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My family has a condo on 94th street and I was planning on going up with some friends in February for a buddy's 21st birthday. He is a huge UFC fan and there is a PPV fight on Feb 22nd that he wouldn't want to miss. Are there any bars in OC that carry UFC pay-per-views?
Submitted by Erich J, Annapolis Maryland on January 14, 2014
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Severna Park, MD

Insider since: 2011

Answered: January 15, 2014

Mothers Cantina on 28th street shows the UFC fights. They usually post more information closer to the fights on their facebook page.

We are looking to book a family trip to OCMD the week of June 8th to the 15th. Can you tell me if all attractions, amusments, golf, etc. are open during the week? Dont want to book a trip and then not have things to do during the week with the kids.
Submitted by Michael C, Drexel Hill Pennsylvania on January 13, 2014
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Ocean City, MD

Insider since: 2017

Answered: January 15, 2014

OC will be in full swing by then, but you will want to keep checking www.ococean.com periodically as your trip nears as calendar updates happen frequently.  There will be movie nights, Sundaes in the Park, fireworks, etc. that you will not want to miss out on!

Some things to do with the kids....the beach, Lifesaving Museum (at the end of the boardwalk by the inlet), Dumser's Dairyland for ice cream, putt putt, rides at Jolly Roger or Speedworld, Spalsh Mountain waterpark, a trip to see the ponies at Assateague, a ride on the Duckaneer or OC Rocket (of the two, my kids enjoyed the Duckaneer more....a storytelling ride in which the kids get to be pirates looking for treasure)

For restaurants; check out de Lazy Lizard, Fish Tales, or Dead Freddies.  They have playgrounds on site making it perfect for you to relax and enjoy a drink.   If you go to Dead Freddies, be sure to try their crab chowder; a yummy mix of cream of crab and MD crab soup.

My extended family and I (7-8 adults and 2 children- 2.5 and 1 when we take the vacation) are trying to decide on a condo to rent for the week of Labor Day. Some want ocean front, some ocean block and some don't care. Is there a big difference between staying on the bayside vs ocean front? And would it be relatively easy to travel from the bayside to the ocean with two kids?
Submitted by Amanda D, East McKeesport Pennsylvania on January 6, 2014
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Linthicum MD and OC MD

Insider since: 2008

Answered: January 6, 2014

The biggest difference is price.  You pay the most for ocean front.  I prefer ocean front when vacationing as I enjoy the sound of the waves all night and seeing the ocean in the morning.  That being said, I have a place on bayside.  I can walk to the beach but on hot summer days, it can be a little uncomfortable.  I have a 6 and 11 year olds and they help carry the chairs, sand toys, snacks, etc.  You will be bringing extra stuff for the ages of your kids.  I recomend that you stay occean block or ocean front,

Visiting with a 14 year old in February during President's week. Staying at a timeshare. Any suggestions for activities or points of interest that shouldn't be misses? All is appreciated! Thank you.
Submitted by Donna D, Staten Island New York on January 6, 2014
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: January 6, 2014

February is the slowest tme in OC, especially during the week. If you are there on the weekends, and the weather is nice, more will be open. In fact, I often try to come down President's Day weekend.

Here are a few ideas of things to do that week:

Walk the boardwalk. During weekends when 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. While you are there checkout the Lifesaving Museum.

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.

Go to an Arcade - Marty's Playland is open everyday! We often give our kids each just a few dollars and they spend some time in there having a great time. Sometimes they don't open the front doors, so it looks closed, but the side door is open.

Take an Old Time Photo with the group - there are a few locations around town, listed on their website.

Go Ice Skating  at the Carousel.

Go bowling at 72nd Street Ocean Lanes. Call ahead to check for lane availability (410.524.7550) and be aware, they take cash only.

Go see a movie.

If it is not too cold, go to the Salisbury Zoo - It is about 30 miles away. It is a nice community zoo, and it is free!

Have a crab feast back at your place. Crabs-to-Go has great crabs all year round. You can also often eat them at Waterman's or many other places around town.

Enjoy some great meals at OC's restaurants. A list of what is open when can be found here.

Once you get to OC you can get more ideas, and lots of discount coupons by visiting the Visitors Center at the south end of the Convention Center at 40th Street. They have great lists of what is open when.

Have a great time in February in OC!

How does the Passport to Fun work at Jolly Rogers? Please let me know which would be better for me... My boyfriend and I want to ride one or two rides at the amusement park. Two or three of go carts and then unlimited splash mountain? How many points should we get total for us?
Submitted by Jennifer S, Pennsylvania on January 3, 2014
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: January 3, 2014

The Passport to Fun is a credit card that is loaded with points you buy for rides and other attractions at any of the Jolly Rogers Parks. They swipe the card as you enter the ride and points are deducted from it.  It is generally the best way to purchase a mix of attractions similar to what you describe you want Jolly Roger.

The Jolly Roger parks are closed until Spring 2014, and the passport point values change a bit every year. Point values are differ net for different rides, Speedworld tracks, and Sp ash Mountain times (full vs. half day) Your best bet is to go to the Jolly Roger Parks at 30th Street and tell them what you plan to do and then have them tell you how many points you need to do it. You can also call them ahead 410.289.3477 to figure out how many points you need if you want to buy your passport to fun online (you pick it up at the park).

Lots of times purchasing the Passport to Fun preloaded with a fixed number of points is the most affordable way to buy them. You can also add points as you need them, but the more points you buy at a time the less expensive each point is. You can use one Passport to Fun card for multiple people.

I wanted to take my 3 yr old grandson to Assatugue Island. Is this a good idea? How do I get there, how much does it cost, what do I need to know?
Submitted by Karen S, Elyria Ohio on January 2, 2014
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: January 2, 2014

It is a great idea to take your grandson to Assataegue. I was just there a few days ago with my kids, and we had a great time walking some of the trails and seeing the wild horses.

It is easy to get to Assateague from OC. It is only about a 15 minute drive. Take Route 50 West from OC and turn onto Route 611 South (Stephen Decatur Highway). Route 611 is the third light on Route 50 west after crossing the bridge out of OC. Stay on it all the way to Assateague (about 8 miles).

Just before you cross the bridge onto Assateague, there is a great Vistor's Center on the right. It has lots of great interactive and touch-type exhibits that kids love. It also has a few short interesting movies about Assateague. Definitely stop there!

The cost for the National Seashore is $15 (7 day pass). However, if you don't plan on hiking or spending much time there, you can drive for free for several miles and you will often see the horses along the side of the road. If you are 62 or older, for $10 you can get a Senior Pass good for a lifetime at all National Parks. I believe you can purchase these at the Vistor's Center.

For more information checkout these websites:

National Parks Service Assateague National Seashore Website

Assateague National Seashore Travel Guide Website

Assateague State Park website

You can also call 410.641.1441 for more info on Assateague.

Have a great trip to Assateague with your grandson!

I would like to bring my daughter and a few of her friends to OC for her birthday in late February. Is there any kid-friendly activities that we can do that wont cost me an arm and a leg? We will be doing dinner at the Bonfire and I will bring snack/lung foods. I am hoping to find a hotel with continental bkfst. I just need to find some activities for them. Thanks for your help!!
Submitted by barb b, st. leonard Maryland on January 2, 2014
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: January 2, 2014

Barb,

January and February are the slowest months in OC, but you can still find some things to do.

As far as a hotel, I'd suggest the Hampton Inn & Suites at 43rd Street. They are a new hotel and have a free hot breakfast. All rooms have refrigerators and microwaves and an indoor pool They also have great off season rates. Call them at 410.524.6263 for more info.

Here are a few ideas of things to do:

Walk the boardwalk. If it is a weekend and 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.

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.

Go to an Arcade - Marty's Playland is open everyday! We often give our kids each just a few dollars and they spend some time in there having a great time.

Take an Old Time Photo with the group - there are a few locations around town, listed on their website.

Go Ice Skating  at the Carousel.

Go bowling at 72nd Street Ocean Lanes. Call ahead to check for lane availability (410.524.7550) and be aware, they take cash only.

Go see a movie.

If it is not too cold, go to the Salisbury Zoo - It is about 30 miles away. It is a nice community zoo, and it is free!

Once you get there you can get more ideas, and lots of discount coupons by visiting the Visitors Center at the south end of the Convention Center at 40th Street.

Have a great time celebrating your daughter's birthday in OC!

Hi! Can you please tell me if everything is open the 2nd week in September? We are bringing out daughter for the first time and would like to make sure that the rides and all stores on the boardwalk will be open along with other ride parks.
Submitted by April G, Allentown Pennsylvania on January 2, 2014
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Hanover, PA 17331

Insider since: 2008

Answered: January 6, 2014

Keep in mind the second week in September starts Delmarva Bike Week. It will be full of bikes and might not interest you at this time.

What restaurants are open in the winter in OC, MD?
Submitted by Deborah H, Millsboro Delaware on December 23, 2013
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: December 23, 2013

Many restaurants in OC are open year round, although some only on weekends. Most restaurants in major hotels are open all week all year round. Here are a few places to that are generally open:

Harpoon Hanna's (Route 54 - 800.227.0525) - Excellent seafood open everyday year round.

BJs on the Water (75th Street - 410.524.7575) - Good food, views of the bay, diverse menu from sandwiches to seafood and steak, kitchen open until after midnight everyday all year.

Victoria Room (28th Street in Dunes Manor - 410.289.1100) - Good place with a great view of the beach and the ocean.

Harborside (West OC on the south side of the commercial harbor, 40.213.1846) - Great casual place with excellent food overlooking the commercial harbor. I go here almost every time I visit OC. Open all week all year.

Fager's Island (60th on the bay - 410.524.5500) - Both fine and more casual dining. Great food, drinks, and views of the bay. Excellent sunsets timed to the 1812 overture.

Captains Galley II (West OC on south side of the commercial harbor 410.213.2525) - A great seafood place for the whole family. Traditional dining downstairs and crabs and casual dining upstairs. They have excellent crab cakes and other seafood items, but also have great non seafood dishes too. I eat here often with my family. Sometimes they close for a few weeks in January/February. They also are often only open on weekends in the off season.

The Shark on the Harbor (West OC on the north side of the commercial harbor 410.213.0924) - Very good food with a bit of an eclectic menu that changes almost daily based on the fresh foods they can get. They take reservations. Call to check when they are open as they may be open weekends only.

Lombardi's (94th Street 410.524.1961) Great pizza, subs, and Italian food in a casual atmosphere. Open everyday year round.

Sunset Grill (West OC on North side of commercial harbor 410.213.8110) - Popular place with a nice atmosphere - open 7 days a week

Boinfire (70th Street, 410.524.7171) - Seafood buffet, open weekends only (Sometimes Thursday-Sunday) in off season. Now closed until after Christmas.

If you go to the Visitors Center at the south end of the Convention Center at 40th Street, you can get a list of what restaurants are open when and what specials they are running each night.

While most of these places are routinely open when I indicate, since many places have irregular schedules in the off season it is best to call ahead to be sure the place you pick is open.

Have some great food in OC this winter!

My daughter bought herself a very "special" bracelet when we were there this summer on the boardwalk. It was leather & she had her name put on it. Someone stole it from her napsack at school & she is heartbroken! How can i replace it? Is the boardwalk still open?
Submitted by m h, newburgh New York on December 18, 2013
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Linthicum MD and OC MD

Insider since: 2008

Answered: December 18, 2013

Hello,  A few of the boardwalk stores are open but it is probable that the store you are looking for is not.  Only a few eateries, arcades, and limited gift shops are open right now and mostly on weekends.