Six Overlooked Attractions in Ocean City, Maryland
Let’s face it: If you’re driving or taking a flight to Ocean City, Md., it’s because the beach and boardwalk are calling your name. However, fun in Ocean City isn’t limited to sand, surf, and shopping alone.
This Eastern Shore destination is also home to some unique places you may not even know are there.
Here’s a look at six lesser-known attractions in Ocean City.
1. Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum
It takes a stroll on the boardwalk (or a drive) to reach the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum on South Atlantic Avenue, but this place is worth the effort. Dedicated to telling the stories of the U.S. Life-Saving Service, the museum is housed in one of the oldest buildings in town. Here, visitors can learn fascinating histories of various shipwrecks and rescues.
2. Berlin, Md.
In 2014, Budget Travel magazine named Berlin, Md., America’s Coolest Small Town. Located just outside Ocean City, Berlin is a unique destination unto itself. From fiddler conventions and farmers markets to bathtub races (really!) and New Year’s Eve fireworks, something happens here during almost every month of the year. Walk along Berlin’s streets, and you’ll find dozens of quaint shops open for the browsing.
3. City Hall
Many vacationers don’t think to stop by City Hall, but once inside, they can view nostalgic images in exhibits documenting Ocean City’s history and heritage. Learn about the famed boardwalk’s evolution and study some of Ocean City’s famous past mayors.
4. Sand Castle Home Tour
No, the homes aren’t made of sand, but they’re still cool nonetheless. Each year, the Art League of Ocean City hosts the Sand Castle Home Tour. The tour offers a great way to see what life is really like behind the front doors of oceanfront and bayside properties, penthouses, and chic beach retreats. Check the Art League’s website (artleagueofoceancity.org) for tour dates and ticket information.
5. Rippons Seafood Specialties
The best crab cakes you get here may very well be the ones you make yourself during your stay at an Ocean City hotel or resort (review information about hotels in Ocean City at Hipmunk.com). That’s because Rippons Seafood at 11911 Coastal Highway—tucked behind a 7-Eleven store—offers some of the best crabmeat you can find in Ocean City. While the source of this supreme crabmeat is a closely guarded secret, there’s no secret to how good your homemade crab cakes will be when you use crabmeat from Rippons Seafood to make them.
6. Ocean City Senior Center
At first glance, Ocean City looks like a destination that caters only to the younger crowd or families. So, what is there for seniors to do? Look no further than the Ocean City Senior Center. Managed by the Worcester County Commission on Aging, the center offers exercise, recreational opportunities, Wii shuffleboard, activity classes, and lunch for only $2.25 for those aged 55 or older. The center is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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