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Someone told me there is a wrist band seniors can get to ride the bus all week. Is this true and if so where do they get them?
Submitted by Brenda R, Nottingham Maryland on June 10, 2013
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 10, 2013

Yes, during June students can get a free wristband for free bus service at any of the Play-it-Safe events. You can get a list of these events here and find out about the free bus wrist band here.

Be sure to checkout the Play it Safe Facebook page too!

I have family coming in a few weeks and we would like to make a day trip to OC. Are there any public restrooms or changing stations either on the beach or boardwalk where we can freshen up, change in/out of bathing suits, etc? If not, any recommendations?
Submitted by Pam S, Pasadena Maryland on June 7, 2013
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: June 7, 2013

There are no changing stations, but plenty of restrooms and showers.

Public restroom locations.

NOTE: All locations are accessible for the physically challenged.

Boardwalk at Worcester St. Boardwalk at Caroline St. 3rd St. and St. Louis Ave. next to Skate Park Boardwalk at 9th St. Boardwalk at 27th St. South Division Street Transit Center Park & Ride off Rt. 50, just west of Harry Kelley Bridge Transit Center, 144th Street Public rinse-off showers

Rinse-off showers are provided at the following locations:

Caroline Street (4) Inlet Beach (4) 9th St. (2)
How much does it cost to rent a beach umbrella?
Submitted by chasity s, thomasville Pennsylvania on June 6, 2013
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Ocean City, MD

Insider since: 2009

Answered: June 7, 2013

They cost $15.00 a day and $70.00 for the week.  You may want to explore the option of purchasing one from Walmart or SUnsations and saving a few dollars to spend on something else.

where can I and my family find discount coupons for restaurants and other venues?
Submitted by Brack B, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania on June 6, 2013
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Linthicum MD and OC MD

Insider since: 2008

Answered: June 6, 2013

Besides the sunny day guide, you can get some really good money savings coupons in the Entertainment guide for Baltimore and Delaware.   Both have many buy one get one for free coupons for multible activities and restaurants in Ocean City.   Click here for more information.  Also available for purchase is the Ocean City Coupon Book for purchase online or at the OC Convention Center Vistor Center

is it possible to rent a wheelchair in Ocean City?
Submitted by Fred B, macungie Pennsylvania on June 5, 2013
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 5, 2013

If you want to rent a traditional chair or power scooter for the week try PMI rental. They may rent beach wheelchairs (~ $50/week) and they do deliver. You an reach them at 800.320.7469. If you just want something for a few hours try Boardwalk Segways on Somerset street. They also rent traditional wheelchairs and power scooters. You can reach them at 410.289.1203.

If you are looking for a beach wheelchair, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, there are beach wheelchairs available every few blocks. The lifeguards provide access to the chairs on a first-come-first-serve basis, but chairs are generally available. Chairs from beach locations must be used within one block (one north and south) of where the chair is assigned and kept. They are available at the inlet beach and at the beach crossing at the heads of the following streets: Somerset, Talbot, North Division, 12th, 25th, 35th, 37th, 40th, 48th, 59th, 70th,  81st, 89th, 94th, 107th, 120th, 130th, 139th, 145th. You can get more information here.

If you want to be more certain of getting a chair, they are also available at the Ocean City Police Department at 65th Street, bayside. You can reserve them for one or more days of use. Call 410.723.6610 for more information. Beach wheelchairs are also available from the Ocean City Visitors Center in the Convention Center on 40th St. for one to three days of use by advance reservation. Call 410.289.2800 for more information. I believe chairs from either of these sources are available year round. Be aware that these beach wheelchairs are large and do not fold up. They require a fairly large vehicle to transport (check with the people you talk to to see if it will fit in your vehicle).

Are there restrictions around kite-flying on the beach? If so, what are the allowed hours? And, what about beaches beyond the boardwalk?
Submitted by Cheryl R, Baltimore Maryland on June 5, 2013
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Johnstown Pa

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Answered: June 5, 2013

I've never been aware of any formal restrictions about kite flying, but it's pretty much common sense as to when to fly. You don't want to fly a kite when there are hundreds of people on the beach because your kite could fall and injure someone.  Early morning doesn't seem to have much wind, so I've found the best kite time is in the early evening after 5p.m.  There aren't as many people on the beach then.  And you'll want to try and stay farther back from the ocean, closer to the dunes.  Have a great time flying your kites! 

Can you fly a kite in Ocean City? If you can, where do you fly it?
Submitted by Angela F, Lovettsville Virginia on June 5, 2013
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Linthicum MD and OC MD

Insider since: 2008

Answered: June 5, 2013

Flying kites in Ocean City is a family favorite!  On the beach, the kites should be flown towards thae back of the beach closer to the hotels.  After the life guards leave the beach for the day, you can fly them anywhere along the beach.  Also they can be flown at anytime at Northside Park as long as there are no games being played.  i.e. baseball, lacrosse, soccer, etc.   Be sure to visit the Kite Loft on the boardwalk on 5th St to see some unique kites both in the store and on the beach in the air.

Where can I take a shower after being on the beach when just coming for day?
Submitted by debra c, wilm Delaware on June 3, 2013
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 3, 2013

There are no public bath houses or places where you can show and change your clothes in OC, and you are not allowed to change clothes in the public rest room comfort stations. However, there are public open-air rinse off showers on the western edge of the beach in several locations. You can find these showers at the Inlet Beach, at Caroline Street, and at 9th Street.

The nearest places with bathhouses and showers where you can change after spending a day at the beach are at the Fenwick Island State Park or Assateague Island Sate Park.

Have fun in OC!

Can you have bonfires in OC?
Submitted by Rochelle Tyler T, Fontana California on May 30, 2013
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: May 30, 2013

You are not allowed to have bonfires or grill on Ocean City's beaches without a permit. This document provides more information on the regulations and how to apply for a bonfire permit. Although the document focuses on bonfires, it applies to grilling and cooking on the beach too. There is a $75 fee for the permit plus a $100 deposit that is refunded only if the Fire Marshall's inspection indicates the area was cleaned up and all fire related material was removed from the site.

Can I walk my dog at the beach after 5pm and where is a dog beach between July 1 to September 3?
Submitted by Riky D, fairfax Virginia on May 30, 2013
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: May 30, 2013

No, dogs are not allowed on the beach or boardwalk at any time between 1 May and 1 October.

Dogs are allowed in OC's parks (on leash) and 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.   Pets are completely prohibited in the following areas: - all backcountry campsites - nature trails - lifeguard-protected beach - north of the State Park to the Ocean City inlet - the entire Virginia portion of Assateague Islandincluding  in your car.