The Ocean City Boardwalk has earned spots on top travel lists and in the hearts of visitors, but you don’t need to take their word for it. Come and experience it for yourself! This iconic strip is home to tasty food, unique souvenirs, fun rides, and more. Over two miles of entertainment await you, and many of the best activities are free! People have made countless memories here, and we’d like to help you do the same. Check out our local tips and book one of our vacation rentals nearby to make the most of your boardwalk adventures!
The Ultimate Guide to the Ocean City Boardwalk
Take a Journey in Time
Did you know that the Ocean City Boardwalk dates back to 1902? It all started over 100 years ago when hotels wanted to make it easier for guests to explore the shore. What began as a temporary installment eventually became a permanent structure in 1910. A storm devastated the boardwalk in 1962, but it wasn’t long before it was back and better than ever. Today, it runs from inlet north to 27th Street, providing endless excitement and beautiful oceanfront views.
Join the Fun
Ask ten people about their favorite activities on the boardwalk, and you’ll get ten different answers. There’s just so much to love! Search for treasures at souvenir shops, test your skills at carnival games, and go for a spin on a variety of amusement park rides. Or, grab a seat on a bench and relax among the warm sunshine and cool sea breezes. You might even see some talented street performers! Here are a few popular attractions that might become your new favorites:
- Jolly Roger at the Pier
- Trimper’s Rides
- Ripley’s Believe It or Not
- Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum
Treat Your Taste Buds
When hunger strikes on the boardwalk, you’re always a short walk away from delicious food. Grab a meal at one of the local restaurants or satisfy your sweet tooth with treats like funnel cake, ice cream, and caramel popcorn. Just don’t forget to try some of Thrasher’s famous french fries! Let the enticing aromas lead the way to these fantastic eateries:
Attend Must-See Events
Would you like to add some excitement to your vacation? Some of Ocean City’s biggest celebrations take place at the Inlet Parking Lot by the boardwalk! From car show to concerts, there’s something for everyone. Mark your calendars for one of these upcoming events, and get ready for a memorable experience in Ocean City!
- Springfest | May 2 to 5
- Cruisin’ Ocean City | May 16 to 19
- Sunfest | September 19 to 22
- Wine on the Beach | September 27 to 28
Stay on the lookout for several free events in the summer months, like live music, laser light shows, and fireworks, too!
Navigate the boardwalk like a pro with our local tips! Here’s what you should know before you go:
- Ocean City Boardwalk parking is limited, especially in the summertime. Luckily, you can take advantage of the Ocean City Beach Bus or the Boardwalk Tram.
- Or, rent a bicycle from Dandy Don’s and pedal your way to your favorite attractions!
- Pets are welcome on the boardwalk from October 1st to April 30th.
- Hours vary between businesses. Visit their websites for the most up-to-date information.
- Get a sneak peek at the excitement before you arrive via the Ocean City Boardwalk Cam!
Stay Within Walking Distance of the Boardwalk!
If the Ocean City Boardwalk sounds like the place for you, we can help you enjoy it to the fullest. Vantage Vacation Rentals has a wide variety of properties nearby in Belmont Towers, Bahia Vista I, OC Boardwalk Suites, Oceans Pointe, and South Beach. After waking up to the sweet sounds of the ocean, simply walk over to your favorite boardwalk attractions. Plus, all of our rentals come with a suite of guest benefits, like discounts around town and free gym passes!
Explore our portfolio of properties now and find your happy place!