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Will the tram be running the weekend after Labor Day?
Submitted by Cathy P, Woolrich Pennsylvania on September 1, 2016
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: September 5, 2016

This year the tram is running on selected days after Labor Day. The boardwalk tram will run from 2pm to 10pm from 6-11 and 15-18 September. For Sunfest (22-25 September) the tram will run from 10am to midnight on 22-24 September and 10am to 6pm on 25 Septmber.

See more information and the schedule here.

When do they stop renting umbrellas and chairs on the beach?
Submitted by Yon H, millersville Pennsylvania on September 1, 2016
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: September 2, 2016

The number of rental boxes has already already decreased and I think finding ones open during the week after Labor Day is hit or miss.  Most are staffed on weekends until the end of September.  Here is the trick though:  there is a phone number on the side of every box - call it and someone will show up to rent you an umbrella or chair.  The boxes are open, just not staffed.  

I am planning on taking a trip to OC on Saturday, September 10 and I was wondering what the traffic will be like since it is after Labor Day? If I were to leave Baltimore at 10 a.m., would I run into any major traffic problems? I understand that during the summer this drive would turn into a long one, but since it is after Labor Day, I wanted to know the difference. 
Submitted by Justin T, Baltimore Maryland on August 31, 2016
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: August 31, 2016

It should be a regular 3 hour drive - door to door.  You should be in OC for lunch! 

Most traffic is on Friday and Sunday.  Download the WAZE app for the best routes to get to OC.  Also call 1877-BAYSPAN for Bay Bridge traffic.

What is the best area to visit or activities to take part in for a first-time Ocean City visitor? I'm looking for general information: Great place to stay, good food, etc. If possible, please provide complete names that I could type into my GPS, as I will be driving in. 
Submitted by Consuela S, Sharon Hill Pennsylvania on August 29, 2016
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Ocean City, MD

Insider since: 2011

Answered: August 29, 2016

Hi Consuela!

There are SO MANY fun things to do in Ocean City, it is impossible to do them all in one trip. I'll share a few of my favorites though with you:

My favorite seafood buffet: The Bonfire - on 71st street.

My favorite amusement park/ water park/ go-karts: Jolly Roger - 30th street.

My favorite place to walk: The boardwalk - downtown.

While on the boards, you need to try Thrasher's french fries, Fisher's pop corn, and Dumser's ice cream.

My favorite mini-golf: Embers Island Mini Golf - 23rd street.

It's tough to share a favorite place to stay because there are so many and it all depends on where you want to be, what kind of view you want to have, how close you want to be to the boardwalk, how much you are willing to spend, etc. I would look for one with a great view of the ocean and just sit out on your balcony and enjoy! The Carousel offers Ocean City's only ice-skating rink, along with great views of the water!

Have a great time in Ocean City! 

How can I find the 2016 price of chair and umbrella rental around 18th street?
Submitted by Jo M, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania on August 29, 2016
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: August 29, 2016

85 and Sunny should be the rental company around 18th Street.  Prices can vary a dollar or two based on location of the rental company, but they are all about what is listed. 

I'm traveling to Ocean City from Sept. 2-5 and have an emotional support dog. Is the dog permitted on the Boardwalk and the beaches at any and all times?
Submitted by linda P, Bethlehem Pennsylvania on August 29, 2016
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Schwenksville, PA

Insider since: 2011

Answered: August 29, 2016

From the National Association of Registered Service Dogs:

An Emotional Support Animal (ESA) is an animal that, by its very presence, mitigates the emotional or psychological symptoms associated with a handler's condition or disorder. The animal does NOT need to be trained to perform a disability-specific task. All domesticated animals (dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, hedgehogs, rodents, mini-pigs, etc.) may serve as an ESA. The only legal protections an Emotional Support Animal has are 1) to fly with their emotionally or psychologically disabled handler in the cabin of an aircraft and 2) to qualify for no-pet housing. No other public or private entity (motels, restaurants, stores, etc.) is required to allow your ESA to accompany you and in all other instances, your ESA has no more rights than a pet.

Signs near the Inlet parking lot say we are not allowed to swim on the beach in this area. How far down the beach do we have to go to be able to swim? 
Submitted by Liz T, Damascus Maryland on August 26, 2016
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: August 30, 2016

I am not sure what signs you are referring to, but you can swim in this beach area with three slight exceptions. First, portions fo the inlet beach are reserved for surfers, and you cannot swim in the areas between the yellow lifeguard stands when people are surfing in this area. Second, at the extreme south end of town, just north of the jetty, you are not allowed to swim neat the rocks (so you don't get swept into them). Third, you cannot swim in the area directly surrounding the pier itself, so you don't get swept into its pilings.

Also you are strongly discouraged from swimming before 10am or after 530pm, since during this time the lifeguards are off duty. Until 25 September the lifeguards will be on duty for the entire length of OC's ocean beach everyday from 10am to 5:30pm.

To answer your question, you a are allowed to swim pretty much anywhere on OC's beach. If you go about 100 yards north of where you saw the signs, you should be able to swim. Feel free to ask a lifeguard if you are unsure.

Does it get cool there in October? Are there a lot of things to do during that month? 
Submitted by Lakeisha M, East Orange New Jersey on August 26, 2016
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Schwenksville, PA

Insider since: 2011

Answered: August 27, 2016

I love OC in October! Usually the days are warm and sunny with bright blue skies. I have been in the ocean often over Columbus Day Weekend. The evenings do tend to cool of when the sun sets, so a sweatshirt or jacket is a good idea. Lots of fun things to this month. I highly suggest you visit Assateague Island. Great hiking! Take kayak tour, do a ghost walk, check out the OC Life-Saving Station Museum, stroll on the Boardwalk, dine out on the bayside and watch the sunset, dance the night away at Seacrets, do some fishing and crabbing, play mini golf (indoors or out) go karting if the weather is nice, check out the two Haunted Houses in town, play Laser tag, do an Escape Room adventure, visit Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum, play skee ball at the arcades, eat Thrashers Fries, Fishers Popcorn and Dolle's salt water taffy and if that is not enough click here for a list of events from now through the end of the year. Enjoy Fall in OC!

We are planning our family reunion next year (2017) in Ocean City and most of the hotels don't have a room for a banquet. I am looking for either a restaurant or another venue that could hold a large group dinner. We're looking for a place to hold about 45 or so people. Thanks for any suggestions.
Submitted by Diane M, Mitchellville Maryland on August 25, 2016
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Bayville, NJ

Insider since: 2010

Answered: August 25, 2016

Hi Diane, I'd also try the Princess Bayside on 48th they can host groups. Here's some of the info:

Groups Princess Bayside Beach Hotel Groups

Customized group sales packages available. Please contact our professional sales staff for more information 1-888-622-9743.

Banquet Policies

The staff and management of the Princess Bayside Beach Hotel is pleased to host your catering event. Following is information you will find helpful in order to plan a successful function.

Menu Selection – To ensure the availability of your selections, we require that you submit your menu at least 60 days prior to your function date. Our enclosed selections are offered merely as suggestions and our catering staff will be more than happy to tailor a menu to your specific tastes.

Guarantees – A minimum guarantee of attendance must be submitted 30 days in advance of your function. This number will be considered a minimum guarantee and will not be subject to reduction. This will be the figure used to prepare your bill even if fewer guests attend. An increase in numbers will be permitted up to 72 hours prior to your schedule function time and will be reflected at the time of billing.

Credit Information – We require a deposit equal to 30% of the estimated charges with the return of a signed contract. The balance is due with attendance guarantee 30 days prior to the function.

Service Charge – A 20% service charge and a 6.5% tax will be added by the Hotel to all food and beverage charges.

Banquet Menus AM and PM Breaks Breakfasts Breaks, Snacks, Refreshments Luncheons Appetizers Dinners Dinner Buffets Themed Dinner Buffets Beverages

We are coming to Ocean City the week of Sept 11-15. We are bringing a disabled veteran and an 85-year old. Can you tell me why the tram is closed for those five days? It closes down on the 11th and opens back up on the 15th.
Submitted by Rita L, New castle Pennsylvania on August 24, 2016
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: August 24, 2016

Yes, the tram will be closed then. And I believe this is the first year that the tram is going to continue to run for the week after Labor Day.  I'm sorry it won't be available to you then.   But you can always rent a mobility scooter, or treat them to a surry style bicycle ride on the boardwalk.