Vacations are expensive, no matter how budget-conscious you are.  Change up the scenery, and buy yourself some sanity with these five free things to do in Ocean City!

An Ocean City vacation is perfect because once you get there, frolicking on the sand is free of charge. But what happens when the kids get bored and start driving you crazy? There are lots of diversions on the boardwalk and all throughout Ocean City, but many of them will take a beating on your wallet. These five free things to do in Ocean City have a kinder, gentler effect on your bank account, which is no effect at all!

1. Family Beach Olympics

[caption id="attachment_9553" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]free things to do in ocean city Courtesy[/caption] Bring the whole family out to 27th Street Beach for a little friendly competition. All skill levels welcome!  Activities include sand castle contests, tug-of-war, relay games, and more. The Olympics are held Tuesdays from June 26 to August 14, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

2. Movies on the Beach

[caption id="attachment_9552" align="aligncenter" width="768"]free things to do in ocean city Courtesy[/caption] Ocean City Recreation and Parks will host these free beach movies at the Carousel Hotel on 117th Street on Wednesday evenings from June 6 to August 30, as well as on 27th Street Beach on Monday and Friday evenings from June 25 to August 17. At both locales, the movies are shown on a huge screen, starting at about 8:30 p.m. In the event of bad weather, the movie will be canceled. Go here for the Carousel movie schedule, and here for the 27th Street listings.

3. Sunset Park Party Nights

[caption id="attachment_9551" align="aligncenter" width="722"]free things to do in ocean city Courtesy[/caption] Get your groove on at a free concert while watching the sunset over the Isle of Wight Bay! Sunset Park is located along S. Division Street on the Bay, near the Coast Guard Station. Concerts are held Thursdays from July 11 to August 30, from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission to the park is free, while beverages, including beer, are available for purchase. Pro tip: bring your own chair! Go here for the 2018 lineup!

4. Fishing Tournaments

[caption id="attachment_9550" align="aligncenter" width="5184"]free things to do in ocean city Courtesy[/caption] Of all the free things to do in Ocean City, this has to be one of the most exciting! There are tons of fishing tournaments in Ocean City, where you can see the weigh-ins for monster fish like marlin, mako sharks, swordfish, tuna, and more! For a full listing of the summer's tourneys, go here!

5. Northside Park

[caption id="attachment_9548" align="aligncenter" width="746"]free things to do in ocean city Courtesy Vantage Resort Realty[/caption] Northside Park is Ocean City's largest park facility, located at 200 125th St. The 58-acre complex boasts three lighted softball/baseball fields, a lighted soccer field, multipurpose field, a fishing lagoon, a footbridge, concession stands, two playgrounds, picnic area, two piers, a gazebo, walking/jogging paths, and more. Pack a lunch and head out to explore all this park has to offer! So don't break the bank on your vacation -- check out these five free things to do in Ocean City that'll keep the whole family happy! Have you ever checked out one of these free Ocean City activities? Do you know some we didn't list? Let us know all about it in the comments!

Ocean City is the place to be ... It made TripAdvisor's list of top 10 summer travel destinations!