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We will be there in July for our bi-annual family vacation to OC ! It happens to be my parents 47th wedding anniversary as well. I want to do something fun and unexpected as a surprise, besides a nice meal out, any ideas? ( is there a way to put an announcement on one of those sign boats that cruise the water?) anything else fun like that? Thanks!
Submitted by S A, GR Michigan on April 9, 2014
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Linthicum MD and OC MD

Insider since: 2008

Answered: April 9, 2014

Hello,

What a great and thoughtful idea.  You can also try the airplane banner advertising.  Click here for more info. 

A couple of dinner ideas.

1.  Fresco's on the bay.  82nd St.  410-524-8202.  Give them a call first and ask if they can do anything special.  The management team at Fresco's is very accomodating.  The food is great.  Make sure you go there before sunset to witness one of OC's million dollar sunset views. 

2.  Harrison's Harbor Watch.  boardwalk and inlet.  410-289-5121  Call in advance and see if they can reserve their elevation king and queen seating.  It offers a great view.  Kevin Kline sat there once  and of all things, he order fried chicken instead of seafood.  (I had the chance to serve him)

What are average temperatures in Sept. and Oct.?
Submitted by Jim E, Zanesville Ohio on April 7, 2014
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: April 9, 2014

My fellow Insiders have given you great advice.  I just wanted to add that the water temperature peaks the second week in September at about 74 degrees.  It quickly falls to 63 by the end of October.  So swim in September with just a bathing suit, or bring a wetsuit for October.

Heard a lot about seeing WILD HORSES. I would love to go on a guided horseback tour on the beach. Can someone give me info on this?
Submitted by DOLORES s, Naugatuck Connecticut on April 4, 2014
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Schwenksville, PA

Insider since: 2011

Answered: April 4, 2014

No guided torus on horseback but they are easy to spot from you car. Asateague Island State Park is about 7 miles from OC. Head over the Rt. 50 Bridge at the south end of town and look for the signs to the park on Rt. 611.

Once at the park, cross the bridge and follow the access road that leads to the National Seashore. It is free to drive, but if you wish to enter the parks, there is a fee. You should have no trouble seeing the ponies. The ponies might approach your car, but be aware that there are strict fines if you feed or touch the them. They are wild animals and will kick and bite if provoked. Park Rangers patrol this road frequently. Keep a look out for the small Sika deer that live on the island as well. Here is a photo I took from my car.

Be sure to stop in the Visitor Center located before you cross the bridge to the island. It is well worth a visit.

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

Insider since: 2010

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

Insider since: 2009

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

Insider since: 2008

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.