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Are grills allowed on the beach?
Submitted by Portia S, Brooklyn Maryland on July 31, 2015
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: July 31, 2015

No. In fact  you are not allowed to grill anywhere in Ocean City including balconies.  The only grilling that is allowed is at Northside Park or if your condo building has a specified area for grilling and provides the grills. If you grill at Northside Park, you must use one of their grills (you cannot bring your own) and you are responsible for cleaning up and disposing of the COLD charcoal after you are done.

This might seem like an odd question, but I tend to use my Visa Check Card to pay for everything instead of cash. My family is going to Ocean City next week and I'm trying to get an idea of how much cash I should bring. So my question is do the shops etc. on the boardwalk usually take cards? I'm sure I could always find an ATM to withdraw cash if necessary, but want to avoid paying the ATM fees as much as possible.
Submitted by Bill C, Rochester New York on July 30, 2015
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 30, 2015

Almost every place in OC takes credit and debit cards. I have a family of 6 and rarely spend ore than $200 in cash over 2 weeks in OC, and even when I do spend cash, I could usually have used credit. The only places I can think of where you need cash are  the arcades and some boardwalk carnival games.

Is it illegal to feed the seagulls in Ocean City, MD?
Submitted by Betty M, Berkeley Springs West Virginia on July 30, 2015
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Camp Hill, PA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 30, 2015

No Betty, it's not illegal to feed the seagulls.  HOWEVER, use wise judgement as to what, when and where you're feeding them.  Frankly, while it's not illegal, we really shouldn't be feeding them for a multitude of reasons, one of which is that none of what we normally feed them is on their "natural" menu.  Use common sense if you're going to feed them....... a busy beach day, or a busy boardwalk is not the time to bring a flock of 100 or more birds around.... it could get messy, and you could upset a lot of people.

We are staying at oceanfront villas and need additional week-long parking. Can you recommend any places to park?
Submitted by Bob S, Marienville Pennsylvania on July 29, 2015
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Hanover, PA 17331

Insider since: 2008

Answered: July 29, 2015

Bob,

You can park at either the lot on 100th St. (for a fee)  or find normal street parking along bay side north of 3rd street.

http://oceancitymd.gov/oc/departments/public-works/additional-parking/

Can I let my dog walk around on the beach after a certain time at night ?
Submitted by lindsey b, Darlington Maryland on July 29, 2015
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Schwenksville, PA

Insider since: 2011

Answered: July 29, 2015

Yes, on a leash, but only between October 1 to April 30. Dogs are not allowed on the beach anytime of the day or night during the summer season. If you want to take your leashed dog to a beach I suggest Homer Gudelsky Park in West O. It is a bay beach and is located on Old Bridge Rd. off of Golf Course Rd.

When does the boardwalk close down for the year?
Submitted by Stephanie B, Emmitsburg Maryland on July 28, 2015
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Camp Hill, PA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 28, 2015

Stephanie,The Boardwalk never closes down.... it's open year round.  You'll find that Ocean City enjoys a "second season", not an "off season".  While the outdoor rides & boardwalk tram is done after Sunfest, most businesses (store merchants, restaurants, etc) stay open year round now........ they do limit their hours, and more of them seem to open especially on the weekends when the weather is nice, still... you'll find that the boardwalk is up and running year round!!!!

We're staying at the Golden Sands. Are there gyms nearby you'd recommend?
Submitted by Stephanie C, Montclair New Jersey on July 27, 2015
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Hanover, PA 17331

Insider since: 2008

Answered: July 27, 2015

Am I permitted to bring my own food & beverages to the beach in a cooler? If so, is there a charge?
Submitted by Troy L, arlington Virginia on July 27, 2015
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Hanover, PA 17331

Insider since: 2008

Answered: July 27, 2015

Troy yes pack your cooler for your beach needs. I do the same so I can spend the day on the beach.

I make sandwiches in the morning for our lunches.

What time does the boardwalk open?
Submitted by Isaiah T, Princess Anne Maryland on July 27, 2015
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 27, 2015

The Boardwalk is technically open 24 hours a day.  The shops typically open at 9 am, although some open earlier. 

I will be staying at the beach the week of July 26 - Aug 1 in a oceanfront condo, but would like to spend the day at a hotel pool. Do any of the hotels allow a day guest?
Submitted by Judi M, Oldwick New Jersey on July 24, 2015
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 24, 2015

There are no hotels in OC where you can purchase such a pool pass. However, Ocean Pines sells daily passes to several of their pools including the Beach Club Pool at 49th Street. Cost for non Ocean Pines resident adults is $9/day and for non-resident kids (ages 5-17) is $7/day. Call 410.524.2979 to find out more about the Beach Club pool.

Have a great trip to OC!