Growing up we would always visit my family in Ocean City, Maryland. It’s one of my “happy places”, I love it there in the summer. The east coast has such cute beach towns you can explore, all not too far away and each has different special things to offer. Last week we did something I’ve been excited to do for years, we took our baby boy there on vacation! Baby G is a true beach baby, he could have played with the sand and stomped his chubby little baby feet in the waves all day everyday. We could definitely say it’s his happy place now, too.
I want to give a shout out to Mitsubishi for lending us their 2018 Outlander for our trip. It was such a blessing to have that much space for our luggage, beach chairs, and of course all the baby stuff! We didn’t feel cramped for one second on the trip and it was so helpful to have a reliable, extremely safe car to explore the beach towns with. Not gonna lie, trading in our BMW for one of these for sure crossed my mind during the trip.
During our exploring we went to three beaches: Ocean City Maryland, Assateague Island and Rehoboth Beach Delaware. I’m going to break this post down by beach town and share our experiences with y’all!
OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND
I am very very biased when it comes to Ocean City, but it is my favorite beach town that I'll talk about in this post. When I was a little girl we'd always take a family vacation to Ocean City. When I was maybe 8 years old my grandparents decided to retire and move there, and basically every summer since then I've gone out there to see my family (we have cousins and great Aunt and Uncle out there too). I have countless memories of the Ocean City beaches and boardwalk. It really is one of my "happy places", I love being there.
I feel like I must share a few of our favorite Ocean City food spots, because that truly is a big part of the experience! Warning, none of the foods I'm about to mention are healthy. In fact, they are the opposite of that, they're sugary, greasy, delicious board walk food. The type of food that you totally don't want to eat all the time unless you'd like to go into cardiac arrest. With that being said, I think everything in moderation is best, and trying these foods is totally part of the boardwalk experience in Ocean City.
First off, don't you dare walk with OC boardwalk without popping into Dolle's Candyland. Whether you go there for the salt water taffy, their chocolates (that's my fav), or just because it's the most darling candy store you'll ever see, you just don't want to miss it. The store is a 4th generation family owned shop that opened in 1910. I'm proud to call them my relatives, and the store is currently owned by my cousins and they're doing amazing things with the brand while keeping those tasty original recipes the same. Plus, calories don't count while you're on vacation right?...
Another must try is Thrasher's French Fries. All this place sells is french fries, in three different sizes. I'm a malt vinegar kind of girl so we drench the fries with vinegar and gosh it's delicious. These fries were featured on the travel channel for a reason! (Maybe because they're so tasty that you end up happily standing in line multiple times to get them)
My last OC junk food recommendation is Dumser's Dairyland. We live close to Little Man Ice Cream in Denver (basically the most popular place in Denver for ice cream) and we must say Dumser's and Little Man are some of the best ice cream we've ever had (we can't decide which is better so I guess you'll have to try both and decide for yourself). At Dumser's we love their banana flavor, and we love the cherry dip (only available on the boardwalk location during the summer).
Okay, now that you all think we are total fatties... let's move onto the next beach town!
REHOBOTH BEACH, DELAWARE
Rehoboth is such a cute beach town, in fact it's one of my favorites! They have a great beach, a fun boardwalk and the most adorable boutique type shops along the main street in town. If you want to do a bit more shopping and skip the beach for a day, Rehoboth has a great outlet mall. We love shopping there because Delaware has no sales tax!
Assateague Island is a 37-mile long island located off the eastern coast of the Delmarva peninsula, right across from Ocean City, Maryland. Growing up our family would always visit Assateague because of the wild horses and the great beach. We think it's so neat to see the horses walk along the beach and they even hang out in the parking lots. I've don't think I've ever gone to Assateague without spotting a few ponies. If you are looking for a less crowded beach in this area, this might be a great option. It's definitely less crowded than Ocean City and Rehoboth from my experience. It's a great spot to pack a picknic and spend the day at the beach.
If you can't already tell, I love eastern shore beach towns. They really are the perfect place to vacation with your family. There is so much to do, see and a ton of cute towns to explore. Pin the photo below to save this post and help you plan your eastern shore family vacation.
Thanks again Mitsubishi for making our trip easy and seamless with your 2018 Outlander. Having a spacious vehicle that was safe and reliable made our trip stress free.