Hotel at a Glance: Hotel Monte Carlo
Lounging on Hotel Monte Carlo’s rooftop terrace, you’ll be able to see the Ocean City boardwalk and beach just a two-minute walk away. The views may not be enough to convince you to stroll out to the sand, though—the rooftop has a seasonal pool and bar.
- Free continental breakfast gets your day started with muffins and juice.
- For the most space, choose a side ocean-view studio suite; it sleeps up to six and has a private balcony.
- Rain can’t stop the fun: Head to the heated indoor pool.
- Get a workout in the fitness center, then relax in the seasonal hot tub.
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 3 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 open 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.