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Top 10 reasons to visit Maryland’s Beaches in 2020

Posted December 16, 2019

New Year, New AdventuresSay hello to 2020 in a new destination overflowing with beauty, adventures and events. See wild horses roam on Assateague Island. Ride a historic carousel on Ocean City’s boardwalk. Enjoy the culinary delights of the food scene. No matter what you do, Maryland’s coast is ready to show you a good time.

1. See wild horses at Assateague Island

When you visit Assateague Island, you will most likely catch a glimpse of the herd of wild horses that live on this barrier island. The national park is open year round. Make sure to stop at the Barrier Island Visitor Center before heading onto the island to talk with a ranger and get some information on the island’s trails, biking and all the recreational opportunities.

2. Ride a historic carousel on Ocean City’s top ranked boardwalk

Trimper’s Rides and Amusements have been a mainstay on the Ocean City Boardwalk near the Inlet for over 100 years. The Carousel, purchased by the Trimper family in 1912, is the oldest continually operational carousel in the nation. The merry-go-round’s forty-five animals, three chariots and one rocking chair are a true work of art and a favorite among visitors both young and old!

3. Take a ghost tour in one of our coastal towns with Chesapeake Ghost Tours!

Chesapeake Ghost Tours is the largest trail of year-round ghost tours in the country- 11 ghost walks in multiple towns through Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Paranormal investigations, storytelling sessions and bus tours are available to experience.

4. Get ready to paddle- we have oceans, rivers and bays!

Whether you want ocean kayaking or calm water paddle boarding, Worcester County has it all. Outfitters on Assateague Island and nearby Ayers Creek offer a full range of canoe, kayak and standup paddleboard rentals. The Pocomoke River in nearby Snow Hill and Pocomoke River offer a very scenic and undisturbed environment. See otter, beaver, turtles and lots and lots of birds when you take a paddle on the Pocomoke or nearby Nassawango Creek. Pocomoke River Canoe Company rents and offers portage to various locations.

5. Attend one of the many free events at Maryland’s beach and beyond.

Ocean City has too many to mention but Sunfest and Springfest are perennial favorites. Berlin’s Bathtub Races and New Years’s Eve Ball Drop have become staples among locals and visitors alike. No matter what season, there are always lots of free events

6. Take a horse and carriage ride through historic Berlin- Named America’s Coolest Small Town

See this historic town by carriage through some of the most historic streets in the area. Carriage rides are available spring through fall and weekends in December.

7. Go on a Foodie Tour– learn all about our famous Maryland Blue Crabs and get a lesson on how to eat one

We’ve got loads of options for the foodie in you. Select from Ocean City downtown, midtown, bayside by boat or historic Berlin. If walking isn’t your thing, we’ve also got a tour by trolley. Taste yummy treats like baked oysters, clams casino, pork sliders and homemade meatballs to name just a few. There’s also coastal inspired brews and cocktails to sip and sample.

8. Hit the Trail– whether it’s riding horseback on the beach, cycling in the Pocomoke Forest or hiking at Assateague, we’ve got them all

Yes, most of Worcester County is rural with plenty of recreational choices. We’ve got the Viewtrail 100, a 100-mile circular loop throughout the county following scenic, backcountry roads. The Pocomoke River State Forest and Park has hundreds of miles of biking and foot trails. Stop in at the park office to get a map. Assateague Island National Seashore also has several hiking trails and a bike path traversing thought the park. If you don’t have a bike, rent one at Assateague Island Outfitters.

9. Visit and sample craft brews, local wines and distilleries

Maryland’s beaches are home to several outstanding breweries including Backshore Brewing, Fin City Brewing and Burley Oak Brewing Company. You can also take the Shore Craft Beer Challenge and win prizes! If you’d rather sample wine then head to Costa Ventosa or Windmill Creek Winery. And if spirits are your thing then you surely want to take the tour at Seacrets Distillery in Ocean City, and sample some of their award winning rum and vodka.

10. Check out our history and get your hands dirty, we’re very kid-friendly

We’ve got public archeology digs at Furnace Town Living Heritage Museum located in Snow Hill in the heart of the Pocomoke State Forest. Touch tanks at the Delmarva Discovery Museum in Pocomoke City allow kids to get up close to critters like the horseshoe crab. Assateague’s Barrier Island Visitor Center has a touch tank and other hands-on exhibits that explore the natural habitat of the island. The Ocean City Lifesaving Museum also holds daily programs in the summer and allows youngsters to help with the fish feeding in their aquarium. 

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