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Hello! I was wondering if it is legal for people to bring homemade objects (in my case, hula hoops) onto the beach and sell them in Ocean City and Bethany Beach. Do you need a permit of can you just go out and sell them?
Submitted by Samantha W, Germantown Maryland on October 22, 2013
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Dunmore, PA

Insider since: 2008

Answered: October 26, 2013

Hi.  No you cant go out and sell them on the beach or boardwalk but here is a number to call to see where you could sell it and see what you need to do or how to apply to do so 1-410-723-6610.  Sounds creative.  Good luck with your talent.

We are planning a visit for Sunday 10/20, we were wondering what boardwalk attractions are available this time of year. Is your ferris wheel and/or other rides available?
Submitted by Stephanie S, Wilmington Delaware on October 16, 2013
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Linthicum MD and OC MD

Insider since: 2008

Answered: October 16, 2013

Hi Stephanie,

The pier rides closed down at the end of September and will not be open until next spring.  However, Trimpers may have their indoor rides including the carousel and haunted house open on Sunday weather permitting.  Also, be your favorite food places like Candy Kitchen, Fishers Popcorn, Dumsers Dairyland, and Thrashers Fries will be open for business as well as the world famous Ocean Gallery and the Kite Loft. 

What is there to do in Ocean City on Thanksgiving week 2013?
Submitted by kay j, westminster Maryland on October 15, 2013
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 15, 2013

I have gone to OC for Thanksgiving for many recent years. We have kids ages 12 to 19, and we always find plenty to do and have a great time.

If the weather is nice, some of the Boardwalk shops will be open, especially Friday - Sunday. Boardwalk favorites  Thrasher's Fries, Dumser's ice cream, Fisher's popcorn (my favorite!), Candy Kitchen are almost always open on the weekends and sometimes on weekdays. Many restaurants 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 are open year round.

Here are a few other ideas:

Go to Winterfest of Lights and enjoy one off the nation's premier holiday lights shows. It is at Northside Park at 125th Street every evening.

Play indoor mini golf at one of the two Old Pro Indoor Courses. They are open everyday.

Go to an Arcade - Marty's Playland is open everyday!

Get some crabs from Crabs-to-Go or Bahama Mamas to feel a bit more like summer. Both of these places have excellent crabs year round.

Go bowling at 72nd Street Ocean Lanes. Call ahead to check for lane availability (410.524.7550) and be aware, they take cash only. We often go the day before Thanksgiving!

Play Laser Tag at Planet Maze. They are closed Tuesday-Thursday.

Go Ice Skating  at the Carousel.

Go shopping at the shops in nearby Berlin.

Go see a movie.

If it is a warm day, checkout some WWII history at Fort Miles in Lewis, DE.

Go to the Salisbury Zoo - It is about 30 miles away. It is a nice community zoo, and it is free!

I always recommend staying at a place with an indoor pool in the off season, as it provides something to do if the weather is not nice.

Have fun in OC this winter!

Are small dogs permitted on the boardwalk and or beach?
Submitted by roxanne m, cordova Maryland on October 15, 2013
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 15, 2013

Yes, leashed dogs are allowed on the beach and boardwalk at this time of year. Leashed dogs are allowed on the beach and boardwalk from 1 October to 30 April and are prohibited from 1 May to 30 September. If you are in town on 19 October there is a pet parade and pet costume contest planned for 2pm an the boardwalk at North Division Street. Find out more about it here.

Have fun in OC!

Any beach eroison in OC in the last couple of days, and if so what st. Thanks!
Submitted by greg r, east new market Maryland on October 14, 2013
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Schwenksville, PA

Insider since: 2011

Answered: October 14, 2013

I was in town last weekend during the noreaster. The erosion was minimal. High tides pushed some sand into the inlet parking lot and the wind did move some sand around as well, but not to the effect that was experienced during Superstorm Sandy last year. At Assateague Island the surf was very high and breached the dunes during high tide. Uptown in the area of 101st St. there was about a one foot drop to the water's edge.

Does tram run in October?
Submitted by Betty M, Tennessee on October 10, 2013
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Dunmore, PA

Insider since: 2008

Answered: October 20, 2013

Hi.  I really dont think it does unless weekends only but there are so many car parades and shows on the boardwalk in October. I doubt it but here is the number that you can get the correct answer.  1-410-723-2174.  The buses run all year on coastal highway though.  have a fun trip.

From what street on the boardwalk was cement to the inlet before returning to wood just a few years ago?
Submitted by BERNARD B, Munroe Falls Ohio on October 9, 2013
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 9, 2013

The concrete ran from South First Street to North Division Street. It was actually replaced more years ago than you think - replacement was done in the Winter of 1999-2000. You can see some this construction in the webcam image below. Many people erroneously believe the concrete was put in in response to the 1962 Ash Wednesday storm, but it was actually installed in early 1955 after several storms had damaged the south end of the boardwalk in the early 1950s.

Will I be able to see the biblical sand sculptures on the beach this weekend October 12-13th?
Submitted by Joy M, Port Tobacco Maryland on October 9, 2013
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 9, 2013

As  of today (10/9/2013) the Sand Scultures are still there, although they have had some damage due to the weather in recent days. It is likely the artist will repair them once the weather clears a bit. Randy Hoffman is the sculptor. You can find out more about them at his website. You can also get a glimpse of them by controlling the Plim Plaza's webcam to point at them. You can access that webcam here.

If you like his art, Randy Hoffman is the featured artist at the Art League Gallery on 94th Street this month. Stop by when you are in town (it's cool and free) to see some more of his work.

Is there some way to find out what restaurants will be open and serving Thanksgiving Dinner? Thinking about doing something different and coming to OC for the holiday.
Submitted by Karen M, St. Leonard Maryland on October 8, 2013
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 8, 2013

I have been in OC for several Thanksgivings in the last 10 years. My family and I always have a great time. The best way to know what is open is to keep watching ococean.com and the links below for more info. Here are a few places that are open every year and thy offer great Thanksgiving meals:

Captain's Table (410.289.7192) A great OC restaurant in the Courtyard by Marriott at 15th Street that usually offers a Thanksgiving menu plus some seafood items. My brother's family ate there with my mom last Thanksgiving and really enjoyed it!

The Victoria Room in the Dunes Manor at 28th Street offers a Thanksgiving meal and is an excellent choice.

Fager's Island (410.524.5500) On the bay at 60th Street. They  usually have a sit down service Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. It is about $25 for adults and $13 for kids.

Clarion Horizons Room (410.524.3535) in the Clarion at 101st Street usually has a Thanksgiving Buffet with traditional fare and some seafood items too

The Bonfire (410.524.7171) at 70th Street has their usual all you can eat buffet, with traditional Thanksgiving items added.

No mater where you decide to go, you definitely want to call ahead and make reservations.

There is plenty to do in OC at Thanksgiving. Be sure to visit the Winterfest of Lights and checkout this thread for some more ideas.

Have a great Thanksgiving in OC!

Are there any plans to provide a charging station for electric cars? I am a resident and owner of a Volt
Submitted by Jerome D, Ocean City Maryland on October 8, 2013
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 8, 2013

There was discussion last year of adding some charging stations in the inlet parking lot, but it was decided not to do it yet. As of now I don't know of any publically avalable charging stations in OC, but I would not be suprised if some of the larger hotels make these upgrades in the near term, some of them probably before next summer. I suspect the city may decide to add some of these stations too in the next year or so.