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I'm in OC and we are going out for crabs tonight. Suggestions on where to go , staying in north OC with 3 kids thanks! Also going to Boardwalk tomorrow night any great kids friendly resturants?
Submitted by Sofia G, Stamford Connecticut on August 12, 2013
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: August 12, 2013

There are lots of such places in OC. Here are some solid recommendations:

Crab Bag at 130th Street - It's been a while since I've been there because I stay further south now, but they were great and I continue to hear great things about their crabs - this might be the best option for you since you are at the north end of town - it is a great choice.

On the Bay Seafood at 42nd Street - I ate there this spring - It is probably exactly what you are looking for, try it, you won't be disappointed.

Bahama Mama's at 33rd Street - Another great place I often get crabs from.

If you want takeout crabs, try Crabs-to-Go in West OC. They also have a few picnic tables you can eat at there. This is where I most often get crabs - I have never been disappointed. I often get a dozen as I head home to eat once I get home!

Have a great time in OC eatin' some great crabs!

Is metal detecting allowed on OC beaches?
Submitted by lee b, centreville Maryland on August 12, 2013
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: August 12, 2013

Absolutely!  The best time to do it is late in the day and early evening.  Ocean City has huge sand sweepers that comb the beach nightly so that the beach is nice and clean each morning.  So feel free to bring your detector and have fun!

Where can I get a email printed in OC, Md?
Submitted by Warren B, Stewartstown Pennsylvania on August 12, 2013
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Schwenksville, PA

Insider since: 2011

Answered: August 12, 2013

If you are staying at a hotel, the desk staff will mostlikey print it for you. You can also visit the Ocean City branch of the Worcester County Public Library on 100th St. They will print it for a small fee.

Are there lockers on/near the beach to store wallets, etc while enjoying the beach? Not really wanting to leave anything of value in my hotel room.
Submitted by Laura P, Butler Pennsylvania on August 12, 2013
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Camp Hill, PA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: August 12, 2013

No Laura, there are not..... you're best bet, if you are concerned about your valuables and not comfortable keeping them in your room (many rooms now offer a safe to store valuables) would be checking them in at the front desk of your hotel when heading to the beach.

Can you carry a dog on the boardwalk during the Summer?
Submitted by Betty S, Phila Pennsylvania on August 12, 2013
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Camp Hill, PA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: August 12, 2013

No Betty you cannot..... dogs are not allowed on the beach or boardwalk in any fashion until October 1 (unless it is a service dog)

How can I travel to Ocean City from Harrisburg Pa avoiding the bay bridge?
Submitted by Robyn B, Dillsburg Pennsylvania on August 12, 2013
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Camp Hill, PA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: August 12, 2013

Hi Robyn..... here's an answer directly from Harrisburg (Camp Hill)

The route I always take, and is referred to as the "old route" to Ocean City is as follows....... from Dillsburg, take 11/15 to Rt. 581.....stay on 581 which turns into Rt. 83 N........ Rt. 83N to Rt. 283 south to Lancaster which turns into Rt. 30.  At Gap, you'll swing right which puts you on Rt. 41.  When you are past Avondale, you'll look for a right onto Rt. 7 which takes you into Delaware........ You'll hit a traffic light on 7 which you will swing to the right (just past a Middle School)....... vear to the left hand lanes of 7 and stay there until you see the signs for Rt. 1 toward the beaches or 113 to Salisbury..... I normally take 1 because it's the quickest way.So.... a Recap.....US 11&15 to Rt. 581 which turns into Rt. 83 NRt. 83 N to Rt. 283Rt. 283 to Rt. 30 (283 turns into 30)Rt. 30 to Rt. 41 at GapRt. 41 to Rt. 7 (below Avondale)Rt. 7 to Rt. 1I know it sounds like a lot, but it really isn't.... you'll feel like you're on a direct route to Ocean City..... it's pretty seamless.Have fun in OCMD!!! You are welcome to email me ocmdbeachboy@comcast.net if you need talked through or have any questions pertaining to any part of the directions.....

I'm going to the beach May 5 thru the 10th in 2014. Will everything be open on the boardwalk and restaurants?
Submitted by amy l, york Pennsylvania on August 12, 2013
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Camp Hill, PA

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Answered: August 12, 2013

Hi Amy, Long answer to your short question LOL....... Ocean City has graduated to a "second season" from an "off season", so you'll find things open on the boardwalk and in town all year long..... especially in town.  It's getting to the point where you can count on two hands the more notable businesses that close for a time..... so, that being said, by the time May hits, while still a little chilly along the coast, especially at night, you'll find that when the weather is nice, there's a lot open and to do on the boardwalk.  The only things you'll find still closed up and shut down for the winter will be the outdoor rides, and the boardwalk tram.  Other than that, it's up to the merchants discretion to open, and like I said... when the weather is nice, you'll find a lot of shops and restaurants open on the boardwalk.  So far as restaurants and shops in town, again, you'll find a lot of of them stay open year round these days...... so, the short of the long of it is that you'll find a lot to do.......

is there a laundromat anywhere in Ocean City? I'm on 133rd street and my washer is broken.
Submitted by victoria m, baltimore Maryland on August 9, 2013
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Linthicum MD and OC MD

Insider since: 2008

Answered: August 9, 2013

When we bought our place at the beach, we also searched for a laundromat to wash the large quilts that came with the furnished home.  We found one on 793 Garfield Parkway in Bethany Beach.  There is a Grotto's Pizza close by if you get hungey while waiting.   It is the same ownership as the Grottos Pizza on 124th St in Ocean City MD.  

My family is coming to OC Sept. 6 - 9. We want to know where we can go crabbing and if we need some type of permit?
Submitted by Denise E, Dover Pennsylvania on August 9, 2013
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Johnstown Pa

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Answered: August 9, 2013

Hi Denise. You don't need a permit to crab in OC, but be sure to check the posted signs to be sure your crabs are within size limits. They need to be so big in order to keep them or you'll have to throw them back. Crabbing is simple.  All you need is twine, some chicken necks, a net with a long handle, and a cooler to keep them in.

We like to crab at either Northside Park Pier or behind the Convention Center. 

I just got adopted a dog yesterday, forgetting that i have a 4day trip to OCMD in 2wks. He has yet to get completely comfortable with us and hate to leave him home or with a friend, not wanting him to feel bounced around. Where can i take my small/medium breed dog and still be able to enjoy the weekend as a family?
Submitted by Danielle D, Birdsboro Pennsylvania on August 9, 2013
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Centreville, VA

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Answered: August 9, 2013

OC is not particularly dog friendly in the summer months. Dogs are not allowed on OC's beaches at this time of year under any conditions or at any time unless they are licensed service animals. Leashed dogs are only allowed on the beach and boardwalk between 1 October and 30 April.

Leashed dogs are allowed in OCs parks, including Northside Park at 127th Street. There is a dog park at 94th Street. You can get more info about it here: http://ococean.com/things-to-do/oc-local-parks-and-playgrounds/ocean-city-dog-playground

Dogs are allowed in certain areas of the beach at the Assateague National Seashore, but not Assateague State Park. Here is the info from the National Seashore website: Pets are permitted in the Maryland portion of the National Seashore. All pets must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times. On Assateague, pets are completely prohibited in all backcountry campsites, nature trails, lifeguard-protected beach, north of the State Park to the Ocean City inlet, and the entire Virginia portion of Assateague Island, including  in your car.

Some hotels and motels that accept dogs are:

Clarion Fontainebleau - Ocean front, 101st Street. This is a great large property with lots of amenities. Most of the rooms are ocean and bay view. This is the nicest property on the list with the most amenities. It is open year round. (www.clarionoc.com/)

Coastal Palms Inn and Suites - Ocean block 120th Street. It was recently taken over by the Carousel and completely redone. It is very nice. Staying here provides access to many of the Carousel's amenities (just 2 blocks away). Also has an outdoor pool and free loaner beach chairs (www.coastalpalmshotel.com)

Barefoot Mailman - Ocean block on 35th Street. (www.barefootmailman.com/)

Windjammer Apartments - Ocean front, 46th Street. A nice older property with studio, 1BR, 2BR, and 3BR apartments. I stayed there for many years. (www.ocwindjammer.com)

Safari Hotel at 13th Street is ocean front on the boardwalk. I believe that The Safari is the only place on the boardwalk that takes pets. (www.safarimotel.net)

Have fun in OC with your dog!