Hotel at a Glance: Paradise Plaza Inn
Paradise Plaza Inn is located just steps from the Ocean City boardwalk, the Atlantic Ocean, and many of the town’s main attractions, including Trimper’s Rides and Amusements and the fishing pier. But guests don’t have to leave the hotel premises for entertainment—the onsite bar and grill hosts live music on weekends in season.
- Try Maryland crab cakes at the onsite 9th Street Taphouse Bar and Grille, which also serves fish and chips and burgers. The restaurant is open seasonally.
- In-room amenities: Guest rooms come with free bottled water, cable TV, kitchenette with refrigerator and microwave, coffeemaker, free WiFi, and bathrobes; partial ocean-view rooms come with a balcony that looks out to the Atlantic.
- Go for a swim in the outdoor pool.
- Things to do: Golf at one of 17 championship-level courses, shop along the boardwalk, or ride bikes along the coast.
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.