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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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Johnstown Pa

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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.

How much do beach umbrellas rent for during the summer?
Submitted by arthur T, Land O Lakes Florida on November 14, 2014
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Centreville, VA

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Answered: November 14, 2014

Rental rates are about $15/day or $70/week for umbrella and $8/day or $40/week for chairs. The raes vary a little but depending on the operator. They don't tend to change much year to year.

We are travelling down to Maryland for a lacrosse tournament in Centreville Nov 15/16. On the Saturday afternoon I was thinking of making the trip out to OC with my 8 year old. Where is the best place to park and walk from to put us in the center of the action? I want him to be able to see as much as possible without having to drive and park several times.
Submitted by Mark M, Toronto Ontario on November 13, 2014
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Linthicum MD and OC MD

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Answered: November 13, 2014

Hi Mark,

Your best bet is to go to the OC inlet at the most southern tip of OC and park at the Hugh Cropper Inlet Parking lot.  From there, stroll the boardwalk, collect seashellos on the beach, play in the arcades, get some yummy foods and visit the unique shops.  Also, I recommend that you head up to either 68th or 136th St and play a round or two of indoor miniature golf at the Old Pro Golf courses.   It is alot of fun!

I'm interested in purchasing an OC Calendar for 2015 and would also like information regarding the book that was recently published about OC. I think it's called the Vanishing OC? Can you tell me where I can order these items?
Submitted by Sandi S, Lebanon Pennsylvania on November 13, 2014
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Centreville, VA

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Answered: November 13, 2014

I have the book Vanishing Ocean City and can tell you it is an incredibly fantastic piece of work. I own many books on OC history, an this one is truly a masterpiece!. You can find out more about and order a copy here.

If you are looking for a 2015 Ocean City calendar, try the one published by Chris Parypa. He is a noted excellent local photographer (we used him for family photos lst summer!) with a great calender. Find out more about it or order it here.

Do you need a pass to park in the empty lot across from the Grande Hotel? I''d like to park my car trailer there. 
Submitted by ANDY M, JOHNSTOWN Pennsylvania on November 13, 2014
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Bayville, NJ

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Answered: November 15, 2014

Hi Andy, check with the grand hotel first if not then you have to park it some place else. i would also check some of the side streets near the grand because most of the spaces are empty this time of year.

Hello, We'll be in OC for Thanksgiving. Any recommendation for best places for Thanksging day carryout dinners to bring back to hotel Thanksgiving day?
Submitted by Raymond R, Carney Maryland on November 10, 2014
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Bayville, NJ

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Answered: November 12, 2014

Hi Raymond, Take out is a great idea however, here are some other helpful suggestions:

The Captain's Table on 15th street will be having a Thanksgiving Buffet, here is the information:

November 27, 2014 Thursday 1pm - 8pm

Adults $25.95 • Children 5-10 $9.95

Under 5 ComplimentaryReservations Recommended (410) 289-7192 Traditional Thanksgiving Menu • Carving Station with Turkey • Sliced Turkey Breast and Ham • Baked Salmon • Fried Oysters • Stuffing and Gravy • Mashed Potatoes • Candied Sweet Potatoes • Caesar Salad • Sauerkraut • Succotash • Green Beans • Biscuits and Rolls • Desserts including Pumpkin Pie The dunes manor on 28th street is offering packages for the Thanksgiving weekend and also here is the information on their Thanksgiving Day Buffet visit http://dunesmanor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Thanksgiving-Buffet-Menu_10-14-14.pdf The Princess Royale on 91st street will also be hosting Thanksgiving here is the information: Thanksgiving Celebration Give thanks the Princess Royale way with our bountiful Thanksgiving buffet featuring roast turkey with giblet gravy, Tony's world famous stuffing, mashed potatoes, baked fish du jour, honey glazed ham, tortellini, imported and domestic cheese tray, bountiful array of homemade salads, oven-baked fresh rolls and butter, our Chef's assorted dessert tray and much more!  For more information on Thanksgiving Day events visit www.ococean.com and click on events  

Thanksgiving Day Buffet

I will be there wednesday through Friday Nov 5 th to the 7th. Is there anything open and a must do or see or eat?
Submitted by kristin b, blackwood New Jersey on November 4, 2014
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Bayville, NJ

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Answered: November 4, 2014

hey kristin!!! yes there is the shops on the boardwalk that will be open, the arcades too, you can also try planet maze on 33rd street for indoor laser tag which is a lot of fun, old pro golf has two indoor locations on 68th and 136th streets that offer indoor mini golf and both have an arcade area as well. carousel on 117th street has an indoor ice skating rink that would be fun. must eat defintely the bull on the beach on 94th is great for dinner or lunch, laytons on 92nd has a great breakfast and lunch, you would also like the captains table on 15th street, dumpsers dairyland for ice cream, etc. For more information visit www.ococean.com and click on events.