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Where can we park for Springfest?
Submitted by Earl B, Columbia Maryland on April 26, 2017
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: April 26, 2017

Your best bet is to park at either the Convention Center on 40th St. and take the shuttle to Springfest, or park at Park N Ride on Rte 50 across the bay and take the shuttle.  However, you may get lucky and just find one on one of the back streets closer to the boardwalk.

We're planning a trip to Springfest, and we're in the market for a wheelchair rental for someone in our party. Any suggestions on where to look?
Submitted by Ralph J, Oneida New York on April 26, 2017
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: April 26, 2017

There are several ways of getting a wheelchair to use.  Contact the Ocean City Police Department at 65th Street, bayside. You can reserve them for one or more days of use. Call 410.723.6610 for more information.

If you just want something for a few hours try Boardwalk Segways on Somerset street. They rent beach wheelchairs, traditional wheelchairs and power scooters. You can reach them at 410.289.1203.

I would call and reserve one very soon!!

Where and how can you reserve a sand wheelchair? 
Submitted by Linda S, Ocean city Maryland on April 26, 2017
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: April 26, 2017

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 slight 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 land 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 410-723-8610 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. For more information, call 410-723-8610.

May a Sportbrella be used on the beach?
Submitted by James B, Hanover Pennsylvania on April 26, 2017
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Hanover, PA 17331

Insider since: 2008

Answered: April 26, 2017

James, yes a sportbrella is allowed on the beach in OC. Just make sure it's not blocking any lifeguard's view.

Throughout the summer, is there a set Beach Bus schedule? Does it change per month? Looking specifically for July. 
Submitted by Lisa L, Baltimore Maryland on April 21, 2017
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: April 21, 2017

The Beach Bus runs about every 15 to 20 minutes 24 hours a day in the summer. It's still only $3 for a ride all day pass.  You must also have exact change. 

Here is this year's schedule  https://oceancitymd.gov/pdf/ServiceSchedule2017.pdf

I'm in the market for an RV campground on the beach that is dog-friendly. Thank you, Insiders! 
Submitted by Priscilla B, Clearfield Pennsylvania on April 20, 2017
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: April 21, 2017

My favorite RV park is Treasure Beach - http://www.treasurebeachrvpark.com.  They have great amenities and a nice location in Fenwick Island.  Pets are welcome, but may not be left unattended. Pets are required to wear current rabies and identification tags.

Are dogs allowed on the beach in May? 
Submitted by Margaret F, Cornwall New York on April 19, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: April 19, 2017

Sorry, but dogs are not allowed anywhere on the beach or boardwalk in Ocean City anytime between 1 May and 30 September. Leashed dogs are allowed in OC's many parks year round. There is also a Dog Park on 94th Street. See this site for how to access the dog park.

Dogs are allowed in certain areas of Assateague National Seashore. See the Assateague National Seashore regulations here.

Is the Boardwalk tram running at the moment? If so, when is the schedule? If not, when will service pick up? 
Submitted by Morrell D, Ocean Pine Maryland on April 19, 2017
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Bayville, NJ

Insider since: 2010

Answered: April 19, 2017

Hi Morrell, The tram is not running at the moment however here is the schedule for the 2017 season, the season for the tram begins springfest weekend just for the weekend and then full season takes effect memorial day weekend.

Tram fare is $3.00 per person, per boarding, one way ride. Discount fare punch cards are available at $20 for 8 rides. Inquire at either Tram Station or with a Tram Conductor.

New unlimited ride pass, which costs $6, a passenger can get on and off the Boardwalk tram as much as they like between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily. The unlimited ride pass will not be available during Springfest, Sunfest, OC Air Show weekend, July 4th weekend or Labor Day weekend. Unlimited ride passes will be sold at both north and south ticket booths and on any tram.

Please note: The tram operation is subject to prevailing weather conditions. See the station operators or call 410-289-5311 or 410-723-1606 for further information.

Schedule

Dates

Times

Springfest

May 4-7, 2017

10 a.m. to Midnight/ Thursday, Friday & Saturday. 

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

Summer

May 26 to Sept. 4, 2017

11 a.m. to Midnight Daily.

10 a.m. to Midnight on Holidays, Holiday Weekends & Special Events

 Post Labor Day

 Sept. 5 - 10, 2017

Sept. 14 -17, 2017

 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Daily

Sunfest

Sept. 21- 24, 2017

10 a.m. to Midnight, Thursday, Friday & Saturday

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday

 Getting around Ocean City won't break your vacation budget. In fact, it will only cost you a few dollars! It's the 'Best Value" ride! Ocean City municipal buses travel along Coastal Highway 7 days a week, and you can ride for just  $3 per day. Our safe and clean buses are reliable and convenient and offer multiple stops along Coastal Highway, so your favorite OC attractions are easily accessible and within walking distance. Ocean City buses also run to and from the West Ocean City Park & Ride facility seasonally.

Can visitors fish off the pier? 
Submitted by Connie M, Weirton West Virginia on April 19, 2017
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Hanover, PA 17331

Insider since: 2008

Answered: April 19, 2017

Connie, yes you can fish of the pier plus you can rent fishing gear and buy bait there.

Click OC Fishing Pier for additional information.

Other piers to consider would be the Oceanic Pier and the 9th st Pier.

My adult family will be in Ocean City, MD April 29 - May 8, 2017. Will we be able to access the beach to comb with our metal detectors?
Submitted by Margaret F, Cornwall New York on April 18, 2017
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: April 18, 2017

Ocean City's beach is open every day of the year and it is always free to everyone.  You are more than welcome to use your metal detectors on the beach.   Have fun!