Affordable and kid-friendly too, Ocean City, specializes in the classic American beach vacation. Stroll along the Boardwalk, and you’ll find adrenaline pumping amusement park rides, far stretches of powdery sand, scrumptious blue crabs, and plenty of souvenir shops. Bright carnival ride lights twinkle as families frolic to Ocean City Beach; intrepid sun-seekers parasail across the water; and the squeals of children are heard playing inside the arcades to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum. But you can power down at Ocean City too. Bait and tackle shops are a surplus, and a daytrip to the serene Assateague Island National Seashore is only a 20-mile drive down the coast.
How To Save Money in Ocean City
- Pack your own goods Rental stands along the beach offer umbrellas, boogie boards and towels, but they overcharge for the convenience. Save yourself some dough and bring your own gear.
- Clip your own coupons Before you head for a round of mini-golf or some go-cart racing, check with the Visitor Center and the local Beachcomber and Sunny Day newspapers for discounts and coupons.
- BYOB Alcohol is overpriced in most liquor stores. If you plan on picking up a six-pack, do it before you enter the city limits.
Ocean City Dining
Seafood reigns in this coastal city, and no trip to OC is complete without a bushel of blue crabs. You’ll find the most dining establishments (serving crabs and other cuisine) along the Boardwalk and the Coastal Highway.