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Will the inlet parking lot be open for parking on Oct 4th ?? Or is it just for the corvettes??
Submitted by Deborah C, St.Michaels Maryland on September 29, 2014
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Centreville, VA

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Answered: September 29, 2014

Generally, the inlet parking lot is completely filled by the Corvettes during Corvette Weekend. However, there are several other municipal parking lots in the area. I often park at the lot under the water tower at the south end of town between Worcester Street and South Division Street.

What are the best golf courses in OC?
Submitted by Maggi G, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania on September 29, 2014
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Linthicum MD and OC MD

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Answered: September 29, 2014

I have been to the OC Golf Club, Glenn Riddle, and Lighthouse Sound.  I believe that they are the best of the best.  You can find more about these and specials by going to www.oceancity.com/golf

What are the dates for Sunfest 2015? What can I look forward to seeing? 
Submitted by Scott C, Annapolis Maryland on September 24, 2014
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Johnstown Pa

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Answered: September 24, 2014

Hi Scott, the dates for next year's Sunfest festival are September 24th - 27th, 2015. As always, you can enjoy the crafts, the food, outstanding musical entertainment, and as always.........Ocean City's world famous boardwalk.  The Kite Festival goes on at the same time a little further up the boardwalk to enjoy as well.  Keep checking Ocean City's official website to keep up to date with all events all summer and for announcements about who will be performing at www.ococean.com/events

Planning a high school Senior Trip. Are the amusement parks (venues) open in mid-Apirl? - Thank you
Submitted by Carlos B, Warwick New York on September 24, 2014
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Linthicum MD and OC MD

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Answered: September 24, 2014

Hi Carlos,

April is a great timne to visit OC.  Although the water is cold, the weather may be a little warmer.  Any senior would have a great time whether the rides are open or not. 

As mentioned, some rides may be open on the weekend.  But, there is so much more to do.  For example.

1.  Old Pro Mini Golf will be open and they have two indoor locations open on 68th and 136th Sts if it is too cold or raining outside.  Be sure to grab a money saving coupon out of one of the local coupon bools that are located practically everywhere in OC.

2.  The arcades on the boardwalk should also be open.  These are the type of arcades with skee ball and other games where you can win tickets to trade in for cheap prizes.  The two Old Pro mini golf places mentioned above also have mini arcades where you can win tickets o trade in for prizes as well.  One of the prizes you can win is a free game of mini golf at Old Pro.  Also, there is another nice Arcade called Planet Maze on 33rd St.  www.planetmaze.com

3. Pre-arrange a scavenger hunt with prizes such as a complete non broken seashell, a rock (Somewhat hard to find in OC), a crab shell, a cheap OC souvineer that says OC on it, a napkin imprinted with an OC business, a plastic cup imprinted with an OC Coupon, an old pro coupon, a cheap ashtray(nearly impossible to find), a business card from a local business in OC, an arcade prize ticket, a selfie with a food cook from a restaurant in OC, etc.  You can get creative on this.  We did this a few years back after college and our group had a blast!

4. Sand sports.  A game of wiffle ball, frisbee, football, tag, volleyball, etc.

5. Northside Park up on 125th St.  Great park with a playground, work out pavillion, pier, trails and ball fields.

6.  Ice Skating at the Carousel Hotel up on about 118th St.

7. Kite Flying - there is always a breeze in OC on the beach.  You can get cheap nice kites at Michaels Craft Stores or other craft stores.  www.michaels.com

8.  Many hotels have indoor swimming pools.

When did Seacrets open? 
Submitted by Bill d, Ellicott city Maryland on September 22, 2014
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Linthicum MD and OC MD

Insider since: 2008

Answered: September 23, 2014

Hi Bill,

Seacrets in OC has an interesting history.  It is owned by Leighton Moore who is now 62 years old.  His family owned the Gateway Motel in OC for years.  When Leighton was younger, he quit school, got his GED in 1960 and went off to Jamaica.  He loved (and loves) being near the beach and ocean.  But Jamaica was a little too far from his first love, OC, so he came back to OC to help run the family business which he eventually inherited.  With his love of the beach and his knowledge of running a business, he decided to open a restaurant/club directly on the beach on 49th St called the "Ocean Club" back in the early 80s.  Life was good.  Business was great.  Good times were always happening at the Ocean Club as the commercial so rightly said badck in the day on radio stations like 100KHI which played 75% commercials and 25% pop music in the 80s.  The Ocean Club was one of the hosts for the best body on the beach contests which were popular in OC.  Leighton eventually sold his business to Dr Lenny Berger.  Dr Berger is known for owning the Sheraton on 101st St which is currently the OC Clarion.  He also owns several other properties in OC including the Marigot Condominiums.  The Ocean Club is currently located inside the Clarion.

Now...What the heck does all of this have to do with Seacrets???  Hold on, I am getting to that part of the story.  But first a word from our sponsor:  (Check in to OC in the fall.  It's still happening.  ococean.com)  

OK, we are back.  OK.  Like I said, Leighton sold his business to Dr. Berger and as a result, he had to sign a non compete clause as to not open a similar business for one year.  This gave Leighton the time to build his dream club on the bay which is known as "Seacrets"  It was a small bar which held about 100 people and was known for it's beautiful sunsets.  It was the best kept "Seacret" in OC known mostly to locals.  Bayfront bars and restaurants were not as popular back in the 80s as everyone wanted to be "oceanfront"  But with the amazing bay and sunset views, a few local businesses decided to capitalize on the idea including Fager's Island in the late 70s with their signature 1812 overture to celebrate the nightly sunset and a few years later, BJs.  Now also we have Macky's, Fishtales, De Lazy Lizard, and a host of other bay front restaurants and bars to celebrate the beauty of OC's million dollar bay sunset views.  Seacrets almost never happened.  Leighton had high hopes and aspirations to make the bar feel like a Jamaican waterfront paradise but money was running short and he didn't have the cash flow like he did when he owned the Ocean Club.  It was a tough time for Leighton and he almost lost it all.  Here's where Dr. Berger comes back into Leighton's life.  He graciously wrote a check for $60k to help Leighton complete his venture.  As usual, it started with a handshake, like in the good ole days.  Leighton thinks of Dr Berger as a father figure and has pubically stated that a sthe two are friends. 

Well, as you probably figured out, a bar as cool as Seacrets couldn't stay a seacret fo too long and friends told friends who told friends and so on.  Well now Leighton had another problem called supply and demand.  So he expanded, expanded, and expanded again to where Seacrets is one of the most popular ranked bar/restaurants in the US.  Where the parking lot is now used to have an Alaska Stand restaurant and a popular go-kart track.  Leighton still takes the Jamaican influence seriously as every year, he brings in 20 trucks to uproot the palm trees and tropical plants that had died over the winter and replant them with new tropical plants and trees imported in from Florida.

Now Seacrets can accomodate up to 4,00 people and covers over 6 acres, has it's own radio station, and...it's still growing!

Now... You know the rest of the story!

Where do recommend to park if you are visiting for only 1 day? Is there any free parking?
Submitted by Eric S, Elyria Ohio on September 22, 2014
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Johnstown Pa

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Answered: September 22, 2014

There is free parking on any of the back streets on the bay side of town close to the inlet.  You will have to walk a couple of blocks to the boardwalk, but it's worth it.  Or  you can park for free at the West Ocean City Park and Ride on Rte 50 and ride the shuttle into town for $3. The cost is for a ride all day pass so you can ride as many times as you want all day long.

What restaurants are open now and all winter?
Submitted by Bonnie F, Queenstown Maryland on September 22, 2014
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Centreville, VA

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Answered: September 22, 2014

Many of OC's restaruants are still open and will be open through Columbus Day weekend. After that they start to close, a few more every week until they start rreopening in mid-to-late March. Most restaurants in major hotels are open all week all year round. Here are a few places to that are generally open year round on at least on weekends:

Harpoon Hanna's (Route 54 - 800.227.0525) - Excellent seafood open everyday year round.

BJs on the Water (75th Street - 410.524.7575) - Good food, views of the bay, diverse menu from sandwiches to seafood and steak, kitchen open until after midnight everyday all year.

Victoria Room (28th Street in Dunes Manor - 410.289.1100) - Good place with a great view of the beach and the ocean, open everyday year round.

Harborside (West OC on the south side of the commercial harbor, 40.213.1846) - Great casual place with excellent food overlooking the commercial harbor. I go here almost every time I visit OC. Open all week all year.

Fager's Island (60th on the bay - 410.524.5500) - Both fine and more casual dining. Great food, drinks, and views of the bay. Excellent sunsets timed to the 1812 overture, open everyday year round.

Captains Galley II (West OC on south side of the commercial harbor 410.213.2525) - A great seafood place for the whole family. Traditional dining downstairs and crabs and casual dining upstairs. They have excellent crab cakes and other seafood items, but also have great non seafood dishes too. I eat here often with my family. Sometimes they close for a few weeks in January/February. They also are often only open on weekends in the off season.

The Shark on the Harbor (West OC on the north side of the commercial harbor 410.213.0924) - Very good food with a bit of an eclectic menu that changes almost daily based on the fresh foods they can get. They take reservations. Call to check when they are open as they may be open weekends only.

Lombardi's (94th Street 410.524.1961) Great pizza, subs, and Italian food in a casual atmosphere. Open everyday year round.

Sunset Grill (West OC on North side of commercial harbor 410.213.8110) - Popular place with a nice atmosphere - open 7 days a week

Boinfire (70th Street, 410.524.7171) - Seafood buffet, open weekends only (Sometimes Thursday-Sunday) in off season, sometimes totally closed on in the slow months of early December through February.

If you go to the Visitors Center at the south end of the Convention Center at 40th Street, you can get a list of what restaurants are open when and what specials they are running each night.

While most of these places are routinely open when I indicate, since many places have irregular schedules in the off season it is best to call ahead to be sure the place you pick is open.

Have some great food in OC this winter!

Are dogs allowed on the boardwalk or beaches in ocean city?
Submitted by Megan C, abingdon Maryland on September 19, 2014
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Johnstown Pa

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Answered: September 19, 2014

From October 1 and until May 1 you can bring your dogs to the beach and the boardwalk, but they must be on leashes at all times.  Many people don't obey that rule on the beach, but that is the rule. And please remember to pick up after your pet even (and especially) on the sand.  Nobody wants to find that. 

After May 1 and until Sept.30, NO dogs are allowed on the beach or the boardwalk, even in strollers. 

Hope that answers your question. 

Where are the best boardwalk spots in late September? Trying to figure out what's still open and what we should do. 
Submitted by cindy v, sugar grove Virginia on September 18, 2014
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Johnstown Pa

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Answered: September 18, 2014

Late September. the weekends will be busy.  The Wine Festival is the last weekend in September at the Inlet. You can purchase tickets at http://www.winefest.com/index-beach.html . You can sample various wines, enjoy cheese and breads, listen to live music and explore the craft vendors.  It's a very nice event.

During the week, no rides or games will be open, but the Life Saving Station Museum, Marty's Playland, Thrasher's Fries, Fisher's Popcorn, and lots of small shops will still be open.  Places like the Purple Moose and Shenanigan's will also still be open.

You can rent bicycles or Segway's at Boardwalk Segway in the Somerset Plaza and ride the boards. There are still mini golf places open including two indoor ones at 68th and 136th Streets.  Play laser tag at Planet Maze or ice skate at the Carousel Hotel. 

Explore the area outside of OC and visit Assateague and see the wild ponies, or visit nearby Berlin and tour the town and spend some time at the Casino and race track.

Have a great time.

I need oxygen 24/7. If I needed to get some, where could I?
Submitted by DONALD B, baltimore Maryland on September 16, 2014
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Johnstown Pa

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Answered: September 16, 2014

I recently went through this with my father who wanted to travel but needed his oxygen.  If you haven't already, check with your local supply company and look into a Respironics Portable Concentrator.  It made dad's life so much easier.  It is small, lightweight, and plugs right into the cigarette lighter in the car to keep the batteries charged while riding.  It looks like a small briefcase and is on wheels so you just pull or push it and that also helped with his balance. The batteries lasted about 6 hours on 2-3 liters, and then plugged in and recharged at night. So much more convenient than tanks. 

There is a CVS pharmacy in OC that may be able to help.  But oxygen is a "durable medical supply" and you may have to go through a supply house to get it.  The closest one is in Salisbury about 30 miles west of OC.  

Neighbor Care Medical Supply

400 E Main St,  

Salisbury, MD 21804

(410) 546-0027