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Do you have any hotels with kitchens?
Submitted by kenyetta s, Philadelphia Pennsylvania on April 4, 2014
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: April 4, 2014

Hi Kenyetta.  Nearly every hotel in Ocean City has a kitchenette in it.  Send for a free visitor guide at www.ococean.com/visitor-guide to help you find a hotel or check www.ococean.com/ocean-city-md-deals.

We will be moving there and are looking for apt that allows pets. Clean and safe. Any info would be appreciated ty!
Submitted by michelle b, lexington Ohio on April 3, 2014
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: April 3, 2014

I would suggest you check with these OC realtors for help:

Holiday Real Estate   www.holidayoc.com

Long and Foster   www.lfvacations.com

Shoreline  www.shorepro.com

Coldwell Banker   www.cbvacations.com

Also, check local newspaper's classified sections:

Maryland Coast Dispatch   www.mdcoastdispatch.com

Ocean City Today    www.oceancity.com/oceancitytoday

Delmarva Now   www.delmarvanow.com

Also, there are many private owners with condos, etc. to rent out.

Check VRBO  at www.vrbo.com

Where can I get a bunch of fishing information in Ocean City... reports, crabbing, weather, headboats, charterboats.....
Submitted by Frederick M, Burch North Carolina on April 3, 2014
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Centreville, VA

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Answered: April 3, 2014

Hre are a few places to look:

1. Oyster Bay Tackle Shop's website has all kinds of useful fishing information. It is a great site for fishing, crabbing, clamming and similar info for the OC area.

2. Checkout all the fishing info on ocean.com.

3. Take a look at some of the local marina sites, including the West OC Fishing Center, Bahia Marina, and Talbot Street Pier

4. Checkout these headboats: The Judith MThe Angler, The Ocean Princess

Have a great time fishing in OC!

I am getting married next May in Ocean City. We are on a very tight budget and haven't found any reception halls or locations that are relatively inexpensive. My first question is do you know of any places that are inexpensive? If not, are there any resturants that could accommodate large parties? Thank you!
Submitted by Monica H, Reading Pennsylvania on April 3, 2014
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Johnstown Pa

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Answered: April 3, 2014

I recommend you call the Princess Bayside or the Clarion Fontainbleau Hotel.  Both have tons of experience handling both large and small weddings. 

The Princess is on the bay side of OC and you can have a bayside wedding and party all in the same place.

And the Clarion can organize everything for you plus provide space for anywhere from 20 - 1000 people.

Just remember that you have to have permission from the city for a beach wedding, but your organizers at either hotel will be able to help you get what you'll need.

There are also several great websites for OC beach weddings as well.

Barefoot Bride   www.barefootbrideoc.com

Ocean City Weddings  www.oceancity/WeddingPastor.com

Rox Beach Weddings   www.RoxBeach.com

Send for a FREE Beach Wedding Catalog at www.roxbeach.com

Are Boardwalk shops open in April? If so, which ones? 
Submitted by LINDA H, UPPER MARLBORO Maryland on April 2, 2014
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: April 2, 2014

Linda,

In April most of the shops do not have regular schedules. If the weather is nice more shops will be open, if it is not nice fewer will open. More shops are open on weekends and less on weekdays. More are open near the end of the month than at the beginning. All that having been said, on a nice Saturday in April, at least half of the shops will be open. On a nice weekday about 1/4 will be open - Some of my favorites that are usually open at least on weekends are:

I'd definitely suggest checking out the Kite Loft located between 5th and 6th Streets. They are more than just kites. The have lots of games, flags, signs, and other cool wares.

If you like art, or just want to see something different, checkout Ocean Gallery at 2nd Street.

If you like Surfing or Surf related items, I recommend Quiet Storm Surf Shop at North Division Street or Malibu's Surf Shop at 8th Street.

Beyond the shops, stop by the Lifesaving Museum at the south end of the boardwalk. They have a cool gift shop too, and are generally open on weekends

If you want to try some quintessential boardwalk food, be sure to try Thrasher's Fries (near the south end of the boardwalk at the south end of the pier building), Candy Kitchen (several locations), Dumser's Ice Cream, and my favorite, Fisher's Popcorn (at Talbot Street). They are all open most weekends year round

Have a great time in OC in April! I'll be there in a few weeks too!

Hello, my boyfriend and I will be in Ocean City on April 4th and I was wondering if shops on the boardwalk are open? If so, which ones should I visit? 
Submitted by Lindsey S, Baldwin Maryland on March 28, 2014
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: March 31, 2014

Lindsey,

At this time of year the shops do not have really regular schedules. Probably about 25% to 30% of the ships will be open on Friday, April 4, if the weather is nice. More shops will be open the next day as Saturday is a busier day for them.

I'd definitely suggest checking out the Kite Loft located between 5th and 6th Streets. They are more than just kites. The have lots of games, flags, signs, and other cool wares.

If you like art, or just want to see something different, checkout Ocean Gallery at 2nd Street.

If you like Surfing or Surf related items, I recommend Quiet Storm Surf Shop at North Division Street or Malibu's Surf Shop at 8th Street.

Beyond the shops, stop by the Lifesaving Museum at the south end of the boardwalk (they have a cool gift shop too) and also checkout the Fire Fighter's Memorial at North Division Street.

If you want to try some quintessential boardwalk food, be sure to try Thrasher's Fries (near the south end of the boardwalk at the south end of the pier building), Candy Kitchen (several locations), Dumser's Ice Cream, and my favorite, Fisher's Popcorn (at Talbot Street).

If the weather is nice, most of the places I've mentioned should be open. Have a great time in OC on Friday!

When does the TRAM start to run the Boardwalk???
Submitted by William B, Baltimore Maryland on March 28, 2014
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Linthicum MD and OC MD

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Answered: March 28, 2014

Hi William,

The Tram will open for Spring Fest Weekend which is May 1-4 and close until May 23rd in which it will be open until September 1.  It only costs $3 one way and is a great way to see some of OC's sites.

Can you inform me of any boat rental companies that would be able to accommodate 100 people, preferably not a fishing boat, and be available for rental for a wedding ceremony in Ocean City?
Submitted by Nicole H, Salisbury Maryland on March 27, 2014
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Linthicum MD and OC MD

Insider since: 2008

Answered: March 27, 2014

Hi Nicole,

That is a tough one.  I have been fishing on the Judith M which has room for about 80 anglers.  But, in the evenings, the Judith M is a pleasure boat which takes people out to enjoy the sunset.  It does not look like a "fishing" boat.  It may hold 100 guests and they have a galley inside with tables and refridgeration for food.  That being said, and I am not sure about this, you may be able to charter it for an evening or maybe a Saturday or Sunday daytime in ther "off" season.  I tried calling them but there was no answer.  You can call them as well at 410-289-7438 or try emailing them at:  fish@bahiamarina.com 

Clicking on the Judith M hyoerlink above will show you a picture of the boat as well. 

Is there a part of the beach that is more quiet/family friendly? Also can you recommend any nice clean hotels?
Submitted by tara x, pitts Pennsylvania on March 26, 2014
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: March 26, 2014

Tara,

Here is my perspective on the different areas of town and what they each offer. It should give you some sense of what area is best for you and your situation. The boardwalk is at the south end of town starting at the inlet. It runs 37 blocks starting with streets named after Maryland's Eastern Shore Counties up to 27th Street. Since you indicated you wanted to be in a more quiet area, I would not recommend staying south of 5th Street. If you want it a bit quieter, but want to be on the boardwalk, stay north of 5th Street. The further north you go the quieter it will be. On the ocean side if you want a great midtown location where it is not too far from anything stay between 28th and 80th Streets. This is my favorite part of town. Most of the buildings are low rise condos and hotels with more condos to the north and more hotels to the south. From about 95th street to 118th Street are mostly high rise condos, many have lots of amenities including pools, tennis courts, game rooms, and gyms. North of 118th to the Delaware line at 146th are mostly low rise condos. The bay side of town tends to be more  low rise condos, smaller hotels, houses, and townhouses for most of the are north of about 5th street for the whole length of town. There is really no bad place to stay. Almost everyplace is in walking distance to the beach and it is easy to drive or take the bus along Coastal Highway to anywhere else you'd want to go. During the summer traffic on Coastal Highway can get busy, but there is plenty of parking around town, and the bus can take you anywhere you want to go ($1/ride or $3 to ride all day)

I'd recommend staying between 28th Street, just north of the boardwalk to about 80th Street, south of the high rises.

Wherever you stay, all 10 miles of OC's beach is easily accessible, public, guarded (in the summer), clean, and FREE; no matter where you stay, it is easy to get to the beach.

My top recomendation for you in terms of where to stay would be Dunes Manor. It is a couple of blocks north of the boardwalk at 28th street, all rooms are ocean front with balconies. It is a very easy walk to the north end of the boardwalk. They have an indoor/outdoor pool. This is one of my favorite properties in OC, and the place I always recommend if I am only recommending one place. My family stays there often. They are also walking distance to lots of shops, restaurants, and an amusement and water park and go cart track at Jolly Rogers. The Dunes Manor is a nice hotel that is  are reasonably priced, but if you want something more affordable, consider their sister property, The Dunes Motel which is right next door.

If you want more ideas of places to stay, take a look at this thread. It describes lots of different options that I think would meet your needs.

Have a great time in OC!

There used to be a house full of model train displays a few blocks from the boardwalk. I'm going back 10 yrs or so. Is it still around?
Submitted by S H, Dallas Pennsylvania on March 26, 2014
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Hanover, PA 17331

Insider since: 2008

Answered: April 2, 2014

It's nice to get questions that makes me think as I don't remember a train house. So it's nice to read the other insiders answers for your question.

May I suggest the 94th st art gallery on your next visit to Ocean City. I added a link for location and hours.

http://artleagueofoceancity.org/