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Where do I find the ferry to Ocean City, MD once I get off the New Jersey Parkway? What is the price, and do I have to make reservations?
Submitted by Thomas R, Staten island New York on July 21, 2016
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 21, 2016

You basically take the Garden State Parkway to the south end. Get off onto Route 109 North to US-9. The route to the Cape May - Lewis Ferry is marked on the route. The ferry is only a couple of miles from the Parkway. The ferry does not take you to OC, but take you to Lewis, DE. The ferry is about 35 miles form the north end of OC. You can see the ferry schedule here. The full set of fares can be found here. A car and driver are about $47 and passengers are $10. Prices go down for round trip purchases and travel outside peak times. Reservations are strongly recommended when taking the ferry anytime, but especially in the summer season.

My husband is celebrating his birthday the week we are in Ocean City, so I am looking for things to possibly do, as well as a bakery recommendation for cake or cupcakes as some family may be coming for the day to celebrate. Additionally, I ordered a guide a few weeks back, and have yet to receive it in the mail. How long does this process generally take? Thanks a bunch!
Submitted by Pam A, Newmanstown Pennsylvania on July 20, 2016
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 20, 2016

VISITORS GUIDES

It can take a few weeks to get these guides (there are several, so I am not sure which one you requested), because they usually go out in media mail. However, you can see most of these guides online. Some great online sources are:

Keep looking at ococean.com, it has tons of useful information. Take a look at its related guide, Ocean City 2016 Vacation Guide published jointly by the City's Department of Tourism and Chamber of Commerce: Request Hard copy here - View Online here

Sunny Day Guide - Request Hardcopy (fee) - View 2016 Guide online (free)

Visitors Guide - View Online

You can also get all kinds of information once you get to town from the Visitors Center at the south end of Convention Center at 40th Street.

BAKERY

As far as recommending a bakery, try the bakery at Rick's Market at 64th Street. They do all kinds of great pastries and other custom baking.

THINGS TO DO

I took a Helicopter tour in May and it was fantastic. I took a 30 minute tour that covered all of OC and is was just $200 plus tip for two of us (they have cheaper and more expensive options too). It was a great adventure that gave us a unique view of OC.

If you prefer the water over the air, consider a boat ride on one of OC's speed boats or nature cruise tour boats. The Sea Rocket, OC Rocket, and Assateague Adventurer are all great options.

Take a drive down to Assateague. Checkout the Visitor's Center right before crossing onto the island. You can drive across the bridge and you will almost always see some horses while in the fee-free area. If you like to walk, there are some great easy hikes in the fee area.

If he would want some non-beach time in the great outdoors, consider a kayak tripAssateague Outfitters does several great trips. I've been out with them a few times with people aged 8 to 70, and we all had a great time. Most of us had never paddled before either!

If you like art, take a quick trip to the Art League Gallery on 94th Street. It is quick to visit and it is Free! I go here almost every time I am in town. Their exhibits change monthly, and I always find something interesting to look at there.

If you want a scary adventure, try one of OC's newest attractions -  OC Screams. It is a brand new haunted house near the south end of town on Worcester street, right off the boardwalk.

Enjoy yourselves with a nice birthday dinner together at a nice place. Some of my favorites for a nicer night out are:

  The Hobbit (410.524.8100) at 81st on the bay - great food and sunset views and you can make a reservation - this my favorite place in OC!

  Fager's Island (410.524.5400)  at 60th Street on the bay, great sunset view

  Captain's Table (410.289.7192) on 15th Street in the Courtyard Marriott on the boardwalk

  The Shark on the Harbor (410.213.0924) in West OC on the north side of the commercial harbor

Have a great time with your husband in OC!

Where can you buy or rent metal detecting tools in Ocean City? 
Submitted by James R, Edgewood Maryland on July 20, 2016
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 20, 2016

Ace Hardware at 69th once rented them, and likely still does. I think they only had one of them available. Call them at 410.524.2300 to find out more and maybe reserve one.

Sea Shell City in nearby Fenwick Island used to sell metal detecting equipment in their museum area (upstairs) and may still do so. They may also rent the equipment. Call them at 302.539.9366 or 888.743.5524 for more information.

PMI Rentals does not list metal detectors on their website, but they rent all kinds of stuff that is not listed. I'd call them (800.320.7469, 410.250.1251) to see if they rent them or can point you to someone who does.You do not need a license or permission to metal detect on OC's beaches, but it is prohibited on Assateague.

Are underage patrons permitted to sit at the bar with a parent?
Submitted by Donna C, Mechanicsburg Pennsylvania on July 20, 2016
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 20, 2016

There is no universal answer.

For most places in OC the answer is yes, you can be in a bar with a parent. In a few palaces, no, especially places that are very bar-like. In some palces people under 21 are a,lowed, but only in certain areas or at certain times (Seacrets is like this - people under 21 can be in the dining area, bit can't be outside that area in the evening and night).

Your best bet is to call the place you are interested in ahead of time.

My daughter and I are staying for a week and my parents would like to come down for two days with us. They will be driving separate. The hotel only allows one parking space per room. Is there any street parking that is not limited and wont get towed? If not, I'm looking for suggestions on where to park. 
Submitted by Kimmie H, Frederick Maryland on July 18, 2016
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Centreville, VA

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Answered: July 18, 2016

Almost all side streets north of 10th Street have free parking. I have parked on them often, and have left cars there for several days with no issues. Just be sure to check the signs, as streets spots have restrictions during limited times to allow for trash pickup, street cleaning, and similar. You should be able to find a park on one of the side streets near your hotel and park with no issues.

Can someone recommend a hair salon for hair styling and possibly cosmetics? I'm staying at 6th St., so West Ocean City might be the best as far as traffic is concerned.
Submitted by Lauren K, Phoenix Arizona on July 18, 2016
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Bayville, NJ

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 18, 2016

Hey Lauren, Yes there's the Hair Shack on 28th street, the Grand Salon inside the Grand Hotel on 21st street, Hairworks Inc on 16th street, Avery Gallery on 9802 Golf Course Rd West OC, Cutting Crew at the White Marlin Mall, OCMD 611 Salon and Gallery 9935 Stephen Dectaur Highway, Bliss Salon 12319 Ocean Gateway

I'm having my sister's bachelorette party in Ocean City from Aug. 6-8. My cousin unfortunately has to be back in Pennsylvania on Monday. She thinks she needs to leave early on Sunday to beat the traffic, but I don't want her to miss the main day of festivities. Would she hit a lot of traffic if she left late Sunday night instead? Also, for those of us leaving on Monday, what time would be best to head out to avoid traffic?
Submitted by Jess R, White sulphur West Virginia on July 18, 2016
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Johnstown Pa

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Answered: July 18, 2016

She'll be fine leaving late on Sunday.  Very little to no traffic.  As for Monday, if you leave after 9 a.m. you should be okay. By then, you'll have missed rush hour traffic for people heading to work.  And most people come into and leave OC on Saturdays.  Have fun!! 

Do the stores on the boardwalk take credit cards?
Submitted by Lisa W, Willoughby Ohio on July 18, 2016
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Bayville, NJ

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 18, 2016

Hi Lisa, Yes most if not all of the stores on the boardwalk take credit cards. Worse comes to worse there are ATM machines on the boardwalk near the inlet and in some cases some of the stores or even the arcades that if you need some fast cash you can use the card there to help you out.

How much would two chairs and umbrellas be to rent for a week near the Boardwalk in late-July? Where can I find the rental facility? 
Submitted by Carolyn T, Dayton Ohio on July 18, 2016
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 18, 2016

You will see the rental boxes along the beach - they are every 2 blocks or so along the baordwalk beach area easy to spot! The prices vary a dollar or two among operators, but umbrellas are about $14/day or $75/week to rent. These are high quality heavy umbrellas, and the rental attendants will do put-up and take-down for you. Chairs rent for about $8/day or $40/week (prices vary a little bit among operators, but not too much). If you are there more than a day or two, often you can buy inexpensive equipment cheaper than renting, but the rental equipment tends to be nicer.

Hi I wanting to know if I get on a Greyhound from Baltimore, MD, how far away is the beach and boardwalk? Can my family and I walk there from the station? 
Submitted by Marquita C, Baltimore Maryland on July 18, 2016
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Centreville, VA

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Answered: July 18, 2016

The Greyhound Station is in West OC on Route 50. It is about a mile from the beach (there is a sidewalk the whole way). For $3 you can take a shuttle bus to OC that will drop you off about a block from the beach. It is $3 to ride all day, and includes rides on the city buses too.