such a stunning state. We typically visit in the summer, for the warm beach days of course, but it was a nice change to get to experience Maryland and Ocean City in the fall. Fall is one of my favorite seasons, so to get to go on an autumn adventure was a ton of fun. Although, I will say we went a few weeks too early to see the fall foliage in full effect. You can see from the photo below that the leaves were starting to change but they were in the early stages.

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Warm sand or cold sand, we love the beach! Some days I think Giulian was born to be a beach baby, the way his eyes light up and he sprints to the waves. He loves it. The distance between the boardwalk and the ocean is long (I tried to google it for an exact distance but no luck), and baby G and those short, chubby little legs of his sprint from the boardwalk to the beach the moment he spots the water. I mean fast too, I really have to keep my eye on him 100% of the time otherwise he’d run straight into the water. I suppose he’s the male, baby version of Moana. Watch this adorable IGTV video of him in the water this summer, you’ll see the joy I’m talking about. He just squeals with excitement, and gets super mad at mommy for not letting him jump right into the ocean all by himself. He doesn’t understand why I hold him back from doing so, sweet little one year old has no clue those waves would suck him right in. Not gonna lie it gives me massive anxiety, but watching him have so much fun is worth it all. Like I said, he loves it.

My personal favorite is when we play in the sand up by the boardwalk, there’s way less worry. Even on cold days we’d both take our shoes off and enjoy our toes in the sand. Sand just feels amazing on toes no matter its temperature. Ocean City has fun things in the sand near the boardwalk for you to let the kiddos play on, playgrounds and big sea creatures emerge from the sand they can climb all over. Even in the fall, there’s plenty of fun to be had!

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Warm sand or cold sand, we love the beach.
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Thanks so much for following along on our #GrecoFamilyTravels! This is not my first Ocean City, Maryland post and it most definitely won’t be my last. I love it so much there, maybe one day I’ll do a post on our move there (haha a girl can dream right, Nick wouldn’t move there until we’re old and grey). Again, thank you Toyota for lending us the Sienna for our trip!

 
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Exploring The Eastern Shore With Mitsubishi. Ocean City Maryland, Assateague Island, and Rehoboth Delaware.

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Growing up we would always visit my family in Ocean City, Maryland. It’s one of my “happy places”, I love it there in the summer. The east coast has such cute beach towns you can explore, all not too far away and each has different special things to offer. Last week we did something I’ve been excited to do for years, we took our baby boy there on vacation! Baby G is a true beach baby, he could have played with the sand and stomped his chubby little baby feet in the waves all day everyday. We could definitely say it’s his happy place now, too.  

I want to give a shout out to Mitsubishi for lending us their 2018 Outlander for our trip. It was such a blessing to have that much space for our luggage, beach chairs, and of course all the baby stuff! We didn’t feel cramped for one second on the trip and it was so helpful to have a reliable, extremely safe car to explore the beach towns with. Not gonna lie, trading in our BMW for one of these for sure crossed my mind during the trip. 

During our exploring we went to three beaches: Ocean City Maryland, Assateague Island and Rehoboth Beach Delaware. I’m going to break this post down by beach town and share our experiences with y’all! 

OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND

I am very very biased when it comes to Ocean City, but it is my favorite beach town that I'll talk about in this post. When I was a little girl we'd always take a family vacation to Ocean City. When I was maybe 8 years old my grandparents decided to retire and move there, and basically every summer since then I've gone out there to see my family (we have cousins and great Aunt and Uncle out there too). I have countless memories of the Ocean City beaches and boardwalk. It really is one of my "happy places", I love being there. 

I feel like I must share a few of our favorite Ocean City food spots, because that truly is a big part of the experience! Warning, none of the foods I'm about to mention are healthy. In fact, they are the opposite of that, they're sugary, greasy, delicious board walk food. The type of food that you totally don't want to eat all the time unless you'd like to go into cardiac arrest. With that being said, I think everything in moderation is best, and trying these foods is totally part of the boardwalk experience in Ocean City.  

First off, don't you dare walk with OC boardwalk without popping into Dolle's Candyland. Whether you go there for the salt water taffy, their chocolates (that's my fav), or just because it's the most darling candy store you'll ever see, you just don't want to miss it. The store is a 4th generation family owned shop that opened in 1910. I'm proud to call them my relatives, and the store is currently owned by my cousins and they're doing amazing things with the brand while keeping those tasty original recipes the same. Plus, calories don't count while you're on vacation right?... 

Another must try is Thrasher's French Fries. All this place sells is french fries, in three different sizes. I'm a malt vinegar kind of girl so we drench the fries with vinegar and gosh it's delicious. These fries were featured on the travel channel for a reason! (Maybe because they're so tasty that you end up  happily standing in line multiple times to get them)

My last OC junk food recommendation is Dumser's Dairyland. We live close to Little Man Ice Cream in Denver (basically the most popular place in Denver for ice cream) and we must say Dumser's and Little Man are some of the best ice cream we've ever had (we can't decide which is better so I guess you'll have to try both and decide for yourself).  At Dumser's we love their banana flavor, and we love the cherry dip (only available on the boardwalk location during the summer).

Okay, now that you all think we are total fatties... let's move onto the next beach town! 

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REHOBOTH BEACH, DELAWARE

Rehoboth is such a cute beach town, in fact it's one of my favorites! They have a great beach, a fun boardwalk and the most adorable boutique type shops along the main street in town. If you want to do a bit more shopping and skip the beach for a day, Rehoboth has a great outlet mall. We love shopping there because Delaware has no sales tax! 

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ASSATEAGUE ISLAND

Assateague Island is a 37-mile long island located off the eastern coast of the Delmarva peninsula, right across from Ocean City, Maryland. Growing up our family would always visit Assateague because of the wild horses and the great beach. We think it's so neat to see the horses walk along the beach and they even hang out in the parking lots.  I've don't think I've ever gone to Assateague without spotting a few ponies. If you are looking for a less crowded beach in this area, this might be a great option. It's definitely less crowded than Ocean City and Rehoboth from my experience. It's a great spot to pack a picknic and spend the day at the beach. 

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Assateague Island Surf Shop

Assateague Island Surf Shop

If you can't already tell, I love eastern shore beach towns. They really are the perfect place to vacation with your family. There is so much to do, see and a ton of cute towns to explore. Pin the photo below to save this post and help you plan your eastern shore family vacation. 

Thanks again Mitsubishi for making our trip easy and seamless with your 2018 Outlander. Having a spacious vehicle that was safe and reliable made our trip stress free. 

 
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