The Boardwalk, officially known as Atlantic Avenue, dates back to 1902 when several oceanfront hotel owners got together and constructed a wooden walkway for the convenience of their guests. At high tide, it was rolled up and stored on hotel porches. Around 1910, a permanent promenade was built. It ran about five blocks and was expanded to 15th Street in the 1920s. After being leveled by a storm in March of 1962, it was rebuilt to its present 2.5-mile length, extending from the inlet at the south and ending at 27th Street.
Grab your family and friends for some fun at the arcades and amusements. Bring your appetite – there are so many options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and of course, dessert! Like to shop? You’ll find plenty of stores along the Boardwalk and side streets. Don’t worry – there are plenty of benches along the Boardwalk to rest and observe.
At night, the boardwalk fills with music and fun. During the summer, you’ll find free family activities on the beach along the Boardwalk.
The comfortable Boardwalk trams can take you the whole length of the Boardwalk, which travels from the Inlet to the north booth at 27th Street. The Boardwalk tram will stop at most any location along the route to load or discharge passengers
Make plans to visit the OC Life-Saving Station Museum to learn about the U.S. Life Saving Service, a predecessor of today’s U.S. Coast Guard, and the heroic men who rescued ships in distress off the coast of Ocean City. Don’t miss the free summer programs!
As the weather warms up and the Boardwalk gets busier with visitors, special regulations take effect to keep everyone safe. View the Ocean City Town Ordinances on bicycles, e-bikes, skateboards, and rollerblades.