I have seen lots of posts lately about giving your kids a 1970’s summer. Things like making your kids play outside and drink from the hose were listed. Simple things, but things that just aren’t as common place any more. Those articles got me thinking about what a vacation with the fun of a 1970’s childhood would look like. Then it came to me. Ocean City, Maryland would be an amazing ‘classic’ vacation!
Places to Stay:
The Hilton Suites in Ocean City is a great choice for a family. The rooms have kitchens with full sized appliances and a living area in addition to the bedroom. If your kids are anything like mine having a kitchen comes in very handy, dinner is often a hard meal to have while on vacation because they are tired from the day. We like to do lunch out and have a smaller dinner at the hotel. The Hilton is also close to the boardwalk.
The Courtyard Ocean City Oceanfront another great choice for families. The hotel overlooks the ocean and is right on
the boardwalk, bonus points for the easy access to the beach! The decor is very hip and modern but comfortable enough that having kids along isn’t a problem.
Things to do:
While there are many Ripley’s Believe It or Not locations around the U.S, it is an activity that my kids really enjoy doing! This is a perfect attraction for a rainy day that can’t be spent at the beach or by the pool.
Head to the boardwalk! There is so much to see, do and of course eat! You can for sure find the souvenir shops on the boardwalk, but you can also find the perfect ice cream cone, Hawaiian shaved iced and funnel cakes. Hungry yet? There are also an abundance of carnival rides and games on the boardwalk, so bring your quarters!
If your children get tired of being on the beach or swimming in the pool as mine sometimes do, there is a nearby park that you must check out! Pack a picnic lunch and let the kids play at one of the two playgrounds; you will also find a fishing lagoon and a foot bridge at Northside Park!
After dinner, head for a friendly game of mini golf at Old Pro Golf. The kids will love the pirate ship that is on the course. There is something about mini golf that causes lots of laughter and creates lots of memories.
Where to Eat:
The Sahara Cafe needs to be on your list of places to eat if you are a breakfast lover! They have huge omelets with the option of adding crab, platters of biscuits and gravy, and blueberry pancakes just to name a few of their food options.
If Mexican food is what you are after then you need to try Mother’s Cantina. If you are a guacamole lover make sure you order some of theirs! The basic tacos are also out of this world!
Dead Freddies Island Grill is another must eat destination. The soft drinks come in personal pitchers (think 22 oz); you won’t be needing refills very quickly.