Some of the most popular spots in Ocean City, Maryland, include the Ocean City Boardwalk, the city's historic downtown and Northside Park. Golfers can challenge some of the nearby courses, both the full-sized versions and mini golf venues.
The Ocean City Boardwalk dates back to 1902. While the original structure just connected a few oceanfront hotels, the current boardwalk spans 2 1/2 miles. The old Atlantic Hotel is still part of the scenery, as is Trimper's carousel, which first opened in 1912. Art galleries, bookstores, old-time photo shops, restaurants and boutiques line the boardwalk.
Ocean City's downtown is just off the boardwalk. Some of the buildings date back to the 1920s. Many of these have been converted into restaurants and shop space, but a few still operate as motels. Visitors come looking for souvenirs or to dine in the eclectic assortment of cafes and pubs. In summer, Sunset Park offers live entertainment that lasts well into the evening.
Northside Park is a 58-acre multiuse space that has every thing from lighted baseball fields to a fishing lagoon. Walking and jogging paths criss-cross the park, and picnic areas are available. A gymnasium and sports center annex are also on site.
Ocean City has 17 championship courses nearby. Eagles Landing, near downtown, is considered one of the best, and it offers water views from the tees. Old Pro Golf operates six mini golf courses in town, two of them indoors. Each has a different theme, including marauding dinosaurs, Caribbean pirates and dragons.