Do you love nature? Do you love being outside enjoying sandy beaches, lush forests, and amazing hiking trails? You can truly take advantage of nature and the gorgeous wildlife in Ocean City Maryland. And feel free to stay in the best hotels Ocean City has to offer while visiting nature’s friendly hideaway.
And speaking of wildlife, there are some astounding places to go to see all of the local wildlife up close and in living color. As you can imagine, Ocean City, Maryland has some of the most wonderful creatures that you’ll set eyes on.
So, if you’re looking to enjoy nature and see all the wildlife, we highly recommend staying in Ocean City for a while. Invite all of your family and friends. And don’t forget to bring the kids, because they’re absolutely going to adore all of the amazing animals that they’ll see.
Experience The Wildlife Of Ocean City While Staying at the Best Hotels Ocean City Has To Offer
If you plan to come to Ocean City for a nature retreat to see the wildlife, there are many places that you can visit to see the animals up close and personal.
Some of our favorite places for outdoor wildlife adventures in Ocean City include:
Assateague Island National Seashore
At Assateague Island National Seashore, you’ll get to appreciate the best of the best in wildlife.
And while you’re there, you’ll be able to enjoy miles and miles of beaches, three amazing nature trails that are half a mile long each, and if you visit on a Saturday, all entrance fees and open house fees are waived during National Park Week.
There are truly some amazing animals to visit while hiking the nature trails. You’ll recognize endangered species, marine mammals, migratory birds, and much more.
In fact, some of the most popular animals on the trails include:
- Least Shrew
- Eastern Cottontail
- Atlantic White Sided Dolphin
- Common Dolphin
- Meadow Vole
- Norway Rat
- River Otter
- Virginia Opossum
- White Tailed Deer
- White Footed Mouse
- Meadow Jumping Mouse
- Little Brown Band
- Red Bat
- Rice Rat
- and more
As you can tell, there is definitely some amazing wildlife to check out while visiting the Assateague Island Wildlife Refuge.
And we’ve only mentioned the smaller mammals.
You’ll also get to look at bald eagles, merlins, wild ponies, red foxes, pelicans, oyster catchers, sika deer, snow geese, great horned owls, horseshoe crabs, peregrine falcons and so much more.
So, if you really want to enjoy the wildlife and take in some fun and exciting nature trails, the Assateague Island National Seashore is the perfect place to visit.
Northside Park in Ocean City
Northside Park in Ocean City is also another great place to visit if you want to experience fun, sun, and wildlife out in nature.
This park is made up of 58 acres of gorgeous land. As you walk the trails, you will notice plenty of birds, ground animals, and so much more.
One of the great things about being in Ocean City is that there are wild ponies living in their natural habitat. So if you ever wanted to check out beautiful ponies out in the wild, then visiting Northside Park and Assateague Island are two great places to see these beautiful, majestic creatures.
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
At the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, you’ll get to enjoy over 27,000 acres of rich tidal marsh land. But there are also many other habitats to enjoy and appreciate as well including small areas of cropland, mixed deciduous and evergreen forests, freshwater ponds, and more.
The interesting thing about Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is that it was recently written up in USA Today. Yes, this prominent American newspaper listed this refuge as “One of the 10 Best: Amazing Places for Wildlife”.
Originally established in 1933, this haven was set aside to preserve and protect migrating geese and ducks. It gives them a safe place to go as they are migrating along the Atlantic Flyway.
During the November migration period, you can see anywhere upwards of 15,000 ducks and 35,000 geese visiting Blackwater.
But this preserve is much more than just a sanctuary for ducks and geese during the migratory season. It also serves as habitat for several species that are currently endangered including the American bald eagle, the peregrine falcon, and the Delmarva fox squirrel.
This unique habitat is really important because it is the home to the largest population of remaining Delmarva fox squirrels. And it’s also the home of the current largest breeding population of bald eagles on the East Coast of the United States north of Florida.
If you are truly ready to enjoy wildlife in its natural habitat, then you will absolutely love visiting Ocean City, Maryland.Come visit us soon.