Oyster knows what travelers look for in their hotels. When we visit properties around the world, we evaluate how every feature stacks up against the competition, from the rooms to the pools to the restaurants. So if you’re planning a family trip and need a place to start, you’ve come to the right place. Take a look at our top kid-friendly hotel picks in Ocean City, and get inspired!
This 210-room, mid-range chain hotel is pleasant and inviting, albeit with a somewhat generic feel. With multiple pools, restaurants, and a fitness center, it does offer an array of features to accommodate kids and adults. A game room and water-park-style outdoor pool with a lazy river and slides make this hotel a good oceanfront pick for families with kids. Its location right on the Ocean City boardwalk is convenient for those wanting plenty of beach and boardwalk time. Rooms are spacious, with fully equipped kitchenettes and private balconies, and some have pretty bay views.
This 232-room, mid-range hotel is a great value for families, as it is filled with kid-friendly activities and amenities. Its playground, children's splash area, arcade, and pirate-themed indoor pool are some of the features that set this hotel apart as a kid-focused destination. The Francis Scott Key is right by an outlet mall and a bevy of restaurants. It lacks an oceanfront location, however, as the beach is a five-minute drive away (the hotel does have a free shuttle for guests). Inside the hotel, there is a '50s-inspired diner with cheerful decor and a family lounge that hosts movie nights.
The beachfront, 239-room chain hotel Carousel embodies an Ocean City carnival, with its music-filled indoor ice rink and ice shows, movies on the beach, pools, atrium, and more. A bounce house, game room, playground, coin-operated kiddy rides, and an abundance of cotton candy and sweets make the Carousel a paradise for children. An indoor pool, hot tub, outdoor pool, and kiddy pool cover all the bases for swimming and poolside lounging.
The Comfort Suites Ocean City has a clean and modern look with nice-size rooms with mini-fridges and microwaves. Family-friendly amenities include a basketball court, game room, and playground. The highlight here is a big, fun outdoor swimming pool with water-park-style features. In addition to the pool, the basketball court, game room, and playground will keep the little ones occupied for hours. Breakfast is free, and there's a make-your-own waffle station.
This large, family-owned oceanfront hotel with an OIympic-size swimming pool and beach volleyball court is incredibly kid-friendly, with a seasonal kids program that includes live character performances. The Beach House Restaurant serves breakfast a la carte or buffet-style (and there's a kids' menu, of course). Little ones will also likely appreciate the ice cream shop. Both kids and adults will also likely appreciate the sand volleyball court, and the extensive seasonal kids activities include activities such as arts and crafts, face painting, and silly hat making -- not to mention popular live kids'-oriented shows. Weekly family movie night screenings of kid-friendly films happen on Tuesdays with popcorn and candy provided.
This beach hotel is right on the ocean, with many of its rooms offering views of the Atlantic from their private balconies. All of the Holiday Inn’s rooms are spacious and comfortable, though they feature rather chain-like decor. The fully equipped kitchenettes and free Wi-Fi in all rooms add to the value. Also, the public amenities are plentiful, with a range of options geared toward children as well as adults. Some of the child-friendly amenities include a kiddy pool, splash pad, and game room.