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Is there a beach area/play area on the Bayside for kids to play in the water?
Submitted by Jill Y, Scott Township Pennsylvania on June 24, 2013
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Camp Hill, PA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 24, 2013

Not really Jill.  You could take your kids up to Northside Park at 125th Street and let the wade if you like, or down to Sunset Park on S. Division Street and Bayside.  You could also head over to what we call "Stinky Beach" or more formally "Homer Gudelsky Park" in West Ocean City.  Other than those areas, I think your best bet is to take the kids out on the beach and let them play in the ocean.

Do I have to pay to access the beach? This is my first time here and I just want to know what I would be spending?
Submitted by Joy E, hyattsville Maryland on June 24, 2013
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 24, 2013

No, all 10 miles of Ocean City's beautiful beaches are 100% public, accessible, guarded, and FREE! You can reach then from the east end of any side street.

If you are looking for some FREE things to do while in OC, there are lots of them including movies, concerts, fireworks, and laser light shows. Look at these places for details on them: (1) Free family Fun, (2) Ocean City Free for All, (3) Ocean City is Free.

Have a great time in OC!

Can a dog go to the beach in Ocean City, MD? What time? When?
Submitted by rebecca k, norris lane Maryland on June 24, 2013
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Schwenksville, PA

Insider since: 2011

Answered: June 24, 2013

You can take you pet to a bayside beach.  Homer Gudelsky aka Stinky Beach does allow dog.  It is located across form the Inlet, south of the Rt. 50 bridge, at the end of Old Bridge Rd.

Planning my first family vacation to OC in August. I have 2 small kids and would like a nice, peaceful, semi-private beach not far from the boardwalk. Any suggestions on where to stay? 
Submitted by Kelly H, Homer City Pennsylvania on June 21, 2013
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: June 21, 2013

Hi neighbor!  Ocean City's beach is all public.  But let me recommend the Castle in the Sand Hotel on 37th St. They're an excellent hotel for families and have activities for children. The beach in front of the hotel is about as semi private as you can get in OC. As for "close to the boardwalk",

http://castleinthesand.com/oc-md-kids-activities

I'm sure you're hoping to be close to all of the rides and activity on the boards. All of that is located between the inlet and 1st St on the boardwalk and this is the most crowded area of the beach as far as hotels and condos.

But take heart. Ocean City is just one long strip with one main highway through town and it is very easy to get everywhere either by car or by the public bus that runs 24/7.  Rides cost $1.00 per ride or $3.00 for a ride all day pass.  And there is also a tram that runs the length of the boardwalk (from the inlet to 27th St.) so if you stay close to 27th St. you can easily hop on the tram and ride it to the busier end. There is a fee to ride each time. 

Send for a free Visitor Guide to help you learn more about Ocean City at www.ococean.com/visitor-guide  and you can keep up with all events at www.ococean.com/events .

Be sure to check out the FREE family movies on the beach, fireworks, and laser light shows going on all summer too!  Have a great vacation!

I'm coming to OC for the day, what is the parking situation like? Are there lots or should I park on the street? If there are lots, how can I find out the locations?
Submitted by Anita F, Glen Mills Pennsylvania on June 21, 2013
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Linthicum MD and OC MD

Insider since: 2008

Answered: June 24, 2013

I would recconend that you park for free at the Oc Convention center on 40th st.   the beach there is not crowded.  It is a short walk across Coastal highway.  there is also a bus stop right there at upyou can take downtown to the boardwalk rather than driving.  

Can the kids use boogie boards at the beach? We will be staying around 17th street.
Submitted by Michelle W, Muncy Pennsylvania on June 21, 2013
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Camp Hill, PA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 21, 2013

Yes they sure may....... they need to be aware of swimmers because they have the "right of way" so to speak, but other than that, they're good to go.  Hope y'all have fun!!!

Can you tell me about any hotels that will allow pets in the room? 
Submitted by charlotte t, atco New Jersey on June 21, 2013
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Camp Hill, PA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 21, 2013

Here is a great site to find a list of "pet friendly" hotels in Ocean City, Maryland

http://www.bringfido.com/lodging/city/ocean_city_md_us/

I am planning to take my kids to Ocean City, Maryland for July 4th. Could you please let me know about any events happening for the 4th of July?. Will there be a fireworks show at the boardwalk?
Submitted by Shivali S, Piscataway New Jersey on June 21, 2013
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Camp Hill, PA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 21, 2013

check out these sites for more information.... LOTS going on in town over the 4th!!!

http://www.ocmdhotels.com/events/july-4th-fireworks-concerts

Seacrets also puts on a spectacular fireworks show out in the middle of the bay at 49th Street.

Are there any laws/rules on solicitation on the boardwalk?
Submitted by Elaina J, Baltimore Maryland on June 20, 2013
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 20, 2013

Yes, while performing is allowed on the boadwalk, soliciting or sellling of goods outside of the shops is not allowed. OC's guidelines for selling on the  boardwalk states "The sale of products on the boardwalk is strictly prohibited except for Expressive Material that has been created, written or composed by the person who sells rents or exchanges them for a donation." You can read the full guideline for performing and selling on the boardwalk here.

Can you park at the convention center on June 23 2013?
Submitted by , Alabama on June 20, 2013
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Hanover, PA 17331

Insider since: 2008

Answered: June 20, 2013

You can park at the convention center if your going into the Convention center for a event, show, etc, etc but you can't leave your car there for long periods of time.

For long term parking there is meter parking all along the boardwalk and at the Hugh T Cropper parking lot at the inlet. Also, after about 4th st there is normal free street parking bayside.