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Things to do in Ocean City Maryland

Ocean City Maryland

Ocean City, Maryland is a treasure to the natives and a favorite vacation destination to many out of towners! Maryland's only coastal community includes a coveted 10 mile beach paradise and is not only breathtakingly beautiful but free to its visitors as well. Easily accessible from neighboring cities and states, an OC retreat can be both economical and enchanting. Breathtaking sunsets, boardwalk strolls, concerts in the park, outdoor movies and bonfire story-tellings are just a few unique opprtunities to OC- enjoyed by visitors from near or far.


Rental Managers in Ocean City Maryland

OCvacations by Resort Rentals

OCvacations by Resort Rentals


Isle of Wight Bay Area ~ Ocean City


Founded in 2002, Resort Rentals (OCvacations), the rental division of Resort Real Estate, is a full service vacation rental management company...  learn more


Beach Real Estate

Beach Real Estate


Isle of Wight Bay Area ~ Ocean City


With over 30 years experience in Ocean City, Maryland, Joanna Laslo welcome's you to Beach Real Estate. Beach Real Estate provides vacation rental..  learn more


Shoreline Properties

Shoreline Properties


Isle of Wight Bay Area ~ Ocean City


Shoreline Properties has been providing vacation condo rentals in Ocean City Maryland for over 30 years, making us one of Ocean City’s most..  learn more


Geography/History

Ocean City, is an Atlantic Ocean resort town in Worcester County, Maryland. A popular vacation destination in the Mid-Atlantic region of the US, the population of the city is approximately 7,000. During the summers the number of vacationers peaks to around 345,000-up to 8 million visitors annually. The land the city was built on, as well as the area surrounding it, was obtained from the Native Americans by Englishman Thomas Fenwick  In 1869, businessman Isaac Coffin built the first beach-front cottage for receive paying guests. Following this, other simple boarding houses were built on the strip of sand, with the activity attracting prominent businessmen from the Maryland Eastern Shore, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Wilmington. Before the 1870s, Ocean City was known as "The Ladies' Resort to the Ocean." The first major hotel in the town -- The Atlantic Hotel – was established in July 4, 1875. By 1878 tourists could come by railroad from Berlin to the shores of Sinepuxent Bay to visit the town. By 1881, a new line was completed across Sinepuxent Bay to the shore, bringing rail passengers into OC directly. The Ocean City Inlet was formed during a tremendous hurricane in 1933, which destroyed the train tracks across the Sinepuxent Bay. The inlet separated what is now Ocean City from Assateague Island. The inlet eventually helped to establish Ocean City as an important Mid-Atlantic fishing port offering easy access to the fishing grounds of the Atlantic Ocean. Rapid expansion of Ocean City took place during the post-war boom. In 1952, with the completion of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, OC became easily accessible even to people in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area. A whole new pathway to the south was opened as a result making Ocean City one of the largest vacation areas of the East Coast.

 Tourism

Ocean City, Maryland offers 10 miles of white sand beaches along the Atlantic Ocean with access to various water sport adventures as well as the chance to simply unwind and leisurely enjoy the fresh air, rhythmic waves and picturesque view. Local and visiting surfers taking the OC waves -offer up built-in entertainment for those relaxing on the shore. Many vacationers choose OC specifically for the fishing. The town touts itself as the "White Marlin Capital of the World."  During the summer many charter and private boats take groups out for billfish, tuna, wahoo, and other game fish. In early August, the White Marlin Open, one of the largest fishing tournaments in the world is held in Ocean City. The OC resort area is vibrant and busy with miniature golf courses, shopping malls and outlets, movie theaters, amusement parks, arcades, go-kart tracks and the famous three-mile Ocean City Boardwalk on its southern tip. Whether discovering Speed World, Ripley's Believe it or Not, Splash Mountain Water Park or joining in paying tribute to Ocean City's maritime history at the Lifesaving Station Museum-a vacation in Ocean City is a great place to vacation with family and friends!

For more information about Ocean City visit: http://www.oceancity.org/

 




Map of Ocean City Maryland