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Are there any artificial tanning options in Ocean City? Also I promised my child I would get him a hermit crab and I was wondering where I could purchase one?
Submitted by Ray M, Lee Franconia Virginia on July 28, 2014
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 28, 2014

There are artificial tannnig options in OC. For a chemical based tan, try Creative Day Spa 91st in the Princess Royale Hotel (410-524-8664) or 137th Streets ()410.250.8664). If you want a tanning bed option, try  Bliss Salon and Spa at 123rd Street. You can call them at 410.213.1122.

There are several places along the south end of the boardwalk that sell hermit crabs. Just walk through some of the souvenir shops and look for the signs and you will be able to purchase one and all the associated supplies with no problem.

Have fun in OC!

Tentative day trip planned to OC with 2 Grandparents, 2 parents, 7 grandkids (probably August). Looking to minimize costs ... is eating/picnicking on the beach allowed ? Any restrictions on beverages (understand NO alcohol ... but cans ? bottles ?)
Submitted by Bob D, Lusby, MD (Calvert County) Maryland on July 28, 2014
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Bayville, NJ

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 29, 2014

Hi Bob, You are permitted from any cooking on the beach. you may eat but beware of the seagulls on the beach. no alcohol on the beach at all. If you need any other information www.ococean.com and click on town ordinances.

What's the official end date for the boardwalk in the summer?
Submitted by Jamie E, Mercersburg Pennsylvania on July 28, 2014
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Bayville, NJ

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 29, 2014

Hi Jamie, there is no official end date for the boardwalk at all. the boardwalk is always open. it will start to be less crowded after labor day as people and kids are back to work and school. you can always find out what's going on in ocean city by visiting www.ococean.com

What or Who is a good /reasonable company to take a family portrait on the beach ?
Submitted by Joe M, Piscataway New Jersey on July 25, 2014
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: July 25, 2014

Hi Joe,

I think Chris Parypa is one of the BEST photographers in Ocean City.  Beautiful portraits, family photos, and landscapes.  If you look on nearly any Ocean City Facebook page you'll see his work.

You can check out his website at http://www.chrisparypa.com/

Are there public restrooms with showers? Visiting for the day.
Submitted by Regina A, Laurel Maryland on July 24, 2014
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: July 24, 2014

Hi. There are public restrooms and there are rinse off showers, but there are no places where you can shower and change your clothes in OC for public use.  

Public restrooms are located at:

Boardwalk at Worcester St.Boardwalk at Caroline St.3rd St. and St. Louis Ave., next to Skate ParkBoardwalk at 9th St.Boardwalk at 27th St.South Division Street Transit CenterPark & Ride off Rt. 50, just west of Harry Kelley BridgeTransit Center, 144th Street

Rinse off showers are located at:

Rinse-off showers provided at the following locations:Caroline Street (4)Inlet Beach (4)9th St. (2)

What's the best time to cross bay bridge when coming into Ocean City?
Submitted by rita L, City* Pennsylvania on July 24, 2014
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: July 24, 2014

Hi. I'm from Johnstown and have to cross that darn bridge to get to OC too.  If it's on a Saturday, I recommend getting to the bridge by 10 a.m. or earlier to avoid traffic back ups.  The bridge is $6.00 to cross now and be alert for any traffic tie ups or lane closures.  Drive safe and have a great time.

My Husband and I are planning on staying at the Holiday Inn Ocean Front the week of August 24th, where is the beach located in respect to high traffic and/or low traffic of beach sun bathers?
Submitted by G G, Philadelphia Pennsylvania on July 24, 2014
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Hanover, PA 17331

Insider since: 2008

Answered: July 25, 2014

The Holiday Inn is a great choice. The beach will still be busy that week so I would recommend getting a spot early if you like to be up front on the beach. I usually get up at 7;30 am and go down and lay claim of an area with my chairs and blanket. Then get a cup of coffee.

Have Fun.

Where is the best place...prices,equipment care, etc...to rent a jetski?
Submitted by julie p, red lion Pennsylvania on July 23, 2014
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Warrenville, IL

Insider since: 2011

Answered: July 23, 2014

Hi Julie,

I have always recommended Odyssea Water Sports. They have always been great with customer service and the jet skis have worked very well.  You can expect to pay about $75 for an hour and I also recommend renting a Go Pro camera to take a video of what you do. It is a great memory.

Enjoy!

My family is going to vacation in OC, MD this weekend. Are there any local, historic places to visit in Ocean City?
Submitted by Matt S, Downingtown Pennsylvania on July 23, 2014
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Centreville, VA

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Answered: July 24, 2014

I really love the history of the local area. There are lots of great places and resources to learn more about the history of the area. Here are a few ideas:

Start by stopping by the Lifesaving Museum at the south end of the boardwalk. Their is a small admission charge, but they have lots of interesting exhibits on local history and the history of the Lifesaving Service that guarded the coast in the 19th century.They have lots of interesting books on the history of the area in their gift shop.

From the museum you can take a self-guided walking tour of OC's historic buildings. Access the guide for the downtown tour (inlet to 3rd street area) here and for the uptown tour (3rd to 15th Street area) here.

You can head down to Assateague and stop at the visitors center that is on the right just before you cross the bridge to the island. They have some interactive displays and interesting films, including some information on the history of the area and creation of the National Seashore. Kids also love to touch the sea creatures in thee touch tank. Right next door is the historic Radcliffe Plantation House which was recently restored. You can also drive across the bridge to see some of the famous wild horses.

If you like World War II history, I recommend Fort Miles in Lewis, Delaware. This is a partially restored World War II fort. The fort protected the mouth of the Delaware Bay since much of the cargo and oil that supplied the war in Europe went thorough this channel. They have restored barracks, artillery pieces, towers used to aim the artillery (one is pictured below), and other buildings. There is a restored tower you can go to the top of for a great view of the ships going in and out of the bay and the surrounding area. It is in a nice state park with a public beach. See this site and this site for more information. You could spend a few hours here or longer if you spend time enjoying the park or the beach.

If you are interested in Shipwrecks checkout the Discovery Sea Museum in Fenwick Island, just a mile north of OC.I have not visited there, but another place I have heard about frequently is Furnace Town in Snow Hill, MD. It is a partially restored town that was built around a large iron smelting operation in the early 1800s.

The Fenwick Island Lighthouse, built in 1859, can be visited Friday - Sunday during the summer. See here for 2014 hours.

There are several other museums in the area with historic information. You can see OC's list of museums here and the Worcester County list here.

Do I need a fishing license to surf fish during my vacation week?
Submitted by Toni H, Schwenksville Pennsylvania on July 22, 2014
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 22, 2014

Yes, you now need a licese to Surf Fish in Maryland if you are over 16. You can find out more about licensing requirements here.

You can Surf Fish before 10am and after 5:30pm when the lifeguards are off duty (Technically you can actually surf fish anytime as long as you are 50 yards away from any swimmer, but this is essentially impossible to do when the lifeguards are on duty).

Have fun in OC!