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If I travel to Ocean City during the week of March 27-31, will any of the amusement parks be open for children? If not, do you have any suggestions on things to do with kids during that time? 
Submitted by Kelly G, indianapolis Indiana on March 21, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: March 21, 2017

Amusement parks will generally not be open, but lots of other things will be (Trimper's indoor rides may be open on weekends, but not during the week when youu are there). I am often in OC with my kids at this time of year, and we always find plenty to do, including on weekdays. Here are a few ideas of things to do:

Play indoor mini golf at one of the two Old Pro Indoor Courses or one of their outdoor courses. They are open everyday at their locations on 68th Street and 136th Street from 10am to 10pm. If the weather is nice, you can play the outdoor courses too (Outdoor courses are generally open everyday at these locations too).

Baja Amusements in West OC has a few go cart tracks open most nice days in late March.

The boardwalk is open all year. Boardwalk favorites  Thrasher's Fries, Dumser's ice cream, Fisher's popcorn (my favorite!), Candy Kitchen are often open if the weather is decent. Dumser's in West OC is open everyday all year, so sometimes we go there for a treat during the week.

While you are on the boardwalk, go to an Arcade - Marty's Playland is open everyday!

Take a trip down to Assateague. It is only about a 15 minute drive. There is a great Visitor's Center on the right. It has lots of great interactive and touch-type exhibits, and a few short interesting movies about Assateague. You can drive a fair distance on Assateague before entering the fee area and I almost always see the horses in the free area. There are some great short easy hikes in the fee area that you may want to consider if the weather is nice.

Play Laser Tag at Planet Maze (410.524.4386). They usually open on weekend, but may be open a few weekdays too.

Go bowling at 72nd Street Ocean Lanes. They are open everyday. Call ahead to check for lane availability (410.524.7550), and be aware, they take cash only.

Go see a movie.

Go to the Salisbury Zoo - It is about 30 miles away. It is a nice community zoo, and it is free!

Take a drive to the Delmarva Discovery Center (410.957.9933) to learn about the area's natural and cultural history. It is about 40 miles from OC.

If you like history and it is a nice day, consider a drive up to Fort Miles in Lewis Delaware to see the restored Coastal Defenses and go up in one of the Fire Control Towers for a spectacular view.

I always recommend staying at a place with an indoor pool in the off season - That way if the weather is poor, you can still enjoy some time in the pool!

When are dogs allowed on the Boardwalk and beach?
Submitted by Demetri S, Olney Maryland on March 21, 2017
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: March 21, 2017

The rules for dogs in the summer are that NO dogs are allowed on either the beach or the boardwalk from May 1 until October 1.  But from October 1 until April 30, they're free to be on the beach and boards on a leash.   

Hello! Are permits required for metal detector use on the beach? 
Submitted by Mynor o, hyattsville Maryland on March 21, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: March 21, 2017

No permits are required. you can metal detect anytime on OC's beaches for free with no permits. Just stay out of the dunes. You cannot metal detect on Assateague.

Is there bulk pickup in Ocean City? If so, when? Any additional information on this would be greatly appreciated! 
Submitted by Diane S, Bloomingdale New Jersey on March 21, 2017
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: March 21, 2017

Bulk pickup allows residential property owners within the corporate limits of Ocean City, to place household items, such as old appliances and furniture at curbside for pickup. Bulk trash staff do not go on private property. Service operates Monday through Friday from May 1 through September 30. From October 1 through April 30, the service operates on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The cost is $20 for the first item, $30 for up to three items and $5 for each additional item. For more information, please call 410-524-0318.

I'll be going to Ocean City with two two year-olds in June. I've been to OC a few times, but never with small children. Do you have to pay fare for them on the buses, or do they ride for free?
Submitted by Katie E, Marlton New Jersey on March 17, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: March 17, 2017

Good news for you; children under 42-inches tall ride OC's buses for FREE!

Find out more about OC's buses here.

Will the Boardwalk tram be running this weekend? 
Submitted by Pete B, Gambrills Maryland on March 17, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: March 17, 2017

No, the boardwalk tram will not be running. The tram is not scheduled to return until Springfest weekend in early May.

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Is the Boardwalk open on Easter Sunday?
Submitted by Daniel C, Bowie Maryland on March 17, 2017
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Hanover, PA 17331

Insider since: 2008

Answered: March 17, 2017

The boardwalk is never closed. The shops, stores and restaurants on it are a different story. In saying that, during Easter weekend you can be assure 60-80% of the boardwalk shops and restaurants will be open.

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Hi! I am having a bachelorette party in Ocean City in the beginning of May. One of the members of the wedding party is only 18. What places will we all be able to get into at night? Any recommendations for daytime activities?
Submitted by Susan S, York Pennsylvania on March 14, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: March 14, 2017

Most of the traditional bars or clubs will not allow people under 21 in the evening, but there are some other options:

There are many more casual restaurant than club type places that offer bands and DJs. I'd call some of them  and see if they can accommodate you. Some solid options are: Fish Tales (22nd on the bay, 410.289.0990), BJs (75th on the bay, 410.524.7575), Coins (28th, 410.289.3100), Macky's (55th on the bay, 410.732.5565), Harborside (West OC at the harbor, 410.213.1846), Beach Barrels (443.664.5773).

I'd also call Fager's (60th on the bay, 410.524.5500). They specialize in bachelorette parties and may be able to help you.

I recently ran across a new charter cruise company that could perhaps help you with a booze / booze-less cruise. I have not tried them yet, but they look promising. They are OC Swim Call. You can reach them at 443.235.4950 and see if they may be able to help you setup a fun night.

As far as fun tings to do, here are a few ideas:

Pamper yourselves at a local spa. Some great options are OC Massage, Grand Aqua Spa, and Creative Day Spa.

If you like art, take a trip to the Art League Gallery on 94th Street. 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 your group likes an adventure in the great outdoors, consider a kayak trip. I've been out several times with Assateague Outfitters - they do a great job and the trips are a lot of fun. Plus, you will see the famous Assateague wild horses! No experience required. I've been out with people from age 8 to age 70 and everyone had a great time!It will be plenty warm enough in early May to take one of thee trips - the Coastal Bays are shallow and the water warms up quickly.

If anyone likes to gamble, visit The Casino at Ocean Downs, about 5 miles outside of OC on Route 589, Racetrack road, about 1/2 mile north of Route 50.

Checkout the interesting shops in nearby Berlin. While you are in Berlin, take in a show at the Globe Theatre.

Have a great time with your friends in OC!

Is there any public transportation from the Salisbury/Ocean City Airport to northern Ocean City? 
Submitted by Steve P, Exeter New Hampshire on March 13, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: March 13, 2017

There is no easy public transportation between the airport and North Ocean City. Unfortunatly the regional bus service, Shore Transit, does not have a stop at the airport.

Your best option is to take a Taxi which will cost about $60. Uber is also available in Salisbury; find out more here.

Is there RV parking during the day in Ocean City, MD?
Submitted by Michael M, Muncy Pennsylvania on March 13, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: March 13, 2017

Restrictions on RV parking depend on what time of year you plan to be in OC. Note that at any time of year, sleeping overnight in any vehicle (including RVs) parked on public property is prohibited.

Here are the parking rules for large vehicles:

Between 1 May and 31 October, RVs and other oversized vehicles may not park in any municipal lot, public street, or alley in Ocean City (an oversized vehicle is defined as 21 feet, 2 inches or more in length and 6 feet, 8 inches in width, or needing more than one parking space). However, RVs may aprk at the West OC Park and Ride lot anytime, but cannot be left there overnight.

For more information on parking in OC, see this website, or call the Ocean City Police Department at 410.723.6610.