15 Things To Do with Kids in Ocean City, MD

Planning your family vacation and want to make sure there’s fun for the whole family – especially your kids? Look no further than Ocean City! Our beach town was named one of the top 10 best beaches in the US, and a huge reason is how family-friendly the town is! Join us as we take a look at all the things your kids can get up to while staying in OCMD.

1. Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum

Enjoy rare and unusual artifacts and oddities like shrunken heads, car part sculptures and more, and also interact with fun exhibits like the Vortex Tunnel.

2. Boardwalk Arcades

Step off the boardwalk and into a world of excitement at Ocean City’s boardwalk arcades, Sportland and Marty’s Playland. From classic games to modern thrills, your kids will love the endless fun and the chance to win awesome prizes.

3. The Kite Loft

Browse a variety of kites, toys, decor and more as well as enjoy events like a Giant Kite Show and lessons.

4. Flashback Old Time Photos

Go back in time with this fun photo opportunity. Dress up as cowboys, pirates, flappers, hillbillies and more – it’s a great keepsake to remember your vacation by. Check them out here!

5. Trimper Rides

Trimper Rides at the end of the boardwalk is a beacon of classic and nostalgic family fun. Little ones can enjoy gentle thrills like train rides, water boats, fire engines and of course, the historic carousel. Or if you and your kids are adrenaline lovers, you can check out their variety of rides and roller coasters. Trimper is a must visit when on the boardwalk in OC.

6. Fishing Charters

Enjoy the fishing experience of a lifetime. Ocean City Fishing Center has a variety of boats that’ll fit whatever your needs are, and all you have to bring is the food and drinks – they’ve got everything else.

7. Jet Skis

Experience the thrill of jet skiing with your kids! Rent a jet ski for a day of excitement and unforgettable memories. We recommend Oceanside Watersports at the Oceanic Fishing Pier.  

8. Sea Rocket Adventures

Make all kinds of memories on the water. From parasailing to dolphin and sunset cruises, there’s fun for everyone when you book with Sea Rocket Adventures

9. Go-Karts

Rev up the excitement with thrilling go-kart races. Perfect for families seeking a little adrenaline on vacation. We recommend Jolly Roger’s Speedworld

10. Mini Golf

Tee up some family fun with mini-golf. There are countless mini-golf courses all over Ocean City. Whether you want to tee up with dinosaurs, vikings or pirates, or if you need an indoor course, there’s something for everyone – just pick a theme and there’s probably a course in OC to fit.

11. Bowling

Bowl a strike and make lasting memories at Ocean Lanes on 72nd Street. It’s the perfect activity for a rainy day! 

12. Jolly Roger Amusements

Enjoy a day of fun like no other. Jolly Roger has everything you can imagine from one of the best water parks in the country, to one of the largest go-kart facility on the East Coast, and even mini golf, roller coasters, rides and two ferris wheels across their two locations – one on 30th Street and the other at the Ocean City Pier.

13. Frontier Town Adventure Park

Located just outside of Ocean City, splash and slide at Frontier Town‘s water park or giddy on up to their Western Experience and enjoy a show of trick riders, gunfights, and more. It’s a one of a kind experience you don’t want to miss.

14. Our Hotels: Hilton and Holiday Inn & Suites

Unwind at our family-friendly oceanfront hotels where your kids can splash in the Kids Activity Pool featuring waterslides and more. Our hotels also feature kids activities during the summer like story time and swimming with mermaids, juggling shows and lessons by Cascading Carlos, and more. And of course, your family can always hang out on the beach playing in the sand and the surf, all without leaving the hotel.

15. Summer Events

Experience the magic of Ocean City’s free summer events! Enjoy Sundaes in the Park at Northside Park on Sundays at 7pm from June 9th to September 2nd with ice cream, kids’ activities, live music (link to live music lineup), and fireworks. 

Dance the night away at the OC Beach Dance Party with local DJs playing your favorite jams at the Caroline Street Stage on Mondays in July and August at 7:30pm. 

Or grab a blanket and chairs and kick back for movie nights on the beach on 117th Street every Wednesday at 8:30pm from June 5th to August 14th. The movie schedule will be posted here.

Enjoy free concerts featuring local bands at Sunset Park on Thursdays at 7pm between July 11th and August 29th – you can check out the line up here

Ocean City isn’t just a resort destination – it’s a paradise for families. From thrilling adventures to nostalgic experiences, there’s something for kids of all ages to enjoy. Whether you’re exploring Ripley’s oddities or racing go-karts at Jolly Roger, watching gunslingers at Frontier Town, a great vacation full of fun and smiles is guaranteed. And, when it’s time to unwind and relax, our hotels, Hilton and Holiday Inn & Suites offer endless fun for your kids and relaxation for you without leaving the hotel.


So, join us and see what Ocean City has to offer!

Upcoming Events

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Anime Ocean City

Apr 27, 2024 - Apr 28, 2024

Anime lovers rejoice, Ocean City's newest annual event returns in April!

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Springfest

May 4, 2024 - May 7, 2024

Celebrate Spring and the upcoming Summer season at Springfest's 33rd Anniversary!

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Jay Leno Live at the Performing Arts Center

May 16, 2024

Jay Leno performs live at the Ocean City Convention Center on May 16th, 2024!

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33rd Annual Cruisin’ Ocean City

May 16, 2024 - May 19, 2024

A 20+ year car show that will feature over 3,000 Hot Rods, Customs, Classics, and Trucks participating in events at the OC Convention Center, Inlet Parking Lot, and various car shows throughout town.

PBR Bull Riding Ocean City

May 31, 2024 - Jun 2, 2024

Bull Riding returns to Ocean City, Maryland on May 31st!

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Ocean City Grand Prix 2024

Jun 7, 2024 - Jun 9, 2024

High speed boat racing along the Ocean City coast!

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Ocean City Jeep Week

Aug 22, 2024 - Aug 25, 2024

The biggest, most popular Jeep event in the mid-Atlantic returns to the Ocean City beaches on August 22nd!

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Ocean City Air Show 2024

Aug 24, 2024 - Aug 25, 2024

The Ocean City Air Show returns in August!

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Ocean’s Calling Music Festival

Sep 27, 2024 - Sep 29, 2024

A three day festival in partnership with musicians O.A.R. featuring over 30 performances on 3 stages, all on the classic Ocean City Boardwalk.

Country Calling Music Festival

Oct 4, 2024 - Oct 5, 2024

Country music takes over Ocean City, Maryland on October 4th and 5th, featuring over 25 artists and three different stages along the beach and boardwalk!

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Endless Summer Cruisin’

Oct 10, 2024 - Oct 13, 2024

If you miss Cruisin' OC in May, you get another chance to see more hot rod action in October!

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