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For a week-long vacation with a family of five (with three young children), I'm wondering if there's a general budget that other families in the past have been able to stick to. Thanks! 
Submitted by abigail o, putnam valley New York on August 17, 2017
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Pittsburgh, PA

Insider since: 2008

Answered: August 19, 2017

I always rent a condo when we go for a week, that way we don't have to go out to eat as much. There are 3 of us and we usually spend around $1500...that's on dinner, groceries,gas to get there & back, activities, shopping & adult drinks.  Eating out is going to be your biggest cost, especially if you love seafood.  Here are my favorite & inexpensive food spots: 

Pizza Tugos (they deliver, ask for the special) 

On the Bay Seafood- 42nd & coastal..outdoor dining, perfect for steamed crabs & crab legs

Fat Daddys 216 S. Baltimore Ave. (they deliver till 4am, The Outback is delicious) 

Dead Freddies 64th street (The kids will love it here!) 

Tony's Pizza, boardwalk & 1st street. They sell by the slice. 

Laytons 16th & Coastal highway, They have good breakfast or you can get some donuts & muffins to go. 

Fractured Prune -several locations, these are my favorite donuts ever! 

Anthony's Deli 33rd street. Their tuna sub is amazing, great for lunch or light dinner. 

Brass Balls (boardwalk & 11th/12th)- Their crab imperial burger is awesome. 

Have fun! 

It's our first time visiting OC later this month! I was wondering what part of the beach would be less crowded? Closer to the boardwalk, or further away?
Submitted by Ann L, Rochester New York on August 17, 2017
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Pittsburgh, PA

Insider since: 2008

Answered: August 19, 2017

The beach is usually less crowded up North away from the boardwalk where the larger condos are, around 80th-100th Street. It's not as wide there and depending on how many people are staying in those condos it could be crowded.  And depending on where you are staying, it might be a pain to lug your beach stuff up there. 

The boardwalk beach section is much wider and offers more room even if it is a bit crowded.  Have fun! 

Can you rent bikes in late-October?
Submitted by Jane W, Midlothian Virginia on August 17, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: August 17, 2017

If the weather is decent you can generally rent bikes. You definitely can rent them in early October and on weekends in late October. For weekdays after Columbus Day I'd call ahead. This page lists several places where you can rent bikes with their contact info.

Are children free to ride the bus?
Submitted by Heather B, CAMP HILL Pennsylvania on August 17, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: August 17, 2017

Children 42" tall or less can ride the beach bus for free. Everyone else pays $3/day. Exact fare is required. Find out more here.

I plan to wake up early each day to put our canopy on the beach. Is there a time of day where this is allowed? 
Submitted by Abigail O, Putnam valley New York on August 17, 2017
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Bayville, NJ

Insider since: 2010

Answered: August 21, 2017

Hi Abigail, i say go for it and find the best place for you and your family to put it up. just remember to be courteous to other visitors but i'm sure you'll be just fine.

Is street parking available near 15th Street during September? We are bringing another car in addition to the one we'll have in our allotted spot. 
Submitted by Bobbi M, Towanda Pennsylvania on August 17, 2017
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Bayville, NJ

Insider since: 2010

Answered: August 21, 2017

Hi Bobbi, I'd make sure if you park your car on 15th to keep it there. you can try and get a spot next to Harrison Hall on the street. Just if you don't plan on moving the additional car and just the one you have at your condo then that's fine.

What's the cost of an umbrella and chair rental in Ocean City? 
Submitted by rita L, Shrewsbury Maryland on August 11, 2017
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: August 12, 2017

Beach chairs are about $8 per day and an umbrella is about $15 per day.  Prices are fairly consistent up and down the beach, but they can vary by a few dollars.

Wondering how much it is to rent beach chairs near 115th Street? Thanks! 
Submitted by Tgeresa H, Cockeysville Maryland on August 11, 2017
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Hanover, PA 17331

Insider since: 2008

Answered: August 14, 2017

My image give you estimate of the price as they may vary from each location of the blue boxes.

I heard there is a tent of some sort set up with exotic animals such as koala bears to promote an animal sanctuary. Can you tell me where this is?
Submitted by Allen S, Baltimore Maryland on August 11, 2017
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: August 11, 2017

Hi.  Barn Hill Animal Preserve's mobile zoo will be at the Ropewalk Restaurant on 82nd Street, Sunday August 13th from 2 - 6 p.m.  They will 3 to 4 exotic animals to pet and feed. 

You can find more out about Barn Hill Preserve here https://www.barnhillpreserve.com/delaware

Is the beach open the first week of October?
Submitted by Juan E, Perth Amboy New Jersey on August 10, 2017
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: August 10, 2017

The beach is open all year round!  It will be open in October, although lifeguards will not be on duty.  The weather is great for getting some sun and the water temp is still in the low 70's/upper 60's.