Boardwalk, Ocean City, MD - Ocean City, Maryland - Historic Structures Mix with Sand and Surf Favorites Wooden Walkway



Boardwalk, Ocean City, MD is located along the beach of this resort town in the southeastern most part of the state, just south of the most southeastern edge of Delaware.

The boardwalk is officially named Ocean Avenue. It was first constructed here in 1902 when several hotel owners agreed to construct the wooden walkway here. By 1910 it ran 5 blocks and was expanded again in 1920. After it was destroyed in a storm in March of 1960, it was lengthened to its current 2.5 miles in length.

There is an Inlet Indian sculpture here carved of oak from a 100 year old tree. It is meant to represent the Assateague Indian, a sub-group of Nanticokes, according to the sculptor Peter Toth. Toth gave it to the State of Maryland in 1976.

The neo-classically designed Pier Building found at the Boardwalk, Ocean City, MD, dates back to 1926. The building's second floor was once used as a ballroom. In front of the boardwalk pier entrance are pavilions that serve for vendors' sales to beach goers and entertainment activities for practically a century.

The Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum is also a local attraction recording local life saving history that began here in 1878. The Station dates back to 1891. It was moved to the current location and opened as a museum in 1977. Admission is free of charge.

The oldest observation tower standing on the Maryland seashore is found at this boardwalk as well. The US Coast Guard tower is here since 1935, originally searching for German U-boats as well as life saving. The platform cabin is closed to the public.

Among the oldest attractions at the Boardwalk, Ocean City, MD, aside from the ocean and the sand itself, is the carousel at Trimper's amusements. It is operating since 1912.

Several of the numerous hotels here also date back as far as the late 1920s.

Skateboards are not allowed on the boardwalk here. Bicycles are permitted but only at specific hours during the beach season. From October through April they may be used here at any time.

Similarly, roller blades and skates may not be used during certain hours during the busy season.

At the Boardwalk, Ocean City, MD there are more than a dozen hotels, stores and numerous beach style eateries that can be found here as well as equipment rentals for ocean and beach sports.

A Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Museum is found here as well.

For a small fare there is a shuttle vehicle that can take people up and down the boardwalk if walking causes a problem.

A wide range of events and special activities are scheduled on the boardwalk and its neighboring beach throughout the busy season. For a very busy boardwalk it is kept particularly clean by local authorities.

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