Hotel at a Glance: Francis Scott Key Family Resort
At this family-friendly Ocean City resort, kids can zoom down a water slide and splash into a pool surrounded by faux palm trees. The indoor theme pool stays at a comfy 84 degrees all year round; when the weather's warm, a retractable roof lets the sunshine in.
- Minutes from Ocean City boardwalk: National Geographic named it one of America's best.
- Notable nods: TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2013
- Family-friendly fun: In addition to the indoor theme pool, the resort has a mini golf course and arcade.
- Spacious guest rooms can accommodate four or six people; some include kitchenettes.
- In-room entertainment: Rent complimentary DVDs and board games or grab a book from the lending library and kick back before the lounge's fireplace.
Ocean City, Maryland: Historical Resort Town with Bustling Boardwalk
Although the beach is the main draw in Ocean City, this seaside resort town’s historical boardwalk always bustles with carnival-like energy. Constructed in 1902, the 3-mile wooden walkway is lined with old-fashioned diversions, including classic arcade games, rides, cotton-candy stands, and barbershop-dubtronica bands. At the south end of the boardwalk lies the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum, where exhibits tell the stories of daring maritime rescues performed by the legendary Surfmen.
Eight miles away, the quiet Assateague and Chincoteague Islands provide a stark contrast to the buzz of Ocean City. The wild horses roaming the beaches here inspired Marguerite Henry's classic children's novel Misty of Chincoteague. At Assateague Island National Seashore, you can observe the horses in their natural state while walking along 37 miles of sandy coastline.