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Our Ocean City Top 10 Recommendations

Here are our favorite things to see and do in Ocean City, Maryland.
Some are well know, some not so well known. Have a look around as we have included photos, videos, information and links.
They are in no particular order.

1. Maryland Blue Crab Feasting

You can’t go to Ocean City, Maryland and not have a crab feast! Whether you go to one of the many restaurants that offer “all you can eat Maryland Blue Crabs” Or you order a bushel or two and do it on our back deck! It is a delicious MUST! 

ocean city beach house madmen eating crabs

If you want to get a bushel or two to take home, I’d recommend Rippons Seafood which is about a 5 minute drive. Good crabs and good people! And it’s worth it to get the large or extra large or even jumbo! Medium just isn’t worth the work to get the meat! One more thing to know, they close at 6pm Monday-Thursday and closes at 8pm Friday-Sunday. 

Address: 11911 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, MD 21842

Phone: +14107230056

If you want a night out for all you can eat crabs I’d highly recommend the Crab Bag which is within walking distance of our house and has the best crabs and atmosphere in all of OC! They have a fun gift shop while you wait for your table and believe me, there is usually a wait so get there early! 

Address: 130th St. & Coastal Hwy.Ocean City, Maryland

Phone: (410)-250-3337

2. Northside Park

Less than 10 minutes walk from our house, Northside park is Ocean City’s largest and most popular park facility!  

Northside park pier sunset views

The 58 acre complex boasts three lighted softball/baseball fields, a lighted soccer field, multipurpose field, a fishing lagoon, a foot bridge, concession stands, two playgrounds, picnic area, two piers, a gazebo, walking/jogging paths, and a large building with a 14,200 square foot gymnasium, kitchen, community room, conference room, patio, sitting areas, and a sports center annex with a 21,000 square foot multi-sport sports arena. Pack a lunch, grab your family, and enjoy some quality time at one of our lovely picnic sites.

And, it doesn’t end there! In the summer, spend your Sunday evenings in picturesque Northside Park listening to your favorite live music.  This is a family concert series with pizzazz!  Enjoy free music ranging from country to rock, tribute bands to oldies.  Each week children are offered various free activities and entertainment.  The best thing about Sundaes in the Park is the ice cream sundaes!  Create your own sundae for a nominal fee, sit back, listen to music and watch the sun set over the beautiful Assawoman Bay.  Additional ice cream novelty and beverage options are available for purchase.  Bring your picnic basket and beach chairs.  The night will end with a fireworks display at 9pm.  In the event of inclement weather, this event will be moved inside the complex.

JUNE 17 – SEPTEMBER 2, 2018


3. Miniature Golf

One thing is for sure, Ocean City is not lacking on Miniature golf courses! You can’t go a block without seeing one!

You can’t go wrong with any of the miniature courses in OC. But we will highlight Pro-Golf here for two reasons: they are on 136th street just a few blocks from our beach house, and they have an indoor course, perfect for that occasional rainy beach day! One word of advice, it opens at 10am, so you should get there right when it opens. Otherwise if its a rainy day, there is a long line to start to play!

Address: 13603 Coastal Highway
Ocean City MD 21842-4542
Email: scott@oldprogolf.com
Telephone: 443-664-6860


4. Assateague & Chincoteague Islands

Who doesn’t want to see ponies frolicking, wild and free on a beautiful beach? This is a site people travel from all over the world to see and it’s only a 30 minute drive from our beach house!

wild horses madmen vacation home

Assateague Island is a 37 mile long barrier island south of Ocean City separating the Sinepuxent Bay from the Atlantic Ocean. There you will find Assateague Island National Seashore and Assateague State Park. It’s most popular for its pristine beaches, wild horses and Assateague Island Light House. The southern part of the island, in Virginia, is home to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, next to Chincoteague Island, made famous in the book “Misty of Chincoteague.” It is definitely worth your while to take a day trip to see these wondrous sites!

Assateague Island Visitor Center – Maryland District
11800 Marsh View Lane
Berlin, MD 21811

Tom’s Cove Visitor Center – Virginia District
8586 Beach Rd.
Chincoteague, VA 23336

Warning about GPS Systems! Vehicle Navigation Systems and GPS units may provide inaccurate information – sending drivers to wrong destinations. So its best to print out direction for this trip.

Cost: Vehicle entrance fees are $10 per 7 days or $15-$20 annually


5. OC Frontier Town

Take a 25 minute drive and you will find yourself back in time to the wild wild west! This amusement park has endless fun for the whole family!

Visit this replica western town circa 1880 and enjoy their revamped Wild West Show, which features an all new Great Western Stampede, along with Bank Holdups, Native American Dancing, Can-Can Shows, Gunfights, and Jailbreaks. Take the young’ns to pan for gold and feed the critters at their Petting Farm! Go for a River Boat Ride! Have a turn in our stagecoach and steam train! Try out the new Shooting Gallery! Stop by the Golden Nugget, Longhorn Saloon, or Sweet Shop for some good eats! And be sure to check out all the western shops and new art gallery, and the old-time photo shop where you can play dress up and take home a vintage-style portrait!

The Water Park has an attraction for every age. Take the little ones to our brand new Splash Pad featuring mini geysers, interactive water tables, and water cannons. The Waterin’ Hole is a shallow wading pool with a covered wagon, mini slides, cactus fountains, and water sprays. For more intense thrills, check out our 3 brand new water slides. The Rattler has over 500 feet of enclosed spine-tingling spirals and high-banking turns, the Tube Slide is perfect for speed-seekers, and the Body Slide twists and turns you all the way to the finish. We also have traditional Tubin’ & Mat Flumes you can glide down, ending with a big splash in the catch pool. Float the day away on the Lazy River or sit back in a lounger with a frozen drink from the Poolside Bar & Grill. And be sure to try their brand new Mini-Golf Course, now located next to the ice cream parlor, where you can enjoy 18 holes of friendly competition.

Open Daily June 16 – September 3, 2018 from 10am-6pm. 

Address: 8428 Stephen Decatur Highway, Berlin, MD 21811

Prices range depending if you just do the theme park or do the combination with the water park. Kids under 3 are free and parking is free! Check the website for pricing details! 


6. Seacrets Distilling Company Tour

Check out the newly erected, Seacrets Distillery which marks a new milestone for the town of Ocean City, MD as the first distillery built in Worcester County since the end of Prohibition in 1933. Its perfect for a rainy day, celebrating a birthday or anniversary, or Mother’s or Father’s day or just for fun!

Learn the process in which they make their award-winning Spirits, as you follow the trail of grain from the holding rooms through the process of distilling. Conclude your tour with a visit to Seacrets Speakeasy Tasting Room and discover “The Taste Worth Fighting For”. The distillery tour will take approximately 1 hour. After concluding your tour, check out the Seacrets Distilling Company Mercantile for a bottle of Seacrets Spirits, unique merchandise and memorabilia.

Tours Saturday – Sunday
11am to 5pm on the hour.

$10/person. Must be 21 years or older. 

Address: 111 49th St, Ocean City, MD 21842


7. Dinner While Watching the Sunset Over the Bay

This is honestly my number one favorite thing in Ocean City! There is nothing better than eating delicious food watching an incredible sunset over the bay! There are many places to do this but I will highlight my two favorite places for this incredible nightly event!

$$ Fagers Island: This place has reasonably priced food. I love getting the steamed shrimp. You want to find out the time of the sunset and give yourself enough time to get there plenty of time to get a seat on the back deck! The restaurant turns into a dance club if you want to make a whole night of it! Feel free to dress up or dress down too!

Address: 201 60th St, Ocean City, MD 21842

$$$ The Hobbit: This is a high-end restaurant inside but has amazing windows to watch the sunset in the comfort of air-conditioning! They have an early bird special but you want to make sure you see the sunset! Plan to dress up at this restaurant and spend a little money! The food is some of the best in all of OC but call ahead to make reservations!

Address121 81st St #101, Ocean City, MD 21842

Phone(410) 524-8100

8. Tanger Outlets

Whether you go to the Tanger outlets in Ocean City, 21 minutes drive away or Rehoboth Tanger outlets 30 minutes drive away this makes for a fashionable rainy day activity!

Ocean City Address: 12741 Ocean Gateway
Ocean City, MD 21842

Rehoboth Address: 36470 Seaside Outlet Drive
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

Check out the website for the stores at each location and plan to start at the Tanger Shoppers Services to get a map and a coupon book for your shopping experience!

9. Parasailing

You have never seen Ocean City like this before! Fly high and see it all! You can parasail on the bay or the ocean! Either way it is fun for adults and children alike! 

Parasail on the Ocean at Paradise Water Sports:

Introducing OC’s largest parasailing facility featuring brand new 12 passenger parasail boats so the entire gang can enjoy the experience together! Look for us in the Atlantic Ocean just in front of the beach with the only big RED boats in town. Offering the longest rides at the lowest prices! Our boats are equipped with the latest winch boat technology providing comfortable safe takeoffs and dry landings right off the back of the boat..

2913 Ocean Gateway, Ocean City, MD 21842

Parasail on the Bay at OC Parasail:

Our veteran crew ensures a safe, smooth and dry flight….guaranteed! Ocean City’s most experienced operators with over 200,000 flights since 1984 with over 75 years combined experience!

5311 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, Maryland

Both have the same price and check out their websites for coupons:

400 ft – $60 per person
600 ft – $70 per person 
800 ft – $80 per person 


10. Golf

Golf lovers beware, you may find yourself planning trip after trip once you discover Ocean City, Maryland’s 17 championship golf courses designed by the legends of the game. Check out this video to see some of Ocean City’s best courses! 

These courses that have been recognized by Golfweek, Golf Digest, and, most importantly, by golfers of all skill levels, who delight in the challenging holes and beautiful settings in which each Ocean City golf course offers.

The Links at Lighthouse: 12723 St Martins Neck Rd Suite 1, Bishopville, MD 21813  

Run Pointe Seaside Golf Links: 7000 Rum Point Ln, Berlin, MD 21811

GlenRiddle Golf Club: 11501 Maid at Arms Ln, Berlin, MD 21811

Eagle’s Landing Golf Course: 12367 Eagles Nest Rd, Berlin, MD 21811

Ocean City Golf Club: 11401 Country Club Dr, Berlin, MD 21811


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