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My daughter has two Passports to Fun from Jolly Roger. She's not sure if they're going to be good in 2017 when we go next August. Is there any way for her to find out if the cards will still be good? 
Submitted by Dorothy P, Toms River New Jersey on November 28, 2016
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Hanover, PA 17331

Insider since: 2008

Answered: November 29, 2016

Your passes will be still good this summer and you can always add more points to them when you arrive at Jolly Roger. To shop now click here.

Is Ocean Bowl Skate Park in the same location it has always been? Also, was it the first-ever skate park in the United States? 
Submitted by Lou P, Georgetown Ontario on November 28, 2016
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: November 28, 2016

The Oean City Skate Bowl has always been in its location at the park at 3rd Street. When it opened in June 1976, it was not the first skate park in the country, but I do believe it was the first one on the east coast. It is now the oldest municipal skate park currently in operation. Find out more about the OC Skate Bowl history here or about skate parks history in general here.

I live in Cumberland, MD and prefer not to drive more than four hours each way to Ocean City. Are there any airlines that fly into or near Ocean City? If not, are there any other transportation services I can take advantage of in lieu of driving myself?
Submitted by Pat H, Cumberland Maryland on November 28, 2016
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: November 28, 2016

There are no easy ways to fly to OC from Cumberland. To fly there you would end up driving almost as far to an airport as it is to OC. The nearest commercial airport to OC is Salisbury Airport (SBY), about 30 miles form OC. Flights from Salisbury only go to Philadelphia (PHL) or Charlotte (CLT). If you can get to one of those airports easily (which I assume you can't), then you could fly American Eagle/Piedmont Airlines to Salisbury and take a cab to OC. The Ocean City Airport (OXB) is about 3 miles from OC, but it is General Aviation only with no commercial flights.

There is no passenger train service to anywhere near OC.

Greyhound bus is thus your best option, but there are no standard routes to OC that work well for you (all the routes I tried to put together took over 12 hours to make the trip). I suggest calling Greyhound (800.231.2222) and seeing if they can put together a route that would work well for you.

Sorry that I don't have a better option for you!

Where do you park for the Winterfest of Lights? Is it free or metered?
Submitted by Becky P, Clayton Delaware on November 28, 2016
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: November 28, 2016

There is a parking lot just south of Northside Park on the north side of 125th Street. There is also street parking in the area. All of this parking is free.

I have been to Winterfest many times, even when it was VERY busy, and I have always found a parking spot in the area without any issues.

Is there a source of information for high school seniors looking for places to rent, as well as safe, fun activities to take part in while in Ocean City for Senior Week?
Submitted by shirl W, Baltimore Maryland on November 23, 2016
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: November 23, 2016

For information on great, fun, and often FREE Senior Week activities checkout the Play It Safe website. The site has not been fully updated for 2016, but keep checking it. Play-It-Safe has tons of free (or really cheap) fun activities for kids at Senior Week. This site also has information on get a $5 bus pass that is good for a whole week.

If you want to rent a house or apartment, checkout these two sites. I have no experience with any of these places, so I can't tell you anything about them:

Various Condos: http://www.century21newhorizon.com/ocean-city-senior-week.htm

Peaceful bay Apts (on St Louis Street): http://peacefulbay.tripod.com/junegrads.html

If a block of motel rooms works, a list of motels specifically for senior week can be found at http://www.ocean-city.com/ocean-city-maryland-grads. These hotels will also rent to people under 21:

Sahara, 19th Street on the boardwalk with ocean block buildings too. Outdoor pool. A basic motel that will be clean, but will not have lots of amenities. http://www.saharamotel.com/

Tides, 71st Street, outdoor pool, ocean block. A basic motel that will be clean, but will not have lots of amenities. http://www.tidesmotel.com/

Beachmark, 73rd Street, outdoor pool, ocean block. A basic motel that will be clean, but will not have lots of amenities. http://www.beachmarkmotel.com/

These are all good, basic places that I routinely recommend.

I would advise against using Craigslist for housing unless you can verify the listing is legitimate. There have been several scams in the past few years where people paid to rent houses that did not even exist!

No matter where you stay, you need to ask about check-in and check-out times, property-specific regulations, security deposit requirements, who can sign the rental agreement (do you need someone over 18, 21, 25 to sign the lease?). You also need to be aware that many properties have strictly enforced eviction notices in their agreements for violations of noise, alcohol, and other ordinances that can result in violators being evicted mid-week.

 

What shops are under the Plaza Hotel Boardwalk?
Submitted by Lois D, New windsor Maryland on November 21, 2016
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: November 21, 2016

The Plim Plaza on 2nd Street has The Paul Revere Smorgasbord is there, along with the Mug and Mallet for crabs. There is also a coffee shop as well.  Aside from that, I remember a small book store too, but I'm not positive that is still there. 

The Paradise Plaza Hotel on 9th St. has a Candy Kitchen, the Alaska Stand Restaurant,  the T Shirt Factory, an Orange Julius and Dairy Queen, and a Sunsations. 

The Beach Plaza Hotel on 13th St. has an excellent restaurant called Adolfo's on the first floor,  and Kelly's Bar and Grill and My Nature are both located under the hotel on the boardwalk.   

So hopefully one of those hotels is the "Plaza" hotel you were asking about.

I would like to know if street parking (non-metered) is available in the area along Canal Walk Lane, Seaside Drive and Shore Point Drive.
Submitted by Ayana R, Washington District of Columbia on November 16, 2016
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: November 16, 2016

The streets you list are all private roads on Sunset Island. I am very familiar with this area as my brother has a condo there that I frequently stay at.

This area has free street parking on the clamshell areas between the street and sidewalk. However, these are all private roads, and a Clam Shell Parking permit (or Owners Permit) is required from the Sunset Island Association to park there. Every unit has a couple of parking permits, and the unit owner can work with the association office to get additional permits for the short term, especially off season (in season it is more of an issue). Note that you will need a parking permit or to be on the list at the guard booth to get onto Sunset Island as the community does have a guard at its entrance. In season, (May - Sept) they routinely tow cars parked anywhere on Sunset Island if the car does not display the proper unexpired permit.

My husband is vegetarian, and many traditional Thanksgiving turkey buffets don't offer a main dish for him. Are there any restaurants open in Ocean City that don't do the traditional turkey buffet and have one vegetarian dish? Thank you very much!
Submitted by Pat W, Washington District of Columbia on November 9, 2016
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: November 9, 2016

I would be willing to bet that you can get a vegetarian dish at any of these places.  One of the best Thanksgiving buffets is at theClarion Hotel on 101st St.  (410) 524-3535 . The Princess Royale Hotel on 90th St. also has a very good buffet.  (410) 524-7777 ext. 2131

Here is a list of places serving Thanksgiving meals on Thanksgiving day, and I'm sure most would be able to accommodate you.

32 Palm inside the Hilton Hotel on 32nd St.  (410) 289-6444

BJ's on the Water on 75th St.   (410) 524-7575

Bonfire Restaurant  on 70th St.  (410) 524-7171

Captain's Table inside the Courtyard Marriott Hotel on 15th St  (410) 289-7192

Dunes Manor Hotel on 29th St.  (410) 289-1100

Embers on 24th St.  (410) 289-3322

Fager's Island 56th St.  (410) 524-5400

Are there any groups or organizations in Ocean City that put together guided tours of places like Washington DC? 
Submitted by Sheila W, Memphis Tennessee on November 7, 2016
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: November 7, 2016

The Worcester County Parks Department (OC is in Worcester County) has some such trips. See the list here.

In the summer, some of the International Student Organizations will put together such trips sometimes. Contact them though this page to find out more.

Are there any limitations on driving a Class C motor home to the Inlet parking lot? 
Submitted by First Name* L, Phila Pennsylvania on November 7, 2016
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: November 7, 2016

According to the Maintenance Department who runs the lot, you can enter the facility and park for the day off-season, but you are not allowed to park overnight/camp in the lot.  Parking is now free in the lot.  Their tip was to exit the lot at the booth closest to the Boardwalk, as it is wider than the one closest to the inlet.

From April to October you cannot park in the inlet lot at all. 

In-season, you can also park your camper for free at The West Ocean City Park & Ride offers at 12848 Ocean Gateway. Not only is the parking free, but the lot offers spectacular scenic views of the bay, surrounding wetlands, the Ocean City skyline and of course, the gorgeous sunsets Ocean City is known for. Visit the octagon gazebos for amazing bird-watching. And be sure to read the interpretive signs and checkout the railroad bridge and brick walkways before catching the shuttle into town.

Shuttle service from the West Ocean City Park & Ride is $3 Ride-All-Day.