Ocean City is located in Worcester (pronounced Wooster) County, Maryland. While you're here, we invite you to explore the arts, crafts, history and recreational opportunities in our neighboring towns along with delicious fruits and vegetables fresh from Delmarva's famous farms.
The Native Americans knew it as Assateague: the marshy place across. Nature lovers know it as an unspoiled paradise, home to the wild horses made famous in Misty of Chincoteague. Not to mention around 260 species of birds and at least 44 species of mammals, including Sika deer, otters, foxes, muskrats and raccoons.
Then there are the Assateague wild horses and ponies. Legend says they're descended from a herd that swam ashore from a sinking Spanish galleon in the 17th century. Some may have been placed there later by their mainland owners to dodge livestock taxes. Whatever the reason, visitors are mesmerized by the horses' grace and beauty.
Pick up your park map at the Barrier Island Visitor Center, just before the bridge to Assateague. If you'd rather walk or bring your bike, a special pedestrian/bicycle bridge leads to a 3-½ mile bike trail.
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The county seat, settled in 1642, comes alive with history and the arts. Designated an Arts and Entertainment District, Snow Hill's quaint downtown is the scene of First Fridays, Arts on the River, a unique bookstore and several art galleries. Visit the Purnell Museum, which houses arts and artifacts exclusively from Worcester County. You can also experience life, 1840s-style, at the Furnace Town Living Heritage Museum, a re-creation of the 19th-century village at Nassawango Iron Furnace. Or spend a leisurely day kayaking or canoeing on the Pocomoke River or Nassawango Creek.
A visit to Berlin is a trip back in time. Pick up your guide to a walking tour, which will lead you to 47 homes in Berlin listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The lovingly restored Calvin B. Taylor Museum provides a glimpse into an era gone by. Also an Arts and Entertainment District, Berlin is filled with art galleries, antique stores and specialty shops. Recently named "America's Coolest Small Town"!
Appropriately, the town draws its life and its charm from the Pocomoke River. You'll find excellent fishing just a short way down the river in Pocomoke Sound. Or explore the city's museums and the Marva Theater, a magnificent 1920s Art Deco theater that now hosts both movies and live productions. Pocomoke City's newest attraction is the Delmarva Discovery Center, located right on the riverbank. The Center features life-like exhibits on the river's cultural and natural heritage, and explores the city's long history as a shipbuilding center. It's also home to an 8,000-gallon aquarium. 410- 957-9933.
Worcester County offers all kinds of outdoor activities. Learn more about Ocean City's eco-tourism, hiking, birding or cycling, or click www.visitworcester.org for information on these and many other fascinating things to do and see. For information