Trips to the beach with the family can be pricey once you add up travel, lodging, meals out at restaurants, souvenirs, and all of the other expenses you will encounter. Luckily, Ocean City offers tons of free activities and adventures for you and your family to embark on!
Movies on the Beach
On 27th and 117th Street, there are free movies shown on the beach for your entire family! Bring your blankets and beach chairs, and enjoy the film. This summer features Despicable Me 3, Big Hero 6, Justice League, Wonder Woman, and many more! Click here for the full movie schedule.
Family Beach Olympics
Ocean City is a family beach town, so what better thing to do than family beach olympics? All skill levels are welcome, and all activities are completely free. Head down to 27th street with your kids for sand castle contests, tug-of-war, relays, and more! This summer, family beach olympics will be held June 26 to August 14, 6:30-8:30 pm!
Sundaes in the Park
Northside Park on 127th street bayside fills with thousands of visitors each Sunday evening as live musical performers take the stage. This free event is perfect for the kids, often featuring a magician, clown or wild animals, and always selling ice cream! Take your beach or lawn chair over to the park from 7-9 pm to listen to rock, modern country, 80s, or even tributes to Elvis or Frankie Valli.
100 Nights of Lights
Venture down to the boardwalk from Memorial Day to Labor Day for a free light show on the beach. From 9-11 pm, the lights illuminate the sky, and every 20 minutes they change into a new image effect. There are even fireworks shows on the beach on Monday and Tuesday nights!
Sunset Park Party Nights
Throughout the summer, Thursdays are meant to be spent at Sunset Park on South Division Street and the bay downtown. With outdoor views of the water and an exciting atmosphere, live performances from local bands like Full Circle and Transfusion will fill the air. The concerts and parking are free, and there are beverages available for purchase!
If you’ve planned your vacation around a large, local event such as the OC Air Show or the White Marlin Open, make sure to take advantage of all the free entertainment that comes with it!
Check your grocery stores and local shops for coupon books as soon as you arrive in town. Flip through pages and pages of discounted prices on activities, dining, and other unique things to do during your stay!