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Can you please tell me if the boat races are in town this weekend or have they been moved to Solomons Island?
Submitted by Michelle G, Selbyville Delaware on October 2, 2014
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Ocean City, MD

Insider since: 2009

Answered: October 3, 2014

They are in Southern Maryland now.  This weekend you can catch all opf the corvettes in town.

Where can we park a second car - overnight for a few days?
Submitted by Connie C, Ewing New Jersey on October 1, 2014
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 1, 2014

You should have no trouble finding a place to park. Most of the side streets have plenty of parking. North of 10th Street these parking spots are free year round, and at this time of year they may be free south of 10th Street too. I've often left cars parked on side streets for several days at a time with no issues. The most important thing is to look at the posted signs. Some streets have a few hours a week when parking is prohibited to allow for trash pickup, street cleaning, and similar activities.

Will the inlet parking lot be open for parking on Oct 4th ?? Or is it just for the corvettes??
Submitted by Deborah C, St.Michaels Maryland on September 29, 2014
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: September 29, 2014

It will be closed. There will be Corvette shows held there, then around 2:30 they will begin to arrive for the boardwalk parade at 4 p.m.  If you have a Corvette or just like to look, the boardwalk parade shouldn't be missed. We've driven the boardwalk twice and hope to bring our newest one this weekend to show it off too!  The weekend is a lot of fun.

What are the best golf courses in OC?
Submitted by Maggi G, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania on September 29, 2014
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: September 29, 2014

The "Best" courses really depend on what you are looking for. There are lots of really great courses in the OC area. If you are looking for a more professional course try any of these:

Lighthouse Sound - Great course, excellent views of the coastal bays and of North OC.

Rum Point -Excellent scenic course overlooking the coastal bays and Assateague.

Glen Riddle's  Man 'O War and War Admiral also consistently get very positive reviews.

There are many other excellent courses in the area too. Find out more about OC's many courses here.

If you are looking for a quick play executive type course, Salt Pond in nearby Bethany Beach, Delaware is a great option.

Have fun golfing in OC!

What are the dates for Sunfest 2015? What can I look forward to seeing? 
Submitted by Scott C, Annapolis Maryland on September 24, 2014
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: September 24, 2014

Hi Scott, the dates for next year's Sunfest festival are September 24th - 27th, 2015. As always, you can enjoy the crafts, the food, outstanding musical entertainment, and as always.........Ocean City's world famous boardwalk.  The Kite Festival goes on at the same time a little further up the boardwalk to enjoy as well.  Keep checking Ocean City's official website to keep up to date with all events all summer and for announcements about who will be performing at www.ococean.com/events

Planning a high school Senior Trip. Are the amusement parks (venues) open in mid-Apirl? - Thank you
Submitted by Carlos B, Warwick New York on September 24, 2014
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Linthicum MD and OC MD

Insider since: 2008

Answered: September 24, 2014

Hi Carlos,

April is a great timne to visit OC.  Although the water is cold, the weather may be a little warmer.  Any senior would have a great time whether the rides are open or not. 

As mentioned, some rides may be open on the weekend.  But, there is so much more to do.  For example.

1.  Old Pro Mini Golf will be open and they have two indoor locations open on 68th and 136th Sts if it is too cold or raining outside.  Be sure to grab a money saving coupon out of one of the local coupon bools that are located practically everywhere in OC.

2.  The arcades on the boardwalk should also be open.  These are the type of arcades with skee ball and other games where you can win tickets to trade in for cheap prizes.  The two Old Pro mini golf places mentioned above also have mini arcades where you can win tickets o trade in for prizes as well.  One of the prizes you can win is a free game of mini golf at Old Pro.  Also, there is another nice Arcade called Planet Maze on 33rd St.  www.planetmaze.com

3. Pre-arrange a scavenger hunt with prizes such as a complete non broken seashell, a rock (Somewhat hard to find in OC), a crab shell, a cheap OC souvineer that says OC on it, a napkin imprinted with an OC business, a plastic cup imprinted with an OC Coupon, an old pro coupon, a cheap ashtray(nearly impossible to find), a business card from a local business in OC, an arcade prize ticket, a selfie with a food cook from a restaurant in OC, etc.  You can get creative on this.  We did this a few years back after college and our group had a blast!

4. Sand sports.  A game of wiffle ball, frisbee, football, tag, volleyball, etc.

5. Northside Park up on 125th St.  Great park with a playground, work out pavillion, pier, trails and ball fields.

6.  Ice Skating at the Carousel Hotel up on about 118th St.

7. Kite Flying - there is always a breeze in OC on the beach.  You can get cheap nice kites at Michaels Craft Stores or other craft stores.  www.michaels.com

8.  Many hotels have indoor swimming pools.

When did Seacrets open? 
Submitted by Bill d, Ellicott city Maryland on September 22, 2014
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Linthicum MD and OC MD

Insider since: 2008

Answered: September 23, 2014

Hi Bill,

Seacrets in OC has an interesting history.  It is owned by Leighton Moore who is now 62 years old.  His family owned the Gateway Motel in OC for years.  When Leighton was younger, he quit school, got his GED in 1960 and went off to Jamaica.  He loved (and loves) being near the beach and ocean.  But Jamaica was a little too far from his first love, OC, so he came back to OC to help run the family business which he eventually inherited.  With his love of the beach and his knowledge of running a business, he decided to open a restaurant/club directly on the beach on 49th St called the "Ocean Club" back in the early 80s.  Life was good.  Business was great.  Good times were always happening at the Ocean Club as the commercial so rightly said badck in the day on radio stations like 100KHI which played 75% commercials and 25% pop music in the 80s.  The Ocean Club was one of the hosts for the best body on the beach contests which were popular in OC.  Leighton eventually sold his business to Dr Lenny Berger.  Dr Berger is known for owning the Sheraton on 101st St which is currently the OC Clarion.  He also owns several other properties in OC including the Marigot Condominiums.  The Ocean Club is currently located inside the Clarion.

Now...What the heck does all of this have to do with Seacrets???  Hold on, I am getting to that part of the story.  But first a word from our sponsor:  (Check in to OC in the fall.  It's still happening.  ococean.com)  

OK, we are back.  OK.  Like I said, Leighton sold his business to Dr. Berger and as a result, he had to sign a non compete clause as to not open a similar business for one year.  This gave Leighton the time to build his dream club on the bay which is known as "Seacrets"  It was a small bar which held about 100 people and was known for it's beautiful sunsets.  It was the best kept "Seacret" in OC known mostly to locals.  Bayfront bars and restaurants were not as popular back in the 80s as everyone wanted to be "oceanfront"  But with the amazing bay and sunset views, a few local businesses decided to capitalize on the idea including Fager's Island in the late 70s with their signature 1812 overture to celebrate the nightly sunset and a few years later, BJs.  Now also we have Macky's, Fishtales, De Lazy Lizard, and a host of other bay front restaurants and bars to celebrate the beauty of OC's million dollar bay sunset views.  Seacrets almost never happened.  Leighton had high hopes and aspirations to make the bar feel like a Jamaican waterfront paradise but money was running short and he didn't have the cash flow like he did when he owned the Ocean Club.  It was a tough time for Leighton and he almost lost it all.  Here's where Dr. Berger comes back into Leighton's life.  He graciously wrote a check for $60k to help Leighton complete his venture.  As usual, it started with a handshake, like in the good ole days.  Leighton thinks of Dr Berger as a father figure and has pubically stated that a sthe two are friends. 

Well, as you probably figured out, a bar as cool as Seacrets couldn't stay a seacret fo too long and friends told friends who told friends and so on.  Well now Leighton had another problem called supply and demand.  So he expanded, expanded, and expanded again to where Seacrets is one of the most popular ranked bar/restaurants in the US.  Where the parking lot is now used to have an Alaska Stand restaurant and a popular go-kart track.  Leighton still takes the Jamaican influence seriously as every year, he brings in 20 trucks to uproot the palm trees and tropical plants that had died over the winter and replant them with new tropical plants and trees imported in from Florida.

Now Seacrets can accomodate up to 4,00 people and covers over 6 acres, has it's own radio station, and...it's still growing!

Now... You know the rest of the story!

Where do recommend to park if you are visiting for only 1 day? Is there any free parking?
Submitted by Eric S, Elyria Ohio on September 22, 2014
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: September 22, 2014

There is free parking on any of the back streets on the bay side of town close to the inlet.  You will have to walk a couple of blocks to the boardwalk, but it's worth it.  Or  you can park for free at the West Ocean City Park and Ride on Rte 50 and ride the shuttle into town for $3. The cost is for a ride all day pass so you can ride as many times as you want all day long.

What restaurants are open now and all winter?
Submitted by Bonnie F, Queenstown Maryland on September 22, 2014
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Bayville, NJ

Insider since: 2010

Answered: September 22, 2014

hi bonnie, most restaurants are open all year through out the winter. horizons, bull on the beach, watermans in west ocean city, harrison's harbor watch, dough roller, etc. you can check out www.ococean.com and click on dining as well for more information.

Are dogs allowed on the boardwalk or beaches in ocean city?
Submitted by Megan C, abingdon Maryland on September 19, 2014
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: September 19, 2014

From October 1 and until May 1 you can bring your dogs to the beach and the boardwalk, but they must be on leashes at all times.  Many people don't obey that rule on the beach, but that is the rule. And please remember to pick up after your pet even (and especially) on the sand.  Nobody wants to find that. 

After May 1 and until Sept.30, NO dogs are allowed on the beach or the boardwalk, even in strollers. 

Hope that answers your question.