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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.

Find a place that fits your budget 

Find a vacation home to remember for your whole family.

When you book your Ocean City vacation with Vantage, we’ll help you find the right rental home for the right price. Check out our special promotions and deals. Or see our full selection of properties and select your favorite. Then book direct through Vantage to make sure you get the best rate. If you have any questions, our friendly reservationists are standing by with answers. Just call 410-723-2002. You can also browse our properties and book direct at www.VantageOceanCity.com.

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.



Large Group Family Vacations

How to Plan an Easy Large Group Vacation

Get the Whole Gang Together Stress-Free

Travel planning takes lots of coordination and flexibility—especially when your group spans multiple generations. With our advice, everyone from your kids to grandma to your second cousin once-removed can experience a stress-free Ocean City vacation.

Plan your itinerary together—and write it all down

It’s bound to happen in large groups, especially with lots of kids, teens and tweens in the mix. Some will want to ride go-carts or hit the waterslide while others want to play mini-golf or do some shopping. (Adults can have their own preferences, too!)

Taking the time to create an itinerary together early in your stay will help to ensure that all involved get a chance to do something they want. Sure, there will be compromises, but all parties will be well-aware beforehand. And knowing their activity is part of the plan should make younger family members more willing participants.

Plan outings suited for large groups

Assateague Island National Park

It just takes a little digging to find destinations that will interest (almost) every family member. Surely there is something that’s new and surprising to everyone at Ocean City’s Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum. Tanger Outlets has enough stores and restaurants to appease double-digit families. And the horses of Assateague Island National Park are sure to captivate your whole crew. Wherever you go, remember to allow some extra time. Getting large groups ready and out the door can be a challenge.

Go your own way

When vacationing with extended family members or multiple families, you may feel pressured to do everything as one large group, from morning to night. But some separation can make vacation memories sweeter. Make sure everyone understands at the beginning of the trip that it’s perfectly acceptable to break off into smaller groups for activities and meals. If you and another family have children, consider taking turns doing things with all the kids and giving the other grownups some alone time. You’ll all end up at the same place at the end of the day, and you’ll definitely have plenty of time to spend together.

Expect the unexpected—and roll with it

All the planning in the world can’t account for bad weather, a closed attraction or a kid with a cold. Being flexible, especially with the youngest and oldest members of the group, will ease tension on your vacation. Adapting to changing situations will also help the family stay in the present moment, rather than lamenting what may have been missed or rushing toward the next thing. Going back to the itinerary idea, you may want to prepare a special list of things to do on rainy days or extremely hot days.

Choose a property with amenities that make life easier

Living room of St. Kitts 403

When vacationing with a large group, opting for space is one of the smartest things you can do. Make sure there are enough bedrooms, extra bathrooms, a comfortable living space where everyone can sit—or even multiple living spaces—and a designated area for kids to play by themselves.

Don’t underestimate the conveniences of home, either. Especially for an extended stay, having a fully-equipped kitchen, a washer/dryer, central air conditioning, Wi-Fi access and TVs will ensure everyone has their own space and comforts—and a stress-free time.

Determine a budget that works for the whole family

Before the trip planning process even begins, you need to talk budget. Vacationing in volume means some family members might be able to open their wallets wider than others. Determining—at least roughly—the amount you’ll spend when embarking on activities together will alleviate the stress of feeling pressured or having to make big choices in the middle of your getaway.

Share meal responsibilities

With a fully stocked kitchen, you may not want to eat out for every meal. To avoid breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner prep falling on one family member, plan to share the cooking. You can divide by days or particular types of meal. Having everyone chip in for pizza or crabs is always a winner.

Ask older kids to babysit

Evening out with friends

Just because you’re on a family vacation doesn’t mean you can’t have an evening away. If the kids in your group are a variety of ages, have the teenagers babysit! In addition to allowing you a nice, quiet adult meal, the kids—perhaps cousins who don’t see each other often—can make a night of it, too, with popcorn and a movie.

Book your big family vacation today

Now you’re ready to plan your next Ocean City, Maryland, stress-free getaway. Vantage Vacation Rentals has plenty of rental properties ideally suited to large and multiple families. Contact a friendly Vantage reservation specialist today at (410) 723-2002, or browse and book direct at www.VantageOceanCity.com.

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.