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Sites to Explore the History of Ocean City, MD

Sites to Explore the History of Ocean City, MD

The Ocean City, Maryland that we know today, with its countless family-friendly entertainment options, amusement and water parks, and miles of boardwalk, was not how the beach town began. You’ll get a whole new understanding of the roots, industry, and realities of OCMD. Learn more about how the East Coast’s favorite beach town evolved with these sites and explore the history of Ocean City, MD! 

Historic Places to Visit in OCMD

Your family will have fun and learn a ton by visiting some of the most interesting historical sites Ocean City, MD has to offer. Check out some of our favorites at Explore OC!

  • Ocean City Life-Saving Museum
    Built in 1891, the United States Life-Saving Service house is a must-see for every history-buff visiting OCMD. Dedicated to the cultural and natural history of Ocean City, Maryland and the Worcester County coastal region, the permanent collection gives an unmatched glimpse into history.  Learn about the historical role performed by the United States Life-Saving Service and the building that once served as the Ocean City Station.
  • The Henry Hotel
    Built in 1916, and currently under renovation, the Henry Hotel sits next to the Ocean City, MD Inlet parking lot. “Henry’s Colored Hotel,” as it was known, served black guests during segregation. Entertainers such as Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Willie Harmon are known to have stayed there. 
  • Ocean City, Maryland Visitor’s Center
    Stop by the Welcome Center in the Ocean City Convention Center on 40th Street to explore historical sites located around the Eastern Shore. 
  • St. Paul’s By the Sea Episcopal Church
    Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, St. Paul’s was built in 1900 in a Gothic Revival architectural style. Learn more about the history and architecture of St. Paul’s on their website or by visiting for one of their two weekly services
  • Boardwalk Walking Map Tour
    A simple stroll along the Boardwalk showcases the rich history of Ocean City, MD. The Boardwalk itself dates back to 1902, when it was made up of boards that could be rolled up every night. In 1910, the permanent structure was built. Follow this walking tour to learn more about OCMD’s historic features such as the Inlet Indian, the Pier Building, Trimper’s Carousel, and several hotels built in the early 1900’s. 

Step back in time to explore just how far Ocean City, MD has come! Find even more to explore, live video cameras, and today’s events at Explore OC.