Fun and Free Things to do in Ocean City

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Ocean City offers plenty of options for fun things to do on a budget

These days, it’s hard to go on vacation without dropping serious cash—unless you’re visiting Ocean City, Maryland. There’s no shortage of free activities, which is a huge reason families return year after year.

Whether you’re vacationing with a big group or a few close friends, Ocean City offers plenty of options for fun things to do on a budget. Fitness enthusiasts, education junkies, or beach bums—Ocean City, Maryland, has free activities abound for all ages.

Of course, you’ll want to book a pristine place to stay that provides a home base for outings in Ocean City, MD. Browse your options for Ocean City from Vantage that put you near these activities:

Options for active folks

Explore one of the county’s scenic nature trails.

After spending winter indoors, there’s nothing like stepping outside for some fun in the sun. Break a sweat—and show your competitive side—at one of Ocean City’s outdoor basketball courts. Or challenge friends to a game of volleyball at Dorchester Beach and spend the afternoon serving it up on the sand. 

Family Beach Olympics are one of Ocean City’s most popular events. Held every Tuesday throughout the summer at 27th Street Beach, Family Beach Olympics draw participants of all ages to compete in sand castle contests, relay races, tug-of-war and other contests. 

If you’re looking for a less competitive activity, head to one of Worchester County’s scenic nature trails. Grab a jogging partner or stroll with kids. With varying levels of difficulty and terrain, these trails offer the perfect opportunity to get some fresh air without spending a dime.

Unwind in Ocean City, Maryland

Movies on the Beach

Movies on the Beach

What’s a vacation without a little downtime? Pack a few snacks and head to one of Ocean City’s parks for a picnic in the shade. Of course, you can’t go wrong spending a day at the beach either. Cool off in the water and boogie board with the kids, hunt for sand crabs or hang out under an umbrella with a good book.

When evening rolls around, catch a movie on the beach at one of two locations in Ocean City, MD: 27th Street and 117th Street. Throughout the summer, you can bring a blanket and snacks and enjoy a family-friendly film on the sand.

Sundaes in the Park are another attraction that’s fun and free for everyone. Bring the whole crew to Northside Park on Sunday nights for a free concert—country, rock, cover bands and classics. Kids have plenty of options for free activities and entertainment, and of course, sundaes! Watch the sun set over Assawoman Bay and enjoy fireworks to close the evening.

For more musical entertainment, kick off your shoes and dance on the beach every Tuesday throughout the summer at the OC Beach Dance Party. At the prime location of Caroline Street Stage, get the perfect combination of beach and boardwalk. Kids and adults alike won’t be able to get enough of local DJs’ jams.

Annual events you can’t miss

Celebrate the end of the summer season at Sunfest Weekend, Sept. 24-27 in Ocean City, MD.

Celebrate the end of the summer season at Sunfest Weekend, Sept. 17-22 in Ocean City, MD.

Come to the Jellyfish Festival, June 21–23, 2019 in downtown Ocean City stretching to North Division Street, right off the Boardwalk. These three days and nights are all about music, hosting top-level regional as well as national musicians. Beside the main stage, explore five blocks of free family activities, including a fitness challenge, a skateboard and bike zone, as well as vendors. Other venues for the Jellyfish Festival extend throughout Ocean City, including the Ocean Bowl Skatepark.

Another free option—that doesn’t skimp on the fun—is the July 4th Concert and Fireworks. Celebrate Independence Day in Ocean City at North Division Street Beach or Northside Park with fun for all ages.

If you’re visiting Ocean City, Maryland, during the off-season, enjoy a whole weekend of food vendors, arts and crafts, hayrides and music at Sunfest. From September 17–22, 2019, soak up one of the last few weekends of sunshine at the Inlet Lot at the south end of Ocean City’s Boardwalk.

Educational activities by the beach

Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum
The Ocean City Life-Saving Museum is a unique and popular learning opportunity.

A favorite among Ocean City vacationers, Assateague Island is a peaceful escape that’s just 15 minutes from downtown. The Visitors Center has marine aquariums, a touch tank, exhibits and information about the island’s famous wild horses. You can even see the horses for yourself! 

The Ocean City Life-Saving Museum is a unique and popular learning opportunity, offering free family programs throughout the summer. Bring the kids to watch feedings at the aquarium and learn about beach safety, sharks and beyond.

Let out your creative side at Ocean City’s newest showcase of the arts, ArtX. Browse artists’ work throughout Northside Park, catch a flick at the OC Film Fest and enjoy live music and food vendors. Kids can create their own works of art, and adults can attend workshops as well.

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