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:

Experience A Real-Life Escape Game

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Escapomania in Ocean City, MD

Escape the heat for the AC at Escapomania. This exciting escape room will simultaneously make you feel like Indiana Jones and Sherlock Holmes. Part adventure, part intriguing storyline, and an assemblage of puzzles and riddles you and your team need to solve to make your escape. This activity will force you to think outside of the box and motivate you to overcome complex challenges.

Livin' On A Spare

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Alley Oops

STRIKE!!! Bowling alleys are a great way to stay nice and cool in the summer and fun to play, no matter the group size. It is such a great activity because it's something everyone can do. Competition can be as serious or silly as the group chooses, and bowling allows plenty of time for chatting, drinks, and relaxing between frames. Check out Ocean Lanes or Alley Oops for your next bowling adventure.

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!