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Dinginess Part of the Charm? Ocean City's Boardwalk Named Top Attraction for Kids

Ocean City's Boardwalk was named a top attraction for kids in the United States. The website says voters "consider a bit of dinginess part of the Boardwalk's kitschy charm.”

Ocean City, Maryland's Boardwalk was named a top attraction for kids in the United States. Credit: OCocean.com
Ocean City, Maryland's Boardwalk was named a top attraction for kids in the United States. Credit: OCocean.com

Ocean City's boardwalk has earned a spot on the list of the top 15 best attractions in the U.S. for kids.

The travel planning site Gogobot ranks the boardwalk 11th out of attractions from across the country, reports WTOP. People voting on the site say they love the rides, cotton candy, and performers.

Gogobot describes the site: “Ocean City, Maryland's Boardwalk dates back to 1902 and is recognized as one of the best in the country. Gogobot families love the carnival of chaos -- including cotton candy, performers and pizza -- and consider a bit of dinginess part of the Boardwalk's kitschy charm.”

City leaders are tackling a couple of controversial issues that they hope will draw more visitors, particularly families, to the resort town.

At its next city council meeting, members will discuss whether lighting up a cigarette on the beach should be banned. Some city leaders say they don’t want non-smokers to take in secondhand smoke by the water.

And, the town is planning to erect signs that remind you, "No Profanity Please" on every block along the boardwalk. The blue and white signs, approved by the town council, will also be available to business owners who wish to post them. 

About Ocean City Gogobot member Arlo Hemphill writes, "...to those of us who grew up here, the combined smells of salt, candy, pizza and beer are a reminder of carefree childhood days and long summer days that went on forever. This is fantastic boardwalk with a lot of variety. There's something for everyone from the raucous carnival at the southern end, to the more laidback bed and breakfast vibe at the northern end. A must see for any visit to Maryland's Eastern Shore."

Gogobot announced the best attractions for kids as part of its Travelers' Favorites awards. The attractions were selected based on Gogobot user recommendations and the number of visits from the site's 3.7 million users.

"When you spend the whole day at some place like a theme park or zoo, you want everyone in your family to enjoy it -- young and old," Travis Katz, Gogobot CEO and co-founder, tells CNN.

No. 1 on the list is Exploratorium on Pier 15 in San Francisco, and No. 2 is Winter Park Resort in Colorado.

See the full list on Gogobot.

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