Francis Scott Key Resort Review

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861 Family Reviews
12806 Ocean Gateway, Ocean City MD 21842
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Editor’s Review of Francis Scott Key Resort

It's often the little things that get kids excited on vacation -- the chance to make friends with other children, a pool with a waterslide, an ice-cold hot-pink strawberry milkshake; that's what Francis Scott Key Family Resort is all about. Child-friendly and amenities abound on the property's extensive grounds. Take a quick stroll around the place with your kids, and the youngsters will have your vacation itinerary planned in a heartbeat, whether they want to splash around in the resort's indoor pool, cool off at the Pirate Sprayground or go mini-golfing with mom and dad. (The 3-year-old we traveled with was simply thrilled that there was a playground directly across the street from our room.) If you're looking for a resort where you can have ... more a great time with the kids without setting foot off the grounds, this is your kind of place.

Of course, Ocean City, Md., isn't exactly the kind of town in which you'd want to stay cooped up for too long. But for rainy days and off-season visits, when a trip to the beach isn't at the top of your to-do list, Francis Scott Key offers tons of activities. And when you do want to hit the sand, Francis Scott Key (which isn't a beachfront resort) has a complimentary shuttle bus that will get you there in a cinch. less
Our Editor Loves
  • Huge array of on-site family-friendly activities
  • Free shuttle to the beach
  • Indoor and outdoor swimming pools
Family Interests
  • Beach
  • Museum/Cultural
  • Water Sports
  • Water Parks
Family Amenities
  • Cribs
  • DVD Player
  • Family Room 5+
  • Game Room
  • Kids' Pool
  • Kitchenettes
  • Onsite Dining
  • Refrigerator
  • Pool
Our Member Reviews 861 Reviews
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Mom2bnh
Great family fun
Reviewed on 08/31/2015
Enjoy this low key resort every year. Lots of activities for kids. Close enough to ocean without all the crowd of the boardwalk....
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tnagy6353
Best Trip to OC
Reviewed on 08/20/2015
We have made four trips to Ocean City and this was by far the most enjoyable. Our first trip we stayed in the lovely Hilton that was WAY overpriced. Then two other hotels on the beach that were just dirty and disappointing. I ...
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While Francis Scott Key bills itself as a resort, the property is technically a motel. Almost all accommodations -- with the exception of the rooms at the Lodge -- are drive-up style (which comes in really handy when you have a lot of luggage to lug). Offering more than 250 rooms, Francis Scott Key has a great selection of different room styles to suit families of virtually all sizes, from one-bedroom digs that resemble your traditional hotel room to two-bedroom vacation homes that can house up to six people. There are also ranch-style rooms, which are first-floor motel-style that have private parking and sleeper sofas, and rooms with full kitchens (in the Florida building).

Rooms are cheery and decorated with bright, beachy colors. Don't expect full-on luxury like plush down comforters or Jacuzzis -- the resort uses those ubiquitous stiff hotel bed spreads that tend to end up tossed on the floor at night, and the bathrooms are pretty standard. But the rooms are quite clean, and housekeeping service comes daily. All rooms have free WiFi, coffee makers, safes, and irons and ironing boards. TV's have cable, but there's no HBO (complimentary movie rentals are available at the front desk). Cribs are free to borrow upon request.

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