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Fun Indoor Activities in Ocean City, MD

Don’t let the weather rain on your parade! When the forecast looks bleak, simply add these indoor activities in Ocean City, MD, to your itinerary. (They’re plenty of fun even if it’s not raining!) Whether you’re exploring the oddities at Ripley’s Believe It or Not or competing for the putt-putt champion at an indoor mini golf course, you’re in for a fantastic time. Check out some of our top recommendations below, then book your stay and enjoy them all!

Discover Some of the Best Indoor Activities in Ocean City, MD

1. Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum

Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum

Save some time to check out the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum this year! The U.S. Coast Guard once used this Downtown destination until 1964, and now it harbors a wealth of information and artifacts from history. Step inside and explore a variety of permanent exhibits, like Sands From Around the World and The Boardwalk of Yesterday. Don’t forget to check out the Wreck in the Offing which commemorates the heroic deeds of the United States Life-Saving Service!

2. Ripley’s Believe It or Not

Are you fascinated by strange stories and peculiar artifacts? If so, Ripley’s Believe It or Not is the place for you! Satisfy your curiosity by heading to the boardwalk and entering a world of bizarre wonders. After exploring the exhibits, test your navigation skills in the mirror maze or see if you can conquer Ripley’s Impossible Laserace. This museum in Ocean City, MD, offers fun for the whole family!

3. Ocean City Center for the Arts

Ocean City Center for the Arts

Get in touch with your creative side with a visit to the Ocean City Center for the Arts! There’s a two-story gallery, pottery studio, classrooms, and so much more. You won’t have any trouble finding fun things to do here. When you’re not viewing the exhibits, try your hand in their art classes on everything from watercolors to sculptures!

4. Indoor Putt-Putt at Old Pro Golf

Who says you can only play mini golf outside? Not the folks at Old Pro Golf! They offer two indoor courses, so you never have to say no to a friendly mini-golf challenge. Grab your friends and family and see if you can score a hole-in-one at the Undersea Adventure course at 68th Street or Safari Village at 136th Street. Indoor mini golf is also one of the best winter activities in Ocean City, MD, because these courses are open year round!

5. Shopping Around Town

Shopping in Ocean City

Your friends might be jealous that you’re vacationing in Ocean City, Maryland, but bringing back fun souvenirs is sure to put a smile on their face! Take a stroll through the Gold Coast Mall or the Tanger Outlets and see what treasures you find. Don’t forget to treat yourself to something special, too!

6. Dining at Ocean City Restaurants

There’s no better excuse for staying indoors than enjoying the incredible restaurants in Ocean City, MD. Our coastal paradise is full of delicious foods to satisfy your hunger and leave you wanting more. Whether you’re craving fresh seafood or hearty barbecue, there’s a tasty menu with your name on it. You might even be able to pair your meal with live music performances! Check out a few of our favorites at our Area Restaurants page.

7. Enjoy a Relaxing Afternoon in Your Vacation Rental

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There are so many fantastic indoor activities in Ocean City, Maryland, including relaxing with your friends and family in a cozy vacation rental! Vantage Ocean City Rentals has a wide selection of properties to help make that happen. You can lounge inside and watch your favorite movies, cook a delicious meal in your full kitchen, and spend some quality time together. When the weather clears up, you’re just a short walk away from your favorite outdoor attractions!

Explore our Ocean City vacation rentals and find your happy place today!

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.

Family Vacation

How to Plan the Perfect Family Vacation in Ocean City, MD

Ocean City Boardwalk Downtown
Ocean City, MD’s famous downtown Boardwalk area

You look forward to it all year long. You save up for it. And you dream about a summer beach vacation that is nothing but fun and relaxation. So, what can you do to make sure your vacation meets or exceeds everyone’s expectations. In a word, planning.

A little planning goes a long way when it comes to the family vacation in Ocean City, MD. Planning helps to keep stress at bay and drama to a minimum. At Vantage, we know a lot about planning happy vacations. Our team has put together some expert tips to help you get the most from your trip to the beach.

Be mindful of the dates

Ocean City, MD, is a hub of activity all summer long, attracting families from across the Mid-Atlantic region. There are some weeks that are especially popular, including the week after high school graduation, around the Maryland State Firemen’s Association Convention in mid-June and the days surrounding the 4th of July holiday. You may want to plan your trip for or around events like these, depending on your preferences for crowds.

Create an itinerary (but stay flexible)

Amusement Rides Ocean City
Decide which activities are on your family’s bucket list

“What are we going to do today?” It’s an innocent enough question, but if you don’t have answers, or if everyone in your crew insists on doing their own favorite activity, you can end up wasting too much of your precious vacation time.

Before you even pack up the car, call an official family meeting. Ask everyone for ideas about what they want to see and do, like walking the Boardwalk, renting bicycles, spending a day at Jolly Roger amusements, fishing and crabbing off the pier and visiting the shops along Coastal Highway. You can even do a little research before your family meeting to learn about any new attractions and activities.

Once you have your list of options, rough out a daily schedule so everyone can see their ideas represented. You’re certainly free to change and adapt as your week plays out, but this way you will at least have a starting point. Here’s a helpful hint: If you plan an activity that could go late into the evening, avoid choosing something too early the following morning. Vacation can be tiring!

Take time for adventure

Wild Ponies of Assateague Island
Plan a day trip to see the wild ponies of Assateague Island

Head off the beaten path. Go outside your comfort zone. Whatever you want to call it, you can make some of the best vacation memories by experiencing the thrill of an expedition and the pursuit of the unknown. (File this under “go exploring” for the itinerary mentioned above.)

If you’ve been to Ocean City before, seek out areas you’ve never seen. Take a day trip over to Assateague Island. Tour the neighborhoods and restaurants in Ocean Pines or West Ocean City. Take some bikes for a cruise along the peaceful bay.

Unplug as much as possible

If you don’t have to check in with work, just leave it behind. (It will be there when you get back.) If your job demands that you check email or call in, try to pick just one or two time periods each day—preferably before or after the times you have set aside for fun activities. And set your email auto-reply so people know you may be a while before getting back to them.

Cook up a meal plan

Family Eating Dinner on Vacation
Whether eating in or dining out, plan your meal strategy

For some, going on vacation means hitting the restaurant circuit for every meal, every day. Others prefer to dine out only occasionally and prepare some meals at their vacation rental home. Wherever you fall in this spectrum, it’s smart to map out your meal strategy in advance.

Figure out first how many times you want to eat out, and for what meals. Then, similar to how you created your itinerary, ask family members if they have any favorite places or “musts” as far as restaurants go. You can whittle the list down from there if necessary.

If you plan to cook some meals, bring some of your ingredients from home if space allows. You may be able to get some items for less by shopping close to home.

Don’t let weather rain on your parade

Old Pro Golf Ocean City MD
Old Pro Golf’s indoor mini-golf is great for a rainy day

It’s summertime in Ocean City, MD. The weather can be predictably unpredictable. A sunny morning can quickly turn into a downpour. That won’t dampen your spirits if you prepare ahead of time with a list of rainy-day activities. Take a trip to the movies at one of Ocean City’s several theaters. See what’s weird and wild at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! on the Boardwalk. Play a friendly game of indoor putt-putt at Old Pro Golf. Or put your puzzle-solving skills to the test at the Escapomania escape room. For some good old-fashioned family fun, break out a favorite boardgame and snacks.

Choose the right accommodations

This. Above all else, this. You inevitably spend lots of hours together “back at the place.” (See above about rainy days.) If that place isn’t comfortable, if it’s too crowded, if it’s not properly maintained, if it’s too far from everything, your harmonious together time could be in serious jeopardy.

Sunset Island 5 Beach Side Mews Living Room
Book with comfort in mind (pictured: 5 Beach Side Mews)

Fortunately, finding and booking the right vacation rental for you family vacation in Ocean City, MD isn’t the roll of the dice it used to be. The Internet is incredibly helpful at researching properties and areas throughout Ocean City. Your best bet is always to work with local professionals who know the town and how to pair families with the right vacation rental home.

At Vantage, this is our specialty. Be sure to include us as part of your Ocean City vacation planning. Call one of our friendly reservation specialists today at (410) 723-2002 to book the right accommodations for your summer vacation. You can also browse and book direct at www.VantageOceanCity.com. Remember, booking direct through Vantage ensures you get the lowest possible rates.

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.