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I have a two year old daughter with really sensitive skin. She will have tons of sunblock on but I would also like to bring a beach tent that we have. Are there any issues or size regulations with having a beach tent?
Submitted by Jennifer S, Gwynn Oak Maryland on September 3, 2014
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Linthicum MD and OC MD

Insider since: 2008

Answered: September 3, 2014

I am seeing more and more tents every year.  As long as your tent is towards the back of the beach behind the life guard stands, you will be OK.  However, The wind on the beach can be strong at times.  Over the years, I have seen both tents and umbrellas take off.  I just saw a tent take off a couple of weeks ago and it actually bent the ftame a little bit making their $200 tent practically useless.  Many people weigh their tents down with bags of sand.  Most of the tents are 10' x 10'. 

We will be vacationing in OC Sept. 6-14. I've never been to the east coast and am thrilled for this opportunity! The 10 day forecast calls for high 70s and mid 80s. Will these temps be closer to the colder northern CA conditions or the warmer southern CA conditions? Sorry to ask for a comparison but those are the only beach experiences I have to compare to in the US. Thank you!
Submitted by Julie D, Salt Lake City Utah on September 2, 2014
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Bayville, NJ

Insider since: 2010

Answered: September 2, 2014

Hi Julie, they will be warmer conditions i would say. i have never been to california so i am not really sure how the weather is out in that part of the country. but if i were you i would pack the sun screen for sure. i know you will love it over here! enjoy and have a great time in OC and for more on weather go to www.ococean.com and you will see the weather banner on top of the screen.

Where can I rent a beach wheel chair?
Submitted by Larry W, annapolis Maryland on September 2, 2014
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: September 2, 2014

You can get beach wheelchairs for free in OC! The town offers free access to beach wheelchairs in several locations. You can only use them on the beach and may not take them in the water.

There are wheelchairs available at the beach end of several streets including Inlet Lot, 7th St., 27th St., 30th St., 40th St., 48th St., 59th St., 70th St., 81st St., 89th St., 94th St., 107th St., 120th St., 130th St., 139th St., 145th St. They are free and are provided on a first come first serve basis from 10am to 5pm, but they are not heavily used, so they are generally available. The Beach Patrol staff can provide access. Chairs must be used within one block (one north and south) of where the chair is assigned and kept. Chairs are available from these locations from about Memorial Day to Labor Day, but lifeguards can likey get you a chair until they go off Duty on 20 September.

The beach chairs are first-come-first-serve, but are generally available. If you want to be more certain of getting a chair, they are also available at the Ocean City Police Department at 65th St., bayside, for one or multi-days of use by advance reservation. Call 410-723-6610 for more information,

In addition, beach wheelchairs are also available from the Ocean City Visitors Center in the Convention Center on 40th St. for one to three days of use by advance reservation. Call 410-289-2800 for more information.

Finally, PMI rentals may rent these chairs, and they would deliver. You can call them at 800.320.7469 to find out.

Be aware that these beach wheelchairs are large and do not fold up. They require a fairly large vehicle to transport (check with the people you talk to to see if it will fit in your vehicle). The chairs on the beach locations are stored at the west side of the dunes or along the boardwalk.

How is Ocean City in September?
Submitted by Larry J, Newburgh New York on September 2, 2014
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: September 2, 2014

Ocean City is wonderful in September. The weather is still warm, the ocean water is at its warmest, and the crowds are light.  There is a slower, more relaxed feel to the town. The crazieness of the boardwalk is light, the rides are shut down except for weekends, and there are still plenty of events going on to enjoy.  Check them out at www.ococean.com/events

How crowded is Ocean City right after Labor Day, i.e., on September 3 & 4?
Submitted by Arun C, Rochester New York on September 2, 2014
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Pittsburgh Pa

Insider since: 2014

Answered: September 2, 2014

It's truly a perfect time to visit Ocean City! The crowds are LIGHT (compared to summer). You'll find that most everything is open.

Hotel rates have just dropped - you can take advantage of this - seach for lodging by clicking here-Accommodations - Ocean City, MD .

3 & 4th are middle of the week, so traffic will be a no issue as well.

Enjoy your OC vacation!

We are visiting the week of Sunfest and wondering if amusement rides will be open. My son is 30 but autistic and loves the rides.
Submitted by Joann N, Lansdale Pennsylvania on September 2, 2014
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: September 2, 2014

Trimper's plans to be open with most rides operating during the entire time Sunfest is going on. See their schedule here. They will open at 1pm on Thursday and Friday, and noon on Saturday and Sunday.

Jolly Roger at the Pier has not finalized any plans for if they will be open then. As it gets closer, check their shcedule website or call them at 410.289.3477.

Have a great time at Sunfest!

What area of ocean city is the quietest (relatively) meaning not a lot of young adults or families?
Submitted by kathi s, mclean Virginia on August 29, 2014
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Pittsburgh Pa

Insider since: 2014

Answered: August 29, 2014

Hello Kathi,

Ocean City is ten miles long. The inlet located at the southern most point, is where you'll find the most activity - this slowly fades the further north you go... while it's a bit easier to avoid the young adult crowds by doing this, please keep in mind that the town prides itself on being a family destination, so you will have families with kids even at the most norther end of the city.

If you're looking to limit your exposure to the family scene as much as possible, I would suggest staying at either The Edge at Fager's Island or Fagers Island Lighthouse Club  these are part of an adult ONLY hotel, each unit has a different theme with custom made furniture, and both offer spectacular views of the bay, and picture perfect sunsets. The restaurant is open to families, but there is no playground, so it will not be filled with children running around everywhere.

Enjoy your time in OC

When does the boardwalk close?
Submitted by Veronica A, Springfield Massachusetts on August 29, 2014
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Schwenksville, PA

Insider since: 2011

Answered: September 1, 2014

The boardwalk never really closes! You will find that as the fall turns to winter more shops will lessen their open hours, but on nice weekends places like Thrashers Fries, Dolle's Candy, Fisher's Popcorn and many of the shops on the lower end of the boards will be open. The arcades are open most weekends as are the indoor rides at Trimpers. You will find that Ocean City Life Saving Station Museum and The Ripley's Museum are open most weekends as well. Have a great time during the second season in OC!

How far north does the beach bus go?
Submitted by Sandy P, Fredericksburg Virginia on August 28, 2014
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: August 28, 2014

The bus runs from 144th Street at the north end of town (2 blocks from Delaware) to South Division Street at the south end (2 blocks from the inlet). For reference, the North OC Bus station, shown below, is immediately north of the Sun & Surf Cinema. You can get more info on OC buses here.

What boardwalk stores are open after Labor Day weekend?
Submitted by sheila b, Bunker hill West Virginia on August 27, 2014
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Linthicum MD and OC MD

Insider since: 2008

Answered: August 27, 2014

Hi Sheila,

You will find basically everything open after Labor Day especially for the month of September.  The exceptions may be limited ride days/hours on the pier and at Trimpers.  September after Labor Day is a great time to be at the beach.