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We recently took a mini family vacation to Ocean City, Maryland. We went at the very end of the beach season (got there on Labor Day and stayed for part of the week), so it wasn’t super crowded. Many restaurants and activities were still open, so whether you go in the heart of summer or in the off-season, here are some family-friendly activities for you to enjoy.
Beach – There is miles and miles of sand to choose from. We even found free public parking two feet from the sand! The waves were a bit too big for my liking, but the water wasn’t too cold and the beach was clean.
Pool – The hotel we stayed at had both an indoor and outdoor pool. We went to the beach in the morning, went back to the hotel for lunch, then went to the pool after lunch. A day made up of entirely free activities!
Boardwalk – Obviously the shops and games on the boardwalk cost money, but walking around over there by the water is really nice. And parking by the boardwalk is super cheap.
Ripley’s Museum – We went to Believe It Or Not! Odditorium and Marvelous Mirror Maze. Our son is 3 and had a pretty good time at both, as did we. Believe It Or Not! had a few hands on things for younger kids, including a fun floor piano like the one in the movie Big. There are 500 exhibits in 12 themed galleries, which took us about an hour to go through. We had a great time a few years ago at the Odditorium in Gatlinburg, so it was nice to know the quality is the same across the country. The Mirror Maze is also a lot of fun for all age ranges. The music inside is really loud, which bothered me a little bit, but our son was totally fine with the noise. We also went to the Mirror Maze in Gatlinburg and that one took us about 30-45 minutes to go through. This one seemed to be a lot smaller, which was kind of disappointing, as it only took us maybe 10 minutes to go through. You can turn around and go back to the beginning, though, if you want. Hubby and I are pretty competitive with each other, so it was fun to see who could find their way out faster, and our son just thought it was cool to see himself in all of the mirrors. In addition to those to attractions, Ripley’s also has Impossible LaseRace and a Candy Factory. All are located right on the boardwalk.
Miniature Golf – Or putt putt, depending on where you live ;) Our son is currently obsessed with Pirates, so we went to Old Pro Caribbean Pirates Mini Golf. He is seriously still talking about it. One of the best parts of the course is that you get to play inside and on top of a pirate ship.
Jolly Rogers – They have a couple locations with rides and mini golf.
Frontier Town – This is a waterpark, mini golf, and a wild west show.
Trimper’s – This is an amusement park for kids of all ages.
Have you ever been to Ocean City? What are some of your favorite activities there?