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What are your top recs for places to dine in OCMD? Family of 5 kids are 13, 11, and 8. How many lifeguards in OC? How many saves do the lifeguards make each summer season? Best 5 bars?? Best crabs? Best mini golf?
Submitted by Mark S, City* Connecticut on July 7, 2014
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 7, 2014

Great questions! 

For a family of 5 I recommend the following: Fish Tales, Da Lazy Lizard, BJ's On the Water and Dead Freddies.  Meals are about $12 per person at each restaurant.

There are approximately 90 lifeguards on duty each day.  Saves are not recorded.  Most days the water conditions are great and the guards do not have to make any saves.  On rough water days, we have seen a single guard make 9 saves.  We have also gone over two weeks this summer without seeing a guard making a single save.

Five best bars: Seacrets, MR Ducks, Mackeys, Fager's Island and Dead Freddies

Best crabs: On The Bay Seafood

Best mini golf: Old Pro on 136th Street

Is there free parking for handicap tags?
Submitted by Elaine c, finksburg Maryland on July 7, 2014
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 7, 2014

Elaine you can also find handicapped parking at many local restaurants.  Although these lots are free, there are parking spaces available right by the door if you a handicapped parking tag. 

Does the boardwalk have Wi Fi access?
Submitted by Sam V, Wappingers Falls New York on July 7, 2014
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Ocean City, MD

Insider since: 2011

Answered: July 9, 2014

Sam,

Despite being the hottest spot around, the boardwalk does not have wi-fi. Various restaurants in town do offer it however and of course the library as well.

Can you recommend anything for teens? We are a family of 25 (extended of course) and need recommendations for all ages. The little ones are easy to keep busy! thank you !!!
Submitted by donna n, new york New York on July 3, 2014
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 3, 2014

I have four kids ages 12 to 20 who have come to OC their whole lives, and we still find new and fun things to do with them every year. You will have not trouble finding fun things for your teens to do.

Here are a few suggestions beyond just walking the boardwalk and enjoying the beach:

Go to an amusement park or water park. Trimper's and Jolly Roger are both great choices.

Go out on a kayak Tour -I've been out twice recently with Superfun Eco Tours - they do a great job and are a lot of fun. We all went out with them last summer and it was great!

Play some Laser Tag at Planet Maze (410.524.4386)- It won't fill the whole day, but is can be great fun. The Insiders did this together a few years ago.

Ride Go Carts at Baja Amusements (410.213.2252) in West Ocean City.

Play a Mini Golf - Old Pro (410.524.2645) has several courses, including 2 indoor ones. Planet Maze also has a course co-located with their Laser Tag arena.

Play real Golf. OC has courses for all skill levels.

Play some Paintball at OC Paintball (410.213.2266) in West OC.

Go out on a  Tour Boat. Here are a few: great options: Sea Rocket 410.289.3499, OC Rocket 410.289.3500, Assateague Adventure 410.289.3500 (Nature cruise boat), Duckaneer 410.289.3500 (Pirate Cruise)

If you want to go out on a fishing boat try The Angler 410.289.7424or  Judith M - 410.289.7438. For the bay, the Happy Hooker or Tortuga or Bay Bee are both great options.

Have a great fun time in OC!

Do you think me and my family can swim in water on Friday July 4th?
Submitted by maliek s, hampton Virginia on July 3, 2014
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 3, 2014

Yes, you likely will be able to swim. If the weather is not too bad, you will be able to swim, but from what I've seen in the rpeports I don't belive it will get that bad for the whole day. If the weather is bad, the lifeguards will limit swimming or clear the beach for everyone's safety.

With a handicap placard do I have to pay meter?
Submitted by James F, Townsend Delaware on July 2, 2014
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 2, 2014

In general, you do not have to pay to park in OC if you have a government issued handicap placard or license plates.

However, in the inlet parking lot, people with handicap tags get a 90 minute grace period to park for free. After 90 minutes have past, they have to pay full price. These costs and more information can be found at http://ococean.com/travel-tools/parking-information.

In the rest of OC, meters have been replaced with the Cale Parking System where you purchase a ticket for a selected amount of time and display it on you dashboard. I spoke to the people at City Hall, and they indicated that if you have a valid handicap hang tag, placard, or license plate displayed, you can park for free in any spot controlled by these machines, including non-handicap spots.

On most side streets north of 10th Street, parking is free and there are usually one or two of handicap spots reserved at the east end of the street, right at the beach or boardwalk.

Have a great trip to OC!

Is there any canoeing? Any advice for good canoeing? 
Submitted by donna n, ny New York on July 2, 2014
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 2, 2014

Donna,

The OC area is a great place to canoe, with great coastal bay, river, and swamp options. There are several places around that rent canoes, and kayaking is also very popular, especially in the Coastal Bays. You can canoe or kayak in the Coastal Bays on the west side of Ocean City and Assateague or in one of the nearby rivers. The nearby Pocomoke River is also a very popular spot for canoeing. Pocomoke River State Park is a good place to put in and explore the nearby swamps and rivers.

If you want to take a guided tour, I strongly recommend SuperFun Eco Tours (410.656.9453). They are mostly kayak tours, and no special skill, past experience, or physical ability is required. I've been out with them several times, including people as young as 8 and as old as 72. Everyone had a great time. They also rent canoes and kayaks.

Ayers Creek Adevntures (888.602.6288) also does a great job. I have not been out with them, but several other Insiders have been, and they all gave very positive reviews. Ayers Creek does tours, and also rents canoes and kayaks.

If you want to explore the inland rivers and swamps, try Pocomoke River Canoe Company (410.632.3971). The rent equipment and provide dropoff and pickup if you have your own boat. They can set you up with what you need and the best places to paddle.

All of these local businesses will offer you a great experience.

Have a great time relaxing on the water!

Does the OC bus go across the bridge to Ocean Pines at any time??
Submitted by Deanna K, Normalville Pennsylvania on July 1, 2014
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 1, 2014

No, the OC city bus does not go across the bridges to Ocean Pines. However, you can take Shore Transit Route Route 451 between Ocean City's South Division Street Transportation Center and the Ocean Pines Plaza right outside of Ocean Pines. See the Route 451 Schedule here.

How far up the beach do they have umbrella rental in OC MD?
Submitted by Jody C, Glen Burnie Maryland on July 1, 2014
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Centreville, VA

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Answered: July 1, 2014

The beach equipment rental stands run along all ten miles of the beach, from the inlet to the Delaware-Maryland state line.

Is there somewhere to shower change if going down for just one day? Beach ...then enjoying nightlife?
Submitted by Nicole J, Lansdale Pennsylvania on June 30, 2014
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 30, 2014

There are no public shower or changing facilities in OC.  You can take a fresh water rinse in your bathing suit around 1st Street.