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Are there any shoe regulations for Trimper's rides? Must we wear tennis shoes or will flip flops do? Thanks! 
Submitted by sydney s, greensburg Pennsylvania on June 20, 2017
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Bayville, NJ

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 20, 2017

Hey Syndey, Flip flops are just fine when it comes to Trimpers rides. However, I'd suggest a good tennis shoe or sneaker in case you're on a roller coaster and your flip flop falls off. I've seen that happen before and more than most likely you won't get that back. Just a suggestion but as long as you're wearing something you'll be fine.

Hello! Does the Boardwalk have hours of operation during the summer? 
Submitted by Beth B, Roebling New Jersey on June 20, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 21, 2017

The boardwalk is considered a public street and is always open. Most of its businesses are open from about 10am to about midnight in the summer.

Where in Ocean City can I park for an extended period of time? Paid or free. Thank you! 
Submitted by Jay N, Pennsville New Jersey on June 20, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 21, 2017

I have often left a car parked on OC's side streets for several days at a time with no issues. North of 10th Street almost all side street parking is free. Just be sure to check the signs as some streets have time where parking is prohibited to allow for trash pickup or street cleaning.

Hi Insiders! Are there any tattoo shops on the Boardwalk? 
Submitted by Amy W, Industry Pennsylvania on June 20, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 21, 2017

Tattooing businesses were effectively regulated out of OC over 40 years ago. Of course, temporary tattoos are available at several places along the south end of the boardwalk. There are tattoo parlors near Ocean City including Crucial Tattoo (410.860.1999) in Salisbury, MD, and Independent Tattoo (302.436.5581) and Right Coast Tattoo (302.539.2828), in nearby Fenwick Island, DE. I know nothing about these locations so I can't recommend if they are good places to go or not.

What are ferry prices in the area? 
Submitted by Brian B, Galloway New Jersey on June 20, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 21, 2017

The only ferry in the area is the Cape May - Lewis ferry that crosses the Delaware Bay between DE and NJ. You can see is schedule and fares here.

Hi Insiders! Are there umbrellas for rent on the beach in Ocean City? Are visitors allowed to bring their own shelter from the sun? 
Submitted by Yvette W, Halthorpe Maryland on June 20, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 21, 2017

Yes to both questions.

For renting umbrellas and other beach equipment, look for the big blue boxes that line the beach everywhere in OC. They're the ones who rent chairs and umbrellas. They will rent them by day, week, or season, and will put them up and take them down when you're done for the day. Umbrellas rent for about $20/day or $80/week and chairs are about $8/day or $40/week (prices vary a little bit among operators, but not too much).

You can use your canopy or shelter as long as you set it up west of the line of lifeguard stands (umbrellas have the same restriction). These shelters are easily picked up by the wind, so be sure you have either heavy leg weights or stake suitable for the sand to secure it.You cannot sleep overnight in these shelters.

If I'm coming from Baltimore, aside from the Bay Bridge, are there any other tolls I should be prepared to come across as I make my way to Ocean City? 
Submitted by Latashya E, Baltimore Maryland on June 20, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 21, 2017

From Baltimore to OC, unless you have to take one of the toll bridges or tunnels in Baltimore, or take some really out of the way route (Like over the north side of the Bay on I-95), the eastbound Bay Bridge toll (currently $4 or $2.50 with a MD E-ZPass) is the only toll you will encounter.

Hey Insiders, any boaters in the house? If we are driving our own jet skis over state lines, must we have a boater's license for both states? If we're coming to and from Delaware, will our Maryland license do? Thanks in advance! 
Submitted by Sara R, Baltimore Maryland on June 20, 2017
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Schwenksville, PA

Insider since: 2011

Answered: June 21, 2017

Hi Sara! I am a boater from PA, have a PA boating license and a MD one as well since we vacation in MD. Boating regulations vary from state to state so I think it is a great idea to complete both. Click here to take the Delaware course. The cost is only $29.50 and I have always felt this is money well spent! Enjoy your time on the water!

Hi Insiders! Does anyone have an idea of the rules and regulations -- specifically age requirements -- for parasailing in the area? 
Submitted by Margie L, Belle Vernon Pennsylvania on June 20, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 21, 2017

The rules vary by operator, but many have a minimum weight requirement (usually around 100 lbs) to go alone. Your best bet is to contact the operator you want to sue and ask them directly. You can find several water sports companies listed here.

Hi Insiders! How can I go about securing a beach wheelchair? Thanks! 
Submitted by Amy E, Davidsonville Maryland on June 20, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 21, 2017

You cannot reserve them in advance, but the Beach Patrol staff can provide access to chairs located every few blocks along the beach (see here for locations and more info (scroll down)). Chairs must be used within one block (one north and south) of where the chair is assigned and kept. Chairs are available from these locations from about Memorial Day to Labor Day. While the chairs are offered on a first-come-first-serve basis, they are not highly utilized, and are generally available.

If you want to be certain of getting a chair, they are available at the Ocean City Police Department at 65th Street, bayside, for one or multi-days of use by advance reservation. Call 410-723-6610 for more information.

Beach wheelchairs are also available from the Ocean City Visitors Center in the Convention Center on 40th Street for one to three days of use by advance reservation. Call 410-289-2800 for more information.

Finally, PMI rentals rents these chairs, and they will deliver. You can call them at 800.320.7469 to find out more.

Be aware that these beach wheelchairs are large and do not fold up. They require a fairly large vehicle to transport (check with the people you talk to to see if it will fit in your vehicle). The chairs on the beach locations are stored at the west side of the dunes or along the boardwalk.