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Does the boardwalk have family bathrooms? My husband is in a wheelchair and requires assistance when using the bathroom.
Submitted by Diana P, York Haven Pennsylvania on July 6, 2015
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 6, 2015

Unfortunately, I do not believe any of the comfort stations along the boardwalk offer a Family Rest Room option. However, all of them are handicap accessible.

We are coming down at the end of August and I will need a beach wheelchair. What type of beach wheelchairs are available and do you know if they're easy to push? I'd like to accompany my wife as she takes a walk down the beach.
Submitted by Edward B, Carlisle Pennsylvania on July 6, 2015
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 7, 2015

Hi Edward,

A few times every summer I will assist someone in a beach wheelchair in getting closer to the ocean.  The sand wheelchairs are hard to push and the only option is to push them - they cannot be self-propelled.  They do roll better over wet sand, but you are not supposed to get them wet...  So, based on my experience, I think a stroll down the Boardwalk, right next to the beach, is a good substitute. 

I'm staying at the Princess Bayside. Where would you recommend for overnight parking? The hotel management said there is free parking across the street and along the Coastal Highway. Do you know if that's a good area to park? And is it really free?
Submitted by Magda J, Ridgewood New York on July 6, 2015
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 6, 2015

I stayed in this area for many years, and I often parked cars on 45th, 46th, and 47th Streets on the ocean side for multiple days at a time and never had an issue (There is not parking on Coastal Highway). I generally did not have too much of an issue finding a spot in this area. Just be sure to check the signs - some of these streets may have a few hours a week (usually in the morning) when you can't park there due to street cleaning or trash pickup. And, Yes, Street parking in this area of town is FREE!

We are headed down in few weeks. Our hotel is near Northside Park. How crowded are the beaches in this area compared to those further south near the boardwalk?
Submitted by Brad L, Harrisburg Pennsylvania on July 6, 2015
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 6, 2015

I stayed at 130th Street for several years. This is a great area of town. Although the beaches throughout all of OC are all excellent. One nice thing about this area is because Northside Park is on the Bayside, there is little residential or rental housing on the west side of Coastal Highway, so the beach is a bit less crowded. You will be fine on this stretch of beach!

I'd like to watch the firework show on the beach, but I've never been to OC for it. Where would you suggest watching the fireworks from?
Submitted by Garrett H, Hurlock Maryland on July 6, 2015
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: July 6, 2015

The fireworks are shot off at North Division St. which is at the lower end of the boardwalk near the inlet.  You should be able to see them anywhere on the beach for a good distance.  Of course, the closer you are, the better view.  They are held Monday and Tuesday nights at 10:00 p.m. and last about 8 minutes.

Where do I buy all-day passes for the beach bus that travels through Ocean City?
Submitted by beverly h, shoemakersville Pennsylvania on July 6, 2015
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 6, 2015

You buy them for $3 when you get on the bus. The $3 pass is good all day (the day starts at 6am). Be sure to have $3 exactly. The drivers don't make change.

Where can visitors park their jet skis?
Submitted by rhonda s, strasburh Virginia on July 2, 2015
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Schwenksville, PA

Insider since: 2011

Answered: July 2, 2015

One of the beat places to launch and park your trailer while you ride is the free county boat ramp in the commercial harbor in West OC. You can also park your jet ski on it's trailer there for up to 24 hours. If you park on the street in OC you jet ski/trailer will be tagged by the police and from that point you have 8 hours to move it or be towed.

Where can visitors purchase bus passes?
Submitted by Kimberly T, Greensburg Pennsylvania on July 2, 2015
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Bayville, NJ

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 2, 2015

hi kim,

http://oceancitymd.gov/Public_Works/ServicesSchedule.pdf">Ocean City Transportation Service Schedule

Ride with us, on Ocean City’s municipal buses that travel along Coastal Highway. Our buses are safe, clean, reliable, and convenient. A $3 Ride-All-Day pass allows you to ride from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 a.m. the next morning. Our friendly and knowledgeable drivers will be glad to take you down to our South Division Street Transit Center or to the North end Transit Center or anywhere in-between. Don’t forget, with your $3 pass, you can transfer to one of our Park & Ride buses at no additional cost and go to our beautiful West Ocean City Park & Ride facility. Please review the Park n Ride “Beach Bus” section for additional information regarding its operating schedule. The Park & Ride Facility is also a connection point for Shore Transit. All Ocean City buses are handicap accessible. If a vehicle lift/ramp and securement area can accommodate a mobility device Ocean City Transportation will transport the device (and user).

Buses depart from the depots on the following time schedule below:

COASTAL HIGHWAY BEACH BUSES – South Division Street Transit Station to/from 144th Street Transit Station. Exact Fare Required.

Standard Fare: $3 Ride-All-Day

Half Fare ($1.50 Ride-All-Day): Senior Citizens age 65 and over, Disabled Persons, Medicare card holders and Ocean City Non-Resident Senior Bus Pass holders. Proof of eligibility may be required.

Free: Children 42 inches in height and under, ADA Certified Disabled card holders and Ocean City Resident Senior Bus Pass holders. Proof of eligibility may be required.

Schedule Dates Times Summer May 22 - Sept. 7, 2015 Every 10 min. 6 a.m. - 3 a.m. Every 20 min. 3 a.m. - 6 a.m. Fall Sept. 28 - Oct. 24, 2015 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. approximately every 15 min. 10:00 p.m. - 6:00 a.m. approximately every 30 min.
The 2015 Ocean City Vacation Guide mentions discounts are offered to disabled people for the shuttle bus system. How do I get a discounted pass for myself?
Submitted by Steve F, Hagerstown Maryland on July 2, 2015
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 6, 2015

You can get directions on how to obtain the pass which entitlesyou to half-price bus service by calling the Transportation Department at 410.723.1606 or the City Hall receptionist at 410.289.8221

Are scooters and electric scooters allowed on the boardwalk?
Submitted by MB W, Woodbridge Virginia on July 2, 2015
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 6, 2015

If you are talking about an electric mobility scooter, then yes, they are allowed with no restrictions.

If you are talking about kids scooter, then electric ones are not allowed, and foot powered ones are allowed during bike hours, shown below.