OCEAN CITY, MD
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Ocean City is a resort town in the U.S. state of Maryland between the Atlantic Ocean and Isle of Wight Bay.
It features miles of beach and a wooden boardwalk lined with restaurants, shops and hotels.
At the boardwalk’s southern end, Trimper’s Rides has hosted theme-park attractions for decades.
The surrounding waters are active with kayaks and tour boats, some of which journey to popular Assateague Island nearby.
History & Heritage
From those first, brave settlers stepping off the Ark & Dove to the men and women in the control room of the Hubble Space Telescope who first peered so deep into the heavens, Maryland has always been a place where history is made.
General George Washington gave up his command of the Continental Army in Annapolis, cementing our fledgling democracy.
Francis Scott Key penned The Star-Spangled Banner, our national anthem, in Baltimore. Maryland was the starting point of The National Road and America’s first great railroad.
Maryland was the home of great leaders like Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman who led the drive for equality.
On Maryland soil, the crossroads of the Civil War, the North and South clashed in some of their most important battles. Come see where it happened; come to Maryland.
Get ready to surf the beaches of Ocean City, ride the rapids where Olympians train.
Scale rock-faces unlike anything else on the East Coast.
Or tear through some burly single-track mountain trails on your bike.
Welcome to the truly great outdoors. Gallop across fields and over fences at an exhilarating steeple chase.
Take a turn at jousting, the Maryland state sport.
or just get out for a gentle day on horseback by the bay.
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FISHING – OCEAN CITY
Species of Fish Found in Ocean City
Near shore wreck fishing is a staple of the industry in Ocean City. Anglers on “head boats” venture out daily to catch tautog, seabass, flounder and trigger fish. … Public fishing is allowed on the bulkhead from 2nd–4th Street. Anywhere you fish you’ll need a Maryland fishing license.
Fly fish on mountain streams,
bowfish for 50 pound catfish on Southern Maryland rivers,
hit the open bay for prize rockfish,
try your luck casting from ocean beaches,
or board a charter and head out to the Atlantic canyons from Ocean City,
White Marlin Capital of the World. Hook up with world-famous guides.
From the roaring rapids of our mountain rivers through the open waters of the Chesapeake Bay, and out into the great blue of the Atlantic Ocean,
Maryland is a land where many waters meet, making it a perfect playground for boaters and water sports enthusiasts of all types.
CAMPING IN OCEAN CITY, MD
Camping in the Ocean City, Maryland Region
There’s really nothing like enjoying all the entertainment and fun that Ocean City has to offer while also basking in the sights and sounds of the great outdoors. Soak up some sun on the beach during the daytime, then come back to your tent at night to sleep under the stars–nothing’s better than that. While there aren’t any campgrounds in Ocean City proper, there are a number of sites nearby that allow easy access to the town of OC.
One of the closest campsites to Ocean City is in Berlin, Maryland, on the way to Assateague on Route 611. Camping at Frontier Town allows you to take part in traditional camping activities like fishing and walking the nature trails, while also providing access to their western theme park and water park. That’s right–your tent or cabin will be within walking distance of a Wild West show, a lazy river and a mini golf course, among other things. Open April – November
Frontier Towns sister campsite, Fort Whaley, is located along Route 50 just outside Ocean City in Whaleyville. Fort Whaley features 200 sites catering to everyone from tent campers to those in luxury RVs, and offers free mini golf and a campers-only swimming pool. Open March – November
Like Frontier Town, Castaways is located off of Route 611 on the way to Assateague, along the shores of the Sinepuxent Bay. At Castaways, you’ll have a view of the Assateague National Seashore, as well as the beautiful Ocean City skyline. Their shuttle that goes into Ocean City is free, and they also offer a private beach, two pools, dog parks and a waterfront tiki bar. Open March – October
The Shad Landing campground at Pocomoke River State Park in Snow Hill, Maryland is a bit farther away from Ocean City than the other campgrounds (about a 40 minute drive), but it is closer to other destinations including Pocomoke City and Chincoteague. Plus, you’ll have the chance to fully immerse yourself in nature at the State Park, and also enjoy an outdoor pool, boat rentals and a nature center. Open year-round
Assateague Island is an exceedingly popular camping destination, and not just for its proximity to Ocean City. In fact, many families camp on Assateague without even making a single trip to the boardwalk (although it is always a fun summer night excursion). Pitch your tent or park your RV among the wild ponies at Assateague’s National or State Park, which offer bayside and oceanside camping for big and small groups, as well as easy access to paddle boarding, kayaking, scenic hiking and bike trails and other recreational activities.
Annapolis is the home of the Naval Academy for a reason: it’s the “Sailing Capital of the World” and home to the Annapolis Sailboat Show, the largest in-water boat show in the world.
History, culture, food and fun mingle on the bricked streets of this colonial capital.
The state’s capital and center of the sailing world—built on a pleasant strip of land nestled where the Severn River meets the Chesapeake Bay—Annapolis is a friendly, walkable town at home atop any travel bucket list.
Tour the state capital with its soaring dome and walk the halls where George Washington and the founding fathers ended the Revolutionary War.
Stroll the grounds of the United States Naval Academy, dotted with plebes in their dress whites, and tour its beautiful chapel and the great tomb of John Paul Jones. Or just find a seat in a café along Ego Alley and watch the yachts, and your cares, sail away.
CATCH A CHEAP FLIGHT TO OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND
Closest Airport to Ocean City, MD. Baltimore International Airport (BWI) would be the best option for flights to Ocean City, it is closest international airport to Ocean City, the closest local airport to Ocean City, MD is Ocean City Municipal Airport.
See the Blue Angels
Graduation at the U.S. Naval Academy means white-suited midshipmen and the jubilant hat throw.
While all schools like to show off for graduation, the U.S. Naval Academy takes it to another level (literally!) with the Blue Angels—the U.S. Navy’s famous fighter jet demonstration team performs a fly-over and airshow at every graduation.
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The rivers of Western Maryland have long been a destination for white water fanatics and even Olympic level kayakers, and the new artificial rapids at the Adventure Sports Center International near Deep Creek have just upped the game.
Dip a paddle, raise a sail or get your motor started on the waters of Maryland!
Have you ever dreamed of exploring the ocean depths one day and going on safari the next?
How about gazing through the eye of the Hubble Space Telescope
then staring through the giant jaws of a prehistoric megaladon shark? It’s possible, with The National Aquarium,
and the Calvert Marine Museum all within Maryland’s borders.
Or how about sailing on a pirate ship, riding a stage coach with real, live cowboys, and then meeting a knight in shining armor?
Set off for Pirate Adventures on the Chesapeake, Frontier Town and Medieval Times. In Maryland there’s even more than you can imagine!
They call us “America in Miniature,” which makes sense, because Maryland is the perfect place to bring the little ones.
With world famous attractions like the National Aquarium and B&O Railroad Museum as well as local favorites like the Maryland Science Center, Port Discovery Children’s Museum and Ripley’s Believe it Or Not, Baltimore is a can’t miss family destination. Ocean City with its iconic boardwalk, historic rides and white, sandy beaches will take mom and dad right back to their own childhood. If you’re looking for some “we” time, pack up the family trickster and head to one of Maryland’s amazing national and state parks for a camping getaway. For a lifetime of family fun, you’ll never have to leave Maryland!
Free Things to Do in Maryland
Stroll Baltimore’s Waterfront Promenade, walk the boards in Ocean City or get away from the world and back into the woods at one of Maryland’s great state parks.
Hit the Walters Art Museum or the Baltimore Museum of Art: both are free of charge! Catch one of our great festivals like the Columbia Festival of the Arts, Ocean City’s Sunfest, the Blessing of the Fleet on St. Clement’s Island, or Baltimore’s Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival.
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