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My daughter is in Ocean City now for a week. She wanted to know if parking at the boardwalk is free? Also is this where the Winterfest of lights is and is there parking even available?
Submitted by Barbara C, Chesapeake beach Maryland on December 15, 2014
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Johnstown Pa

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Answered: December 15, 2014

Parking is pretty much free everywhere in OC right now.  The Winterfest of Lights is at Northside Park on 125th St. Parking there is available, and there is additional parking on side streets.  There is a small charge to ride the tram for the lights festival. 

We are thinking about coming to Ocean City over New Years weekend (Dec. 31 to Jan. 3). What is open during this timeframe? We will be staying in the inlet area. We will have 2 kids (ages 5 and 7) with us. Are any of the boardwalk vendors (rides, food vendors, stores) open (e.g., Thrashers, Fischer's)? What about indoor water parks? Are there any in the general Ocean City area? Any insight you can offer is much appreciated!
Submitted by Jennifer S, Arlington Virginia on December 15, 2014
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Centreville, VA

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Answered: December 15, 2014

I have often been in OC at this time of year. It is obviously much slower than the rest of the year, but you can still find plenty to do. If the weather is nice, some of the Boardwalk shops will be open. Boardwalk favorites  Thrasher's Fries, Dumser's ice cream, Fisher's popcorn (my favorite!), Candy Kitchen are almost always open on the weekends and sometimes on weekdays. Trimper's Rides used to sometimes open their indoor rides on nice weekends, but I've heard they will stay closed unti springtime this year.

There are not any indoor water parks, buthere are some other ideas of things to do:

BE sure to visit the Winterefest of Lights at Northside Park at 125th Street.

Many restaurants are open year round, but some only on weekends. If you go to the Visitor's Center at the Convention Center, they usually have a list of what restaurants are open when for the off season. Most restaurants in large hotels art open year round. For a list of restaurants that will be open, take a look at this thread.

Take a trip down to Assateague. It is only about a 15 minute drive. There is a great Vistor's Center on the right. It has lots of great interactive and touch-type exhibits that kids love, and a few short interesting movies about Assateague. You can drive a fair distance on Assateague before entering the fee area and I almost always see the horses in the free area. There are some great short easy hikes in the fee area that you may want to consider if the weather is nice.

Play indoor mini golf at one of the two Old Pro Indoor Courses. The one at 68th Street is are open everyday and the one at 136th is open on weekends.

Play Laser Tag at Planet Maze (410.524.4386). They are closed Tuesday-Thursday.

Go bowling at 72nd Street Ocean Lanes. Call ahead to check for lane availability (410.524.7550) and be aware, they take cash only.

Go Ice Skating or see an ice skating show at the Carousel.

Go to an Arcade - Marty's Playland is open everyday!

Go to the Salisbury Zoo - It is about 30 miles away. It is a nice community zoo thatis great for kids, and it is free!

Take a drive to the Delmarva Discovery Center (410.957.9933) to learn about the area's natural and cultural history. It is about 40 miles from OC.

If it is a warm day, checkout some WWII history at Fort Miles in Lewis, DE. It can be a fun place to walk around with kids too - they have several interesting artillery pieces and you can go up in one of the towers to get a spectacular view of the Altantic and Delaware Bay.

I always recommend staying at a place with an indoor pool in the off season, as it provides something to do if the weather is not nice.

Have a Happy New Year in OC!

Is Winterfest of Lights rain or shine event? 
Submitted by paula s, frederick Maryland on December 8, 2014
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Answered: December 8, 2014

It is.  I have only seen it cancelled once or twice because of extreme weather.  It's even more beautiful if you get a night when there's a light snow falling and snow on the ground.  But if there's a Nor'easter with heavy rain or snow, it will be postponed till the following night. 

From the free parking lot, is it possible to walk to the beach instead of shuttle?
Submitted by Martin C, Ste-Melanie Quebec on December 4, 2014
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Centreville, VA

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Answered: December 4, 2014

I am not sure which free parking lot you are referring to. At this time of year, until April, all of the parking in OC is free!

However, to answer your question, it is a short walk to the beach (less than 5 minutes) from almost anywhere in OC. Parking on almost all of the side streets north of 10th Street is always free (including all summer) and generally it is not too hard to find a parking spot. It is easy to walk to the beach from these side streets as they  are short and end at the beach!

Note that all 10 miles of OC's beaches are public, readily accessible, guarded (June thru September), clean, and Free!

Have fun in OC!

My wife and I are thinking about working down there next summer. Where do we find housing?
Submitted by Ray T, Conshohocken Pennsylvania on December 1, 2014
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Johnstown Pa

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Answered: December 1, 2014

Hi Ray,

You can check with any of Ocean City's fine realtors for arranging housing :

Holiday Real Estate   www.holidayoc.com

Coldwell Banker     www.cbvacations.com

Long and Foster    www.lfvacations.com

Vacation Rental by Owner   www.vrbo.com

For Rent by Owner    www.frbo.com

Also, check Craigs list, and also check with your employer. Some OC employers offer housing for their summer employees.

I will be in oc dec 5th/6th. Are there any karaoke places still open? How about comedy clubs? Also what website can I use for activities in Berlin?
Submitted by Sandy K, Abingdon Maryland on December 1, 2014
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Centreville, VA

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Answered: December 1, 2014

The Ocean City Sandbar does Karaoke. Call them at 410.289.1558 to see when they are open.

All of the comedy paces I know of are dark until the crowds pickup in the Spring.

You did not mention it, but if you are looking for a show, Dickens Parlour Theatre in nearby Millsville, DE does magic shows with visiting magicians all year round. I've been to one of their shows and it was very entertaining.

There are lots of great businesses in Berlin. To find out about Berlin events and businesses, checkout the Berlin Chamber of Commerce website.

We are an over 40 couple spending Thanksgiving week in OC. What things are there to do in OC and the surrounding area? I love to shop, but my husband doesn't.
Submitted by Darlene S, Annapolis Maryland on November 24, 2014
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Johnstown Pa

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Answered: November 24, 2014

Hi Darlene!  I'm over 40 (well over 40!) and there are some very nice things to do this weekend.

I recommend taking the horse drawn carriage ride around town.  You will find them on the boardwalk at the inlet next to Thrasher's Fries (which should be open along with Fisher's popcorn!).  

Take some time and visit the Life Saving Station Museum before or after your ride.  A few dollars admission but worth it and it helps keep the museum open.

There will be some stores and restaurants open on the boardwalk so stop in and have a bite and a drink and maybe pick up some last minute Christmas extras.

There is shopping and dining at the outlets in West Ocean City. 

Visit the Art League on 94th St. Some beautiful artwork and much of it is available for purchase (all price ranges).

Take a ride out Stephen Decatur Highway (Rte 611) towards Assateague and turn right and drive into Berlin. They will be celebrating their yearly Victorian Christmas with beautiful displays and there are so many shops to browse and shop, plus bistros and a bakery for your sweet tooth.  

Be sure to visit the Jeffrey Auxer Glass Studio just off of Main St. on Jefferson St. You can't miss it. You can watch him blow glass and there's a very nice gift shop as well.

You could see a show at the OC Jamboree just off Rte 611 on the right or stop at the Visitor Center as you enter Assateague Park.  Walking along Assateague beach you might get lucky and find some nice sea shells that you don't find in the summer. 

There are also two indoor mini golf courses on 68th and 136th Streets, movie theaters and a bowling alley!  Or you may even enjoy ice skating at the Carousel Hotel. They have skates available to rent in all sizes. 

And of course, the absolute MUST see will be the Winterfest of Lights at Northside Park.  Ride the tram around the park and see the beautiful light displays, then come inside and enjoy some hot chocolate and see Santa and visit the little gift shop.  Don't miss it!

You can find information about all of the year long events in Ocean City at www.ococean.com/events

I hope you have a wonderful, memorable holiday in Ocean City.  Happy Holidays!

Which restaurants will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2014?
Submitted by Linda K, North Beach Maryland on November 21, 2014
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Centreville, VA

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Answered: November 21, 2014

Most restaurants in the large hotels including Captain's Table at the Marriott, Victorian Room at the Dunes Manor, and Horizons at the Clarion will be open. Places won't be real busy, but will be lightly staffed too, so I definitely suggest calling ahead to make a reservation.

A few years ago my family was in OC for Christmas. We enjoyed a great Christmas dinner at Captain's Table followed by a brisk walk on the boardwalk and then an overnight snow!

Have a MErry Christmas in OC!

Looking for day/night activities November with 12-yr old. We are also looking for a traditional Holiday dinner for Thanksgiving - it's a toss-up between Embers, Sunset Grill, or Adolfos.Thanks you in advance-Valerie
Submitted by valerie V, CAMDEN North Carolina on November 18, 2014
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Answered: November 18, 2014

Hi Valerie,

You'll find that the boardwalk will be busy that weekend if weather is good.  Thrasher's Fries and Fisher's Popcorn are usually open on weekends (weather permitting),  the Life Saving Station Museum will also be open along with Marty's Playland Arcade and bicycle rental shops, so you can all go for a bike ride.  Places like Planet Maze on 33rd St. and two indoor mini golf courses on 68th and 1356th St. are open as well .  There is a multiplex  movie theater on Coastal Highway, and there is also a bowling alley in Ocean City.

The Winterfest of Lights at Northside Park is a wonderful family event. You can buy tickets ahead of time at the Community Center there to help avoid the line at night, and once you're done with the ride you can visit with Santa, have hot chocolate, or purchase a gift or souvenir at the little gift shop.

Horse and carriage rides are available on the boardwalk now. They are located next to Thrasher's at the inlet.  It's a really pleasant short ride around town.

There is also a large Craft Show at the Convention Center during the weekend as well on 40th St.

Berlin is a great place to visit during the holidays, and you can still visit Assateague and see the wild ponies there. You may even find some nice sea shells that you can't find during the summer months now.

I recommend the Captain's Table for an excellent sit down dinner for Thanksgiving.  Reservations are required though.  

Enjoy your holiday in Ocean City.

Who owns the parking lot on N philadelphia between 22nd and 23rd streets?
Submitted by andy m, johnstown Pennsylvania on November 14, 2014
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Linthicum MD and OC MD

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Answered: November 14, 2014

I did a MD State Deptment of Taxation report on the properties between 22nd and 23rd,  It could be owned by one of several companies, including Marios Restaurant at 2204 Philadelphia Ave, The Harbor Towne Condominiums at 2205, The Pointe Resort at 2209, or Old Pro Golf  at 2300.