Ocean City travel guide

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You're Going to Love Ocean City

Ocean City, Maryland is a very popular summer resort area due to its many amusement parks, water parks, nature parks, and busy boardwalk activities along the 10-mile beachfront.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Ocean City

1. Ocean City Boardwalk

The main attraction of the town lies on the central boardwalk with many museums, restaurants, bars, and street performances.

2. Jolly Roger Amusement Park

Spend a day in this amusement park/water park with pay-as-you-go games and a historic train ride available for visitors.

3. Ocean Downs

This small local casino offers horse racing simulations, slot machines, and a restaurant.

4. Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum

Visit this strange museum of odd paraphernalia, including shrunken human heads and animal skeletons.

5. Fenwick Island Lighthouse

Located just over the state line in Delaware, this lighthouse is located within a larger state park that features many beaches, restaurants, and shopping opportunities.

Where to Eat in Ocean City

BJ's on the Water offers freshly caught seafood and a revolving events schedule, including duck feedings and canoe races in the summer. A meal for two costs $40.

When to visit Ocean City

Ocean City in January
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Ocean City in January
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

The best time to visit is between June and September when the city comes alive with its many beach sport activities, concerts, and other seasonal cultural events.

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How to Get to Ocean City


Ocean City Municipal Airport (OCE) is located five miles outside of downtown, serving regional domestic flights. Most visitors will then transfer by taxi or private rental car to Ocean City.


Amtrak offers connections to Maryland from neighboring states such as Delaware and Pennsylvania. A one-way ticket from Washington D.C. to Ocean City costs $140 and takes 9.5 hours.


Follow the US-113 N and DE-1 N Highways from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to make the journey to Ocean City in three hours.


MegaBus and Greyhound offer routes to Ocean City from various East Coast destinations. A one-way ticket from Washington D.C. to Ocean City costs $25 and takes 5.5 hours.

Airlines serving Ocean City

American Airlines
Good (3,753 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (835 reviews)
Spirit Airlines
Good (2,274 reviews)

Where to stay in Ocean City

Comfort Inn Boardwalk is located in the middle of the action on Ocean City Boardwalk. Rodeway Inn Oceanfront is one block away from the beach and has heated indoor/outdoor pools and good amenities.

Popular neighbourhoods in Ocean City

Ocean City Beachfront - most tourists stay around this waterfront area for its swimming opportunities, outdoor events, and many food and lodging options.

Fenwick Island - located just a 20-minute drive across the border in Delaware, this park offers many more beach, hiking, kayaking, and other outdoor sports opportunities.

Assateague Island - this park is located just a 15-minute drive away from Ocean City and is famous for its wild pony population.

Where to stay in popular areas of Ocean City

Most booked hotels in Ocean City

Courtyard by Marriott Ocean City Oceanfront
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
Talbot Inn
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
Princess Royale Oceanfront Resort
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Ocean City
Good (7.5, Good reviews)
Crystal Beach Hotel
Good (7.3, Good reviews)
Monte Carlo Boardwalk / Oceanfront Ocean City
Good (7.3, Good reviews)
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How to Get Around Ocean City

Public Transportation

The Ocean City Municipal Bus covers routes to all corners of the town. A day pass costs $3.


Taxi fares start at $2.60 and will total around $10 for a trip between major Ocean City attractions.


Enterprise and Xpress Rent-A-Car offer daily rental vehicles starting at $60 a day.

The Cost of Living in Ocean City

Shopping Streets

The boardwalk and oceanfront strip offer a variety of small stores where you can buy souvenirs and beach-related items for your stay. Tanger Outlets Ocean City is the largest shopping mall in the area with indoor stalls and international brands.

Groceries and Other

Food Lion and Acme Market are the two largest grocery stores. A dozen eggs costs $3.

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