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In miles, how far is OC to Rehoboth beach, and how far is OC to Fenwick Island?
Submitted by Phyllis R, Seaford New York on February 8, 2016
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: February 8, 2016

Ocean City is approximately 10 miles long and it touches Fenwick Island, so it is either one foot or 10 miles to Fenwick Island.  This is about a 20 minute car ride or a 30 minute bus ride during the summer in traffic.  Rehoboth is about 27 miles at it longest drive.  This is about a 40 minute drive during the summer.  All the beaches are relatively close. 

When do most of the shops open back up on the Boardwalk? We were looking at going for a long weekend towards the beginning of May. Thanks in advance!
Submitted by Jennifer B, Lower Burrel Pennsylvania on February 8, 2016
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: February 8, 2016

Almost all the shops are open on weekends beginning in early May; some are even open all week as well by then.  Some shops are open all year long - on weekends only.  Summer kicks into full swing by early May.

Are there many towns nearby OCMD? And about how far away are they?
Submitted by Phyllis R, Seaford New York on February 5, 2016
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Schwenksville, PA

Insider since: 2011

Answered: February 6, 2016

There are quite a few! My favorite is Berlin which is just a few miles west of OC off of Rt. 50. Quaint shops, good restaurants like The Atlantic Hotel, The Globe, The Blacksmith, Burley Inn Tavern and Baked a wonderful bakery that features homemade peach dumplings. A must do in Berlin is the Burley Oak Brewery. It is the one that started the craft brew revolution on the Eastern Shore.

You can visit Chincoteague Island home of the famous pony, Misty of Chincoteague. It is about an hour south of OC off of Rt 113. Another is Snow Hill located about 30 minutes south of OC in Rt 113.

You can also head north on Coastal Hwy from OC to visit the Delaware seashore communities of Fenwick Island, Bethany Beach, Dewey Beach and Rehoboth Beach.

But we would really love for you to say in Ocean City. There is so much to do here!

Are the Boardwalk rides and shops going to be open the week of March 21, 2016?
Submitted by Katrina R, Lexington park Maryland on February 2, 2016
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Hanover, PA 17331

Insider since: 2008

Answered: February 2, 2016

Katrina,

During the off-season months, the best way to find out what's open at Trimper's Amusements is call  at 410-289-8617 or follow them on Facebook  for the latest updates. 

What is the swimsuit policy in OCMD? Like how much can be showing? If there even is any kind of policy for that?
Submitted by Bethany W, Apollo Pennsylvania on February 1, 2016
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: February 1, 2016

There is no toplessness allowed on the beach. Here is the law concerning THONGS.

MARYLAND: LEGAL (Source: MD State Law provides for a punishment of “indecent exposure,” but has no law that specifically defines what constitutes indecent exposure; MD relies on a “common law” definition of indecent exposure, and includes female toplessness, generally. This occurred when a law was rewritten 2002. The punishment can be found at Section 11.107 of the Maryland Code, in the middle of a law concerning the sale and display of sex toys.)– Maryland State Parks: LEGAL (Source) [PDF] (Note that this is an example FAQ for Sandy Point State Park. Parks operate under state law, which allows thongs)– Assateague island National Seashore: LEGAL– Ocean City: LEGAL

Is there a walkway to push a wheelchair out on the beach, and if so can you give me the streets where they are available?
Submitted by sherri h, lancaster Pennsylvania on February 1, 2016
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Bayville, NJ

Insider since: 2010

Answered: February 1, 2016

hey sherri,

here's all the information you need for beach wheelchairs:

Beach Access

Access to the beach for the physically challenged is provided at certain locations along the beach & is designated by a blue sign on street entrances along Coastal Highway. The following is a list of beach access locations.

Inlet Lot Somerset St. Talbot St. N. Division St. 12th St. 25th St. 27th St. 35th St. 37th 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.

 

Beach Wheelchairs

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.

The Town of Ocean City is pleased to help provide access to our beach for disabled visitors through the beach chair program. Donations to help purchase more chairs are gratefully accepted. Please make your check payable to Town of Ocean City and mail it to: Town of Ocean City, 301 Baltimore Avenue, Ocean City, MD 21842. Drop-boxes are located at City Hall on 3rd Street and the Recreation and Parks Community Center at Northside Park on 125th Street. Please write “beach wheelchair donation” in the memo of your check. For more information call (410) 520-5403.

My friend and I are looking to live and work in Ocean City this summer. We are 19/20 years old, and we go to college, so we would have to be back in early August at the latest. We are trying to come in early May. We want a job and somewhere to stay that is reasonable for two college students. Any suggestions on housing or employment? Or are there any jobs that offer employee housing?
Submitted by Jess P, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania on February 1, 2016
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Do you know if there are any shells left on beaches after the storm? Are they all picked over? We were thinking of driving up February 2.
Submitted by Debby B, Jessup Maryland on February 1, 2016
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Hanover, PA 17331

Insider since: 2008

Answered: February 1, 2016

Debby,

Yes I saw the pictures too with all the shells scattered all over the beach. I wanted to head down myself to grab a couple shells.

There was a big clean up after the storm. If you were lucky to be there you had first chance at the shells. I don't know personally if there are still there. As always though, the ocean washes up plenty of shells back onto the beach every day. 

If I could get away for a couple days, I know I would go.

Which streets does the Boardwalk span, and what beaches are patrolled by Lifeguards? I'm looking at staying around 59th St. I was also wondering what is nearby there. Any libraries or parks?
Submitted by Rachel M, Sicklerville New Jersey on January 29, 2016
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Hanover, PA 17331

Insider since: 2008

Answered: January 29, 2016

Boardwalk runs from the inlet to 27th st, about 2.5 miles long as there are a couple named streets down by the inlet. 

Beach Patrol starts the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend 10 am to 5:30 pm.

Beach Patrol Information Link

Nearby restaurants are

Bad Monkeys

Fagers

Johnny's Pizza

Key West 

Macky's

I would love to get your opinion about scopes. Years ago they were a bit smaller and now they are a little bit larger. I was in OC last year and had some done. I asked for the smaller ones, but they said they weren't available. I kind of preferred the smaller ones but I am wondering what other people think?
Submitted by Noah S, Naples Florida on January 25, 2016
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Schwenksville, PA

Insider since: 2011

Answered: January 25, 2016

We get them most every summer. I did like the smaller ones because they are nice to put on a key ring. The bigger ones are ok too. Since we have so many I have begun to add a ribbon and put them on our Christmas tree. Fun to remember the summers past!