When you need to escape Philly’s hustle and bustle, the best place to go is Ocean City, Maryland. There’s something for everyone here – from the vibrant boardwalk to the serene beach and bay. Plus, the drive down is less than three hours and features plenty of gorgeous scenery along the way. So, what are you waiting for? Hit the road for the ultimate getaway from Philadelphia to Ocean City!
To find out what else our area has to offer, be sure to access a copy of our free Travel Guide. This handy guide offers a complete list of local events, activities, dining options, and more. It’s the ultimate vacation-planning tool!
Philadelphia to Ocean City, MD: A Roadtripper’s Guide
Directions from Philly to Ocean City are fairly simple. Take I-95 South to DE-1 South, then merge onto MD-90 East/Ocean City Expressway. From there, turn right onto MD-528 South. The total drive time from the city to the beach is around two hours and 45 minutes.
If you prefer to split up the ride, consider visiting the Brandywine Valley just 30 minutes south of Philadelphia. This scenic area right outside of Wilmington, Delaware, is known for its rolling hills and winding roads. Stop and explore a historic site, or check out a local vineyard. You can even pick up lunch and get right back in the car — the Valley is only minutes away from I-95.
Another excellent place to stop is Redden State Forest in Delaware. You can enjoy a peaceful walk on the Redden State Forest Trail, a 4.9-mile loop that features beautiful wildflowers. The trail is accessible for hikers of all skill levels and is open year-round.
Arriving in Ocean City
You’ll know you’ve reached the beach when you can smell the salty air and feel the ocean breeze! Once you get to Ocean City, drop your bags off at your vacation rental and stretch your legs. You can even have your groceries delivered so that you can relax and unwind as soon as you arrive!
There are so many fun things to do here, from watersports and boat tours to golfing, shopping, and sightseeing. Some of our favorite first-day activities include:
- Bike rides by the beach
- Dinner at Fager’s Island
- Exploring the Ocean City Boardwalk
- Drinks at a local bar
- Ice cream at Justine’s Ice Cream Parlour
Tip: Use our Area Guide for even more recommendations!
Stay with Vantage Ocean City Rentals
Now that you know how to embark on a getaway from Philadelphia to Ocean City, it’s time to find a place to stay! Vantage Vacation Rentals offers an extensive list of condo rentals and homes in the area. We also make planning your trip easy with top-notch customer service and exclusive Ocean City vacation packages.
Whether it’s a family vacation or a couple’s getaway, you’re sure to find something ideal in our collection of properties. We have options for all budgets and group sizes. You’ll even receive a free welcome bag, gym passes, and local discounts just for staying with us!
The beach is calling — browse our homes and book your trip today.
We look forward to hosting you!