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What is the best area to visit or activities to take part in for a first-time Ocean City visitor? I'm looking for general information: Great place to stay, good food, etc. If possible, please provide complete names that I could type into my GPS, as I will be driving in. 
Submitted by Consuela S, Sharon Hill Pennsylvania on August 29, 2016
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Ocean City, MD

Insider since: 2011

Answered: August 29, 2016

Hi Consuela!

There are SO MANY fun things to do in Ocean City, it is impossible to do them all in one trip. I'll share a few of my favorites though with you:

My favorite seafood buffet: The Bonfire - on 71st street.

My favorite amusement park/ water park/ go-karts: Jolly Roger - 30th street.

My favorite place to walk: The boardwalk - downtown.

While on the boards, you need to try Thrasher's french fries, Fisher's pop corn, and Dumser's ice cream.

My favorite mini-golf: Embers Island Mini Golf - 23rd street.

It's tough to share a favorite place to stay because there are so many and it all depends on where you want to be, what kind of view you want to have, how close you want to be to the boardwalk, how much you are willing to spend, etc. I would look for one with a great view of the ocean and just sit out on your balcony and enjoy! The Carousel offers Ocean City's only ice-skating rink, along with great views of the water!

Have a great time in Ocean City! 

How can I find the 2016 price of chair and umbrella rental around 18th street?
Submitted by Jo M, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania on August 29, 2016
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Ocean City, MD

Insider since: 2011

Answered: August 29, 2016

I'm traveling to Ocean City from Sept. 2-5 and have an emotional support dog. Is the dog permitted on the Boardwalk and the beaches at any and all times?
Submitted by linda P, Bethlehem Pennsylvania on August 29, 2016
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Schwenksville, PA

Insider since: 2011

Answered: August 29, 2016

From the National Association of Registered Service Dogs:

An Emotional Support Animal (ESA) is an animal that, by its very presence, mitigates the emotional or psychological symptoms associated with a handler's condition or disorder. The animal does NOT need to be trained to perform a disability-specific task. All domesticated animals (dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, hedgehogs, rodents, mini-pigs, etc.) may serve as an ESA. The only legal protections an Emotional Support Animal has are 1) to fly with their emotionally or psychologically disabled handler in the cabin of an aircraft and 2) to qualify for no-pet housing. No other public or private entity (motels, restaurants, stores, etc.) is required to allow your ESA to accompany you and in all other instances, your ESA has no more rights than a pet.

Signs near the Inlet parking lot say we are not allowed to swim on the beach in this area. How far down the beach do we have to go to be able to swim? 
Submitted by Liz T, Damascus Maryland on August 26, 2016
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Hanover, PA 17331

Insider since: 2008

Answered: August 26, 2016

Liz, I believe the signs you are referring to are the areas around the inlet rocks and under the pier.

You may swim between these two spots but not near the rocks or the pier for your safety.

Does it get cool there in October? Are there a lot of things to do during that month? 
Submitted by Lakeisha M, East Orange New Jersey on August 26, 2016
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Hanover, PA 17331

Insider since: 2008

Answered: August 26, 2016

October is a great time to visit Ocean City. There is still plenty to see and do without the wait.

Check here for the events page as Ocean City does have things planned for October.

We are planning our family reunion next year (2017) in Ocean City and most of the hotels don't have a room for a banquet. I am looking for either a restaurant or another venue that could hold a large group dinner. We're looking for a place to hold about 45 or so people. Thanks for any suggestions.
Submitted by Diane M, Mitchellville Maryland on August 25, 2016
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Bayville, NJ

Insider since: 2010

Answered: August 25, 2016

Hi Diane, I'd also try the Princess Bayside on 48th they can host groups. Here's some of the info:

Groups Princess Bayside Beach Hotel Groups

Customized group sales packages available. Please contact our professional sales staff for more information 1-888-622-9743.

Banquet Policies

The staff and management of the Princess Bayside Beach Hotel is pleased to host your catering event. Following is information you will find helpful in order to plan a successful function.

Menu Selection – To ensure the availability of your selections, we require that you submit your menu at least 60 days prior to your function date. Our enclosed selections are offered merely as suggestions and our catering staff will be more than happy to tailor a menu to your specific tastes.

Guarantees – A minimum guarantee of attendance must be submitted 30 days in advance of your function. This number will be considered a minimum guarantee and will not be subject to reduction. This will be the figure used to prepare your bill even if fewer guests attend. An increase in numbers will be permitted up to 72 hours prior to your schedule function time and will be reflected at the time of billing.

Credit Information – We require a deposit equal to 30% of the estimated charges with the return of a signed contract. The balance is due with attendance guarantee 30 days prior to the function.

Service Charge – A 20% service charge and a 6.5% tax will be added by the Hotel to all food and beverage charges.

Banquet Menus AM and PM Breaks Breakfasts Breaks, Snacks, Refreshments Luncheons Appetizers Dinners Dinner Buffets Themed Dinner Buffets Beverages

We are coming to Ocean City the week of Sept 11-15. We are bringing a disabled veteran and an 85-year old. Can you tell me why the tram is closed for those five days? It closes down on the 11th and opens back up on the 15th.
Submitted by Rita L, New castle Pennsylvania on August 24, 2016
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: August 24, 2016

Yes, the tram will be closed then. And I believe this is the first year that the tram is going to continue to run for the week after Labor Day.  I'm sorry it won't be available to you then.   But you can always rent a mobility scooter, or treat them to a surry style bicycle ride on the boardwalk.  

We are heading to OC next week from New York. We plan to be in the area by 8 a.m. after stopping for groceries. We are near 130th street. Would taking Rt. 54 be the right way to go, or should we just plan on using Rt. 90?
Submitted by Kevin H, Poughkeepsie New York on August 24, 2016
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: August 24, 2016

Rt. 54 is the way to go.  Plus you can stop at Harris Teeter or Food Lion (my choice) before coming into Ocean City.  Both are on 54.

Is fishing on the beach permitted in September, and at what times?
Submitted by Brian D, Sunbury Pennsylvania on August 18, 2016
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: August 18, 2016

Surf Fishing from the beach is actually allowed anytime in OC (but the beach is closed from midnight until 5am), but you must remain more than 50 yards from swimmers or of anyone on the beach between 9am and 5:30pm. Note that a license is now required to surf fish in Ocean City (and all of Maryland). You can get license information here. You can get lots of great information related to fishing in OC at the Oyster Bay Tackle Shop's webpage (look under the Resources tab). This page also has some useful information and tips for surf fishing in OC.

Where can I park the truck if it is still connected to the trailer?
Submitted by Donna R, Felton Pennsylvania on August 18, 2016
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: August 18, 2016

You cannot park oversize vehicles including trailers on public streets in OC or in municipal parking lots from 1 May thru 31 October. You can park for the day, but not overnight, in the West OC Park-and-Ride lot (on the south side of Route 50, about 1/4 mile west of the bridge). This parking is free. You can also park at the 100th Street trailer parking lot for $10/day or $50/week.

There are also some private parking around town (mostly near the south end of town) that may be able to accommodate you. You can also contact  Van's Marine at 10438 Racetrack Road (just off Route 50) for trailer parking. You can reach them at 410.641.5204.