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Are we allowed to use sparklers on the beach at night? They are not ground-based, and I found a few articles from the OC Fire Marshall saying sparklers are allowed, but they're a bit dated and not for this year. Thanks!
Submitted by Kim N, ROCKVILLE Maryland on June 30, 2014
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 30, 2014

Handheld sparklers are allowed in Ocean City. Ground based sparklers are illegal in OC as is anything that flies or explodes.

You can get the full story from the OC Fire Marshal's recent Consumer Fireworks press release located here.

Hello my wife and I will be visiting at the end of July during a weekday. It will be our first time and only a day trip. I am curious about the beach; is there free parking near by? Does the beach have lockers? Also any and all tips regarding the beach is really really appreciated. It is my Wife's first time at the beach and both of ours first time at Ocean City. We are traveling from PA.
Submitted by Scott C, Council Bluffs Iowa on June 30, 2014
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 30, 2014

Hi Scott,

I just want to reiterate there are no public changing or showering areas in Ocean City.  You can get a fresh water rinse (outdoor shower) at several places on the Boardwalk though.  We leave our stuff on the beach for hours and have never had a problem.  You can also rent beach chairs and umbrellas if you want them - they are $5 and $10 a day.

Are there any water sports? Could you provide me with some info? 
Submitted by Natasha B, temple hills Maryland on June 30, 2014
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Hanover, PA 17331

Insider since: 2008

Answered: June 30, 2014

Natasha, 

I'm guessing your asking is there wave runners/jet ski or  speed boats to ride?

Yes to this, as you can rent them by the hour and a few places to check out are:

Action water sports

Bayside boat rental

Paradise Water sports

Are the boardwalk and rides still open the middle of September? If so, can you tell about your favorite boardwalk activities? 
Submitted by Yvonne M, City* Pennsylvania on June 26, 2014
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Linthicum MD and OC MD

Insider since: 2008

Answered: June 26, 2014

Hello Yvonne,

September is an awesome time to visit OC.  THe weather is still warm, the water is still warm, hotel prices drop, and it is less crowded.  Not sure when you are visiting OC, but Sunfest will be happening from September 18th - September 21.  Last year, Jolly Roger's on the pier chose to stay open for the entire month of September.  They have not made a decision yet this year.  Trimper's Rides as well may be open, especially on the weekends.  The arcades on the boardwalk like Sport Land and Marty's Play Land will be open daily.  Also, be sure to check out the OC Life Saving Museum at the southern end of the boardwalk across from Harrisons Harbor Watch.

When on the boardwalk, I love to start south and work my way up to see the following:

1. Harrisons Harbor Watch and the shops outside of the restaurant at the Inlet

2. OC Life Saving Museum at the Inlet

3. Thrashers Fries

4. Fishers or Dolles Popcorn

5. Dumser's Dairyland

6. A teeshirt shop or two

7. Randy Hofman's sand sculptures in front of the Plim Plaza hotel between 1st and 2nd St.

8. The Ocean Gallery on 2nd St

9. The Kite Loft on 5th St

Have Fun!

How long is the new Ultimate Tram ticket, $6, good for ? One Day? The one thats good from 11A to 4p Thanks
Submitted by Paul S, Balt Maryland on June 26, 2014
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Linthicum MD and OC MD

Insider since: 2008

Answered: June 26, 2014

Hi Paul,

You must be thinking of the Unlimited ride pass, which costs $6, where a passenger can get on and off the Boardwalk tram as much as they like between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. The unlimited ride pass is only valid only on the day of purchase and is not available during holidays, holiday weekends like Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day, or special events (Springfest, OC Air Show, Dew Tour, and Sunfest). Ride passes are sold at both north and south tram ticket booths and on any tram.  Normal fare is $3 per person, per boarding, one way ride. Discount fare punch cards are available at $20 for 8 rides.

Where can I find a detailed map of Ocean City, MD? 
Submitted by john b, McKees Rocks Pennsylvania on June 25, 2014
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How much does the bus cost and are there stops around 80th street?
Submitted by Janis V, laurel Maryland on June 25, 2014
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Hanover, PA 17331

Insider since: 2008

Answered: June 25, 2014

Janis,

The bus runs 24/7 and is $3 to ride and that $3 dollars allow you to ride all day. The bus runs from west Ocean City to the Delaware line so yes it will go up to 80th st.

Have Fun.

Is there a park where a grill can be used?
Submitted by Joyce L, jrob1948@verizon.net Pennsylvania on June 23, 2014
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 23, 2014

You can find public grills at both Northside and Gorman Parks.  These areas also have pavillions and picnic tables to use.  These are charcoal grills, so bring charcoal, lighter fluid and foil.  We see them in use often during the summer.

Are there restrictions on the use of a canopy (10x10) on the beach?
Submitted by Donald H, Leesburg Virginia on June 23, 2014
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 23, 2014

All umbrellas and tent are at the discretion of the lifeguards.  That being said, as long as you do not block their view, you should be fine.  We see them all the time on the beach.  Just place them behind the lifeguard stands.

Until what date do the boardwalk and rides stay open? If I plan on coming late September will the rides still be available?
Submitted by Melissa M, Philadelphia Pennsylvania on June 20, 2014
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: June 20, 2014

The normal rides on the boardwalk and at Jolly Rogers stay open officially until Labor Day. After that, some will open on weekends for another couple of weeks, then close permanently until the following May.  The Trimper indoor rides for children are open nearly year round. They will close during the winter if the weather is really bad.  I would expect the rides and games to be closed during your visit.