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When is the last day visitors are allowed to swim in Ocean City? 
Submitted by Christian F, Brentwood New York on September 5, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: September 5, 2017

You can swim in the ocean anytime during the day all year round (the beach is closed from midnight to 5am). However, the lifeguards last day is 24 September 2017, and swimming after they are gone for the season is discouraged.

Hi Insiders! I'm staying on Talbot St. and I was wondering if there is parking nearby? Is it free or do we pay, and how much? Thanks!
Submitted by Nathan Z, Hebron Maryland on September 1, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: September 1, 2017

There is not a lot of free parking in that immediate area. There are some municipal parking lots in the area (see inlet parking lot info here and other parking lot and street parking info here).You can also park on the side streets near the south end of town for the same price as the municipal lots (inlet lot prices are higher).

There are some private lots in this area that generally charge about $10/day. You may be able to work a lower rate for multiple days.

Also, you can park on side streets further north for free on the bayside north of about 4th Street for or for free on the ocean side north of 10th Street.

Can you ride a Swagcycle electric bike on the boardwalk?
Submitted by Ann H, Fredericksburg Virginia on August 30, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: August 30, 2017

No, you cannot. Electric bikes are not allowed on the boardwalk.

How can I get 75 people from hotel to wedding venue at Lighthouse Sound? Are there any charter bus services? 
Submitted by Susan M, Ocean city Maryland on August 30, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: August 30, 2017

Try Atlantic Limo. They don't have any buses for 75 people, but they have them for up to 30 people. You could get multiple buses or make multiple trips. Call them at 866.913.6999for more info.

You can also try Coastal Limo (410.723.5466), but the vehicles in their fleet tends to be limos and vans for smaller groups.

What's the average water temperature around the Sunfest weekend?
Submitted by Rose Marie H, Savage Maryland on August 30, 2017
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: August 30, 2017

It depends upon a lot of factors.  If there has been a southern storm that comes up the coast right before the event, the water temps tend to be a little higher.  But usually they're in the upper 60's to mid 70's. Just remember to only swim close to a lifeguard when in the ocean, and don't go in if the lifeguards aren't in their chairs yet.  

How many handicapped parking spaces are at the OC Convention Center?
Submitted by Evie G, Tallahassee Florida on August 23, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: August 25, 2017

There are 20 marked handicap parking spots in front of the Convention Center, all have marked lanes to allow ramp wheelchair access to vans. There is another such handicap spot near the Visitor's Center at south end of the Convention Center.

What are the rules for service animals on the boardwalk, on the beach, in hotels and condos? 
Submitted by Catherine P, Fairless Hills Pennsylvania on August 23, 2017
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: August 25, 2017

A true service animal, not a therapy animal, is allowed on the Boardwalk and beach at all times; and is allowed in all hotels and condos - per Federal law. 

Where I rent a bike on the boardwalk?
Submitted by Curtis V, Cheltenham Pennsylvania on August 24, 2017
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Schwenksville, PA

Insider since: 2011

Answered: August 25, 2017

There are quite a few however my two favorites are Dandy Dons is the home of the super cute Boardwalk cars. And Wobbly Wheel who features classic bikes like Sting Rays, vintage kids pedal cars and the boardwalk staple surrey carts.

I am taking a day trip to the Ocean on Saturday and I'm wondering the best places to park, and do I have to pay or are there free parking lots?
Submitted by Tiffany C, Essex Maryland on August 23, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: August 25, 2017

You can park on most side streets north of 10th Street for free or in one of the city's municipal lots for a fee. There are several municipal lots around OC including  a very large parking lot at the south end of town near the inlet and several other lots throughout OC. Find out more about parking options here.

I'm looking to charter a boat for this Saturday in the bay for about 30 people. I would prefer the ability to have food catered and perhaps a small bar. Any suggestions? Thanks! 
Submitted by Mike J, Camp Hill Pennsylvania on August 23, 2017
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Schwenksville, PA

Insider since: 2011

Answered: August 24, 2017

It might be difficult at this late date but I suggest you contact Back Bay Adventures. They offer charters aboard the Calico Jack. Good luck!