Beyond the Beach: The Best Things to Do in Ocean City, Maryland That aren't the Beach

Ocean City, Maryland, is famous for its pristine beaches, but there's so much more to explore beyond beautiful oceanfront. Whether you’re looking for family-friendly activities, cultural experiences, or thrilling adventures, Ocean City has something for everyone. Here are the best things to do in Ocean City that don’t involve going to the beach.

1. Stroll Along the Ocean City Boardwalk

The Ocean City Boardwalk is a must-visit destination, offering three miles of shops, restaurants, bars and entertainment. Take a leisurely stroll or rent a bike to explore this iconic stretch. Don’t miss the chance to ride the historic rides at Trimper Rides, try your hand at arcade games, or savor some classic boardwalk treats like Thrasher’s French Fries and Fisher’s Popcorn. Also, you can stop on in at the famous Ocean City Lifesaving Museum or Ripley's Believe it or Not! to learn some crazy information!

Ocean City MD boardwalk ferris wheel
Ocean City Maryland boardwalk at night
Ocean City Boardwalk Life Saving Museum

2. Discover Assateague Island National Seashore

Just a short drive from Ocean City, Assateague Island National Seashore is home to beautiful natural landscapes and wild horses. Explore the island’s hiking trails, go bird watching, or embark on a kayaking adventure through the salt marshes. The visitor center provides educational exhibits and information about the island’s unique ecosystem.

Assateague Island Maryland wild horse

3. Shop ‘Til You Drop at Ocean City or Rehobeth Outlets

For those who love shopping, the Outlets in nearby West Ocean City or the outlets a short drive up north in Rehobeth Beach, DE offer a fantastic selection of brand-name stores at discounted prices. Spend a day browsing the latest fashions, picking up souvenirs, or treating yourself to something special. The outlet centers are also home to various dining options, making it a perfect spot for a full day of shopping and dining.

Rainbow at Outlets
Ocean City to Delaware pretty bridge

4. Take a Scenic Boat Ride

Experience Ocean City from a different perspective by taking a scenic cruise. Various boat tours are available, including sightseeing cruises, sunset cruises and leisurely rides. These tours offer a relaxing way to see the coastal scenery, spot wildlife, and learn more about the area’s history and landmarks. If you rent your own boat you can also stop and dock along Ocean City's many bayside restaurants!

Ocean City Bay picture from boat on water

5. Play a Round of Mini Golf

Hit up one of the plentiful mini golf locations at either Nick's or Old Pro Mini Golf! Be sure to grab one of their coupons that are scattered throughout OCMD at various locations!

Nick's Mini Golf Ocean City Maryland
Mini Golf Ocean City MD

6. Play a Round of (Real) Golf

Ocean City is home to several top-notch golf courses that cater to all skill levels. Whether you’re an avid golfer or a beginner, you’ll find a course that suits your needs. Popular options include the Links at Lighthouse Sound, Eagle’s Landing, and Rum Pointe. Enjoy a day on the greens surrounded by beautiful landscapes and coastal views.

Eagles Landing Golf Course Ocean City Maryland

7. Take a Stroll Through Beautiful Northside Park

One of the best hidden gems of OCMD. Northside Park is full of beautiful landscapes and scenery. Also, plenty of open areas and fields for outdoor activities! Whether you want to get a walk/run in, take the doggo out for a stroll, or play baseball with the kids Northside Park is the perfect spot!

Sunset at Northside Park OCMD
Northside Park Ocean City Maryland


Northside Park Bay and Kayaks


Northside Park Big Chair 


While Ocean City is renowned for its beautiful beaches, there’s so much more to discover beyond the shoreline. From thrilling amusement parks and fascinating museums to fantastic golf courses and vibrant local events, Ocean City offers a wide range of activities that cater to every interest. Make your trip to Ocean City, Maryland, truly unforgettable by exploring these exciting and diverse attractions. And if you do end up checking out OCMD's beautiful beaches, be sure to rent your beach gear from JC Rentals!

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