Nostalgic Ocean City is Full of Upscale Improvements, but Still a Favorite for Maryland Locals

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Ocean City Maryland

A summertime beach retreat since the turn of the 20th century, Ocean City has been a treasure for Maryland locals for some time. From the 3-mile classic wooden 1920s beach boardwalk and rides to the frozen custard and saltwater taffy, there is something for everyone in your family. Normally a quiet town with a population around 7,000, summer peaks the population to close to 300,000 on any given weekend. If you aren’t planning to spend the night at a hotel with a parking lot, then you’ll want to drop off your car in the free park-and-ride lot off Route 50. Thankfully every 15 minutes during the summer, the 24-hour bus ($2) can bring you in without worrying about finding parking.

A 1902 Herschell-Spillman carousel with 48 hand-carved animal figures has been lovingly restored and still graces the old-school wooden beach boardwalk’s Trimper’s amusement park. Also home to over 100 rides, the kids will enjoy the water slide with the summer heat picks up. Instead of the fast food giants, you’ll find homegrown classics like Thrasher’s serving up thick-cut chunks of fried potatoes doused with cider vinegar and sea salt. This French-fry stand has been operating since 1929. (Tip: Don’t ask for ketchup.)

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Another favorite is Dumser’s, the ice cream parlor that opened in 1939. You won’t want to miss the chance to try the peanut butter taffy at Dolle’s Candyland or the frozen custard at Kohr Bros. After a long day at the beach, the nightlife lights up and the drinks keep you cool. MR Ducks, a bar on the Talbot Street Pier, serves a delicious coconut rum and pineapple drink in a large, duck-shaped ceramic cup – Duck Call.

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