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Berlin, Maryland: Frontier Town

Train robberies, gun fights, and can-can shows occur daily (in summer) in the Wild West of coastal Atlantic Maryland. Open since 1959, though marketed now for its water park. Big statue out front of a gunslinger on a rearing horse.

Frontier Town

8430 Stephen Decatur Hwy, Berlin, MD
From US Hwy 50 turn south onto Hwy 611/Stephen Decatur Hwy and drive four miles.
Summer daily 10 am - 6 pm. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $14.
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Frontier Town ocean barge.

Frontier Town

I had been looking at Frontier Town's fantastic stagecoach-and-horses boat floating over the ocean blue in Ocean City for years, so I figured it was time to finally check the place out. It was a fun and Old School attraction with a hearty dose of slapstick humor. Train robberies, can-can shows, and gunfights all play a major part of the fun.

[Joe McLaughlin, 08/19/2019]

Frontier Town.

Frontier Town

Combo water park/wild west theme park open seasonally in Berlin, MD. Also includes a campground/ RV park in the rear.

Near the gift shop is a large fake shark, labeled as a genuine prop from the movie "Jaws."

[Laurie Zambrano, 10/29/2016]
Frontier Town

Frontier Town is alive and well! As a summer child of north Ocean City (our cottage was across the highway from the lighthouse), I visited Frontier Town all through the sixties and early seventies. I took my own children through the 80's but when they grew up I had no one to take!

Now my grandson is almost 5 and we decided it was time to go! Oh, the memories flooded back as I pulled into the parking area. Little has changed, but that's not a bad thing in a place like this. The one thing I missed was the old Frontier Town Gazette, where you could get your name printed in the headline. Now you can buy a wanted poster, or Old Time Photo, but it's not quite the same!

I grew up with a huge crush on John "Red Bird" Moore who was the larger than life man who so skillfully entertained us in the Indian Village. When he died tragically in 1989, many of us were truly saddened. It is heartwarming that his son and grandsons carry on his legacy there and they do a fine job of it.

The shootouts, robberies, rodeo, can can shows, train and stage coach ride/robberies haven't changed. You can still pan for gold, see baby "rattlers" and feed the goats. There are lots of photo opportunities in this old west town.

In the early years I believe there was a real piano player for the can can show. Later there was a "player piano." Now the two pianos sit in sad condition and the music is "canned". But it was still a lot of fun! So many children have no concept of "cowboys and indians." My grandson was all about pirates, SpongeBob, and fire trucks. By the time we left, he was buying western toys and clothes and would have slept in his cowboy gear that night if allowed. Still a wonderful place for everyone!

Tip: Don't go on a really hot day unless you are planning on visiting the water park to cool down! Also, the roads are soft dirt, so dress accordingly!

[Lynn, 08/31/2007]

Oct. 2016: Photo added.

Frontier Town - Vague Recollections

I went back to Frontier Town last summer after ten years. I went there when I was a kid and I took my kids there to let them see what I saw. It is all the same, train robbers, gun fights, cancan shows.

I remember a guy they called the Old Marshal. He was an older man, most of the actors were teenagers, and he was so nice to me when I was a kid. I had hoped he would still be there, but they said he retired in 1993. Wherever you are Old Marshal, you are fondly remembered.

[Bill Hastings, 07/04/2004]
Frontier Town

Yes, Frontier Town is alive and kickin'. Been going there since I was a young'un in the '50s, and it's still the same. Shootout in the OK Corral, pan for gold, stagecoach and steam train rides (with holdups), tribal dancing in the Indian Village, dancehall girls and comedy in the "Silver Nugget Saloon", bank holdup, cowboys, the Sheriff, horses, cows, buffalo, etc. Now they also have free paddle boat rides through the woods. I love the wooden box with the baby rattlers in it -- still there after all this time! Seems like you've walked onto a Hollywood set while they're filming. Admission covers all rides and shows, all day long. I still love it, and so do my kids! Plan to spend the day. The shows are the best!

[Nancy Millionie, 07/04/2004]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Cowboy with Ice Cream ConeCowboy with Ice Cream Cone, Berlin, MD - < 1 mi.
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Nanticoke the Inlet IndianNanticoke the Inlet Indian, Ocean City, MD - 4 mi.
In the region:
Frank Perdue Mini-Museum, Salisbury, MD - 25 mi.

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