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Do you need a pass to park in the empty lot across from the Grande Hotel? I''d like to park my car trailer there. 
Submitted by ANDY M, JOHNSTOWN Pennsylvania on November 13, 2014
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: November 13, 2014

This lot is owned by Phillips and is private property. It is possible that you could park there, but one never knows... I suggest you talk to the people at your hotel or Phillips to see if you can get permission to park there. At this time of year you can also park your trailer legally on side streets of Ocean City and there is generally plenty of parking available.

Hello, We'll be in OC for Thanksgiving. Any recommendation for best places for Thanksging day carryout dinners to bring back to hotel Thanksgiving day?
Submitted by Raymond R, Carney Maryland on November 10, 2014
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Bayville, NJ

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Answered: November 12, 2014

Hi Raymond, Take out is a great idea however, here are some other helpful suggestions:

The Captain's Table on 15th street will be having a Thanksgiving Buffet, here is the information:

November 27, 2014 Thursday 1pm - 8pm

Adults $25.95 • Children 5-10 $9.95

Under 5 ComplimentaryReservations Recommended (410) 289-7192 Traditional Thanksgiving Menu • Carving Station with Turkey • Sliced Turkey Breast and Ham • Baked Salmon • Fried Oysters • Stuffing and Gravy • Mashed Potatoes • Candied Sweet Potatoes • Caesar Salad • Sauerkraut • Succotash • Green Beans • Biscuits and Rolls • Desserts including Pumpkin Pie The dunes manor on 28th street is offering packages for the Thanksgiving weekend and also here is the information on their Thanksgiving Day Buffet visit http://dunesmanor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Thanksgiving-Buffet-Menu_10-14-14.pdf The Princess Royale on 91st street will also be hosting Thanksgiving here is the information: Thanksgiving Celebration Give thanks the Princess Royale way with our bountiful Thanksgiving buffet featuring roast turkey with giblet gravy, Tony's world famous stuffing, mashed potatoes, baked fish du jour, honey glazed ham, tortellini, imported and domestic cheese tray, bountiful array of homemade salads, oven-baked fresh rolls and butter, our Chef's assorted dessert tray and much more!  For more information on Thanksgiving Day events visit www.ococean.com and click on events  

Thanksgiving Day Buffet

I will be there wednesday through Friday Nov 5 th to the 7th. Is there anything open and a must do or see or eat?
Submitted by kristin b, blackwood New Jersey on November 4, 2014
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Bayville, NJ

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Answered: November 4, 2014

hey kristin!!! yes there is the shops on the boardwalk that will be open, the arcades too, you can also try planet maze on 33rd street for indoor laser tag which is a lot of fun, old pro golf has two indoor locations on 68th and 136th streets that offer indoor mini golf and both have an arcade area as well. carousel on 117th street has an indoor ice skating rink that would be fun. must eat defintely the bull on the beach on 94th is great for dinner or lunch, laytons on 92nd has a great breakfast and lunch, you would also like the captains table on 15th street, dumpsers dairyland for ice cream, etc. For more information visit www.ococean.com and click on events.

I'm looking at spending Wednesday and Thursday of Thanksgiving week at the Princess Royale to take advantage of their Thanksgiving promotion...what else, if any, is going on in town Wednesday, Thurdsay and Friday morning /afternoon?
Submitted by David A, Breinigsville Pennsylvania on October 27, 2014
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Linthicum MD and OC MD

Insider since: 2008

Answered: October 27, 2014

Hi David,

Plenty of things will be happening.  Just like summer but a little cooler and little less places will be open BUT... there will be a holiday shoppers fair going on at the convention center on the weekend starting on Friday.  Minature golf at the Old Pro locations at 136th and 68th St will have their indoor locations and maybe even the outdoor courses open, weather permitting.  The beaches will be open.  Get you feet wet.  Heck, I have been in the ocean at Ocean City on January 1.  It can not get too much colder then that!   Get some shopping in.  Run down to the boardwalk for the arcade games, possibly Trimpers indoor rides, Fisher's Popcorn, Thrashers Fries and more.  Run over to Assateague Island to see the horses and the Assateague Island (indoor) Educational Center.  Swim a little at the huge indoor pool at your hotel.  It is one of OC's largest indoor pools, plus they have a hot tub and sauna which may be helpful after jumping in the ocean.  (I jumped in the Princess Royale pool minutes after my New Years Day ocean experience!)

Trust, me, you will not be bored! 

Have fun!

I'm thinking of coming down in mid January. Is there anything going on that time of year or is it similar to the Jersey Shore in winter?
Submitted by Julie K, Mays Landing New Jersey on October 23, 2014
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

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Answered: October 23, 2014

We make a trip to Ocean City every month.  January is quiet in a good way.  There are lots of food and drink specials to be had.  The beach has its best shells of the summer.  You can ice skate at the Carousel.  We have also seen whales right from the shore during the winter.  We have also had very nice days in January that let you walk the beach in just a jacket.

We will be in OC forTthanksgiving this year and were wondering which restaurants were open on Turkey Day/27th of November this year and if you had any recommendations. Thanks.
Submitted by Christiane L, McLean Virginia on October 21, 2014
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Pittsburgh Pa

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Answered: October 21, 2014

The other have given you some great choices...

(for something different)I'd like to personally recommend, Drummers Cafe at the Atlantic Hotel  .  This restaurant is located right in the heart of historic Berlin - which is a quick 5 mile ride from Ocean City.  I've had a number of  wonderful Holiday dinners here with my family over the years. The dining room has an attractive, and welcoming atmosphere that exudes warmth, and hospitality, along with a fireplace provides you that classic Holiday feel. The food is always top quality, and this year they are featuring a turkey, & ham dinner with all the traditional sides, for just $26.95 for adults & $12.95 for kids.

What is the history of Wire Pond?
Submitted by Paul W, Rockville Maryland on October 20, 2014
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Centreville, VA

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Answered: October 20, 2014

There is nothing particularly notable in the history of Wire Pond that I could find. It has been essentially in its current form and has been called "Wire Pond" since at least 1900, with no significant indication of man-made changes occurring since then. Since the area was pretty undeveloped in 1900, it is unlikely there were notable man-made changes prior to 1900 either. You can see it depicted on this USGS 1900 Topo map (snippet shown below) and compare it to Google Maps of today. Core samples taken also indicate no significant unnatural changes in the makeup of this area (see pages 98-99 of this document).

Wire Pond is a cove or marshland located on a south shore of the Isle of Wight Bay. It is located west of Captain's Hill and north of the West OC outlets. It is a popular place for fishing and bird watching, you can find out more about that here.

Wanting to go down THIS weekend - October 17-19 and would like to know how many shops and restaurants will be open on the boardwalk. Some hotels are listed as closed. I found one open at a great price! And saw that the Halloween parade and a Breast Cancer walk is also on at the boardwalk, so I would hope most places are open?? Thanks!!!
Submitted by Raeanne K, York Pennsylvania on October 15, 2014
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Centreville, VA

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Answered: October 15, 2014

If the weather is nice, about half of the Boardwalk shops will be open. Boardwalk favorites  Thrasher's Fries, Dumser's ice cream, Fisher's popcorn (my favorite!), Candy Kitchen are almost always open on the weekends and sometimes on weekdays. Many restaurants are open year round, but some only on weekends. If you go to the Visitor's Center at the Convention Center, they usually have a list of what restaurants are open when for the off season. Most restaurants in large hotels art open year round

For some ideas of things to do, see this thread.

For a list of restaurants that will be open take a look at this thread.

Have fun in OC!

Are there any dinner and a show places?
Submitted by Martha r, courtland Virginia on October 15, 2014
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Johnstown Pa

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Answered: October 15, 2014

The OC Jamboree is the closest to Ocean City. They have shows year round and you can check their schedule here:  http://ocjam.com/2014_schedule.html

The Globe Theater in nearby Berlin also has a wonderful restaurant and entertainment.  It's a beautiful historic building with concerts and other entertainment.  More info at http://www.globetheater.com/home.aspx

I got two great pictures of my girls on the beach this passed weekend wrapped up in a blanket. Are there any competions that I can enter them into? Are any way to submit them for possible publication?
Submitted by Shawn W, Dunkirk Maryland on October 15, 2014
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Linthicum MD and OC MD

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Answered: October 15, 2014

Shawn,

In the past, the local newspapers have had year end picture spreads with kids on the beach.  My kids have been included in those spreads.  Also throughout the year, the newspapers publish photos of people on the beach.  Feel free to do the same.  Here are their web addresses:

Www.MdCoastDispatch.com

www.oceancity.com/oceancitytoday/home