Hotel at a Glance: Beach Plaza Hotel
Set right on the Ocean City boardwalk, Beach Plaza Hotel is just steps from the beach. After a day of swimming off the shore or strolling along the sand, you can grab a rocking chair on the hotel’s porch and watch the waves roll in.
- Guest rooms sleep up to four people; choose an efficiency and you’ll have your own kitchen.
- Grab a drink—or 1 of 23 ice-cream flavors—at Ocean 13.
- Shop for souvenirs at the onsite gift shop.
Ocean City, Maryland: Family-Friendly Boardwalk next to the Atlantic
Along Ocean City’s century-old boardwalk, you can savor wild-caught blue crab, play old-fashioned arcade games, and watch candy makers spin colorful saltwater taffy. The lively boardwalk, which stretches for three miles along Maryland’s eastern shore, helped earn Ocean City a spot on USA Today’s list of the “10 great places to have some fun on a boardwalk.” Kids can ride a ferris wheel and climb aboard one of the country’s oldest carousels at Trimper’s Amusement Park, a family-owned theme park for more than 100 years.
Assateague Island National Seashore—a 37-mile stretch of salt marshes running from Ocean City down to Virginia—offers a peaceful reprieve from the boardwalk’s constant activity. The island’s famous wild horses gallop on the shores, and you can can climb up a vintage, candy-striped lighthouse, or hike the seaside forests to spot birds, including great horned owls, ruby-crowned kinglets, and great blue herons.