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A Local’s Guide to Outdoor Adventure in OCMD

Calling all adventure seekers -- this one’s for you. We chatted with OC locals to get all of the inside tips on fishing, camping, hiking, biking, and water adventure-ing in the area. Check it out:

1. Reel Good Fishing.

 

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As the “White Marlin Capital of the World,” Ocean City knows fishing. Here are your inside tips on getting the catch of the day:

- For boat and sport fishing, check out Duncan’s Sport Fishing or Tortuga Bay Fishing, and Bahia Marina for boat rentals.

- For shore fishing, draw a line at the Ocean Pier off of the Inlet parking lot. *Pro Tip*: Bait with squid or mullet strips here to land yourself flounder and trout.

- If you’re committed to catching, get a license for the week from a local tackle shop so that you can hand pick your spot. But for fair-weather fishers, hit the Bulkhead bayside from 2nd to 4th Street, where you don’t need a license to catch!

- In it for the competition? Stay up to date on local mahi, marlin, and tuna tournaments by visiting the Ocean City Fishing Center.

- Aaaand, for everything else you need to know about fishing? Head over to our Fishing Page.

2. Pitch a Tent.

 

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Wake up on the sands of Assateague...or opt for RV-style! Check out what our locals had to say on camping in OCMD:

- For that sleeping bag, hot dogs by the fire, stargazing experience, pitch a tent at Assateague Island. Stop at Assateague Farm on your way in for fresh camp produce and firewood.

- For a more hybrid camping experience (think tents -- but also cottages, an on-site tiki bar, dog park and pool house) hit up Castaway’s RV Resort & Campground.

- Traveling with kiddos? We’re told Frontier Town is the place to be. Check out their western-themed park, lazy river, mini golf and Wild West shows.

- For your full rundown and to plan your trip, visit our Camping Page.

3. Hikin’ & Bikin.’

 

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Cover some coastal mileage. Here’s where to head:

- For hiking -- drive down to Assateague for the Life of the Marsh and Life of the Forest Nature Trails, or walk the historic Rackliffe House property and trail behind the Visitor Center.

- And for cycling? No shock here. Assateague is also a prime spot to take the bike for a spin. Park at the Visitor Center and cross over the Verrazano Bridge to catch coastal views and watch the wild ponies roam from two wheels.

- If you’re looking to stay in town, Northside Park is the classic can’t-miss for running and biking. Go for a few laps around the paved trail that circles the 58-acre park.

4. Time on the Water.

 

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Don’t get us wrong -- the beach will always be “home,” but there’s something special about the back bays of OCMD. Our local tips:

- Get out on the water early to beat the heat, or opt for a sunset kayak session to catch the cotton candy views over the bay.

- Rent a kayak or pontoon boat from Odyssea Watersports! They also have jet skis for you adrenaline junkies. Paddle out into The Isle of Wight Bay out toward the Route 50 bridge, then check out one of the bar restaurants along the edge of the bay! For our fishing friends, stay around the bridge to reel in anglers.

- For something a little more secluded, check out Ayers Creek Adventures and their guided eco tours to explore saltwater marshes and forested wetlands. They offer sunrise and moonlit tours, and accommodate all ages and outdoor interests.

 

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