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My family and I will be in OC for Thanksgiving - can you suggest restaurants that will be open on the holiday?
Submitted by Brenda S, Blacksburg Virginia on October 27, 2015
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 27, 2015

First of all, since you are from Blacksburg, I've got to say "Go VT!"

I have often been in OC for Thanksgiving with my family and can tell you it is lots of fun. We cook in, but there are many great places are open.

Here are a few places that are open every year and they offer great Thanksgiving meals:

Captain's Table (410.289.7192) A great OC restaurant in the Courtyard by Marriott at 15th Street that usually offers a Thanksgiving buffet ($27 for adults, $10 for kids). My brother's family ate there with my mom last Thanksgiving and really enjoyed it!

The Victoria Room in the Dunes Manor at 28th Street offers a and is an excellent choice.

Fager's Island (410.524.5500) On the bay at 60th Street. They usually have a sit down service Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. It is about $27 for adults and $13 for kids.

http://www.clarionoc.com/pdf/menu-thanksgiving.pdf">Clarion Horizons Room (410.524.3535) in the Clarion at 101st Street usually has a Thanksgiving Buffet with traditional fare and some seafood items too

The Bonfire (410.524.7171) at 70th Street has their usual all-you-can-eat buffet, with traditional Thanksgiving items added.

No mater where you decide to go, you definitely want to call ahead and make reservations.

There is plenty to do in OC at Thanksgiving. Be sure to visit the Winterfest of Lights and checkout this thread for some more ideas.

Have a great Thanksgiving in OC!

What do you think about visiting Assateague in mid-November - can you still see the horses? Also, can you suggest a restaurant in OC with great crab soup?
Submitted by Victoria D, North cape maydRpMKC New Jersey on October 22, 2015
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Pittsburgh Pa

Insider since: 2014

Answered: October 22, 2015

Yes, Mid Nov is a great time to visit Assatteague , and the horses love November at the beach too!

On you're way back from Assateague, I'd suggest making a stop in West Ocean City, at Crab Alley. They serve up both Maryland, & cream of crab soup - some of the best you'll find!

Can you recommend a bus service that runs from West OC to New York City?
Submitted by Richard G, Selbyville Delaware on October 15, 2015
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Centreville, VA

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Answered: October 15, 2015

Greyhound, it is the only service that runs this route. They have buses leaving West OC most days at about 7:45am and 11:15pm. The trip from OC to NYC by bus takes between 8 and 9 hours. See available buses and fares ($45 to $90) here.

Can you recommend free parking near the boardwalk in the off-season? Does the Inlet Lot have free parking in October, including the weekend of Wine Fest?
Submitted by Sandy K, Middletown Delaware on October 15, 2015
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 15, 2015

Parking fees at the Inlet Parking Lot (and in the rest of OC's municipal lots) are in effect through the third Sunday in October, which is October 19. As of October 20, parking throughout OC is free. Since Winefest has been rescheduled to the weekend of October30, you can park for FREE when you go to Winefest.

What's the best way to find out if restaurants and shops are open in OC on weekdays in October?
Submitted by Bonnie F, Curwensville Pennsylvania on October 14, 2015
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 14, 2015

The best way is to ask the Insiders! The Visitor's Center at the Convention Center usually has a list of restaurants that open with their hours and special deals. They have not published this list yet for this winter, but here is the list from a few years ago that is still pretty accurate.

Many boardwalk shops and restaurants are open in October, especially on weekends. On the boardwalk, Marty's Playland s open almost every day, year round. Boardwalk favorites  Thrasher's Fries, Dumser's ice creamFisher's popcorn (my favorite!), Candy Kitchen are almost always open on the weekends and sometimes on weekdays.

Many restaurants are open all year, including restaurants in the major hotels. Here are a few places that should be open that I recommend:

Longboard Cafe at 67th Street has been around 3 or 4 years and is one of my favorite casual places. They have great food, a nice selection of craft and mainstream beers, and their bartenders make excellent cocktails too!

Harpoon Hanna's (Route 54 - 800.227.0525) - Excellent seafood, open everyday year round.

BJs on the Water (75th Street - 410.524.7575) - Good food, views of the bay, diverse menu from sandwiches to seafood and steak, kitchen open until after midnight everyday all year.

Seacrets (49th Street on the bay - 410.524.4900) - OC's number one party spot. Closed a few days mid week, but open on weekends.

Harborside (West OC on the south side of the commercial harbor, 410.213.1846) - Great casual place with excellent food overlooking the commercial harbor. I go here almost every time I visit OC. Open all week all year.

Fager's Island (60th on the bay - 410.524.5500) - Both fine and more casual dining. Great food, drinks, and views of the bay. Excellent sunsets timed to the 1812 overture, open everyday year round.

Captain's Table (15th Street in the Courtyard Marriott - 410.289.7191) - Excellent food, open 7 days a week year round. I often eat here in the off season.

Captain's Galley II (West OC on south side of the commercial harbor 410.213.2525) - A great seafood place for the whole family. Traditional dining downstairs and crabs and casual dining upstairs. They have excellent crab cakes and other seafood items, but also have great non seafood dishes too. I eat here often with my family. .

The Shark on the Harbor (West OC on the north side of the commercial harbor 410.213.0924) - Very good food with a bit of an eclectic menu that changes almost daily based on the fresh foods they can get. They take reservations. Call to check when they are open as they may be open weekends only.

Lombardi's (94th Street 410.524.1961) Great pizza, subs, and Italian food in a casual atmosphere. Open everyday year round.

Sunset Grill (West OC on North side of commercial harbor 410.213.8110) - Popular place with a nice atmosphere - open 7 days a week.

Bonfire (70th Street, 410.524.7171) - Seafood buffet, open weekends only (sometimes Thursday-Sunday) in off season, sometimes totally closed on in the slow months of early December through February.

While most of these places are routinely open when I indicate, since many places have irregular schedules in the off season, it is best to call ahead to be sure the place you pick is open.

Have some great food in OC!

We plan on visiting OC in February of 2016! What are your recommendations for things to do this time of year with a toddler?
Submitted by Karla M, Elkridge Maryland on October 14, 2015
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: October 14, 2015

First of all, be sure and stay at a hotel with an indoor pool. That will be the most entertaining for him or her.  February is a very quiet month in Ocean City and not a lot is open and what is open is dependent upon the weather. Some things are only open on the weekends. There are two indoor mini golf courses in OC on 68th and 136th Streets.  Trimpers on the boardwalk has indoor rides for the toddler set that is normally open on weekends, but it too depends upon the weather.  

You might want to buy or bring along a a flannel tablecloth to toss on the floor to have an indoor picnic on or play games upon. You might find a bicycle rental shop open and if the boardwalk isn't covered in snow you can ride your bicycle there. Take a ride to Assateague and hopefully see some of the wild ponies there.  

How about ice skating? The Carousel Hotel on 118th St. has an indoor ice skating rink and they have skates available to rent in ALL sizes.  There are "trainers" there for use for non skaters to hold onto and push while learning and I've seen toddlers using them and enjoying being on the ice.  There are also a couple of little department store type rides there too. 

I hope the weather is good for you for your visit.

I will be visiting OC the weekend of Oct 18th - will the Coastal Highway Beach Bus be running? If not, can you recommend any other forms of transportation besides driving? 
Submitted by Diann B, Elkton Maryland on October 8, 2015
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Pittsburgh Pa

Insider since: 2014

Answered: October 8, 2015

Yes! The bus will be running  from 6am - 10pm, approximately every 15mins, and every approximately every 30 mins, from 10pm - 6am.

Can you recommend somewhere to rent a metal detector in OC? 
Submitted by lauren w, Darlington Maryland on October 8, 2015
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: October 8, 2015

Take a short drive up to Millville De. to Coastal Rentals. 

http://www.coastalrentalsandhydraulics.com/equipment.asp?action=category&category=11&key=METALDET

Prices by the hour, day or week. 

Can you recommend any cooking classes in OCMD?
Submitted by Liz M, Ocean City Maryland on September 30, 2015
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Centreville, VA

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Answered: September 30, 2015

The Red Doors Community Center at St. Paul's By-the-Sea on Baltimore Avenue offers several cooking classes. See a list of their programs, including cooking classes, here.

The Shark on the Harbor in west OC is offering a cooking class on 18 October from 3pm to 5pm. Find out more about it here or cal them at 401.213.0924. I love the food at The Shark and bet this will be a great class!

Ristorante Antipasti at 31st Street used to do cooking classes in the off season, Contact them at 410.289.4588 to see if they still do.

How can I get a beach wheelchair? 
Submitted by barbara w, essex Maryland on September 29, 2015
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Johnstown Pa

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Answered: September 29, 2015

Beach wheelchairs are provided on the beach at certain locations by the Town of Ocean City from Memorial Day through Labor Day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. When using one of the beach wheelchairs, it must be used within one block (one north and south) of where the chair is assigned and kept. Beach wheelchairs are available on a first-come-first-served basis from the attending beach patrol and must be returned by 5 p.m. This may not be a complete listing.

Beach Wheelchair locations are subject to change pending availability.

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.

Additional Beach Wheelchairs at the locations below may be available year-round pending availability.

Beach wheelchairs are available at the Ocean City Police Department at 65th St., bayside, for one or multi-days of use by advance reservation. Certain restrictions may apply. Please call 410-723-6610.

Beach wheelchairs are available from the Ocean City Visitors Center in the Roland E. Powell Convention Center on 40 th St. for one to three days of use by advance reservation. Certain restrictions may apply. Please call 410-289-2800.

Beach wheelchairs are not to be taken into the water and are to be used only on the beach.