Families love Ocean City because the list of activities, amusements and attractions for kids is practically endless! When you’re ready for a day away from the action at the beach, check out these kid-friendly options, fun for the whole family!
You will never run out of things to do with your kids in Ocean City. For old-fashioned amusement park fun, visit Playland’s Castaway Cove, home to Ocean City’s favorite rides for over 50 years! Take a ride with Jim Thorpe’s River Adventures or try your own hand at the NJ Motorsports park. Parasailing, Air Tours and a Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! are just a few more of the amusements that make Ocean City famous! Find a comprehensive list of amusements here.
Arts & Crafts
Don't let bad weather ruin your OCNJ stay. Take your kids to make some art and crafts on those rainy days and remind yourself how amazingly creative children naturally are! Check out the details by clicking here.
When your artistic interests trend toward viewing rather than full-on participation, check out the Ocean City Art Center. The Art Center presents many exciting art exhibits for the entire family to enjoy. View the Art Center website and find out the latest exhibition information to plan your visit!
Everyone loves hoops, especially your kids. Check out the games available and keep them active — Kids in grade 3 and beyond can participate in basketball leagues throughout the summer.
Who says a trip to the beach can’t include learning what makes this incredible natural world tick? Visit the Bayside Center for a day of learning about the environmental and cultural aspects of OC's bay. Visit the website and find out more about the programs offered for your little environmentalist.
Many Ocean City visitors count boating as a top priority, and we are proud to offer a variety of options for the seafaring family. Whether you want to find your children’s sea legs on a cruise around the bay or you are ready for an adventure into the ocean, Find the perfect boating activity for your family during your OCNJ stay.
Don’t forget to introduce your kids to the terrific family activity of fishing! Learn about family fishing in OCNJ and the best spots for your kids to drop a line. Click here for more details.
Mark Twain may have called golf a nice walk spoiled, but that’s probably because he never golfed in Ocean City! Bring your kids out on the links and discover why golfing is not only a great lifetime sport, it’s a wonderful family activity. Ocean City's public 12-hole, par 3 golf course welcomes children of all ages.
When your little bookworms crave a good story or want to check out a movie, the library is for you! Visit the library for kids' events, such as storytelling and movie showings, by clicking here.
What would a trip to the beach be without several family rounds of miniature golf! Check out Ocean City’s numerous courses on the Boardwalk and beyond by clicking here. Themed courses make every round an adventure suited for kids and their families!
When leaving behind the morning sports routine isn’t an option, sign your kids up for Ocean City’s organized activities! Children ages 8-12 can register for a variety of options for a week, month, or season.
Bring your kids back to a different time and learn about Ocean City’s fascinating past. Have your kids go back to a time of shipwrecks and princesses while they explore the Historical Museum's extensive collection of OC heirlooms and artifacts. Click here and find out what’s available for your kids to explore!
The Ocean City beach isn’t just home to surfers and sunbathers in the summer. It’s also home to a variety of flora and fauna that depend on our ecosystem for survival. Consider taking a guided beach walk that teaches kids about coastal plant and animal life.
Rainy Day Activities
Don't know what to do on a rainy day? Go here to browse local indoor activities.
In Ocean City, every day is kids’ day! Events tailored especially for kids are held every day. View this calendar of events for details.
Make the family tennis tournament a tradition at one of Ocean City’s public tennis courts. Want to hone your kids’ skills? Children of all ages and skill levels can sign up for lessons, clinics, and tournaments through Ocean City Recreation.
Indulge your child’s inner star when you check out this popular program for kids offered by the Department of Recreation.
Don’t let a trip to Ocean City pass by without learning a new water sport! Paddle boarding, surfing, kayaking, skim boarding and more all are available in Ocean City’s beautiful beaches. The clean and hazard-free Ocean City waters are perfect for kids to learn a water sport. Plus, many local business offer rentals and lessons tailored to kids!