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How busy is Ocean City the week after Labor Day? I have anxiety issues so I try to avoid large crowds. We usually go to Cape Cod that week, because it's slow there, but we are looking for somewhere new to go this year. Any info on crowd size would be helpful! Thank you
Submitted by courtney t, new milford Connecticut on June 6, 2016
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Camp Hill, PA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 6, 2016

Hello Courtney,

I would say that the crowds are typically much slower the week after Labor Day.  The Tram stops running the boardwalk until Sunfest Weekend (Sept 22 - 25) which is when you'll see another spike in crowds.  You should be good to go, there are many places in town, especially right after Labor Day, where you can go and enjoy your surroundings without being overwhelmed by a crowd.

Our 56 St. condo does not have WiFi, but I was told that we can purchase it in Ocean City. What is the cost?
Submitted by Marvin S, Owing mills Maryland on June 6, 2016
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 6, 2016

The city itself does not sponsor WiFi, but does offer a few free WiFi sites. See here for more info.

Comcast Xfinity, OC's primary cable company, does offer free WiFi throughout the city for its subscribers. If you have Xfinity at home you can use your home iD to access the service, or you can see if the condo owner can provide you access information. Find out more about Xfinity's service here. See Xfinity WiFi hotspots here.

I'm looking for a shady place near water for a senior to sit and read in OC. Any suggestions?
Submitted by Katherine M, Arlington Virginia on June 6, 2016
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Ocean City, MD

Insider since: 2011

Answered: June 6, 2016

Hi Katherine!

Does it get much better than a good book by the water? I think not! The most picturesque place that I can think of would be at Northside Park on 125th street. There is a beautiful pond with many benches around it and I'm sure you would be able to find a nice spot in the shade. I will stop by there this afternoon and update this response with a picture. Thank you for asking the Insiders!

If you get there early enough in the morning, there should be adequate shade from the tree. Very peaceful and you can get away from the crowds of the beach, if that is what you want to do. These ducks have the right idea!

My house only has two parking spaces and we're bringing up to three cars. I need a place to park for this week. 
Submitted by Gabe Q, Highland Maryland on June 6, 2016
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Bayville, NJ

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 6, 2016

hey gabe, my suggestion depending on where you are staying is a side street as close as possible to the house. or the library on 100th offers parking at the library but it's metered so make sure you bring what you need with you. plus it is monitored at all times and security will stop you if need be. I have parked at the library and it is safe.

What are the 31 groups of numbers on the boardwalk? Are they photo opportunities?
Submitted by James M, Cockeysville Maryland on June 3, 2016
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 3, 2016

Hey James,

I researched this question and cannot determine what you are referring to.  There are Instagram spots on the Boardwalk and new photo areas.  If you can clarify your question, we may be better able to answer it.

We are coming in on the 4th of July. Is the traffic going to be really bad? Should we come in on maybe the 3rd instead?
Submitted by Linda M, Enon valley Pennsylvania on June 3, 2016
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Bayville, NJ

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 3, 2016

Hi Linda, I think your best bet would to come in on July 3. Traffic can be very heavy and I think that would be your best option. That's all up to you and sometimes weather also plays a factor in how far people will come too. And while you're in town for the festivities here are two awesome locations to celebrate the 4th:

4th of July

2 LOCATIONS OF FREE FUN!

July 4th Concert & Fireworks at Northside Park

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Enjoy a free concert at 8 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. at Northside Park on 125th Street. For more information, call 800-626-2326 or 410-250-0125.

July 4th Concert & Fireworks on the Beach

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Enjoy a free concert at 8 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. on the beach at N. Division Street. For more information, call 800-626-2326 or 410-250-0125.

You can also check out http://www.ococean.com for more information on events going on in Ocean City!

I live in a condo in Robin Drive. Our grass is never cut and is about a foot tall right now. How can I make a complaint to the town so that those in charge at our condo will finally cut the grass?
Submitted by kat b, ocean city Maryland on June 1, 2016
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 1, 2016

I would start with the condo association or their management company. Often this info is published in a public area such as near an elevator or parking area. If you have no luck there, you can contact the non-emergency number of the Ocean City Police Department (410.723.6610) or the Planning and Community Development Department (410.289.8855) to request enforcement.

When you contact any of these places, you can cite the relevant regulation is OC Code. It is Code Chapter 30, Article IV, Division 2, Section 30-201 which states:

It shall be unlawful for any owner of any lots or lands located within the corporate limits of Ocean City to allow on any such lot or land any growth of weeds, brush or grass to be a height of nine inches or more. Any owner of any lot or lands within Ocean City shall be responsible for the cutting, destruction or removal of the weeds, brush or grass.(Code 1972, § 64-1)

Section 30-203 further states: The building official is hereby authorized and directed to give written notice to the owner of any lot or parcel of land who has permitted the excessive growth of weeds, brush or grass upon his property or in the sidewalk, curb or gutter to cut, destroy or remove the same within a stated time to be not less than seven days from the date of such notice.

Good Luck!

Are 'Cool Cabanas' allowed on the beach at OCMD?
Submitted by Preston H, Annapolis Maryland on June 1, 2016
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: June 1, 2016

Open cabanas, pop up canopies, and umbrellas are all allowed on the beach in Ocean City.  Umbrellas can be closer to the water than canopies and open cabanas. Those must be a minimum of 10 - 15 feet behind the lifeguard stands in order to not block the lifeguard's line of sight.  And be SURE to anchor them securely with weights or long stakes.  Those little stakes that come with them won't hold in wind, and if your tent takes off and hurts someone you will be responsible.  

I want to rent a car in Baltimore, drive to Ocean City, and drop the car off until ready to head back to Baltimore a week later. Is that possible?
Submitted by susan f, Tulsa Oklahoma on June 1, 2016
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Pittsburgh Pa

Insider since: 2014

Answered: June 1, 2016

It is definitely possible, however you might want to check prices. One way rentals sometimes have drop off fees, $50, and when you combine that with your one day rental fee, you could expect to pay around $120 - $150 each way, where if you would rent the car for the entire week and return it back to Baltimore, the weekly rental might be about the same as you're paying for your 2 day drop off, and you'd have the convenience of having a vehicle for the length of your stay here in OC.

I'd recommend calling Enterprise in west Ocean City at 410-213-0886, and see which way makes the most sense.

Enjoy your trip to OC!

We would like to visit the OC beach and boardwalk today (June 1). Is the beach open and are the boardwalk shops open? Can we rent a cabana for the day? How much are they?
Submitted by Claudine S, Leesburg Virginia on June 1, 2016
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: June 1, 2016

You bet the beach and boardwalk are open!  EVERYTHING is open!  And the best part is, the beach and boardwalk are ALWAYS open!  So enjoy!

As for a cabana, there are no enclosed cabanas allowed on the beach. But you can rent an umbrella and chairs from any of the big boxes that line the beach.  I believe the umbrellas are $17 a day and chairs are about half that. The vendors will put them all up and take them down for you .

Have a great time in OC!