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Charming Coastal Towns to Visit Near OCMD

Charming Coastal Towns to Visit Near OCMD

Ocean City, Maryland has ample entertainment, restaurant, and outdoor activity options, but there’s also plenty to explore just outside the city! Interesting beach towns, quaint downtowns, and National and State Parks surround OCMD. 

Plan a day trip to get to know the areas surrounding our favorite beach down, we’re sure you’ll fall in love with the Delmarva Peninsula! Check out our list of charming coastal towns to visit near OCMD.

Top Day Trip Destinations Near Ocean City, MD

When the weather is too brisk for the beach, or you need a break from the sun, hop in the car and choose one or two of the towns below. 

  • Berlin, MD: 8.7 miles, 16 minutes from OCMD
    Voted America’s Cutest Small Town, Berlin’s downtown district has so much to explore! With more than three dozen retail shops, over 25 eateries offering food and drink, plus museums, a summer Farmer’s Market, and great outdoor events, there is always something to see and do in Berlin! 
  • Snow Hill, MD: 23.4 miles, 30 minutes from OCMD
    Downtown Snow Hill blends the best of the outdoors with over two dozen businesses, including restaurants, coffee shops, and retail shops. Canoe and kayak rentals, walking and cycling paths, and a river walk pair nicely with a meal, drink, or dessert in town! 
  • Assateague Island, MD: 9 miles, 14 minutes from OCMD
    WIld horses, anyone? Take a drive or use the biking and walking path to experience Assateague Island National Seashore or Assateague State Park. Stop into the Visitor’s Center to learn more about the barrier island that is home to more than 75 horses. Stop into local businesses, retail stores, and restaurants along Route 611 for drinks, snacks, or beach supplies. 
  • Bethany Beach, DE: 14.8 miles, 29 minutes from OCMD
    Stroll along the quaint boardwalk in Bethany Beach, DE, visit the bandstand, or stop into the Nature Center to learn about the nearby wetlands areas. Shop, dine, or simply watch the beachgoers in the Town Center, or hit the beach! 
  • Fenwick Island, DE: 9.2 miles, 19 minutes from OCMD
    Fenwick Island is a short drive from Ocean City, MD, and has a historic lighthouse and a World War II-era fire control tower that once protected the coastline. Fenwick Island State Park offers beach access and kayak or stand up paddle board rentals. While there is not a boardwalk, Fenwick does offer restaurants, seafood houses, a winery, and a water park. 

Set out from OCMD with this list of towns to explore and you will soon be smitten with the Shore! For more information, events, and recommendations about Ocean City, MD, check out Explore OC!