Steamy temps are synonymous with summer fun. Whether lounging poolside, building a sandcastle on the beach, or admiring a breezy sunset along the bay, beating a big heat wave means staying busy and staying cool on scorching summer days.

Below you will find eight favorite ways to "Beat the Heat" this summer in OCMD:

Indoor Arcades for Friendly Competition

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Surfs Up Arcade

Escape the heat for the AC at Surf's Up Arcade. Indoor Arcades are the ideal destination for family outings, gatherings with friends, or a solo adventure to unwind and have a blast. Embrace the thrill, the fun, and the nostalgia of air hockey, pinball, and PacMan. Step into a world where excitement knows no bounds, and nostalgia meets cutting-edge technology. Our indoor arcades are designed to delight gamers of all ages, offering an unforgettable gaming experience. Visit other indoor arcades such as Alley Oops and Game World

Shopping on Coastal Highway

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Beach Shopping

Leave the sunscreen behind and step into a world of air-conditioned comfort, where you'll find a curated selection of the latest fashion trends, chic accessories, cutting-edge gadgets, and so much more. With a wide array of boutiques and stores, Ocean City caters to every style and preference, ensuring a shopping experience like no other. Head into K-Coast Surf Shop for all your beach needs tomorrow when you go out and brace the heat. 

Discover Ocean City's History

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Museum & Tower

Step back in time with a stop at the OC Life-Saving Station Museum and explore the history of Ocean City and the role of the United States Life-Saving Service. Current exhibits include "A Feminine Touch," where you can learn about women's profound impact within Ocean City from the 1800s through the 1990s, The Boardwalk of Yesteryear, and Sands from Around the World. They also have free daily summer programs where kids and adults can learn how to tie knots and learn about sharks, local wildlife, and beach safety. Check our event calendar for days and times.

Seek Out The Strange & The Shocking

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Ripley's Believe It Or Not

Explore the odd at Ripley's Believe it or Not! Definitely the weirdest place on the Boardwalk - and PROUD of it! Built on the foundation of a daily newspaper cartoon in 1918, which is still running today, Ripley's has become a world leader in family entertainment. From shrunken heads to eye-popping exhibits, lose yourself in some mind-boggling family fun.

Uncover Your Artistic Side

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Photo courtesy of TC Studios Arts & Entertainment

Ocean City has many wonderful ways to connect you with your creativity, whether you are an aspiring artist, a parent wishing to provide your child with creative opportunities, or someone who enjoys artistic activities and hobbies. Spark your creativity and imagination at the Art League of Ocean City with classes in pottery, jewelry, painting, and more, or attend the First Friday Art Walk, where you meet artists, enjoy hors d'oeuvres, and see new exhibits by local artists.

OR Pick your painting at TC Studios Arts & Entertainment. This one-of-a-kind studio specializes in step-by-step painting events on surfaces like pallets, canvas, or glassware. Each painting experience consists of 2 hours with a professional and fun instructor leading you or your group through a step-by-step painting in a musical atmosphere.

Tour A Bayfront Grain to Glass Distillery

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Seacrets Distilling Company

Last but not least (for the 21-years-old and over crowd) learn what it takes to distill spirits – from beginning to end at Seacrets Distilling Company. This unique experience allows visitors to peel back the curtain and see the inner workings of an actual grain-to-glass distillery situated in one of the largest entertainment resorts in the United States. Seacrets Distilling Company put Ocean City, MD on the map as the first distillery built in Worcester County since the end of Prohibition in 1933. Everything from the lighting, doors, windows, and over $1 million in antiques featured inside are from 1933 or earlier.

Whether you are riding waves in the ocean or finding a place with AC, there is no better place to Beat the Heat than Ocean City, Maryland!

Refreshing Water Activities

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Jet Ski

Seek relief from the scorching heat by diving into a plethora of water activities. Feel the thrill of the wind in your hair and the saltwater mist on your face as you zoom across the waves on a jet ski or soar high in the sky on a parasail.  Odyssea Watersports is Ocean City’s one stop shop for Watersports Fun! 

Looking for something more relaxing but still on the water? Ayers Creek Adventures is a family owned eco-tour and paddlesports company. We offer kayak, stand up paddle board, and canoe rentals and guided tours. 

Take sail aboard the Alyosha for a relaxing 50 foot catamaran tour along the ocean. See the Ocean City Skyline for a different view point and enjoy the ocean breeze.