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When is the Bloody Mary contest this year and which bar is holding it?
Submitted by Alan L, Denton Maryland on March 17, 2014
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: March 17, 2014

The Best Bloody Mary contest will be held April 27th at Fager's Island.  It starts at noon and costs $10.00 per person.

My family will be visiting OC, Maryland the last week of October-first week of November. What shops/restaurants will be closed (or open) during that time frame?
Submitted by Cathy B, APO AE New York on March 17, 2014
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Answered: March 17, 2014

Hi Cathy,

You won't have any problems finding places to eat then.  Smaller food places and food stands will have closed, but the larger, more popular restaurants remain open at least till New Years.  Harrison's, the Shark, Embers and Bonfire, etc. will all be open.

As for the shops, you'll still find some shops open on the boardwalk especially on the weekend.  Thrashers Fries and Fishers will be open limited hours. The Gold Coast Mall and the Tanger Outlets will also be open.  You'll find plenty to do and find lots to eat.  No worries.

My family and I are coming for the weekend at the end of March. Can you tell me if the shops on the boardwalk are open?
Submitted by Kelly M, PITTSBURGH Pennsylvania on March 13, 2014
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Linthicum MD and OC MD

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Answered: March 13, 2014

I am guessing you will be down on the 28th-30th.  If the weather is nice, expect alot to be open including many shops, Thrashers, Candy Kitchen, Trimper's Indoor Rides, OC Life Saving Museum, the arcades, and multible restaurants.  Phillips up on 21st will also be opening that weekend.  You will also find Old Pro miniature golf open as well. 

Hi, I am coming to OC for the first time for a girls trip. We are coming last week of May. I realize you can never predict the weather but is it generally a good time for beach weather, what is the weather usually like? Also what are some have to do things while we are there? Any suggestions?
Submitted by melinda o, canton Ohio on March 13, 2014
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Johnstown Pa

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Answered: March 13, 2014

Hi Melinda.  May is a great time to visit OC.  The weather is usually plenty warm for sunbathing, but the ocean will still be cold. I've seen people in the water then but it's too cold for me.  You'll be the best judge as to what you can tolerate.

While in town, check out all of the activity on the boardwalk, visit the Life Saving Station Museum, check out Seacrets for night life, you can play mini golf, regular golf, shop at the Ocean City Outlets, take a day and spend it in nearby Berlin. There are lots of quaint shops and bistros there, plus it's the home of Ocean Downs Casino and Race Track.  Play laser tag at Planet Maze, rent bicycles, head to Jolly Roger Amusement Park, go parasailing or kayaking, go fishing, crabbing, or even take a ride on the OC Rocket or Sea Rocket! 

Plus on May 24 and 25, there is a huge arts and crafts show at the Convention Center on 40th St.

Send for a free Visitor Guide for Ocean City at www.ococean.com/vacation-guide

When does the boardwalk tram start running?
Submitted by Karrie H, Westminster Maryland on March 12, 2014
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Linthicum MD and OC MD

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Answered: March 12, 2014

Hi, the boardwalk tram will open for Springfest weekend from May 1st - 4th and close until May 23rd which at that time will be running daily for the rest of the summer until September 1st.  The fare id $3 one way and runs from the inlet (south 1st St) to 27th St on the boardwalk.

Regarding arranged bus trips to OC - When will they start? Leaving from where? What are the names of bus lines and how can I get on their notification lists?
Submitted by Barbra R, Baltimore Maryland on March 11, 2014
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Centreville, VA

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Answered: March 11, 2014

Barbra,

I suspect you are looking for a charter bus type trip to OC from Baltimore. If that is the case, checkout these compmanies:

Kline Tours (717.597.5997) offers three day trips to OC this summer. These tours leave from Greencastle, PA; Hagerstown, MD; and Frederick, MD.

Eyre Bus, Tour & Travel (800.321.3973). They run a few trips to OC every year, mostly in the spring and fall. I belive they operate out of Montgomery County, MD.

Lincoln Coach Lines (800.233.1300) also offers bus tours that go to OC, but they leave from Hanover, PA, so that is probably not good for you.

You can also contact Rohrbaugh Tours (410.239.8000). They also do lots of bus tours in the area, but I did not see any to OC schedule.

In the past, I believe Hunt Valley Motor Coach (800.888.1228) has also offered tours to OC, although they currently do not have any listed o their website.

If you are actually looking for bus service to get from Baltimore to OC. Greyhound or BayRunner Shuttles are your best option.

You can take a Greyhound Bus from New Carrollton, MD Metro Station to Ocean City, MD (call 800.231.2222) or go to https://www.greyhound.com/farefinder/step1.aspx to reserve tickets). You can take the MARC Train to New Carrollton from Baltimore. There is one bus a day which leaves New Carrollton at about noon and arrives in OC at about 3:30PM. You don't need to change buses, and the 3.5 hour time is not bad for a bus trip to OC. Cost is between $30 and $60 dollars depending when you buy your ticket and other options you select.

If you need to go at anther time, try the Bayrunner Shuttle. To do this you will need to get to BWI Airport. Bayrunner Shuttle has regular service to OC with several shuttles per day. Cost is about $100. You can get specifics at http://www.bayrunnershuttle.com/east/default.asp

Have a great trip to OC!

We are coming down for the St. Patty's Day parade. Any idea what time we should head downtown to get a parking spot? We've been stuck in traffic the past few years and had quite a walk to get to the festivities. Thanks!
Submitted by Pam S, State College Pennsylvania on March 11, 2014
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Linthicum MD and OC MD

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Answered: March 11, 2014

Hi Pam,

I have been stuck in that same traffic jam.  That could explain why many people arrive three hours early and put out their chairs.  You could try to park at the convention center, seacrets or alonfg the side streets.  The best spots to see the parade is 45th- 50th St along Coastal highway.  The parade starts at noon and goes from 60th St to 44th St.  Arrive 2-3 hours early, park your chairs, and grab a bite to eat(a late breakfast or early lunch)  

I am visiting OC the week of April 11th. I read the crabbing season opens in March. Is there usually good crabbing at this time? What other activities are there to do. I am traveling with my husband and 23 year old daughter.
Submitted by michele l, Ocean City Maryland on March 10, 2014
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Centreville, VA

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Answered: March 10, 2014

Michele,

I have never had any luck crabbing off the shore or a pier in OC this early in the year. It may be better from a boat, but I doubt it. However, just because crabs are hard to catch in OC, does not mean they are hard to get. Crabs-to-Go (410.641.9379) in West OC at the corner of Route 50 and Route 589 (Racetrack Road) about 5 miles west of OC has great crabs year round.

Here are a few other ideas of things to do while you are there:

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.

If you like to shop, checkout the Tanger Outlets in West OC - they have been revamped in the past year or so since Tanger took them over. Visiting the interesting shops in the downtown of the nearby town of Berlin can be fun too.

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.

If you like to gamble, checkout the slots and electronic table games at The Casino at Ocean Downs, about 5 miles outside of OC.

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.

Take a Horse and Carriage Ride along the boardwalk. They are Friday and Saturday 10am to 5pm and are $10 per person

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.

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 fun in OC in April!

What is the weather like in the middle of April?
Submitted by Jim C, Somerset New Jersey on March 10, 2014
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Johnstown Pa

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Answered: March 10, 2014

Of course it's hard to predict what it will be like, but generally it's not bad.  Mid 50's to low 60's are the norm, but you will have the occasional 40's and 70's too.  So plan on cool. Bring a jacket and some jeans, but throw in a pair of shorts..............just in case.

Before heading down, check out the local weather at www.wmdt.com/weather .

When do vendors begin opening their stores on the boardwalk?
Submitted by BILL M, TOWSON Maryland on March 7, 2014
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Schwenksville, PA

Insider since: 2011

Answered: March 7, 2014

You will find that many businesses are open year round with reduced hours, weather permitting. Ocean City is becomming a much more popular destination during the winter season. St. Patrick's Day weekend is now the unofficial opening date for lots of bars and restaurants because of the growing popularity of the Ocean City St. Patrick's Day parade. Have fun!