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Can you get WiFi at the beach for a week?
Submitted by Shelly S, Fayetteville Pennsylvania on July 26, 2016
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Hanover, PA 17331

Insider since: 2008

Answered: July 26, 2016

Yes, check your hotel/condo upon arrival and the may have special rates during your stay.

What street has public showers and do any hotels let you use their pool for the day?
Submitted by Chrystal G, York Pennsylvania on July 26, 2016
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: July 26, 2016

There are no public showers or bath houses in Ocean City. There are places you can rinse off, but not change clothes.  As for hotels, I do not know of any hotels that knowingly allow people who are not guests to use their pool.  

PUBLIC RESTROOM LOCATIONS

See also The Beach.

All locations are accessible for the physically challenged.

Boardwalk at Worcester St.Boardwalk at Caroline St.3rd St. and St. Louis Ave., next to Skate ParkBoardwalk at 9th St.Boardwalk at 27th St.South Division Street Transit CenterPark & Ride off Rt. 50, just west of Harry Kelley Bridge ( In season)Transit Center, 144th Street

PUBLIC RINSE OFF STATIONS

See also The Beach.

Rinse-off spigots or showers at the following locations. Please note these are not enclosed showers for changing:

Inlet Parking LotCaroline Street4th Street7th Street9th Street12th Street15th Street16.5th Street17.5th Street21st Street27th Street

Are there any local photographers that are on the beach daily to capture photos of families on vacation? We will be there over Labor Day Weekend.
Submitted by Lorie F, Jeannette Pennsylvania on July 26, 2016
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 26, 2016

A great person to try is Chris Parypa.  He can be found at chrisparypa.com.  He does very nice work and is affordable.

What are the rates to rent beach chairs and an umbrella at the beach? Does the price of the chairs include one or two chairs? Daily and weekly rates would be appreciated. We'll be staying in the 120 St. area. 
Submitted by Brenda C, Columbiana Ohio on July 26, 2016
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 26, 2016

Rates vary slightly by vendor but in general your prices are $15 per day and $60 per week for an umbrella and $8 per day and $30 per week for a chair.  Just remember to tip the person who sets them up for you. 

Is there a service that can transport the beach wheelchair to your hotel from the Convention Center?
Submitted by diane c, City* Pennsylvania on July 26, 2016
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 26, 2016

Unfortunately, there is not a service to do this.  There are beach wheelchairs located at some beaches. 

The Town of Ocean City is pleased to offer this benefit to its visitors in need of assistance traveling across the sand. Use of a city owned chair is a privilege, and we ask that you view it as such by abiding by a few simple guidelines established below. This free service is monitored by the Town’s Beach Patrol staff. Please remember that our Beach Patrol is here primarily to provide safety services to our beach-goers, therefore other beach-related responsibilities may cause a possible lengthy delay in staff attending to the distribution and collection of beach wheelchairs. Your patience is appreciated.

For access to chair, to get a wheelchair box unlocked or to report damage or problems with a chair see a lifeguard or call 410-520-5231 10am – 4pm Available for use 10am – 5pm Complete wheelchair permit and waiver – Be prepared to show your driver’s license Use at your own risk – Do not put chair in water… Use on beach/sand only Return beach wheelchair to lifeguard after transferring to another chair so that it may be available to others Inlet Lot 1st St. 7th St. 27th St. 30th St. 40th St. 48th St. 59th St. 70th St. 81st St. 89th St. 94th St. 107th St. 120th St. 130th St. 139th St. 145th St.

Wheelchairs are first-come, first-served. Please share with others. A limited number of chairs may be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. These special chairs are available for pick up at: Ocean City Visitor’s Center 410-289-2800 and Ocean City Public Safety Building 410-723-6610.

Are there any marinas within a reasonable distance from 113th St. that have boat lifts? If so, how do I go about getting my client in touch with said marina?
Submitted by Forest A, Grasonville Maryland on July 26, 2016
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 26, 2016

There are no marinas that I know of that are around 113th Street.  I recommend calling North Bay Marina at

(302) 436-4211 and seeing if they have any options.  They are probably the closest to 113th Street.  They have access to boat lifts and are a full service marina.

Where do I find the ferry to Ocean City, MD once I get off the New Jersey Parkway? What is the price, and do I have to make reservations?
Submitted by Thomas R, Staten island New York on July 21, 2016
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 21, 2016

You basically take the Garden State Parkway to the south end. Get off onto Route 109 North to US-9. The route to the Cape May - Lewis Ferry is marked on the route. The ferry is only a couple of miles from the Parkway. The ferry does not take you to OC, but take you to Lewis, DE. The ferry is about 35 miles form the north end of OC. You can see the ferry schedule here. The full set of fares can be found here. A car and driver are about $47 and passengers are $10. Prices go down for round trip purchases and travel outside peak times. Reservations are strongly recommended when taking the ferry anytime, but especially in the summer season.

My husband is celebrating his birthday the week we are in Ocean City, so I am looking for things to possibly do, as well as a bakery recommendation for cake or cupcakes as some family may be coming for the day to celebrate. Additionally, I ordered a guide a few weeks back, and have yet to receive it in the mail. How long does this process generally take? Thanks a bunch!
Submitted by Pam A, Newmanstown Pennsylvania on July 20, 2016
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 20, 2016

VISITORS GUIDES

It can take a few weeks to get these guides (there are several, so I am not sure which one you requested), because they usually go out in media mail. However, you can see most of these guides online. Some great online sources are:

Keep looking at ococean.com, it has tons of useful information. Take a look at its related guide, Ocean City 2016 Vacation Guide published jointly by the City's Department of Tourism and Chamber of Commerce: Request Hard copy here - View Online here

Sunny Day Guide - Request Hardcopy (fee) - View 2016 Guide online (free)

Visitors Guide - View Online

You can also get all kinds of information once you get to town from the Visitors Center at the south end of Convention Center at 40th Street.

BAKERY

As far as recommending a bakery, try the bakery at Rick's Market at 64th Street. They do all kinds of great pastries and other custom baking.

THINGS TO DO

I took a Helicopter tour in May and it was fantastic. I took a 30 minute tour that covered all of OC and is was just $200 plus tip for two of us (they have cheaper and more expensive options too). It was a great adventure that gave us a unique view of OC.

If you prefer the water over the air, consider a boat ride on one of OC's speed boats or nature cruise tour boats. The Sea Rocket, OC Rocket, and Assateague Adventurer are all great options.

Take a drive down to Assateague. Checkout the Visitor's Center right before crossing onto the island. You can drive across the bridge and you will almost always see some horses while in the fee-free area. If you like to walk, there are some great easy hikes in the fee area.

If he would want some non-beach time in the great outdoors, consider a kayak tripAssateague Outfitters does several great trips. I've been out with them a few times with people aged 8 to 70, and we all had a great time. Most of us had never paddled before either!

If you like art, take a quick trip to the Art League Gallery on 94th Street. It is quick to visit and it is Free! 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 you want a scary adventure, try one of OC's newest attractions -  OC Screams. It is a brand new haunted house near the south end of town on Worcester street, right off the boardwalk.

Enjoy yourselves with a nice birthday dinner together at a nice place. Some of my favorites for a nicer night out are:

  The Hobbit (410.524.8100) at 81st on the bay - great food and sunset views and you can make a reservation - this my favorite place in OC!

  Fager's Island (410.524.5400)  at 60th Street on the bay, great sunset view

  Captain's Table (410.289.7192) on 15th Street in the Courtyard Marriott on the boardwalk

  The Shark on the Harbor (410.213.0924) in West OC on the north side of the commercial harbor

Have a great time with your husband in OC!

Where can you buy or rent metal detecting tools in Ocean City? 
Submitted by James R, Edgewood Maryland on July 20, 2016
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 20, 2016

Ace Hardware at 69th once rented them, and likely still does. I think they only had one of them available. Call them at 410.524.2300 to find out more and maybe reserve one.

Sea Shell City in nearby Fenwick Island used to sell metal detecting equipment in their museum area (upstairs) and may still do so. They may also rent the equipment. Call them at 302.539.9366 or 888.743.5524 for more information.

PMI Rentals does not list metal detectors on their website, but they rent all kinds of stuff that is not listed. I'd call them (800.320.7469, 410.250.1251) to see if they rent them or can point you to someone who does.You do not need a license or permission to metal detect on OC's beaches, but it is prohibited on Assateague.

Are underage patrons permitted to sit at the bar with a parent?
Submitted by Donna C, Mechanicsburg Pennsylvania on July 20, 2016
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 20, 2016

There is no universal answer.

For most places in OC the answer is yes, you can be in a bar with a parent. In a few palaces, no, especially places that are very bar-like. In some palces people under 21 are a,lowed, but only in certain areas or at certain times (Seacrets is like this - people under 21 can be in the dining area, bit can't be outside that area in the evening and night).

Your best bet is to call the place you are interested in ahead of time.