53 Fun Things to Do in Ocean City and the Delaware Beaches

Summer time in the Mid-Atlantic means a trip to the beach! My family vacationed in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware when we were small. In 1994 my parents purchased a plot of land in Bethany Beach, Delaware and built the home that they now live in full-time. It’s a fun place for the whole family to gather. There’s so many fun things to do! We’ve come up with a list of our favorites: 53 fun things to do in Ocean City and the Delaware beaches.

A surfer in Delaware
Go surfing at the Indian River Inlet in Delaware
  1. Hit the beach! That’s what you came for, eh? There’s miles of coast to choose from.
  2. Go surfing at at the Indian River Inlet. It’s one of the best places in the area for longboarding.
  3. Shop at the Tanger Outlets in Rehoboth
  4. Take a sailing lesson with the Rehoboth Bay Sailing Association
  5. Kayak in the bay
  6. People watch on the boardwalk – there’s a boardwalk in Rehoboth, Ocean City and Bethany Beach
  7. Eat Kohr Bros. custard!
  8. Play games and ride the rides at Funland in Rehoboth
  9. Ride the rides in Ocean City at Trimpers
  10. Get Grotto’s pizza
  11. Have a crab feast – Two words: Old Bay. We love Bahama’s Crab Shack.
  12. Seacrets – What happens at Seacrets …
  13. Jolly Roger Amusement Park
  14. Dumser’s Dairyland – Home made Ice Cream since 1939
  15. Check out K-Coast Surf Shop
  16. Watch the sunrise
  17. Watch the sunset
  18. See fireworks on the 4th!
  19. Play golf at Eagles Landing or Ocean Resorts Golf Club – they’re both public and the courses are spectacular!
  20. Take a brewery tour of the Dogfish Head Brewery
  21. Ride bikes!
  22. Fish – go on out on charter or even just surf fish!
  23. Rent your own pontoon boat
  24. Go parasailing!
  25. Listen to live music at the Bethany Bandstand – Shows are on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with an occasional mid-week booking. Shows usually start at 7:30 pm
  26. Thrift shop at ACTS
  27. Fort Miles – Check out this Delaware State Park that has barracks, a museum and an old fire tower.
  28. Go to a parade! They have them on the 4th of July and Bethany Beach even has a funeral for the end of the summer.
  29. See a movie at the Midway Movie Theater – some are shown in 3D!
  30. Mini golf!
  31. Candy Kitchen – it’s your one stop for fudge and salt water taffy.
  32. Ocean Downs – Casino and Horse Racing
  33. Rent jet ski’s
  34. See a concert on the Freeman Stage – Alison Krauss, the Beach Boys and Gov’t Mule are just a few of the acts they get there.
  35. Assateague Island National Seashore – see the ponies!
  36. Cape May Lewes Ferry – take a day trip to New Jersey and ride on a big boat.
  37. Bottle and Cork – live music in a cool setting in the heart of Dewey Beach.
  38. Smith Island Cakes – does this one even need explaining?!
  39. Take a day trip to Berlin
  40. Breakwater Junction Trail – park behind the Rehoboth Outlets and walk, run or ride in nature
  41. See a show at the Ocean City Convention Center – late spring is the Car and Truck Show!
  42. Ride on the Pirate Ship – face painting and eye patches come with your ticket.
  43. Go see karaoke at the Purple Parrot – every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 9pm and also on Monday’s in the summer!
  44. See the spawning of horseshoe crabs on a full moon in May and June at Big Stone and Bennett Beaches.
  45. Play pickle ball at the Ocean City Rec Center – Ocean City residents pay $3 and non-residents pay $5 for a drop-in session. Check the link for times and skill levels.
  46. Get a good book from Bethany Beach Books
  47. Take an art class at the Ocean City Arts Center
  48. Fishers popcorn – Caramel is a classic but you should try their new Old Bay flavor!
  49. Rent Stand Up Paddlboards with Coastal Kayak in Fenwick Island
  50. Camp at Frontier Town
  51. Sandy Pony Donuts in Bethany Beach has 24 flavors plus Bubble Tea and City Dock Coffee.
  52. Tiki Bar fun at Harpoon Hannah’s – drink by the water!
  53. Visit an old War War II Tower – learn about history.
watching the sun rise in Ocean City, MD
Sunrise in Ocean City, Maryland

Fun Things to Do in Ocean City and the Delaware Beaches

Heading to the beach this summer? How many of these things will you do? How many of these have you done?! Check out our summer road trip packing guide!

Published by Erin McGrady

Erin McGrady is a filmmaker, photographer, and writer exploring Asheville and beyond. My work focuses on sharing about LGBTQ safe spaces, camper van life, and the outdoors.

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