Ocean City, MD Planning & Tips

Getting There and Around
You can access Ocean City from Route 113 South in Delaware or via Maryland Routes 50 or 90 East. Depending on where your family is staying, you can come in on Route 50, which drops visitors off near 1st Street, or Route 90 which comes in near 62nd Street. Ocean City's boardwalk begins at 30th street and runs south to the inlet encompassing 40 blocks of hotels, shops, rides and fun.

Getting to the boardwalk area can be difficult, especially on the weekends. Off-street parking fills up quickly, and while there is one large lot at the inlet, spots aren't easy to come by. Consider using the public transportation system. Ocean City's public transportation is clean, safe and a great way to get around. For only $2 per person, you get unlimited rides on Ocean City's Beach Bus, which travels up and down the city. The Beach Bus runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is really a safe alternative to driving. For those who want to drive a little closer to the action but don't want to park at the inlet, $2 per person will get you a trolley ride that runs from the Ocean City Convention Center at 41st Street and Bayside to the Inlet and the "Boards."

The Art of Smart Timing
While Ocean City is increasingly becoming a year-round resort town, I find the best time to visit Ocean City is July, August and even into September. With average water temperatures of 68, 71, and 70 degrees respectively, Ocean City waters are most refreshing. The fall and winter are quiet and serene with few tourists to congest the roads and restaurants. The spring brings tourists mainly on the weekends until Memorial weekend when the fun begins.

Families might want to avoid going to Ocean City during the second and third week in June. This is traditionally known as "Senior Week" and it happens every year as recent high school and college graduates from across the tri-state area flock to the beaches for a fun-filled week of reveling and celebration. As a graduate of senior week myself many years ago, I can tell you it's loud. Kids are up all night, sleeping on the beach all day, packing the boardwalk and carrying on like only recent graduates could.

Travel Tips
The Ocean City Department of Tourism hosts a variety of free events throughout the year. The summer season highlights family fun with Family Movie Nights on the beach at 27th Street every Monday and Friday; Wednesday evening concerts right on the beach; Thursday evening bonfires on the beach and free concerts at many of the City's area parks.

Visitors Bureau
Ocean City Visitors Bureau


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