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Hello, I am planning on coming to OC from March 16 with some friends for spring break. What are some things to do other than clubbing?
Submitted by Ala G, College Park Maryland on March 5, 2014
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Linthicum MD and OC MD

Insider since: 2008

Answered: March 5, 2014

Hi Ala,

You do not need to go clubbing to have fun in OC.  If you like to mini golf, you can do that year round in OC at one of two Old Pro Mini Golf location in OC at 68th and 136th Streets.  Try both courses and if it is not cold and raining, try their outdoor courses as well.  Click on the hyperlink above to get a money saving coupon as well.  If you get a hole in one on the 18th hole, you win a free game and you can play the next course for free.  Another way to get a free ticket is to play the arcades for tickets.  Win enough tickets and you earn a free game. 

When we were in college, we planned a fun scavenger hunt.  Some ofthe items that needed to be found were a crab shell, ash tray (yeah, that is near impossible), a rock (try finding a rock in OC!), a whole sea shell found on the beach, (nothing can be purchased), a restaurant menu, a movie ticket stub, a prize ticket from an arcade, a hotel brochure, etc.  We set up a time limit and had to meet back at a certain time.  The losing teams had to buy the winning team their dinner.  

Have fun!

Where can I find a nautical chart to better understand where to kayak in the Ocean City area?
Submitted by Pat W, ocean pines Maryland on March 5, 2014
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Centreville, VA

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Answered: March 5, 2014

Your best bet is to contact one of the marinas or tackle shops. They all offer charts to people who rent boats. I got one at Advanced Marine on 67th Street (866.577.3449) last year. I am sure Bahia Marina on 22nd Street (410.289.7438), Sunset Marina in West OC (410.213.9600), and Oyster Bay Tackle Shop at 116th Street (410.524.3433) would all be able to get you such charts.

Hi- We will be in OC the weekend of March 8th and 9th- family of four - kids ages 11 and 18. Any suggestions besides handing out in a hotel? Will be near the Convention Center if that helps with logistics. Thanks for your time and assistance!
Submitted by Judie C, Ellicott City Maryland on March 3, 2014
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Johnstown Pa

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Answered: March 3, 2014

Sure.  The kids and you will really enjoy playiing laser tag at Planet Maze on 33rd St. I'm in my 60's and I love it!  There are two indoor mini golf courses that are open year round too. One is on 68th St. and the other is on 136th St.  How about ice skating at the Carousel Hotel?  They have ice skates available to rent in all sizes. Visit some museums or shop at the Ocean City Outlets on Rte. 50 in West OC. 

Rent bicycles!!  There are places open year round that rent out bikes and you can ride them on the boardwalk any time of day at this time of year. 

Buy kites and have a contest to see who can get theirs into the air first!

Be sure to grab some Thrasher's Fries and Fisher's Popcorn!  They're both open on weekends (weather permitting) till 3 p.m.

Do the kids play golf?  All of the courses around OC are open year round, so if they play, bring the clubs along!  Have a great time.

Am I allowed to use a Boogie Board without the string attached?
Submitted by Kaylee H, Latrobe Pennsylvania on March 3, 2014
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Centreville, VA

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Answered: March 3, 2014

The answer is, it depends. Boogie Boards and similar, referred to as "soft top body boards," that are 54 inches long and shorter are allowed on OC beaches. However, if a boards is over 42 inches long, a leash is required. Specifically, the regulation states: "Soft top body boards over 42 inches will be permitted provided rider uses some means, such as an ankle leash, to attach some part of their body to said soft top body board and remains separated from other bathers by ten yards."

Note that boards with fins (or similar), skim boards, soft body boards over 54" long, and surf boards are not generally permitted during times the lifeguards are on duty (10am to 5:30pm).

Have fun boogie boarding in OC!

Are you permitted to leave your car at the park and ride for an extended period of time?
Submitted by Shawn S, Dover Pennsylvania on February 24, 2014
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Centreville, VA

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Answered: February 24, 2014

Unfortunately, no overnight parking is allowed at the West OC park and ride lot. You can park for extended periods of time on any of OC's side streets. I have done so often, and never had any issues. If you use a side street be sure to check the signs as some have time you cannot park there due to street cleaning, trash pickup, and similar.

How are the movies on the beach and are they kid friendly?
Submitted by tiffany m, kent Ohio on February 20, 2014
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Linthicum MD and OC MD

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Answered: February 20, 2014

Hi Tiffany,

Our family absolutelty positively love the movies on the beach.  The movies are always kid friendly.  Some of the past movies include Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, Secretariat, The Avengers, Beverly Hills Chihulala, etc.  I highly reccomend it.  Now here are my suggestions. 

1. Arrive before the movie starts.

2.  Bring your own popcorn and drinks.

3. Bring a beach chair and beach blankets as chairs are not provided.

4. Bring a flash light.  After the movie is over, the lights do not go on like they do in a movie theatre.  So it is very dark outside.

5. Be prepared for cool ocean breezes.  We had one cold evening last year with the temps falling in the 60's.  People were cold.  bring blankets and/or warm clothing just in case.

6. Clean up after yourselves.  Nobody likes to see trash left on the beach.

 

My boyfriend requires a beach wheelchair to get to the beach. Can you please let me know how I can order one for our week stay this summer?
Submitted by Gail R, LAFAYETTE HILL Pennsylvania on February 18, 2014
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Johnstown Pa

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Answered: February 18, 2014

The Town of Ocean City is pleased to offer this benefit to its visitors in need of assistance traveling across the sand. Use of a city owned chair is a privilege, and we ask that you view it as such by abiding by a few simple guidelines established below. This free service is monitored by the Town's Beach Patrol staff. Please remember that our Beach Patrol is here primarily to provide safety services to our beach-goers, therefore other beach-related responsibilities may cause a slight delay in staff attending to the distribution and collection of beach wheelchairs. Your patience is appreciated.

For access to chair, to get a wheelchair box unlocked or to report damage or problems with a chair see a lifeguard or call 410-520-5231 10am - 4pm Available for use 10am - 5pm Complete wheelchair permit and waiver - Be prepared to show your driver's license Use at your own risk - Do not put chair in water... Use on land only Return beach wheelchair to lifeguard after transferring to another chair so that it may be available to others Inlet Lot 1st St. 7th St. 27th 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.

 

Wheelchairs are first-come, first-served. Please share with others. A limited number of chairs may be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. These special chairs are available for pick up at: Ocean City Visitor's Center 410-723-8610 and Ocean City Public Safety Building 410-723-6610.

The Town of Ocean City is pleased to help provide access to our beach for disabled visitors through the beach chair program. Donations to help purchase more chairs are gratefully accepted. For more information, call 410-723-8610.

Hi. I am thinking about coming to OC for spring break in mid April. Are a lot of places open at this time? Is it warm enough at this time of year?
Submitted by Rachel S, Smithtown New York on February 14, 2014
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Centreville, VA

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Answered: February 15, 2014

I often go to OC for Spring break sometime between mid-March and late-April. This year it will be later in April. Whie the weather can vary quite a bit at this time of year, in April the days are generlly nice, and sunny enough to walk or ride a bike along the boardwalk. Obviously it is too cold (for most) to go in the wter, but there ae plenty of time when we walk alng the beach. Many businesses are open, eppecially closer to the weekends on sunny days. Here are some ideas of things to do:

Walk the boardwalk. If the weather is nice many shops will be open including boardwalk favorites Thrasher's Fries, Dumser's ice cream, Fisher's popcorn (my favorite!), Candy Kitchen. They are almost always open on the weekends and sometimes on weekdays if the weather is nice.

If the weather is nice, it is a great time of year to rent bikes and ride along the boardwalk.

Play indoor mini golf at one of the two Old Pro Indoor Courses. They are open everyday. If the weather is nice you can play the outdoor courses too.

Ride Go Carts - on nice days Baja Amusements in West OC often has a few tracks open at this time of year.

Go to an Arcade - Marty's Playland is open everyday!

Take an Old Time Photo with the group - there are a few locations around town, listed on their website.

Play Laser Tag at Planet Maze. They are currently closed Tuesday-Thursday, but may be open all week in April.

Go Ice Skating  at the Carousel.

Many restaurants and bars are open year round, but some only on weekends. If you go to the Visitor's Center at the Convention Center, they usually have a list of what restaurants are open when for the off season. Most restaurants in large hotels art open year round.

Get some crabs from Crabs-to-Go or Bahama Mamas to feel a bit more like summer. Both of these places have excellent crabs year round.

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 see a movie.

Go to the Salisbury Zoo - It is about 30 miles away. It is a nice community zoo, and it is free!

If you have not already booked your room, I suggest selecting a place with an indoor pool - That always provides some fun and is especially great to have if the weather is not nice.

Have a great time in OC in April!

Do they have beach parties during the summer ?
Submitted by K G, OC Maryland on February 12, 2014
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Johnstown Pa

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Answered: February 12, 2014

Well, I'm not quite sure what you mean by a "beach party".  There are lots of free events on the beach all summer long inculding concerts and movies on the beach.  Plus there is a bonfire held annually.

You can see all of the events planned for this summer in Ocean City at www.ococean.com/events

 

And send for a free vacation guide at www.ococean.com/vacation-guide

Who do I contact to put a name on the bench on the boardwalk?
Submitted by theresa d, clinton Maryland on February 12, 2014
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Johnstown Pa

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Answered: February 12, 2014

Hi Theresa.  You need to contact the Department of Public Works in OC.  The cost for the benches is $1700.00 and includes the plaque.

http://oceancitymd.gov/Public_Works/benchdedication.html

 

If that's too far out of your budget, you could consider placing a brick on the boardwalk at the Fireman's Memorial.  The cost is only $100.00. 

http://www.ocvfc.com/memorial.cfm

 

And another option is to have your loved one's name placed on the Reflection Tree inside the Convention Center on 40th St.  Prices for these are from $250 to $500.00, but twice a year they are on sale for half price.

http://oceancitymd.gov/bc/reflection_tree.html