While visiting Ocean City, Maryland take time to explore some of our beautiful surrounding communities and exciting attractions... a special journey everywhere you turn - a journey through time. Our fields and marshes have turned up prehistoric artifacts and colorful remains of Indian villages here when English settlers first arrived. Today's explorer will find unique museums and restored homes, churches - even place names themselves - that bear witness to the area's fascinating past. These surrounding areas offer friendly, pleasant accommodations and bountiful shore cuisines. Antiques galore, plentiful local produce and a wealth of original arts and crafts inspired by the natural scene, invite you to take home a favorite souvenir... a reminder of the larger treasure here in the communities surrounding Ocean City, Maryland.
- Fenwick Island
Fenwick Island Delaware, on the Atlantic Ocean, is situated just north of Ocean City, and south of Bethany Beach, Delaware. The Island is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and features sandy beaches, and the Little Assawoman Bay, offering watersports enthusiasts the opportunity to explore nature by boat, sail, or even a rowboat! Activities abound in the Fenwick Island region with seashore parks, golf courses, sandy beaches on the Atlantic Ocean, fishing, boating, shopping, and more!
- Ocean Pines
Nestled between towering pines and nine miles of waterfront property, the residential bayfront community of Ocean Pines is tucked away on 3,500 beautiful acres of woodlands and wetlands, located just 5 miles inland from Ocean City. Play a round on the 18-hole, Robert Trent Jones-designed golf course, take a dip in one of five pools, or hit the courts at the tennis complex. The Ocean Pines Beach Club, located in Ocean City, includes a restaurant, pool and is simply perfect for beach weddings. Ocean Pines offers marinas, a farmers market, walking trails, and numerous playgrounds and parks. Also, a new Yacht Club, with spectacular bay views, will open in 2014 for dining and catered events. Just outside of the residential community are a number of fantastic restaurants, service oriented businesses and great shopping! Whether you stay for a day, a week or a lifetime, Ocean Pines provides a premier resort experience with all of the comforts of home.
- Assateague Island
Just a few miles south of Ocean City, sits Assateague Island. This barrier island, which fronts the Atlantic, is separated from the mainland by Sinepuxent Bay, and from Ocean City by the inlet—which was carved out naturally during the infamous 1933 storm. The island is divided into two sections, Assateague State Park and Assateague National Seashore. Assateague is home to the famous herd of wild ponies, as well as a myriad of other wildlife such as sika deer and numerous species of water fowl. The island is covered in sand dunes, pine forests and salt marshes. Miles of beaches (37 between both the Maryland and Virginia side) are perfect for endless hours in the sun and surf—some areas are even dog friendly, and the National Seashore offers off-road, drive-on access (passes are required). Take a walk with an Assateague ranger who will reveal tales of Assateague’s past—a lesser-known fact, the island was once as much as a mile further out in the ocean! The rangers can also help your kids find evidence of residents who may not always be seen, like the ghost crab. Be sure to stop by the state of the art Barrier Island Visitor Center before entering the island, visit the touch tank and aquarium, browse through exhibits and maps, and become familiar with everything this natural paradise has to offer.
Trendy, historic Berlin is a picture-perfect town, recently coined as Maryland’s Coolest Small Town. Hollywood was drawn to the charm of Berlin twice; two major movies were filmed here, “Runaway Bride,” and “Tuck Everlasting.” The historic district is home to numerous boutiques, galleries, specialty stores and eateries. Berlin also hosts a weekly Farmer’s Market featuring lo¬cal, organic produce, artisan breads, fresh eggs and seafood. They are well known for their numerous annual events that draw audiences from all over. Among them, the Berlin Jazz and Blues Bash, Bathtub Races, Fiddler’s Convention, Octoberfest, a month-long Victorian Christmas celebration, New Year’s Eve Celebration, monthly art strolls, and many more. Enjoy daily horse and carriage rides through town, take a walking ghost tour, or simply appreciate the beauty of such a charming town.
- Snow Hill
Snow Hill is the oldest town in Worcester County, established as a town in 1686, and has been the county seat for centuries. Snow Hill is nestled on the bank of the scenic Pocomoke River. Take a self-guided walking tour of Snow Hill and appreciate the beauty of the many historic homes and churches. The arts district is alive and well in Snow Hill. The town celebrates a monthly arts stroll, holds a weekly antiques auction, and is home to several restaurants and one-of-a kind shops. Just a few miles into the Pocomoke State Forest lies Furnace Town, a restored and recreated 1800's industrial village and Nassawango Iron Furnace. Explore Furnace Town to see artifacts and authentic buildings from the period. Witness a real working blacksmith’s shop, a weaver, broom maker and a demonstration garden. Also on the history front, visit the Julia A. Purnell Museum in Snow Hill to learn about Worcester County history. Go for the day, or stay longer — a number of historic bed and breakfasts can accommodate you.
Pocomoke City is also located on the Pocomoke River. A former ship¬ping town settled in the 1700's and incorporated in the 1880's, Poco¬moke now houses the Delmarva Discovery Center, the historic MarVa Theater, Sturgis One Room School House Museum, the Costen House Museum, nature trails, and a riverfront park with outdoor amphitheater. The MarVa hosts a variety of live performances, movies and shows. The Discovery Center has the largest aquarium on the Eastern Shore with lots of live fish and critters! Take a river tour to see eagles and turtles. Afterwards, enjoy great waterfront dining. Pocomoke City is in close proximity to the Pocomoke River State Forest and Park, which offers camping, canoeing, kayaking and nature trails, all amongst the majesty of the Great Pocomoke Forest and Cypress Swamp.