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What area would be best for young families, both as a place to stay, as well as for various activities? Thanks! 
Submitted by Sheila F, Stuart, Florida November 13, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: November 15, 2017

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Anyplace in OC is a great area, but I'd suggest someplace between 15th Street and 90th Street as this is a quiet, mid-town area close to everything.

Here is my perspective on the different areas of town and what they each offer. It should give you some sense of what area is best for you and your situation. The boardwalk is at the south end of town starting at the inlet. It runs 2-1/4 miles for 37 blocks starting at the south with streets named after Maryland's Eastern Shore Counties up to 27th Street. If you like all the action and don't mind noise of the boardwalk, stay south of 5ht Street. If you want it a bit quieter, but want to be on the boardwalk, stay north of 5th Street. The further north you go the quieter it will be. On the ocean side, if you want a great midtown location where it is not too far from anything stay between 28th and 90th Streets. This is my favorite part of town. Most of the buildings are low rise condos and hotels with more condos to the north and more hotels to the south. From about 95th street to 118th Street are mostly high rise condos, many have lots of amenities including pools, tennis courts, game rooms, and gyms. North of 118th to the Delaware line at 146th are mostly low rise condos. The bay side of town tends to be more  low rise condos, smaller hotels, houses, and townhouses. Most of these places are north of about 5th street for the whole length of town. There is really no bad place to stay in OC. Almost everyplace is in walking distance to the beach and it is easy to drive or take the bus along Coastal Highway to anywhere else you'd want to go. During the summer traffic on Coastal Highway can get busy, but there is plenty of parking around town, and the bus can take you anywhere you want to go ($1/ride or $3 to ride all day)

There is tons to do in OC including amusement parks, golf, mini golf, shopping, fishing, all kinds of water sports, and lots more. Find out about many things to do here and here.

There are also lots of FREE things to do while in OC during the summer,including movies, concerts, fireworks, and laser light shows. Look at these places for details on them: (1) Free family Fun, (2) Ocean City Free for All, (3) Ocean City is Free.

There are also lots of great places to eat in OC. See some of my favorites here.

Hope this info is helpful and that you have a great time in OC - Come back and ask us more questions!


Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: November 14, 2017

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Most of the hotels are family oriented.  The Quality Inn, Carousel, Clarion and Barefoot Mailman offer fun activities for a family.  The Golden Sands is a great condo complex with myriad activities. Ocean City sponsors many free activities during the summer for families.  A complete list can be found at http://www.ococean.com.  Ocean City is only 10 miles long and less than a mile wide, so nothing is far away.


Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: November 13, 2017

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Anywhere in Ocean City is great for families. There are things to see everywhere, and getting around is always easy. 

The lower end of town below 5th St. is where you'll find the boardwalk games and rides.   Farther up between 25th and 40th St. will give you walking access to Jolly Roger Amusement Park for rides, a water park, go carts and ziplines.   You're also close to Planet Maze for laser tag.   60th to 80th St. you'll find mini golf courses and quieter beaches. The Carousel Hotel on 118th St. has indoor ice skating, and even at the most northern part of town, you'll find Northside Park for ball playing, crabbing, and beautiful parks for picnics, and Viking Golf and Thunder Lagoon Waterpark.

All of OC is accessible by car or public bus ($3 for a ride all day pass).  You can't go wrong no matter where you stay.


Hanover, PA 17331

Insider since: 2008

Answered: November 14, 2017

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All of the Ocean City is perfect for all ages. Your location maybe determined in what what activities you wish participate in. If you want the business of the boardwalk and all the games, shops and rides then staying closer to the boardwalk may interests you. If you wish to have quieter surroundings during your vacation then a hotel at the northern end of OC might suit.

Try browsing through here for hotels that meet your needs.


Hanover, PA 17331

Insider since: 2008

Answered: November 14, 2017

How helpful was this answer?

All of the Ocean City is perfect for all ages. Your location maybe determined in what what activities you wish participate in. If you want the business of the boardwalk and all the games, shops and rides then staying closer to the boardwalk may interests you. If you wish to have quieter surroundings during your vacation then a hotel at the northern end of OC might suit.

Try browsing through here for hotels that meet your needs.


Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: November 14, 2017

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Most of the hotels are family oriented.  The Quality Inn, Carousel, Clarion and Barefoot Mailman offer fun activities for a family.  The Golden Sands is a great condo complex with myriad activities. Ocean City sponsors many free activities during the summer for families.  A complete list can be found at http://www.ococean.com.  Ocean City is only 10 miles long and less than a mile wide, so nothing is far away.