Looking for things to do with your dog in Ocean City, MD? We have you covered! At Explore OC, we are dog people and want you to have the best time in our favorite beach town with your furry friend. We understand that taking your pet on the perfect beach vacation can be difficult if you don’t know your way around the area, so allow us, your local experts, to guide you through the best things to do with your dog in Ocean City, Maryland!
Ocean City Beach and Boardwalk
October is the perfect time to bring your pup on a trip to OCMD! After the hustle and bustle of sweet summertime depart, local's season gives way to warm weather and fewer crowds which makes it the perfect time to bring your pet! The Ocean City boardwalk and beach close off to animals during the summer season, but on October 1st they open back up to your four-legged friends until April 30th. Take your pets to roam the sand and the ocean waves, or take a cool walk down the boardwalk and take advantage of these off-season months when your pooch is allowed.
Locals Tip: Homer Gudelsky Park (commonly known as Stinky Beach) is the perfect place to take your dog for a beach day any day of the year! It’s located on the west side of the bay, just south of the Rt. 50 Bridge. Just take Old Bridge Road to the very end and enjoy a beach day with your favorite pet!
Dog Playground at 94th St. and Northside Park
Ocean City, MD has plenty of places for your dogs to stretch their toes in the sand, including The Dog Playground on 94th St.! This playground for pups has two sections separating dogs over and under 28 pounds, but is open to pets year-round! You must register your dogs, and applications and passes may be obtained from the Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department front desk!
You can also visit Northside Park, a hidden gem in Ocean City with walking trails and a playground for the kids! Take your furry companion for a quick jog or relax with an evening stroll. Northside Park is located right beside the water so let your pup swim in the bay with easy access in and out of the water right beside the pier. While there is only one official dog playground, locals often refer to Northside Park as the “Doggie Park” of North Ocean City!
Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade
Are you planning a trip to Ocean City, MD during October? Bring your dogs and cats for Ocean City’s Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade, part of the town’s classic OCtoberfest festivities! Dress up your pet on October 24th at North Division St. from 12-3 pm, where 100 pets will parade the boardwalk. Lots of prizes will be awarded, and monetary donations will be collected to benefit the Worcester County Humane Society in lieu of any registration fees! Registration begins at noon with the pageant beginning at 1 pm.
While you’re in town, don’t forget to check out our Super Deals to save BIG on your favorite Ocean City restaurants and food, things to do, and shopping! How do they work? It’s simple! Local businesses partner with Explore OC to offer you exclusive discounts that you won’t find anywhere else. Just choose your deal, enter your email, and be sure to click the "Claim" button, and your Super Deal with be emailed to you!