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I have a few questions: Is there an Ocean City Maryland coupon book I can get for free, and if so, where? For the boardwalk rides, is there a rides pass package available for purchase at special pricing? My husband loves hot roast beef sandwiches. Is there a place on the boardwalk you can suggest where they have the best roast beef sandwiches and ribs, if any? I was told the Bonfire doesn't have the best buffet. Is there another buffet place that you can suggest that has high quality food, a large variety of foods and that is very popular with tourists? Is there any way I can get a map of all the venues located on the Ocean City boardwalk, if so where?
Submitted by Antonina P, Lodi New Jersey on March 29, 2016
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: March 29, 2016

I'll go through your questions one-by-one:

Q: Is there an Ocean City Maryland coupon book I can get for free, and if so, where?

A: There are several free OC coupon books. You can get them all at the Visitor's Center at the south end of the Convention Center at 40th Street. They also sell a coupon book there. You can also access coupons online at these two links: (1) Sunny Day Guide (2) Visitor's Guide

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Q: For the boardwalk rides, is there a rides pass package available for purchase at special pricing?

A: For Jolly Roger Parks you can save some money by buying ahead of time online or looking at their specials here. For Trimper's Rides, buy their afternoon wristband or sheets of tickets to save some money. See here for info.

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Q: My husband loves hot roast beef sandwiches. Is there a place on the boardwalk you can suggest where they have the best roast beef sandwiches and ribs, if any?

A: I'd suggest either Boogs BBQ at the south end of the boardwalk at the south end of the pier building or Bull on the Beach at 2nd Street on the boardwalk. Both are solid choices for BBQ and ribs.

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Q: I was told the Bonfire doesn't have the best buffet. Is there another buffet place that you can suggest that has high quality food, a large variety of foods and that is very popular with tourists?

A: Bonfire Buffet is actually pretty good. The best quality buffet food is at Horizon's located inside The Clarion Hotel. However, Horizon's has a decent, but smaller selection of food than the Phillips buffets, which are also very good. Both Phillips Crab House (21st Street) and Phillips Seafood House (141st Street) have buffets with identical menus. I prefer the layout of the Seafood House, but the Crab House was recently redone and I have not tried it since the renovation.

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Q: Is there any way I can get a map of all the venues located on the Ocean City boardwalk, if so where?

A: There are maps posted along the boardwalk that list businesses on each block. You can see one here (zoom in) or by clicking on the image below. You can also see a complete listing of boardwalk business by street from a couple of years ago here (not much has changed).

I am interested in getting vendor information for upcoming events please!
Submitted by Reba K, Pittston Pennsylvania on March 28, 2016
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: March 29, 2016

You can also get information by calling the friendly staff at Parks and Recreation.  Their number is 410-250-0125.  They can give you the requirements for each event. 

Hello! We want to visit OC next weekend. We could use some help finding activities during springtime like this. We have three kids, 10, 14 and 15 years-old. Thank you!
Submitted by Jackie R, Neptune New Jersey on March 28, 2016
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: March 28, 2016

I have often been to OC in the Spring with my kids who were about the same age as yours. Here are a few ideas:

Boardwalk favorites  Thrasher's Fries, Dumser's ice cream, Fisher's popcorn (my favorite!), Candy Kitchen are open on weekends year round and on weekdays if the weather is decent. Marty's Playland arcade is open everyday and is always a favorite of my kids. Give the kids some cash and let them spend some time in there. We rented bikes to ride on the boardwalk during spring break. Sometimes it is too cold, but often it is not (just in case, wear gloves, because your fingers can get cold!). I usually use Bike World at Caroline Street.

We were at Baja Amusements (410.213.2252) in west OC to ride go carts last week. They are now open everyday with about half their tracks open. My kids had a great time there!

Take a trip down to Assateague. It is only about a 15 minute drive. There is a great Visitor's Center on the right. It has lots of great interactive and touch-type exhibits, and a few short interesting movies about Assateague. You can drive a fair distance on Assateague before entering the fee area, and I almost always see the horses in the free area. There are some great hikes in the fee area that you may want to consider if the weather is nice.

Play indoor mini golf at the Old Pro Indoor Courses at 68th Street (410.524.2645) or 136th Street. They are open everyday 10am to 10pm. If the weather is nice you can play outdoors too!My kids played 5 times last week!

Go to Planet Maze (410.524.4386) for some Laser Tag - They are often open limited hours at this time of year - Often Friday - Monday.

Get some crabs from Crabs-to-Go to feel a bit more like summer. They have excellent crabs year round.

Go Ice Skating at the Carousel at 120th Street.

Go bowling at 72nd Street Ocean Lanes Call ahead to check for lane availability (410.524.7550), and be aware, they take cash only.

Go to the Salisbury Zoo - It is about 30 miles away. It is a nice community zoo that is great for kids of all ages, and it is free!

Delmarva Discovery Center - They have lots of exhibits on cultural and ecological topics relevant to the Pocomoke River and Eastern Shore areas. Has some aquarium exhibits. In Pocomoke City, about 40 minutes from OC. Fee for entry.

Go see a movie.

I always recommend staying at a place with an indoor pool. That way if the weather is poor you can still enjoy some time in the pool!

Have a great Spring trip to OC!

Can you give me some specifics on places in OC that offer temporary tattoos? Thanks.
Submitted by Thea M, Bowie Maryland on March 23, 2016
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: March 24, 2016

Thea,

The henna tattoo shops are located in small spaces on the Boardwalk from Funland to about 5th Street.  The shops sublet space so they do not have names or even addresses.  They open around Memorial Day and stay open untill Sunfest.  Many shops now use waterproof mascara instead of henna.  Henna lasts longer so be sure to ask what they are using.  A temporary tattoo lasts about 5 days in the sun and salt water.

Where can I get a paper version of the Ocean City calendar? In previous years, it was always mailed to my home but I didn't get one this year.
Submitted by Nancy D, Ocean City Maryland on March 22, 2016
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: March 22, 2016

I am guessing you are referring to the Vacation Guide that has everything about Ocean City in it. Since it is online now, I believe you have to request it from year to year if you want to get one in the mail.  

You can request yours at http://www.ococean.com/vacation-guide 

For disability reasons could you tell me: When does the trolley start running and when is the last date it runs? We were there for Cruisin' OC two years ago and the trolley was not running. Thank you for your help.
Submitted by Eve D, Waynesboro Pennsylvania on March 21, 2016
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: March 21, 2016

The boardwalk tram runs for Springfest weekend in early May, then goes back to sleep until Memorial Day weekend.  It runs daily in the summer till midnight until Labor Day. Then it gets put away until Sunfest weekend and is used for that before its winter nap.  It does not run for Cruise In. 

You can rent motorized scooters for getting around the boardwalk though. 

Is there anything to do, aside from go on the beach, the last day of March into the first weekend of April?
Submitted by Mama B, Central New Jersey on March 21, 2016
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Schwenksville, PA

Insider since: 2011

Answered: March 21, 2016

Visit to Assateague Island. You can ride on the access road in you car and look for the famous wild ponies. There is also the free Visitor Center open everyday. Really great exhibits about the island, its history and the wildlife that resides there. Nice trails to hike as well including a short walk out to the restored 18th century plantation The Rackliff House.

Check out an OC hidden gem-Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum on the southern end of the boardwalk. Informative exhibits about the history of the Life Saving Service, the town of OC and much more!

If the weather is nice take a Walking Tour of Old Town. Very informative!

What is the plan to enforce no smoking on the beach? We know that designated areas exist, but voluntary compliance in 2015 has not worked. My unit owners and I on 42nd picked up butts on beach all season. 
Submitted by Patty H, Ocean City Maryland on March 18, 2016
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: March 18, 2016

I do not believe that their is any additional enforcement of the smoking ban planned for this summer. You may want to contact the City Manager, City Council, or Police Department to express your concern. I'd suggest you not concern the beach patrol with this matter, as they have indicated since the ban was first suggested that their current role protecting swimmers would take solid priority over enforcing a smoking ban.

We are two couples looking for a place to stay in Ocean City for the week, but our ages are 21 and 20. What websites or Realtors would you recommend we use, since most places will not rent to us since we are not over the age of 25. Thank you for your input.
Submitted by Morgan A, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania on March 18, 2016
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North Ocean City

Insider since: 2014

Answered: March 18, 2016

Hi Morgan,

There are a several for sure that will rent to age 21 and over. I would suggest http://www.cbvacations.com  and http://www.holidayoc.com. I also would not rule out the private owners by tapping into the FB pages for east coast beach vacation rentals. If you get some good leads from the realtors, you might consider calling them directly for possibly even a lower rate. The most important thing is.... Get to the beach! 

Would you consider Ocean City a dog friendly vacation destination? Thanks!
Submitted by Damien A, Grafton New Hampshire on March 18, 2016
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Linthicum MD and OC MD

Insider since: 2008

Answered: March 18, 2016

Hi Damien,

We have a dog and our dog loves OC.  Dogs are not lalowed on the beach in season.  But they are allowed at Northside Park on 123rd and bayside which is a huge park devoted to humans and dogs alike!  Just remember to clean up after your puppy.  Also, a good hotel to stay at is the Clarion on 100th St.  check them out at http://www.clarionoc.com