Ocean Downs is technically Maryland’s oldest casino if you count horse racing, given the track’s opening in 1949 with construction having begun in 1947.
Today, Ocean Downs contains slot machines and table gaming, so you are in for far more than just horse racing if heading to the track isn’t your thing.
Located in Berlin, Maryland, and owned and operated by the legendary Churchill Downs, Ocean Downs completes your next Maryland Getaway given its proximity to Ocean City, Maryland, arguably the hottest tourist destination in the state.
So if you are on vacation and if you are looking for a nearby attraction and entertainment center, head over to Ocean Downs where you will find a sweet influx of racing, slots, table gaming, and more.
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Ocean Downs Overview
Construction for the racino began in 1947, and the venue finally opened on July 25th, 1949. Ocean Downs has since expanded to allow slot machines and table gaming because of a 2008 referendum that approved up to 800 slot machines for the venue and table gaming followed not long after.
You also have 4 dynamic restaurants, on-site meeting and event space, nearby partner hotels if you are looking for a place to stay, and even shuttle services if you need a quick ride to and from the racino.
Ocean Downs Gaming
Casino gaming at Ocean Downs includes over 850 machines featuring both classic favorites and new, state-of-the-art themes. You will also find several denominations that range from a single penny to those up to $25. So whether you are recreational or a high-roller, Ocean Downs has you covered.
Popular slot games include Buffalo Golden 7, Buffalo Ignite, Cash Flurry, Gold Rush, Ultimate Fire Link, DragonLink, and more of your favorites.
So if you are looking to add flair to your game, the side bets are coming soon.
If you love the table games but are turned off by the high-stakes pressure at the live tables, you can always take advantage of Ocean Downs’ electronic table gaming options. Featuring Roulette, Keno, and Poker, you can get all the thrills at the table without all the pressure.
They also carry video poker machines, so if you’d rather play poker at your own pace, experience the thrill in a one on one setting. Featuring denominations ranging from 25 cents to $5, you have options regardless if you are a casual player or a high-roller.
And if betting on the races is your thing, Ocean Downs carries a full horse racing schedule. And if by any means you can’t make the races, don’t sweat. You can take advantage of their simulcast option so you can get in on all the action while you cheer your wagered horse to victory.
The following link will tell you everything you need to know about racing at Ocean Downs. From details regarding the live racing events to instructions on how to bet and general inquiries, you will find everything you need to know before you head into the casino to place your bet.
Ocean Downs Dining
Ocean Downs features 4 dining options that feature pub-style casual, and grab and go options. So whether you are looking for the fancy dinner or just a night out, you need not venture far from the casino to satisfy your cravings.
If you are in the mood for trying local favorites with a boardwalk atmosphere, head over to Waves. Favorites include the Eastern Shore Burger plus a plethora of local snacks you won’t find anywhere else unless you hit the Ocean City Boardwalk.
Pacers is always open during the racing season, and it is your ultimate casual dining option overlooking the track. So if you are looking for something to eat but you still want in on all the action, Pacers is where it’s happening.
Poseidon’s Pub provides a pub-style array of menu items, including your favorite bar food to local crafts. They also serve complete dinner entrees, so if you need to fill up after a day at the casino, Poseidon’s Pub is your ultimate option here. It also overlooks the track, so you can still catch all the racing action.
Poseidon’s Pub also features the greatest chefs in the area. So if you are thinking of a dinner with an upscale flair entwined with an old-school pub-like atmosphere, this is the ultimate venue to get the best of both worlds.
The Clubhouse Turn offers quick, grab and go options like burgers, pizza, wings, salads, tenders, and more of your typical fast-food favorites. Head in, grab what you are hungry for, and hit the races.
Ocean Downs Promotions and Events
Ocean Downs features promotions and events all year long, so if you are looking forward to getting in on the action, click the above link to see what’s happening here at the racino.
Promotions include events like Friends with Free Play, Veterans Day Free Play, Inbox Jackpots, and more.
You should also check Ocean Downs’ events calendar to see if there is anything special going on when you venture out to this racino.
And if you are playing at Ocean Downs or any Churchill Downs-owned venue often, join the Player’s Club, which is the best way to earn rewards for your efforts at the slots and table games. Joining is easy, and once you play, you can earn points that you can exchange for perks and benefits.
But if you play often, you can even earn benefits that include priority restaurant seating, VIP parking, and up to a 30 percent discount at Poseidon’s Pub.
It pays to play at Ocean Downs, so join the Player’s Club today if you play often and start earning rewards for all the hours of gaming you put in.
Ocean Downs Accommodations and Nearby Attractions
Local hotels surrounding Ocean Downs include a plethora of options from nearby Ocean City, which the above link will lead you to if you would like to search for a place to stay for your next getaway.
Selected hotels include Aloft Hotel by Marriott, Commander Hotel & Suites, Holiday Inn Express Bethany Beach, Bethany Beach Ocean Suites, and the Fenwick Inn. Of course, these are just a handful of the dozens of options you will find in the area. Especially with a tourist attraction like Ocean City nearby.
You can go long and get the most luxurious experience of your life or if you just want economy, there are several economic options in the area too.
And if you are looking to make Ocean Downs a part of your overall vacation, there are more than a few things to do in the area.
Ocean City is the top attraction and given the number of beaches and beach activities, you will never get bored if you are looking to swap a day at the casino for a day at the beach. Take a walk on the boardwalk, where you will discover many unique shops plus sand structures built by local artists.
Those structures are truly one of a kind, and you will find them all over the area when you hit the boardwalk.
In Ocean City, you will also find several mini-golf courses, so if that’s your thing you have about a half-dozen options featuring an array of themes to keep you interested. The most well-known course in the area is Old Pro Golf.
Oh, and if you find yourself in Ocean City during the second week of June, head over to the Brine Beach Lax Festival and see what’s happening.
Another key attraction in Ocean City is its skate park, known as Ocean Bowl Skatepark. The park holds the distinction as being one of the first if not the first skatepark to open on America’s east coast. While the original skate park is gone, the current park sits on the same site, built in 1998.
So if you are an avid skater, hitting the Ocean Bowl Skatepark is a must.
With the ocean, a skatepark, dozens of boardwalk shops, ocean art, and mini-golf courses, it is hard to get bored over at Ocean City. And adding Ocean Downs to your Ocean City getaway completes the vacation.
Ocean Downs began in 1949 as a racetrack and has since become a primary attraction among tourists from all over the eastern United States. So if you are heading out to Ocean City, Maryland for fun and sun but would like some casino gaming, you will find it at this thriving racino.
And you can make the safe bet that Ocean Downs’ best days are well ahead.
Have you been to Ocean Downs and have you spent a vacation in Ocean City, MD? If so, tell us about your experience. We are always looking forward to hearing your stories.