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When did Seacrets open? 
Submitted by Bill d, Ellicott city Maryland on September 22, 2014
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: September 22, 2014

Seacrets opened in June of 1988 thanks to Leighton Moore. His family owned a hotel in Ocean City just a block from where Seacrets is now. 

Where do recommend to park if you are visiting for only 1 day? Is there any free parking?
Submitted by Eric S, Elyria Ohio on September 22, 2014
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Johnstown Pa

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Answered: September 22, 2014

There is free parking on any of the back streets on the bay side of town close to the inlet.  You will have to walk a couple of blocks to the boardwalk, but it's worth it.  Or  you can park for free at the West Ocean City Park and Ride on Rte 50 and ride the shuttle into town for $3. The cost is for a ride all day pass so you can ride as many times as you want all day long.

What restaurants are open now and all winter?
Submitted by Bonnie F, Queenstown Maryland on September 22, 2014
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Centreville, VA

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Answered: September 22, 2014

Many of OC's restaruants are still open and will be open through Columbus Day weekend. After that they start to close, a few more every week until they start rreopening in mid-to-late March. Most restaurants in major hotels are open all week all year round. 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 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.

If you go to the Visitors Center at the south end of the Convention Center at 40th Street, you can get a list of what restaurants are open when and what specials they are running each night.

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 this winter!

Are dogs allowed on the boardwalk or beaches in ocean city?
Submitted by Megan C, abingdon Maryland on September 19, 2014
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Johnstown Pa

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Answered: September 19, 2014

From October 1 and until May 1 you can bring your dogs to the beach and the boardwalk, but they must be on leashes at all times.  Many people don't obey that rule on the beach, but that is the rule. And please remember to pick up after your pet even (and especially) on the sand.  Nobody wants to find that. 

After May 1 and until Sept.30, NO dogs are allowed on the beach or the boardwalk, even in strollers. 

Hope that answers your question. 

Where are the best boardwalk spots in late September? Trying to figure out what's still open and what we should do. 
Submitted by cindy v, sugar grove Virginia on September 18, 2014
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Johnstown Pa

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Answered: September 18, 2014

Late September. the weekends will be busy.  The Wine Festival is the last weekend in September at the Inlet. You can purchase tickets at http://www.winefest.com/index-beach.html . You can sample various wines, enjoy cheese and breads, listen to live music and explore the craft vendors.  It's a very nice event.

During the week, no rides or games will be open, but the Life Saving Station Museum, Marty's Playland, Thrasher's Fries, Fisher's Popcorn, and lots of small shops will still be open.  Places like the Purple Moose and Shenanigan's will also still be open.

You can rent bicycles or Segway's at Boardwalk Segway in the Somerset Plaza and ride the boards. There are still mini golf places open including two indoor ones at 68th and 136th Streets.  Play laser tag at Planet Maze or ice skate at the Carousel Hotel. 

Explore the area outside of OC and visit Assateague and see the wild ponies, or visit nearby Berlin and tour the town and spend some time at the Casino and race track.

Have a great time.

I need oxygen 24/7. If I needed to get some, where could I?
Submitted by DONALD B, baltimore Maryland on September 16, 2014
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: September 16, 2014

I recently went through this with my father who wanted to travel but needed his oxygen.  If you haven't already, check with your local supply company and look into a Respironics Portable Concentrator.  It made dad's life so much easier.  It is small, lightweight, and plugs right into the cigarette lighter in the car to keep the batteries charged while riding.  It looks like a small briefcase and is on wheels so you just pull or push it and that also helped with his balance. The batteries lasted about 6 hours on 2-3 liters, and then plugged in and recharged at night. So much more convenient than tanks. 

There is a CVS pharmacy in OC that may be able to help.  But oxygen is a "durable medical supply" and you may have to go through a supply house to get it.  The closest one is in Salisbury about 30 miles west of OC.  

Neighbor Care Medical Supply

400 E Main St,  

Salisbury, MD 21804

(410) 546-0027

Is boardwalk open in October? What are some best spots for Ocean City in October? And what are the best hotels in Ocean City and are they on Sale on October. Thankyou! Kyle
Submitted by Kyle K, bowie Maryland on September 15, 2014
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

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Answered: September 15, 2014

Hi Kyle,

The Boardwalk is open, but many of the shops start to closed around October 15th.  You will still find many open on the weekends in nice weather though.  I use priceline.com for hotels and have found many hotels reduce pricing as of October 1.   

Never been to OC MD before. Coming for Sunfest this Saturday 9/20. Do you have map of festival area so we can see what and where we want to go?
Submitted by Ginny H, Lansdale Pennsylvania on September 15, 2014
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Centreville, VA

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Answered: September 15, 2014

The Sunfest festival area is not too big, so it is easy to walk around. I amnot aware of any maps. Sunfest is at the south end of town in the inlet parking lot.

In which year was Ocean City established?
Submitted by Daniel S, Fredericksburg Virginia on September 15, 2014
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: September 15, 2014

This is not a completely straightforward question, but the most widely accepted date of Ocean City's founding is 4 July 1875. This date corresponds to the opening of the Atlantic Hotel and is the date most often used and recognized by the Town Government as the founding date. Other relevant dates to your question include:

1742 - Worcester County (which includes OC) is formed

1868 - Stephen Taber purchases land and forms "The Ladies Resort to the Ocean," located where Ocean City now stands, and viewed as a forerunner to OC

1869 - Issac Coffin opens the Rhode Island Inn - The first place for "tourists" to stay overnight in the area, but it was more of a boarding house or hunting lodge than hotel

1875 - Atlantic Hotel opens (although there were other hotels in OC before it)

1880 - Town of Ocean City is incorporated

Find out more about OC's history and its founding by visiting the OC Lifesaving Museum website (Lots of good info on this site) or by taking a look at this article.

What is the entertainment like for Sept. 25th 2014 for a 5 yr. old. Are the Trans still running because I am also bring my disabled mother?
Submitted by Michele C, Horsham Pennsylvania on September 15, 2014
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Answered: September 15, 2014

Hi. No, the rides won't be running, but the indoor rides at Trimpers will be and they are made just for the under 8 set. Plus the arcades, some mini golf courses, and laser tag will all be open as well.

As for the tram, it will not be running then.  I would recommend renting a mobility scooter from one of the local bicycle vendors or from Boardwalk Segway ( http://boardwalksegways.com/ ) for your mom.