By Jennifer Sabini Evans
Some kids like to play with LEGO® and dolls, playdoh or musical instruments. Others, like my son, mostly want to play with just one thing: cars. Yes, my son is fascinated by motor vehicles (but particularly cars), and he has been since he had a taste for toys. The Cars franchise is his favorite (followed closely by Dukes of Hazzard—a classic television show about two cousins and their souped-up Dodge Charger called the General Lee), he slept in a Lightning McQueen bed with a Doc Hudson plushie...you get the picture. If your kiddo is anything like mine, you might find yourself at local race tracks and car meet-ups. But, if you want to take the family on a trip that's really car-centric, check out these events and attractions in Ocean City, MD.
Cruisin’ Ocean City
Cruise on down to Ocean City, MD for Cruisin' OC, one of the largest car shows on the east coast! Enjoy four days of over 3000 hot rods, trick trucks, custom and classic cars from 1979 and before. Not to mention a boardwalk parade, manufacturers vendor midway, celebrity guests, live entertainment and more will delight your senses. This event takes place in May before the summer season kickoff.
Ocean City Jeep Week
With family friendly events, contests, and shows, OC Jeep Week is the experience of a lifetime for Jeep lovers, thrill seekers, loyalists, and enthusiasts. Whether it’s sand, sun, or off-road this is an event you won’t want to miss out on. OC Jeep Week is a 4-day festival that happens in August, featuring an epic off-road Obstacle Course, Beach Crawls, Kicker Sand Course, Nightly Meetups around the city and more.
Endless Summer Cruisin
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Every October, Endless Summer Cruisin' brings over 2500 classic cars and thousands of spectators to Ocean City for a weekend of car shows, national vendors, live music, and celebrity meet and greets. Unlike the spring event, which features cars from 1979 and before, Endless Summer is open to all automobiles.
Sunday's at Somerset Plaza - OC Cruizer Car Display
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The Ocean City Cruzers Car Club join together with other car enthusiasts and share their love and passion for cars. On select Sundays on Somerset Plaza located on Somerset Street between the Boardwalk and South Baltimore Avenue, the OC Cruzers will be displaying their custom vehicles. DJ music will be provided. This event is sponsored by The Ocean City Development Corporation & the Town of Ocean City. Learn More.
Dandy Don's Bike Rentals - The "Boardwalk Cars"
The Ocean City Boardwalk is the perfect place to spend with your kids. There are so many fun things to do! No visit to Ocean City, MD would be complete without spending time "cruisin" the Ocean City Boardwalk in a classic boardwalk pedal car. Dandy Don's Bike Rental is located on 12th street and the boardwalk under the Howard Johnson Hotel. Four pedal cars are available (Blue, Red, White, & Yellow), all of which feature working AM/FM radios with CD players and can accommodate two people comfortably.
Photo courtesy of Jolly Roger Amusements
No desitination will ever be complete for a kiddo who can't get enough of cruising than good ole fashion Go-Karts. With unique designs containing hairpin turns, steep hills and of course speed, there is nothing short of thrills on our racetracks. With 10 tracks, SpeedWorld® maintains bragging rights as the largest go-kart facility on the entire East Coast!
Delaware International Speedway
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Check out high speed action from dirt stock car racing and drag racing. Events run from April through early November. The Delaware International Speedway is a racing lover's favorite situated on the Delaware and Maryland border only 34 miles from Ocean City, MD. On site you will find the Delaware Speedway half-mile track made primarily of moist clay and a quarter-mile drag stip.
The Fall Championships are one of the top events at this famed speedway, and there are plenty of scheduled stock car-type racing events. Able to seat some 4,000 people in its general admission grandstands, the pit area can handle up to 1,000 bodies. Of course, bring ear protection on race days so your child cna truly enjoy some live racing.
Classic Motor Museum of St. Michaels
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If you'd like to add a few history lessons in with your auto-themed vacation, there's no place like the Classic Motor Musuem of St. Michaels, to stop by on your way home from Ocean City. Car lovers can explore pre and post WWII classic automobiles, mid-century muscle cars, vintage trucks, motorcycles, and other era inspired collectibles in the Exhibit Barn. The collections are ever changing and there is always something new to enjoy!