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My family and I are planning our vacation to Ocean City, but we are staying miles away from the beach and Boardwalk. Can we purchase week-long bus tickets or do we have to buy new ticket every day?
Submitted by Crystal w, Pottsville.pottsville Pennsylvania on January 6, 2017
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: January 6, 2017

Hi.  There are no weekly passes for the Beach Bus.  It is $3 per person per day, but you can ride as often as you want for 24 hours for $3.  Children under 42 inches tall can ride for free.  You can find schedules and more information here http://oceancitymd.gov/oc/departments/public-works/transportation/

You mention you are staying "miles from the beach" so perhaps you are staying in West Ocean City?  Or Salisbury?  If you are staying in West Ocean City, you can drive your car to the OC Park N Ride on Rte 50 before you cross the bridge, park there for free, and take the shuttle into town and the beach.  If you are staying in Berlin, Snow Hill, or other nearby towns, you will have to drive into town. As mentioned, the public Ocean City bus only runs from the inlet at the southern end of town northward to the Delaware line at 144th St. It does not go on any side streets or cross the bay.

Is there generally an age requirement to rent houses or condos in Ocean City similar to renting a car? 
Submitted by Josh L, Meriden Connecticut on January 5, 2017
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: January 5, 2017

Absolutely. And it varies by owner. Some rent only to over 21, others to 18 and up with a parent who will co sign and take responsibility in case of damage.  Find a place you are interested in and contact the agent or owner and see what they require.  

Hello! I'm wondering how many restaurants and other stores are open after New Year's Day? 
Submitted by Lisa M, Perkasie Pennsylvania on January 2, 2017
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Schwenksville, PA

Insider since: 2011

Answered: January 2, 2017

Hi Lisa,

Each winter I find more restaurants and businesses are open in town. The restaurants in the larger hotels such as The Clarion, The Hilton and Dunes Manor to name a few are open year round. Some of my personal favorites that are open now include Buxy's, 28th St Pit-n-Pub, BJ's on the Water, Mother's Cantina, Rosenfeld's Jewish Deli, Seacrets, Jules Fine Dining, The Harborside and Pickles Pub. I suggest you pick up the free local newspapers-OC Today or The Dispatch to see advertisements regarding open hours, entertainment and food and drink specials. You can also listen to WOCM Ocean 98.1 streaming online as many of the businesses in OC advertise on this station. Have fun in OC!

How accessible is the beach for handicapped visitors?
Submitted by donna s, baltimore Maryland on December 29, 2016
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Bayville, NJ

Insider since: 2010

Answered: December 29, 2016

Hi Donna, Very accessible for handicapped vistiors. Here's some more information:

Beach Access

Ocean City's beaches are for everyone. So we provide access for the physically challenged at several locations. Look for the special blue signs at these street entrances along Coastal Highway:

/files/managed/images/oceancitymarylandbeach2.jpgInlet Beach, Somerset St., Talbot St., N. Division St., 12th St., 25th St., 35th St., 37th 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.

Beach Wheelchairs

The Town of Ocean City provides beach wheelchairs at designated locations from 10am to 5pm daily, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. They are available from the Beach Patrol on a first-come, first-serve basis. Beach wheelchairs must be used within one block (north or south) of the location where you picked it up, and must be returned by 5pm.

Please note that beach wheelchairs may not be taken into the water or off of the beach.These locations may change depending on availability:

Inlet Lot, 7th 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.

The Ocean City Police Department provides beach wheelchairs at 65th St., (bayside). You can reserve one in advance for one or more days of use. Certain restrictions may apply. For more info, call 410-723-6610.

The Ocean City Visitors Center also offers beach wheelchairs by advance reservation for 1-3 days of use. For more info, visit the Convention Center on 40th Street or call 410-289-2800.

For the week of June 10th-17th, can you please tell me how much a bus pass would be for unlimited rides?
Submitted by Maddison S, Lancaster Pennsylvania on December 28, 2016
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Johnstown Pa

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Answered: December 28, 2016

Hi. The bus is the same price for unlimited rides every day, just $3.  You can ride as often as you want for 24 hours for that price. You  must have exact change

If you are a senior citizen, disabled, Medicare card holder, or have a non resident senior bus pass you only pay half or $1.50.  

Children under 42" are free.  

The buses run the entire length of Ocean City to 144th St. from South Division St. 

Can you please tell me - is Mason's New & Used Books is still open?
Submitted by MICHAEL M, NEWBLOOMFIELD Pennsylvania on December 28, 2016
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: December 28, 2016

I just spoke to Mason's. Yes, they are still open, but they do not have regular hours.  If you plan to go there I would try calling (410.289.5511) or emailing (masonsoceancitybooks@gmail.com) them to see if they will be open when you plan to be there.

Was the photo at the link below taken in Ocean City? It's about 15 years old. I thought it was Ocean City, but I don't recognize the buildings or see the Ferris wheel, so I have my doubts. Thanks for any tips. https://www.dropbox.com/s/5bxalb578zvl291/cropped-OC.jpg?dl=0
Submitted by Steven C, Washington District of Columbia on December 19, 2016
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: December 19, 2016

The photo is pretty grainy, but yes, this is definitely Ocean City, MD. It is taken from from about 17th Street. The tall building on the right edge of the photo is the Boardwalk Quality Inn that is located between 16th and 17th Streets. The red building building south of it is the Sea Scape motel which was just torn down a few weeks ago. It looks like the next building is a shorter building that is the old Santa Maria motel which was torn down in 2005. It was replaced by the taller Courtyard Marriott which opened in 2009. The yellow building with the brown roof is Harrison Hall. Behind and beyond Harrison Hall, there appears to be a taller building. It is The Commander in its new building which was built in 1997. Thus, your photo is from sometime between late 1997 and early 2005. Based on the shadows, it was taken early in the morning, less than two hours after sunrise.

What (if any) eateries are open Christmas Eve/Christmas Day? Is WaWa open? How about Dunkin' Donuts? Gas and coffee are always important! Thanks so much! 
Submitted by Ma B, South Jersery New Jersey on December 19, 2016
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North Ocean City

Insider since: 2014

Answered: December 19, 2016

Yes there is plenty still open surprisingly on both days. My favorite is Ropewalk on 82nd street. Exon is open and others. Head on down, no worries....you'll find options. Merry Christmas!

Is there still a Mason's Bookstore in Ocean City? 
Submitted by MICHAEL M, NEWBLOOMFIELD Pennsylvania on December 19, 2016
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: December 20, 2016

Mason's was closed in early November when we were there for a weekend so I assume they will stay closed until the Spring.  They had lots of wares in the store.  I believe they are the last book store left in Ocean City. 

My family usually visits during Father's Day weekend. While we visit Ocean City, we like to visit Baltimore as well. Aside from driving back inland, do we have any other options? 
Submitted by Glenda M, Meherrin Virginia on December 16, 2016
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Johnstown Pa

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Answered: December 16, 2016

Not really. Greyhound bus perhaps, but that would be your only other option and once you get to Baltimore, how would you get around to sight see?  It is about 3 hours from Ocean City to the first Baltimore exit on Route 70.   It's not a bad drive and it's quite possible to do in one day.