Hotel at a Glance: Days Inn Oceanfront
From its vantage point overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, this hotel puts guests in prime position to explore the resort town of Ocean City. It’s located right on the award-winning Ocean City boardwalk, steps from the beach and a 10-minute walk from Splash Mountain water park.
- Where you’ll stay: Guest rooms include free WiFi, 32-inch flat-screen TVs, and renovated bathrooms.
- Take a dip: The hotel features two outdoor pools and a splash pad.
- Grab a bite at the onsite restaurant or outdoor tiki pool bar.
- Take a day trip to Berlin (7 miles away), voted “America’s Coolest Small Town” by Budget Travel in 2014.
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 a roller coaster at Jolly Roger at the Pier. For the younger kids, there’s Jolly Roger at 30th Street, which boasts a carousel, pirate ship, and other rides.
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 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.