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Hi, I'm looking for swimming lessons for my 5 year old around 142nd street, would you have any recommendations?
Submitted by Lorene H, New York New York on July 29, 2014
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Linthicum MD and OC MD

Insider since: 2008

Answered: July 29, 2014

Lorene,

Contact Coach Lori at Ocean City Aquatics.  410-520-0098 or check them out online at www.oceancityaquatics.com

When do the rental stands at the beach close for the season? I am coming down Sept. 7-12 and want to rent chairs and umbrella. Thanks!
Submitted by Jerry H, Liberty Pennsylvania on July 28, 2014
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Bayville, NJ

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 29, 2014

Hi Jerry, the rental stands will still be on the beach. you should be able to find the blue boxes to rent the umbrellas and chairs. also if you decide not rent there is a walmart in berlin\west ocean city that you can find umbrellas and chairs at low prices. Roses on 94th is another great place for chairs and umbrellas.

What are the hours that we can ride bicycles on the boardwalk?
Submitted by Tracy M, Annapolis Maryland on July 28, 2014
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Bayville, NJ

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 29, 2014

Hi Tracy, you may have bikes on the boardwalk up until 11am weekly and the weekends you can have them on the boardwalk until 10am. you can also find out more information at www.ococean.com and click on town ordinances.

Are there any artificial tanning options in Ocean City? Also I promised my child I would get him a hermit crab and I was wondering where I could purchase one?
Submitted by Ray M, Lee Franconia Virginia on July 28, 2014
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Bayville, NJ

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Answered: July 29, 2014

For your tanning needs Ray I would try the Creative Day Spa at the Princess Royale on 91st. You will love them. As far as hermit crab purchases you can find them at most stores on the boardwalk. Souvenir City on the boardwalk carries them as well as various Sunsations stores.

Tentative day trip planned to OC with 2 Grandparents, 2 parents, 7 grandkids (probably August). Looking to minimize costs ... is eating/picnicking on the beach allowed ? Any restrictions on beverages (understand NO alcohol ... but cans ? bottles ?)
Submitted by Bob D, Lusby, MD (Calvert County) Maryland on July 28, 2014
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Bayville, NJ

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Answered: July 29, 2014

Hi Bob, You are permitted from any cooking on the beach. you may eat but beware of the seagulls on the beach. no alcohol on the beach at all. If you need any other information www.ococean.com and click on town ordinances.

What's the official end date for the boardwalk in the summer?
Submitted by Jamie E, Mercersburg Pennsylvania on July 28, 2014
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Bayville, NJ

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 29, 2014

Hi Jamie, there is no official end date for the boardwalk at all. the boardwalk is always open. it will start to be less crowded after labor day as people and kids are back to work and school. you can always find out what's going on in ocean city by visiting www.ococean.com

What or Who is a good /reasonable company to take a family portrait on the beach ?
Submitted by Joe M, Piscataway New Jersey on July 25, 2014
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Pittsburgh Pa

Insider since: 2014

Answered: July 25, 2014

Hello Joe,

Last year, I attended a friend's wedding on the beach, and they used  Roxbeach photography. They did a truly awesome job, and were very proffesional. They also do family portraits on the beach.

Also worth mentioning - Not only do you get the prints, but they also include a dvd.

Are there public restrooms with showers? Visiting for the day.
Submitted by Regina A, Laurel Maryland on July 24, 2014
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: July 24, 2014

Hi. There are public restrooms and there are rinse off showers, but there are no places where you can shower and change your clothes in OC for public use.  

Public restrooms are located at:

Boardwalk at Worcester St.Boardwalk at Caroline St.3rd St. and St. Louis Ave., next to Skate ParkBoardwalk at 9th St.Boardwalk at 27th St.South Division Street Transit CenterPark & Ride off Rt. 50, just west of Harry Kelley BridgeTransit Center, 144th Street

Rinse off showers are located at:

Rinse-off showers provided at the following locations:Caroline Street (4)Inlet Beach (4)9th St. (2)

What's the best time to cross bay bridge when coming into Ocean City?
Submitted by rita L, City* Pennsylvania on July 24, 2014
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Johnstown Pa

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Answered: July 24, 2014

Hi. I'm from Johnstown and have to cross that darn bridge to get to OC too.  If it's on a Saturday, I recommend getting to the bridge by 10 a.m. or earlier to avoid traffic back ups.  The bridge is $6.00 to cross now and be alert for any traffic tie ups or lane closures.  Drive safe and have a great time.

My Husband and I are planning on staying at the Holiday Inn Ocean Front the week of August 24th, where is the beach located in respect to high traffic and/or low traffic of beach sun bathers?
Submitted by G G, Philadelphia Pennsylvania on July 24, 2014
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Hanover, PA 17331

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Answered: July 25, 2014

The Holiday Inn is a great choice. The beach will still be busy that week so I would recommend getting a spot early if you like to be up front on the beach. I usually get up at 7;30 am and go down and lay claim of an area with my chairs and blanket. Then get a cup of coffee.

Have Fun.