Ocean City is well known for it’s 10 miles of pristine beaches, but this east coast town also boasts beautiful parks and alternate outdoor activities. Whether you are interested in swings by the bay or a quick tennis match, Ocean City has you covered. To assist you in finding the best summer activities, I compiled a list of beach alternatives to enjoy any of the many sunny (and not so sunny) days.
Ocean City Parks
Located on the southern tip of Ocean City, this park boasts a boardwalk complete with viewing binoculars and informative signs overlooking Assateague Island.
A beautiful open space located on North Division Street directly at the foot of the Harry Kelley (Route 50) bridge, the Entry Park is the home to the Marlin Sculpture and fountain.
3rd Street Beach Volleyball Courts
Grab a partner and have a ball at the Beach Volleyball park located between 3rd and 4th Street off the boardwalk. Four public courts are available for pick up play during summer daylight hours. Other public nets can be found scattered up and down the beach.
Downtown Recreation Complex
Located between 3rd and 4th streets bayside, the Downtown Recreation Complex offers something for everyone. A lighted multipurpose ballfield along the bay, and a small ballfield appropriate for youth softball games, as well as a playground area make this park ideal for the entire family. Basketball enthusiasts will enjoy ample court area to shoot some hoops. The Ocean Bowl Skate Park, a popular spot for skateboarders and inline skaters, contains a pool bowl, vert ramp, mini ramp and concrete street area. Directly on the bay, Chicago Avenue’s promenade area is an ideal spot for fishing and crabbing.
9th Street Fishing Pier
This well-maintained pier with fish‑cleaning tables equipped with hoses for easy clean-up, is an ideal getaway for every fishing enthusiast.
Off of 28th Street and Robin Drive, Robin Park is a small neighborhood-type park geared toward the younger set. Landscaped open space, along with a small playground, makes Robin Park a perfect place for both residents and visitors to play.
Convention Center Park
Located on 41st Street bayside, Convention Center Park provides a pier along the bay offering fishing and crabbing opportunities.
Ocean City Tennis Center
The Ocean City Tennis Center, located on 61st Street bayside, is home to Ocean City’s finest tennis facility. Six Premier and three Lee Fast Dry Clay courts are featured. Junior activities, leagues, and clinic play are centered here.
Little Salisbury Park
Located on 94th Street bayside, Little Salisbury Park is home to the Ocean City Center for the Arts, two tennis courts, a basketball court, playground and dog playground.
Enjoy a beautiful landscaped promenade off of Jamestown Road for a restful stroll of quiet reflection.
Located on 125th Street and the Bay, Northside Park is Ocean City’s largest and most popular park facility. Home to the Recreation and Parks Department’s Administrative offices, the 58 acre complex boasts three lighted softball/baseball fields, a lighted soccer field, multipurpose field, a fishing lagoon, a foot bridge, concession stands, two playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment, little lending library, picnic shelter, two piers, a gazebo, and a one mile walking/jogging path. Indoor facilities include a Community Center with a 14,200 square foot gymnasium, kitchen, community room, conference room, patio, sitting areas, and a sports center annex with a 21,000 square foot multi-sport sports arena.
Gorman Park on 136th Street bayside, just off Derrickson Avenue, is home to one tennis court, one three‑wall racquetball court, pickelball court, a picnic shelter and a playground.
A wooded, passive park, Fiesta Park is located on 141st Street bayside at Fiesta Road. Nature trails and a picnic shelter provide a relaxing family recreational experience.
North Surf Park
A lovely little neighborhood park, adjacent to North Surf Road (turn left off 142nd Street), North Surf’s rolling turf and scattered trees makes picnicking ideal. Open space and a tot lot are sure to make North Surf a favorite family destination.
Located on South Division Street bayside, just off South Philadelphia Avenue, Downtown. Amenities include restrooms (open for scheduled events), stage, and exhibits. Ocean City’s newest park is a promenade with native shore planting areas with a panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean, Assateague Island, the Sinepuxent Bay and Ocean City Commercial Harbor. The stage at Sunset Park is home to concerts and gatherings in the summer and early fall.
To learn more about Eastern Shore living and other concierge level seacrets in Ocean City, contact Mechelle Nichols, Luxury Collection Specialist, at 410.430.1575 (cell) or mnichols@LuxuryShoreLiving.com.