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Wanting to go down THIS weekend - October 17-19 and would like to know how many shops and restaurants will be open on the boardwalk. Some hotels are listed as closed. I found one open at a great price! And saw that the Halloween parade and a Breast Cancer walk is also on at the boardwalk, so I would hope most places are open?? Thanks!!!
Submitted by Raeanne K, York Pennsylvania on October 15, 2014
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 15, 2014

If the weather is nice, about half of the Boardwalk shops will be open. Boardwalk favorites  Thrasher's Fries, Dumser's ice cream, Fisher's popcorn (my favorite!), Candy Kitchen are almost always open on the weekends and sometimes on weekdays. Many restaurants are open year round, but some only on weekends. If you go to the Visitor's Center at the Convention Center, they usually have a list of what restaurants are open when for the off season. Most restaurants in large hotels art open year round

For some ideas of things to do, see this thread.

For a list of restaurants that will be open take a look at this thread.

Have fun in OC!

Are there any dinner and a show places?
Submitted by Martha r, courtland Virginia on October 15, 2014
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: October 15, 2014

The OC Jamboree is the closest to Ocean City. They have shows year round and you can check their schedule here:  http://ocjam.com/2014_schedule.html

The Globe Theater in nearby Berlin also has a wonderful restaurant and entertainment.  It's a beautiful historic building with concerts and other entertainment.  More info at http://www.globetheater.com/home.aspx

I got two great pictures of my girls on the beach this passed weekend wrapped up in a blanket. Are there any competions that I can enter them into? Are any way to submit them for possible publication?
Submitted by Shawn W, Dunkirk Maryland on October 15, 2014
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Linthicum MD and OC MD

Insider since: 2008

Answered: October 15, 2014

Shawn,

In the past, the local newspapers have had year end picture spreads with kids on the beach.  My kids have been included in those spreads.  Also throughout the year, the newspapers publish photos of people on the beach.  Feel free to do the same.  Here are their web addresses:

Www.MdCoastDispatch.com

www.oceancity.com/oceancitytoday/home

Im traveling to OC Maryland with my band to record so we would be out there for a week max. Its going to be during november so the weather won't be the nicest. What are some exciting and memorable places that we should check out while visiting?
Submitted by Ryan R, Tonawanda New York on October 13, 2014
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 13, 2014

If you are looking for excitement, definitely checkout Seacrets st 49th Street on the bay. It's OC's premier party spot. It will be much quieter than in season, but can still be lots of fun, especially on weekends.

Checkout some of the local bands. There are lots of great bands in the area, and they play all year round. The Coconut Times always has a great list of who is where when.

Not a lot of "exciting" things to do, but you can still have fun. Here are a few ideas:

You can have a great time playing Laser Tag at Planet Maze (410.524.4386). They are closed Tuesday-Thursday.

Take a trip down to Assateague. It is only about a 15 minute drive. There is a great Vistor's Center on the right. It has lots of great interactive and touch-type exhibits. It also has 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 this 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 indoor mini golf at one of the two Old Pro Indoor Courses can be lots of fun with a group. They are open everyday.

Baja Amusements on Route 50 in West OC is not planning to be open, but sometimes they do open if the weather is nice. Call ahead to see if they are open (410.213.2252)

Go Ice Skating at the Carousel.

Go to an Arcade - Marty's Playland is open everyday!

If the weather is nice, some of the Boardwalk shops will be open. Boardwalk favorites  Thrasher's Fries, Dumser's ice cream, Fisher's popcorn (my favorite!), Candy Kitchen are almost always open on the weekends and sometimes on weekdays.

If you go to the Visitor's Center at the Convention Center at 40th Street, they usually have a list of things to do and of what restaurants are open when for the off season. Most restaurants in large hotels are open year round.

I always recommend staying at a place with an indoor pool in the off season, as it provides something to do if the weather is not nice.

Have fun in OC in November!

In the fall can you ride a 4 wheelers on the beach?
Submitted by janine r, fallston Maryland on October 13, 2014
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Hanover, PA 17331

Insider since: 2008

Answered: October 14, 2014

You can't ride on Ocean City's beach but head north on Coastal Hwy across the Indian River Inlet and there you can park your 4 wheelers on the beach and enjoy the day. It's called Coins Beach I believe.

What do you do in early December?
Submitted by earl g, Portsmouth Virginia on October 10, 2014
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Pittsburgh Pa

Insider since: 2014

Answered: October 10, 2014

Early Dec. is a great time in Ocean City!

You can see your favorite summer beach town, all decorated up for the Holidays. Northside park is home to the Winterfest of Lights .They bring the boardwalk tram up to the park, and take passengers around through all the unique light displays. It's a really nice event, they have hot coco, and the kids can visit with Santa.

I am coming to the area 10/17- 10/19. I know that a lot of the restaurants close for the season. Is there anywhere that lists restaurants that are open year round? Thank you
Submitted by Courtney L, Manassas Virginia on October 6, 2014
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 6, 2014

The Visitor's Center at the Convention Center usually has a list of places open with their hours and special deals. They have not published this list yet for this winter, but here is the list from last year. Many places on it will also be open this winter too.

Many of OC's restaurants are open year round at least on weekends. Most restaurants in major hotels are open all week all year round everyday. 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 Table (15th Street in the Courtyard Marriott - 410.289.7191) - Excellent food, open 7 days a week year round. I often eat here in the off season.

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.

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!

Where is the camera to watch the people walking on the beach'?
Submitted by Linda H, Shippensburg Pennsylvania on October 6, 2014
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 6, 2014

There are several web cameras where you can see the beach, although at this time of year there are fewer and fewer people walking on the beach. Here are a few of my favorite webcams in OC:

Castle in the Sand Cam (37th Street): http://surfcam.castleinthesand.com/appletvid.html

Park Place Cam (2nd Street): https://parkplacejewelers.com/webcam

Spinnaker Cam (18th Street): http://ocmotels.com/webcam

It's not on the beach, but I really watching the boardwalk from this cam at Marty's Playland: http://www.oceancitycam.com/

These are my favorites, but there are plenty other webcams scattered around town too. I'm sure the other OCIs will share their favorites too!

Can you please tell me if the boat races are in town this weekend or have they been moved to Solomons Island?
Submitted by Michelle G, Selbyville Delaware on October 2, 2014
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Ocean City, MD

Insider since: 2009

Answered: October 3, 2014

They are in Southern Maryland now.  This weekend you can catch all opf the corvettes in town.

Where can we park a second car - overnight for a few days?
Submitted by Connie C, Ewing New Jersey on October 1, 2014
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 1, 2014

You should have no trouble finding a place to park. Most of the side streets have plenty of parking. North of 10th Street these parking spots are free year round, and at this time of year they may be free south of 10th Street too. I've often left cars parked on side streets for several days at a time with no issues. The most important thing is to look at the posted signs. Some streets have a few hours a week when parking is prohibited to allow for trash pickup, street cleaning, and similar activities.