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Our family is planning a trip to OC the last week of September. Will the stores on the boardwalk have normal hours of operation?
Submitted by Ralph S, West Pittston Pennsylvania on June 29, 2015
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Camp Hill, PA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 29, 2015

Ralph,

That's a very difficult question to answer..... I can't begin to tell you what hours the boardwalk merchants will be keeping.  That being said, Ocean City does find itself in "second season" at that point.  What you'll find is many merchants and business keep some weekday hours, and open for longer periods of time on the weekends especially if the weather is nice.  I guess what I'm attempting to communicate to you is that you'll find that there is still a great many businesses that stay open year round, so aside from some business owners taking the vacation they've earned after a busy summer season, you'll find there is plenty to do, and lots and lots of businesses that remain open or with some scaled back hours.

Where would you recommend buying reasonably priced groceries in OC? 
Submitted by Kerri M, Pen Argyl Pennsylvania on June 29, 2015
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Camp Hill, PA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 29, 2015

Well Kerri, there are several Food Lions around the area.... if you're on the island, you can head to the one on 118th..... Rick's Market is also a nice grocery store, they're located on 64th Street.

Am I allowed to walk my dog on the OC beach?
Submitted by daniel b, Woodbridge Virginia on June 29, 2015
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Camp Hill, PA

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Answered: June 29, 2015

Dan,

Sorry to say that dogs are not allowed on the beach or boardwalk in Ocean City at this time of year.  They'll be welcome back on October 1 - April 30th.Try the dog park on 94th Street for you and your pet to have some fun!  You can also walk them on Baltimore Avenue or Philadelphia Avenue/Coastal Highway as long as they are leashed

I'm staying at the Carousel on 118th St., and I'm wondering if the Fourth of July fireworks will be visible from the beach. Thanks!
Submitted by Cheryl W, Lehighton Pennsylvania on June 29, 2015
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Camp Hill, PA

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Answered: June 29, 2015

Cheryl,

There are fireworks at Northside Park which is located on the bayside at 125th.  Because of the size of the buildings, I'd hesitate to say whether you'd be able to see them from 118th or not..... I'd probably say you wouldn't have a complete view of them seeing that the tall building would obstruct the view.  I would say if you want to see fireworks on the beach, than head to N. Division Street for the Beach Fireworks on the 4th.  Both fireworks displays are to start at 9:30pm..... Both venues begin the evening at 8pm with a concert.... The Reagan Years are at N. Division Street, The Janitors are at Northside Park

We are coming to OC the third week in July with our mother, who is somewhat confined to a wheelchair. What options are available to assist her in getting on the beach? Thanks!
Submitted by Sharon D, Upper Marlboro Maryland on June 26, 2015
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Centreville, VA

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Answered: June 26, 2015

Your best option is a beach wheelchair. These chairs have wide balloon wheels and are designed specifically for use on the sandy beach. There are lots of ways to get them (mostly for free). Here are some options:

The town offers free access to beach wheelchairs in several locations. You can only use them on the beach and may not take them in the water.

There are wheelchairs available at the beach end of several streets including Inlet Lot, 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. They are free and are provided on a first come first serve basis from 10am to 5pm, but they are not heavily used, so they are generally available. The Beach Patrol staff can provide access. Chairs must be used within one block (one north and south) of where the chair is assigned and kept. Chairs are available from these locations from about Memorial Day to Labor Day.  See this site (scroll down) for more info.

The beach chairs are first-come-first-serve, but are generally available. If you want to be more certain of getting a chair, they are also available at the Ocean City Police Department at 65th Street, bayside, for one or multi-days of use by advance reservation. Call 410.723.6610 for more information.

In addition, beach wheelchairs are also available from the Ocean City Visitors Center in the Convention Center on 40th Street for up to three days of use by advance reservation. Call 410.289.2800 for more information.

Finally, PMI rentals rents these chairs, and they will deliver. You can call them at 800.320.7469 to find out more.

Be aware that these beach wheelchairs are large and do not fold up. They require a fairly large vehicle to transport (check with the people you talk to to see if it will fit in your vehicle). The chairs on the beach locations are stored at the west side of the dunes or along the boardwalk and the lifeguards will assist you in accessing (unlocking) them.

We are planning to travel from Baltimore, MD on Friday, July 10th to Ocean City, and return to Washington, D.C. that same evening. We're not familiar with the area, and we'd like to avoid traffic. What times would you suggest driving, and what route would you suggest? Thanks!
Submitted by Sarah L, Hutchinson Kansas on June 26, 2015
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Centreville, VA

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Answered: June 26, 2015

Leave Baltimore NLT 7am or between 9am and noon to avoid most traffic and return from OC after 6pm and you will be fine. The best route depends where you are leaving from in Baltimore, but when you leave Baltimore, head towards Annapolis. Generally the best route is to take I-97 South from Baltimore  to Route 50 East. When you get to Route 50 and take it East all the way to OC (about 100 miles). For the return trip, you can take Route 50 West all the way to Washington. It is about a 3 hour drive between either city and OC. There is a $6 (cash, passenger car) to cross the Bay Bridge, but it only applies to the eastbound trip.

I am staying at the Econo Lodge Oceanfront in Ocean City, MD. They said we can only park one car in their lot. I will have 2 cars with me since we're meeting people. Where would you recommend I park the other car? Is there a place within walking distance for our stay?
Submitted by KEVIN k, GIRARD Ohio on June 25, 2015
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Hanover, PA 17331

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Answered: June 25, 2015

Kevin,

I stayed at the Econo Lodge this past spring (nice hotel) and 2 places you can park a car are:

-Right out on Baltimore Ave, it's normal street parking, first come first service

-over by bay side (other side of Coastal hwy) is also normal street parking

Does OC allow tents to be used on the beach?
Submitted by Tonya G, washington District of Columbia on June 25, 2015
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: June 25, 2015

Enclosed tents are not allowed and you are not permitted to sleep on the beach at night.  You are allowed to put up the pop up canopies on the beach as long as they are 15' behind the lifeguard stands. They MUST be anchored (and not with those dinky anchors that come with the canopies).  Bring long iron stakes to secure them deep into the sand, or bury the legs deep.  Winds can easily pick them up and they can seriously hurt someone.  

Are scooters allowed on the boardwalk ?
Submitted by Edgar A, College Park Maryland on June 25, 2015
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Johnstown Pa

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Answered: June 25, 2015

Electric mobility scooters for handicapped people or people who need them are.  Children's scooters that you push with your foot, roller skates, skateboards, and roller blades  are not allowed between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

How much does it usually cost to rent chairs for two people on the beach?
Submitted by Levette T, Waldorf Maryland on June 23, 2015
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 23, 2015

Rental Beach Chairs typically cost about $8/day or $40/week each. There might be slight variations among vendors, but this figure is pretty close.