The Ocean City Boardwalk is one of the most prominent boardwalks on the east coast with the exception of Brooklyn's Coney Island Boardwalk. Ocean City is a gateway to the Atlantic, offering stunning views with beaches to suit every kind of summer-loving traveler. The boardwalk is an extension of that and is open 24/7, every day, including during the off-season.

While each shop and restaurant on the boardwalk has its own hours, it's easy enough to find something to do on any given day throughout the year. No matter which season tourists choose to plan their Ocean City vacation, this is what simply can't be missed while strolling the east coast's most interesting oceanside boardwalk.

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About The Ocean City Boardwalk

Visitors can find anything on the boardwalk from hotels to restaurants, and even unique boutique shops. It's a blending of retro and modern, featuring plenty of activities for newcomers on its three-mile-long beachfront space. Bike-riding is permitted during certain seasons and dogs are permitted during the off-season, giving visitors plenty to plan for, as well.

The boardwalk itself dates back to 1902 and began as a means of travel for those who wished to have a seaside view when walking in between businesses. When a storm destroyed much of the boardwalk in 1962, it was rebuilt with all the oceanside glory that travelers can see to this day.

Start Any Boardwalk Visit With Some Ocean City Snacks

There are just some foods that are iconic to Ocean City and, luckily, they can all be found right on the boardwalk. According to the Best Of Ocean City, these are the must-try food stops on the boardwalk.

Fisher's Popcorn

  • Must-Try: The original caramel popcorn
  • Hours: Sunday - Thursday 9:30 AM - 9 PM, Friday & Saturday 9:30 AM - 10 PM

Dolle's Candyland

  • Must-Try: Saltwater Taffy, Fudge
  • Hours: Sunday - Wednesday 10 AM - 10 PM, Thursday 10 AM - 11 PM, Friday & Saturday 10 AM - Midnight

The Original Thrasher's French Fries

  • Must-Try: Original fries with vinegar & salt
  • Hours: 10 AM - 9 PM on the boardwalk

Hungrier for something a bit more substantial? Don't worry - after you've had your fill-on fries and fudge, head on down to some of the boardwalk's best restaurants for a full meal.

Harrison's Harbor Watch

  • Must-Try: Raw bar, oyster stew, rockfish, ahi tuna
  • Hours: 11:30 AM - 9 PM

Shenanigan's Irish Pub

  • Must-Try: Crab cakes and the crab dip
  • Hours: 11:30 AM - Midnight

Exploring Shops & Entertainment On The Ocean City Boardwalk

With three full miles to explore, there's really no end to the entertainment and shopping that can be found on the Ocean City Boardwalk. One of the biggest and first attractions to catch the eye of visitors is likely Trimper's Rides. Any good boardwalk is bound to have an amusement park and this is Ocean City's beachside theme park. The park itself dates back to 1890 and is the oldest continuously running theme park in the U.S. The oldest ride in the park is the antique carousel, which opened for the first time in 1912 and is still running to this day.

Further down on the boardwalk is the Ocean City Pier, which is home to Jolly Roger Pier Rides. This is the second family-friendly amusement park on the boardwalk and is home to rides such as the Hurricane, Looping Star Roller Coaster, Power Surge, Twister, and a Carousel that spans two levels. It might not be as old as Trimper's Rides, but it's a great place to stroll around and soak up the boardwalk atmosphere (while chowing down on some taffy or fries!).

Those seeking a more low-key pastime can check out Inlet Village, which is home to a slew of arcade-style games. This area of the boardwalk has a traditional midway feel and it's akin to a carnival that goes on all day, every day. This is also where visitors can find most of the boardwalk's souvenir shops if they're in the mood for that one-of-a-kind Ocean City gift. Marty's Playground and the Virtual Reality Arcade downtown are both indoors for those days when the sun refuses to make an appearance, and are home to retro and modern arcade-style games.

Lastly, the Ocean City Life Saving Station Museum is a great place to spend some quiet hours learning about Ocean City and its history. With unique displays and plenty of information about the surrounding area, it's a great place to start or end any Ocean City trip. For those interested in art, the Ocean Gallery is the place to go when it comes to purchasing and perusing work from local artists.

Ocean City Life Saving Station Museum

  • Hours: Daily, 10 AM - 5 PM
  • Admission: $5 adults, $3 seniors (62+), $3 military discount, $3 children (12-18)
  • Hours: Thursday, Friday, Sunday, Monday 9 AM - 5 PM, Saturday 9 AM - 6 PM, closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays

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