Vacation Planner:

Having visited Ocean City as a child, than as a parent, and now living here with my grandchildren has given me a unique look at what Ocean City has to offer. From a day trip to a yearly vacation I will offer my advice on things I have enjoyed over the years.

Things have changed over the course of 50 years but not as much as you may think. Gone are the sand dunes and wilderness that existed north of 60th Street when I was a child. They have been replaced with high-rise condominiums, strip malls, hotels, restaurants, and residential buildings of every possible configuration.

The boardwalk now runs from the Inlet at the southern edge of Ocean City to 26th Street. Most of the “action” is from 4th Street-south. If you want to stay where the action is I recommend staying on the boardwalk. This is a great area if you have teenagers or just like the hustle and bustle atmosphere. Even the boardwalk can be further broken down by just how much action you want. The further you get from the inlet the more relaxed the boardwalk becomes. See my article, Where to Stay, for a complete listing of what each area of Ocean City is like.

While not everyone likes the same entertainment, I’m going to assume that the major reason for coming to Ocean City is the ocean. Our beaches are fairly consistent throughout Ocean City with fairly wide expanses, very clean, and lifeguards stationed every block with communication systems connecting the entire beach. The one major exception to this is from the inlet to about 6th Street; this area has an extremely wide beach area with volleyball and play areas. This is good for daily visitors and children but difficult for the elderly and handicapped. Access to the beach from the end of the boardwalk-north is limited to paths made through the sand dunes at the end of each street. Rentals of chairs, umbrellas, and boogie boards are available on every block entrance to the beach (as of this writing). There are plenty of places to eat lunch all along the boardwalk but make other plans for lunch if you stay off the boardwalk. See beach rules for a list of do’s and don’ts.

To get away from the action and have a more relaxed day at the beach I recommend Assateague Island State and Assateague Island National Park. Although the actual park starts at the inlet you must drive about 15 minutes to get to the parks entrances. Take Route 50 west, than Route 611 south. Route 611 ends at Assateague Island. Here you will find the State Park and the National Park. The State Park is somewhat more expensive to enter but has a snack bar. I personally prefer the National Park because it has more to offer. While the State Park is limited to a snack bar, the National Park has canoe rentals; tours, a crabbing pier, and a 4 wheel drive only area (permit required). Fires are allowed on the beach at night from the low tide mark to the high tide mark. Both areas offer lifeguarded beaches, picnic tables, grills, rest rooms, and showers. Campsites are available at both parks but advanced reservations are almost always required.

Entertainment doesn’t stop at the beach.                                                                       

The boardwalk offers rides, games, arcades, shops, and of course food for the kid in all of us. Here again, the action is centered from 1st Street to the inlet. To entertain the kids and the kids at heart I would suggest Splash Mountain at 30th Street and Coastal Hwy. There are several types of water slides, a lazy river, a wave pool, snack bars, and my favorite the Rain Forest. The Rain Forest is fun for everyone; it has super sized ****** guns to shoot people as they walk by (my favorite-I get in battles with people from 6 to 60), water slides, a giant pirate hat that slowly fills and dumps its contents on everyone below, and water ********* at you from everywhere. Trust me; this giant sized water version of a jungle gym is worth the admission price by itself. It is so fun that the lifeguards wear rain hats and coats.

There are numerous race tracks for every age and miniature golf courses featuring something for everyone. For a complete list of fun things to do visit our entertainment page.

For the adults there are nightclubs catering to every age group and bars with many different themes. Seacrets is so popular with young adults that it has its own radio station while Fager’s Island is popular with the more sophisticated crowd. In between is everything from karaoke to beach bars.

A rainy day can be spent; going to the movies, going shopping, visiting the indoor pools located at many hotels, sitting on your balcony watching the ocean, taking a day trip to historic Berlin, Md., or just enjoying a long lunch at one of the waterfront restaurants.

Dinner in Ocean City for most of us is kind of like Family Feud. There are so many choices and nobody ever feels like the same thing at the same time. My family starts discussing dinner plans early so reservations can be made if required. During the peak season keep in mind that lines at popular restaurants can be long (even if the food is just so-so). My personal recommendations are: 1-Marina Deck, excellent crab soup and seafood dishes, and it’s on the water 2-Waterman’s Seafood Restaurant, very good crab feast and seafood 3-Nick’s Original House of Ribs, very good ribs and beef 4-Harpoon Hanna’s, very good seafood and on the water (service somewhat slow) 5-The Crabcake Factory USA, the best crab cakes, 6-Higgins Crab House, very good crabs and good seafood, 7-Bull on the Beach, excellent pit beef and good beef entrees, 8-Adolofo’s Italian Restaurant, excellent Italian dishes (expensive), 9-Embers Restaurant, very good seafood and prime rib buffet, 10-Ponzetti’s Pizza, my favorite pizza, 11-Lombardi’s, another good pizza and Italian restaurant, 12-Sakura, excellent Japanese steak house, 13-Phillip’s Crab House, good seafood (worth a visit but no longer the best seafood in Ocean City), 14-Outback Steakhouse, the same food you get at home but it’s good when you get tired of trying new places. These are my favorite restaurants. There are many great choices and many different ideas about what a good meal is. A good restaurant to me is a combination of very good to excellent food with reasonable prices, good service, and a varied menu for the entire family. Please leave reviews for restaurants you visit during your stay to help others choose a good restaurant.   

By: Frank Keller

About the Author:

Ocean City, Maryland – I’ve been traveling to Ocean City for over 40 years and now live here. My name is Frank Keller and I’d like to share my knowledge of the area with everyone interested in visiting or living here. Come visit our site for more articles and a vast variety of interesting things to do and see.

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There is plenty to see in Baltimore, Maryland whether you are visiting or even if you live in the area. Many of the Baltimore, Maryland events are related to history. If you are planning on visiting this area of the United States, you will want to take in one or more of the Baltimore, Maryland events. Some of these events include George Washington Days, Independence Day Celebrations, The Baltimore Art Festival, The Baltimore Jazz Festival and the Taste of Baltimore.

George Washington Days

This is a weeklong celebration of George Washington, the first president of the United States and hero of the Revolutionary War. George Washington Days take place during the last weekend in January through the first weekend in February every year. They include re-enactments of George Washington giving speeches and Revolutionary War battles. There are many people who dress up like colonists who participate in this fun and historical event. Anyone who wants to get a taste of what it was like during Revolutionary War days can visit this event.

Independence Day Celebrations

There are various Independence Day celebrations that take place throughout the city of Baltimore on July 4th. You can watch fireworks from the town square and celebrate the birthday of American freedom. Independence Day celebrations are rife throughout this area and the weather is usually very warm during this time of the year.

Baltimore Art Festival

During the first weekend in August, the Baltimore Art Festival is in full swing. If you want to see some art from new artists who may as of yet be undiscovered talent, or if you want to take a look at some art on display by well known artists, you can visit the Baltimore Art Museum to view the finest art in Baltimore.

Taste of Baltimore

Every August, the city of Baltimore puts on the Taste of Baltimore as a way to introduce the various foods from restaurants in the city to the public. You can purchase tickets to this event and sample different foods from a variety of different restaurants. If you want to get a real taste of the city of Baltimore, you will not want to miss this tasteful Baltimore, Maryland event.

Baltimore Jazz Festival

The Baltimore Jazz Festival takes place in the Baltimore Concert Hall every September, although the date for this varies throughout the month. This is an event that showcases the jazz music of the area and also includes food and drink. You have to purchase tickets to enjoy the Baltimore Jazz Festival, but any music lover will enjoy this annual Baltimore tradition. You can check with the Baltimore Chamber Of Commerce to find out when the Jazz Festival will take place this year in Baltimore.

When you visit the city of Baltimore, there is quite a bit to see and do. This is especially true in the summer months when it is warm and there are art fairs, book fairs and flea markets that take place throughout the city every weekend. If you enjoy history and music as well as good food, you will want to participate in one of the aforementioned Baltimore, Maryland events.

By: Joe Deacon

About the Author:

Joe Deacon loves to travel and
Baltimore, Maryland Events are some of his favorite must-see happenings. Go to Eventsetter.com and see a
schedule of Baltimore, Maryland Events running at the time of your visit.