Marty's Playland is more than just a video arcade. We are family fun place, part of Ocean City history, and one of the nicest and affordable amusement venues in town.
Marty's Playland arcade has been entertaining guests on Ocean City's famous boardwalk ever since it began in the 1940s. It was one of the town's first complete arcade venues, and has evolved to be a true amusement icon in the resort town that has not lost touch with its roots.
Playland was originally owned and operated by Marty and Anna Mitnick who knew they had something good as they stood behind the prize counter and watched dozens of tourists standing shoulder-to-shoulder playing their games. It wouldn't be long before Sam Gaffin, son in-law of Marty Mitnick, would take over and operate the establishment until he retired. The Trimper family purchased the establishment and has been persistent about keeping it true to yesteryear and to its previous owners. Playland is one of the few air-conditioned arcades left in the area that continues to carry on tradition by offering vintage Crane Digger and Skee Ball machines for families to play, along with a vintage Fortune Teller from the 1940s and several 80s-era games like Pac Man. Also unique to Playland is its lineup of Pinball Machines, some of which are antiques, which most modern day arcades have long abandoned. But, while Playland strives to set itself apart by continuing to offer antique games, it also offers a complete lineup of the most up-to-date video and redemption games.
In conjunction with operating a full arcade on the first floor, Playland also offers several vacation apartments on the second floor. The Playland Apartments have proven to be an attractive vacation spot because of their appeal and convenience.
In March of 2008, Playland suffered fire damage from a nine-alarm blaze in a neighboring structure and took 225 firefighters from 19 nearby towns to fight. Thanks to quick actions from the management, the arcade was back up and running within several weeks. Thanks to the structure's sprinkler system the building was saved along with nearly 70 years of memories. Several vintage games were sent away to be dried and some newer games were purchased to replaced damaged units, but amazingly hardly any evidence of the fire damage exists today.