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We are staying in the Newport Bay area of OC - does the the beach bus come up that far? 
Submitted by Barbara R, allentown Pennsylvania on September 2, 2015
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: September 2, 2015

There are two Newport Bay areas of Ocean City.

I'd guess you are staying in on Newport Bay Drive, near the Carousel and 118th Street, then yes, the bus runs along Coastal Highway in this area.

But, if you are staying near the Newport Bay itself or at the nearby the Newport Bay Golf Course at the Ocean City Golf Club, then you are about 10 miles southeast of OC, and the bus does not run there.

Are you aware of any round trip bus transportation leaving from the Severna Park, MD area to Sunfest on Saturday 26th? We're looking for a bus that's leaving in the morning and returning the same day in the evening. We looked into Greyhound, but the bus is departing Annapolis too late in the day on Saturday. Thanks!
Submitted by Sandra K, Severna Park Maryland on September 2, 2015
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: September 2, 2015

Since Greyhound does not work for you, try Bay Runner Shuttles. They have several shuttles running from the Baltimore-Annapolis area to OC.

What are the most popular tattoo shops on the boardwalk? 
Submitted by Yakira J, Princess Anne Maryland on September 2, 2015
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: September 3, 2015

As Karl said, there are no tattoo shops in OC any more.  Fenwick Island is your closest location.  Yelp has reviews of all the shops and I recommend reading them before going in.

If you are staying in a condo in Ocean City, can you set off fireworks?
Submitted by Jessica L, Ocean city Maryland on September 2, 2015
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: September 2, 2015

Not legally. All fireworks are illegal in Ocean City unless you have a license to set them off.

Is the boardwalk open daily after Labor Day? We're thinking about visiting OC September 21 -25. Thanks!
Submitted by Russ B, Wolfeboro New Hampshire on September 2, 2015
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: September 2, 2015

Yes, almost everything on the boardwalk except the amusement parks will be open during that time. September is a great time to visit OC! I might be there then too!

I need to sit in the shade while on the beach. Does the amusement park pier provide shade? If so, what beachfront motels are closest?
Submitted by Claudine G, Medford New Jersey on September 2, 2015
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: September 2, 2015

Under the pier is about the only place on OC's beach where there is shade, but because of the shade and the proximity to the inlet parking lot, it gets very crowded under there. The closest beachfront hotel to the pier is The Atlantic Hotel, just one block north of the pier.

If you need good shade on the beach I recommend renting an umbrella, They cost about $14/day or $70/week to rent. There are rental boxes all along the beach that are active until the end of September. Not all boxes are attended at this time of year, but if you call the number on the side of the box, they will send someone out to meet you very quickly. The attendant will do the setup and take down of the umbrella for you.

You can also buy an umbrella very affordably (often under $30 often), but these inexpensive umbrellas do not provide as deep a shade and sun protection as the heavy rental umbrellas.

We are coming to OC on October 4th - what transportation options will be available in the town?
Submitted by joe z, honeybrook Pennsylvania on August 31, 2015
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: August 31, 2015

You can take the OC Taxi, there is Uber service in town now, or you can take the Ocean City Bus or "B" for just $3 for a 24 hour pass. 

It's probably a good idea to take the bus rather than drive on the 4th because there will be a large car show going on nearby and many of them head to OC and "cruise" for the day. 

Is there a bus that takes you from 81st Street to the boardwalk? If so, how often does it run? Also, is there a trolley car on the boardwalk? If so, how much does it cost and can you get on and off it at any time?
Submitted by Margaret B, Bowie Maryland on August 31, 2015
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: August 31, 2015

The Bus runs about every 15 minutes from the north to south end of Ocean City and then back.  It costs $3 to ride all day.  Look for a bus stop sign on Coastal Highway.  They are almost every block.  The bus runs all year.  It is very easy to take the bus anywhere in Ocean City.

The Boardwalk Tram runs until Labor Day and costs $3 each way.  Once on the Boardwalk, just flag down the driver to have him stop.

I'm coming down to North Ocean City on Saturday, August 29th from Philly. Can you tell me if Route 1 or Route 113 is better? Thank you!
Submitted by Rick B, Fairless Hills Pennsylvania on August 28, 2015
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: August 28, 2015

I recommend taking DE Route 1 South (note: it is a toll road) to Milford and then getting on Route 113 South. Take Route 113 South to Route 90 East (about 8 miles after entering Maryland on 113) which will take you to Ocean City at 62nd Street.

Are most businesses in OC open the week of Labor Day?
Submitted by Diane j, phila Pennsylvania on August 28, 2015
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Pittsburgh Pa

Insider since: 2014

Answered: August 28, 2015

Yes!

Ocean City, is a year round vacation destination, and you'll find the town alive, and jumping during Labor Day week. Shops, and restaurants will be open, and rates will start to drop at some hotels.  I personally, look at the entire month of Sept. as the "best of both worlds" - you can enjoy most of the exact same activities, that you would during summertime, only with lighter crowds.