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I need a wheelchair for three days. Where is the best place to go and has good prices?
Submitted by Sharon s, thurmont Maryland on May 3, 2016
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: May 4, 2016

PMI Rentals is your best bet.  They offer daily and weekly rentals and they deliver if needed.  Most of the bike shops also rent wheelchairs hourly for use on the boardwalk. 

What do I need to renew my vows on the beach?
Submitted by Cheryl C, Petersburg Virginia on May 3, 2016
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: May 3, 2016

Renewal of vows is purely ceremonial and has no legal standing, so no license or other legal permission is required. However, you do need to get permission from the Mayor's Office to use the beach for such events. You can call them at 410.289.8931 to do this. There is no fee. There is more information here.

If you want something elaborate, I'd suggest working with one of OC's wedding planning companies. They can offer you anything from just an officiant for the event to a full blown package.  Here are some places that provide such services:

Weddings by the Seashore 800.884.0026

Ocean City Wedding Pastor 410.603.9918

Beach Weddings by Rox 866.472.3012

Several Hotels also sponsor wedding packages and can help plan the renewal of vows.  Two in particular, with links to their wedding info, are:

Princess Royal

Castle in the Sand

If you are doing this in the summer, there are restrictions on the time that you find out when you contact the Mayor's office.

Have a great renewal of vows in OC!

I haven't been for years and now I live here. What is the name of the place that has many pictures for sale?
Submitted by Amy C, Millsboro Delaware on May 3, 2016
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: May 3, 2016

There are many places that could match your description, but I suspect you are talking about the Ocean Gallery (pictured above) which is located on the boardwalk at 2nd Street.

I want to take a solo day trip to the Ocean City boardwalk on May 14. When is the best time to arrive to avoid traffic/crowds or minimize traffic/crowds?
Submitted by Victoria D, Bethesda Maryland on May 3, 2016
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: May 3, 2016

May 14 is a Saturday, so there may be a bot ore traffic around the Bay Bridge, but since it is early in the season, it should not be too bad. It is about a 2-1/2 to 3 hour trip from Bethesda to OC. To avoid traffic, I'd leave Bethesda no later than 8am and return leaving OC after 8pm. The boardwalk and beach will not be crowded then, but the boardwalk will get busier after about 4pm and will be most crowded around 8pm.

We are planning a trip to OC from June 3-5. What is good to do with a 3-year-old?
Submitted by Helys v, frederick Maryland on May 3, 2016
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Hanover, PA 17331

Insider since: 2008

Answered: May 3, 2016

Helys I'll be there at the same time. For your 3-yr old try Trimpers rides as they are geared towards smaller children. Also, if the weather is great you'll always have the beach. So pack a lunch and enjoy the sand for the day on the beach.

Head over to Assateague Island Visitor Center and explore. This is a great rainy day activity.

If your hotel has a pool then you can spend some time there to.

I'm a first-timer to OC. We're shooting for the first week in June. We are staying on 39th St. From what I can tell on the map, we can get to the beach pretty quick, but it looks like the main action of the boardwalk is down near the inlet, about 10 to 15 blocks down from 39th. That's a long way to haul stuff! Is there any way we can drive down closer to the boardwalk and park somewhere? If so, where can we park? Thank you!
Submitted by Anna P, New Freedom Pennsylvania on May 3, 2016
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: May 3, 2016

The beach is great anywhere (39th Street is a great area), so there is really no reason to move from near your place unless you want to walk to the shops, arcades, and restaurants on the boardwalk. You can visit these in the evening if you want. However, if you want to be near the boardwalk and all the action, there are lots of municipal parking lots near the south end of town. You can see a list of them and find out all about parking in OC by looking here.

What hotels on the boardwalk still allow smoking on the balcony? I'm going with a non-smoker and just need a space to go outside the room and smoke.
Submitted by Kathy G, Baltimore Maryland on April 29, 2016
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: April 29, 2016

There are very few motels and hotels that allow smoking on their property. On the boardwalk the only one I know of that has balconies is the Quality Inn Boardwalk Hotel (410.289.4401) on 16th Street. I believe the Plim Plaza (800.837.3587) on 2nd Street also still has some smoking rooms, but their rooms do not have balconies. Here are a few other hotels off the boardwalk that may still allow smoking in some of their rooms:

Quality Inn & Suites - (410.289.1234) Oceanfront at 33rd Street

Fenwick Inn - (410.250.1100)Bayblock at 138th Street

Sea Bay Hotel - (800.888.2229) Bayblock at 61st Street. Smoking is not allowed in rooms, but all rooms have balconies where smoking is allowed

Have fun in OC!

When does the OC boardwalk open for the 2016 season? If after May 19, can you give an approximate percent of how many boardwalk business are open?
Submitted by Sherry G, Washington DC District of Columbia on April 29, 2016
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: April 29, 2016

The boardwalk is open all year. I will be in OC on May 19, and was there last weekend. I am often in OC for Cruise Weekend in mid-May. Based on these experiences, over 80% of boardwalk businesses (and all the major ones) will be open 7 days a week by May 19.

Are the outdoor pools open at hotels before Memorial Day? In particular by the May 19 week?
Submitted by Sherry G, Washington District of Columbia on April 29, 2016
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: April 29, 2016

No. Most pools open in mid May, but some hotels and condos do not open their pools until Memorial Day Weekend (there may even be a few that open them up even later). I suggest calling and asking any property you are considering and checking when they open their pool.

Is there is a boardwalk webcam with a chat feature or something like that? It would be cool to watch people on the boardwalk and talk with others.
Submitted by Tracey T, North East Maryland on April 28, 2016
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: April 28, 2016

There are at least 20 different cameras around OC, but as far as I know, none of them have that option.