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Are dogs allowed on the boardwalk or beaches in ocean city?
Submitted by Megan C, abingdon Maryland on September 19, 2014
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: September 19, 2014

From October 1 and until May 1 you can bring your dogs to the beach and the boardwalk, but they must be on leashes at all times.  Many people don't obey that rule on the beach, but that is the rule. And please remember to pick up after your pet even (and especially) on the sand.  Nobody wants to find that. 

After May 1 and until Sept.30, NO dogs are allowed on the beach or the boardwalk, even in strollers. 

Hope that answers your question. 

Where are the best boardwalk spots in late September? Trying to figure out what's still open and what we should do. 
Submitted by cindy v, sugar grove Virginia on September 18, 2014
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Johnstown Pa

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Answered: September 18, 2014

Late September. the weekends will be busy.  The Wine Festival is the last weekend in September at the Inlet. You can purchase tickets at http://www.winefest.com/index-beach.html . You can sample various wines, enjoy cheese and breads, listen to live music and explore the craft vendors.  It's a very nice event.

During the week, no rides or games will be open, but the Life Saving Station Museum, Marty's Playland, Thrasher's Fries, Fisher's Popcorn, and lots of small shops will still be open.  Places like the Purple Moose and Shenanigan's will also still be open.

You can rent bicycles or Segway's at Boardwalk Segway in the Somerset Plaza and ride the boards. There are still mini golf places open including two indoor ones at 68th and 136th Streets.  Play laser tag at Planet Maze or ice skate at the Carousel Hotel. 

Explore the area outside of OC and visit Assateague and see the wild ponies, or visit nearby Berlin and tour the town and spend some time at the Casino and race track.

Have a great time.

I need oxygen 24/7. If I needed to get some, where could I?
Submitted by DONALD B, baltimore Maryland on September 16, 2014
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Johnstown Pa

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Answered: September 16, 2014

I recently went through this with my father who wanted to travel but needed his oxygen.  If you haven't already, check with your local supply company and look into a Respironics Portable Concentrator.  It made dad's life so much easier.  It is small, lightweight, and plugs right into the cigarette lighter in the car to keep the batteries charged while riding.  It looks like a small briefcase and is on wheels so you just pull or push it and that also helped with his balance. The batteries lasted about 6 hours on 2-3 liters, and then plugged in and recharged at night. So much more convenient than tanks. 

There is a CVS pharmacy in OC that may be able to help.  But oxygen is a "durable medical supply" and you may have to go through a supply house to get it.  The closest one is in Salisbury about 30 miles west of OC.  

Neighbor Care Medical Supply

400 E Main St,  

Salisbury, MD 21804

(410) 546-0027

Is boardwalk open in October? What are some best spots for Ocean City in October? And what are the best hotels in Ocean City and are they on Sale on October. Thankyou! Kyle
Submitted by Kyle K, bowie Maryland on September 15, 2014
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: September 15, 2014

Hi Kyle,

The Boardwalk is open, but many of the shops start to closed around October 15th.  You will still find many open on the weekends in nice weather though.  I use priceline.com for hotels and have found many hotels reduce pricing as of October 1.   

Never been to OC MD before. Coming for Sunfest this Saturday 9/20. Do you have map of festival area so we can see what and where we want to go?
Submitted by Ginny H, Lansdale Pennsylvania on September 15, 2014
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Centreville, VA

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Answered: September 15, 2014

The Sunfest festival area is not too big, so it is easy to walk around. I amnot aware of any maps. Sunfest is at the south end of town in the inlet parking lot.

In which year was Ocean City established?
Submitted by Daniel S, Fredericksburg Virginia on September 15, 2014
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Centreville, VA

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Answered: September 15, 2014

This is not a completely straightforward question, but the most widely accepted date of Ocean City's founding is 4 July 1875. This date corresponds to the opening of the Atlantic Hotel and is the date most often used and recognized by the Town Government as the founding date. Other relevant dates to your question include:

1742 - Worcester County (which includes OC) is formed

1868 - Stephen Taber purchases land and forms "The Ladies Resort to the Ocean," located where Ocean City now stands, and viewed as a forerunner to OC

1869 - Issac Coffin opens the Rhode Island Inn - The first place for "tourists" to stay overnight in the area, but it was more of a boarding house or hunting lodge than hotel

1875 - Atlantic Hotel opens (although there were other hotels in OC before it)

1880 - Town of Ocean City is incorporated

Find out more about OC's history and its founding by visiting the OC Lifesaving Museum website (Lots of good info on this site) or by taking a look at this article.

What is the entertainment like for Sept. 25th 2014 for a 5 yr. old. Are the Trans still running because I am also bring my disabled mother?
Submitted by Michele C, Horsham Pennsylvania on September 15, 2014
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Johnstown Pa

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Answered: September 15, 2014

Hi. No, the rides won't be running, but the indoor rides at Trimpers will be and they are made just for the under 8 set. Plus the arcades, some mini golf courses, and laser tag will all be open as well.

As for the tram, it will not be running then.  I would recommend renting a mobility scooter from one of the local bicycle vendors or from Boardwalk Segway ( http://boardwalksegways.com/ ) for your mom.

Hi, I asked this a few years ago. I asked what were those two big structures out in the ocean that look like huge oil rig platforms etc. I can see them way out there from around 130th street but can also see them this year at 24th street but they are way off to the left. They never move. They are not ships etc as they are there every year in the same spot for the past 3 years that I have noticed. With binoculars they look like huge concrete structures and at night they are all lit up. Anyone know what they are? I called the Coast Guard and spoke to a young man who just got assigned to OC and was not familiar with what is out there. 
Submitted by Jeff S, harrisburg Pennsylvania on September 15, 2014
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

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Answered: September 15, 2014

Hi Jeff,

We have seen these as well all summer from 136th Street.  I can tell you they are not permanent.  They were not there this past winter.  They moved then came back.  Based on what I was told these are associated with the beach replenishment in Delaware.  They are well lit at night!

Are the mini golf courses open in September? On the weekends at least? What are the best courses? 
Submitted by Hildeliza L, Herndon Virginia on September 15, 2014
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Linthicum MD and OC MD

Insider since: 2008

Answered: September 15, 2014

Good Morning Hildeliza,

Our family loves to play miniature golf.  You will have no problem finding open courses in September, especially on nice days.   The great thing about Old Pro GOlf, is that they alos have two indoor locations on 68th and 136th Streets that stay open all year round.  If it is decent outside, you can also play the outside course year round.  Not only do these two locations have indoor golf, but they also have the arcades where you can win tickets to trade in for prizes like the arcades on the boardwalk.  Be sure to grab a coupon book in OC for a $1 off per person coupon. 

Does the boardwalk tram run year around? If so, where can I take it to? What are the must-visit shops on the boardwalk? 
Submitted by Janet W, Westover West Virginia on September 12, 2014
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Schwenksville, PA

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Answered: September 14, 2014

No, sorry the tram does not run after the end of Sunfest in September. You can take The Bus which has stops all along Baltimore Avenue and walk up the side streets to the boardwalk entrance on each block of the Boardwalk. It is less trama block in most cases.

As far as the must visit shops mine favorite include, Park Pace Jewelry where you can get the famous OC link bracelet and Pandora beads.

The Ocean Gallery for beautiful, original art and posters by local artists. This is one of the best ways to enjoy a rainy day in OC! We spend hours in this shop!

Dolle's Candy. We like to mix and match our own flavors of salt water taffy from the bins. They always have free samples!

Souvenir City. All of the fun postcards, mugs, toys and trinkets you need to remember your OC vacation.

Quicksilver Surf Shof. It is a large two level shop with all of the current surf style clothing, shoes, sunglasses and accessories you need.

Have fun shopping!