Candy shops, art galleries, restaurants, gift stores, an amusement park, and even a 1912 carousel are all packed onto the boardwalk in Maryland’s Ocean City, situated right along a 2.5-mile stretch of Atlantic Ocean beachfront. This compact area is popular during the summer, but it has a refreshingly peaceful atmosphere the rest of the year. Coconut Malorie Resort sits just a few miles north of this signature coastline, and it’s also near Isle of Wight Bay.
The hotel is five stories high; head to the top and you can get sensational views of the Atlantic Ocean, which lies just two blocks east. Beyond the resort's lobby—which features marble floors, a waterfall, and a chandelier—are the guest rooms, which come furnished with new bedspreads, curtains, and artwork. Each studio suite also has expansive views of the bay.
A footbridge connects the resort to Fager's Island's entertainment complex, where DJs, live bands, and octogenarian dance troupes perform on the weekends. You can also enjoy surf 'n' turf at Fager's fine-dining restaurant.
Ocean City, Maryland: Family-Friendly Boardwalk next to the Atlantic
Located on Maryland’s eastern shore, Ocean City was named one of "10 great places to have some fun on a boardwalk" by USA Today. Here, you can stop by candy shops that craft creamy fudge and molasses taffy. Nearby, local fisheries bring in fresh scallops, lobster, and crab. Kids can ride the ferris wheel and play the antique clown-head water-balloon race game at Trimper's Amusement Park, which has brightened the coastline for more than 100 years.
Escape the crowds at Assateague Island National Seashore, a 37-mile stretch of salt marshes that runs from Ocean City down to Virginia. It’s a scenic spot for bird watching and hiking amid seaside forests.