Assateague Island National Seashore: A Natural Jewel on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

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Nestled along Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Assateague Island National Seashore is a pristine haven for nature enthusiasts, beach lovers, and wildlife admirers alike. This barrier island, known for its untouched beauty and unique blend of sandy shores and untamed wilderness, offers a one-of-a-kind experience for those seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle of life. In this blog post, we’ll explore the wonders of Assateague Island National Seashore, from its stunning landscapes and abundant wildlife to its rich history and recreational opportunities. Close to all of our hotels in Ocean City, read why Assateague Island is must stop on your trip to OCMD!

Assateague Island National Seashore: A Natural Jewel on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

Nestled along Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Assateague Island National Seashore is a pristine haven for nature enthusiasts, beach lovers, and wildlife admirers alike. This barrier island, known for its untouched beauty and unique blend of sandy shores and untamed wilderness, offers a one-of-a-kind experience for those seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle of life. In this blog post, we’ll explore the wonders of Assateague Island National Seashore, from its stunning landscapes and abundant wildlife to its rich history and recreational opportunities. Close to all of our hotels in Ocean City, read why Assateague Island is must stop on your trip to OCMD!

Natural Beauty:

1.    Untamed Beaches: Assateague Island is renowned for its pristine beaches. Whether you’re looking to relax in the sun, go for a swim, or take a leisurely stroll, the island’s sandy shores offer the perfect setting. The Atlantic Ocean on one side and the peaceful waters of the Sinepuxent Bay on the other provide a stunning backdrop.

2.    Breathtaking Landscapes: The island boasts diverse ecosystems, including dunes, marshes, and forests, each with its unique flora and fauna. The views from the elevated dune areas, like the Assateague Overlook, are simply breathtaking. Don’t forget your camera; you’ll want to capture the island’s natural beauty.

Wildlife:

3.    Famous Wild Horses: The wild horses of Assateague are perhaps the island’s most iconic residents. These hardy Chincoteague ponies have adapted to the island’s unique environment over hundreds of years. Visitors are advised to admire them from a respectful distance, as they are wild animals.

4.    Birdwatching Paradise: Assateague Island is a prime spot for birdwatchers. With its marshes and proximity to the Atlantic Flyway, it’s a haven for migratory birds. Whether you’re an avid birder or just enjoy spotting birds in their natural habitat, Assateague will not disappoint.

Recreational Opportunities:

5.    Camping: Assateague offers both oceanfront and bayside campsites for a truly immersive experience. The sound of the waves lulling you to sleep is a memory you won’t soon forget. Make sure to book your campsite in advance, as they fill up quickly.

6.    Hiking and Biking: The island features several trails that lead you through its diverse landscapes. Biking is especially popular, and you can rent bikes on the island if you don’t bring your own.

7.    Boating and Fishing: The Sinepuxent Bay provides a serene setting for boating and fishing. Whether you’re an experienced angler or just looking to cast a line for the first time, you can enjoy the peaceful waters.

History and Conservation:

8.    Lighthouse: The Assateague Island Lighthouse, dating back to 1833, is a significant historical landmark on the island. Climb to the top for panoramic views and an understanding of the island’s maritime history.

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!

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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