We’ve decided to go to Ocean City, Maryland, for our family vacation this summer, and I’m looking for any thoughts you guys may have. We’ll have a 6 year old and a couple of 15 year olds, and we’re looking to stay as close to the “fun” boardwalk as possible.
My Specific Questions:
1 - I have read that you should stay on the east side of the Coastal Highway - true? We’ll be walking to the beach, but we found a super-cool little property closer to the bayside, but it’s three blocks to the ocean and we would be on the west side of the highway. Is that really a big deal?
2 - How close is too close to the amusement park/pier area just south of 1st street? I want to be able to just wander down there with the kids on a whim, but I don’t necessarily want 26,000 people on the sand, or the bumper cars rolling next door until 2am.
3 - We’re looking at going the last week of June, but it looks like June is “High School Seniors” time. I don’t mind that as much (should I?) but the thought is that our nice, responsible daughter and her friend will be able to spend some evenings on the Broadwalk - will the Seniors get them drunk and take advantage of them? Is it a rowdy crowd? I wouldn’t mind a “first kiss” sort of summer thing for my daughter (how romantic!) but I’d like to avoid a Roofies and Assult sort-of pregnancy.
Any ideas on day trips in the area? We always promise ourselves that we’ll someday have a vacation that has a lot more cocktails than truck stops, but we always end up driving around looking for cool stuff anyway. Any good historic homes to tour or state parks to explore?