Kids of all ages still fall in love with Ocean City and it all has to offer. Whether fishing, swimming, golfing or relaxing with friends under a big beach umbrella, there are plenty of memories to be made at the greatest beach in the world, Ocean City Maryland. So relax and enjoy all that’s to love about here as friends and families alike make memories to keep for a lifetime.
Ocean City is Maryland’s only coastal community, situated on a barrier island that until the mid-1800’s, was a barren place attracting only a few fisherman who came over from the mainland on small row boats. In 1869, a local farmer named Isaac Coffin constructed a small inn to accommodate the fishermen and others who were beginning to show an interest in the beach as a refuge from city life. Soon, other hotel properties arose after Ocean City became incorporated in 1875….. the small fishing village was on its way to becoming the seaside vacation destination.
In 1876, a railroad bridge was built over Sinepuxent Bay. Prior to the bridge, visitors had to ride the trail to the edge of mainland where they would then cross the bay by boat.
In the early 1900’s, Daniel Trimper and his brother, both from Baltimore, started an amusement park. The park is still owned by the Trimper family. Capt. Christoper Ludlum and his son, traveled from Cape May, NJ and started the pound fish industry, the source for local men.
While the men fished, the wives and mothers were instrumental in running the hotels that catered to vacationers.
The oldest part of Ocean City is the southernmost tip of the island. As you meander below Divison Street, look up, above the shops at street level. Cottages and small hotels still proudly reflect a strong heritage of the early pioneers of this town. For decades this was the hub of the resort. From about 9th street north, there were only a few lone cottages.
From 1900 to 1915, the first boardwalk was constructed. In the early days, the boardwalk was taken up and stored for the winter. Today’s boardwalk is a permanent walkway now spanning nearly 3 miles.
In August 1933, a violent four-day storm hit Ocean-City and cut an inlet through the island, linking the ocean with the bay. The inlet soon brought a new industry to Ocean City – sport fishing. With easy access to the ocean, fishermen no longer had to launch boats through the surf or limit themselves to bay fishing. In 1934, the first white marlin was caught off the coast and Ocean City claimed the title of “White Marlin Capital of the World”.
This once humble fishing village that covered only a few blocks of land, now stretches 10 miles. Modern hotels and deluxe condominiums are now a part of the landscape, but what draws visitors to our shore all year long has not changed. The invigorating smell of the salt air. The majestic vista of the ocean. The luxurius feel of the sand.
With more than ten miles of broad Atlantic beach, a boisterous amusement park and hundreds of thousands of visitors every weekend, Ocean City is Maryland’s number one summer resort.