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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

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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

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Answered: January 2, 2014


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

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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

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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

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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.

If I don't want to stand out in the cold, where can I go to see the midnight fireworks for New Years eve?
Submitted by Eve S, Gambrills Maryland on December 17, 2013
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Centreville, VA

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Answered: December 17, 2013

The New Year's Eve Fireworks will be at midnight to ring in the New Year at Northside Park at 125th Street. If you are on a condo at the north end of town with a room facing towards Northside Park you will be able to see the fireworks. A room on the Northwest side of the Clarion at 101st Street on one of the upper floors will also have a good view. You can also try Peaky's Rooftop in the Fenwick Inn at 138th Street; it should also have a great view of the fireworks.

Have a great NYE in OCMD!

What are good places for dinner and dancing on New Year's Eve in ocean city?
Submitted by Rick C, Gaithersburg Maryland on December 16, 2013
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Answered: December 16, 2013

Many bars and restaurants in and around the Ocean City area will ring in 2013 with live entertainment, dinner and drink specials, party favors and champagne toasts at midnight. Here is a list of some local events:


Purple Moose, on the Boardwalk between Talbot and Caroline streets: Open bar, 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Cash bar after. Tickets cost $49 in advance; $65 after Dec. 23. Order online at or call 410-289-6953. Entertainment by Fuzzbox Piranha. Party favors and champagne.

de Lazy Lizard, First Street, bayside: Appetizer buffet, open bar (beer, wine and rail drinks), discounts on top-shelf liquor. Champagne toast and music for $75 person/$125 couple. Call 289-1122.

Pickles Pub, Eighth Street: Entertainment by DJ DeoGee. No cover. Champagne toast and party favors. Dinner specials. Prizes and giveaways. Open until 4 a.m. Call 410-289-4891.

Taphouse Bar & Grille inside Paradise Plaza Inn, Ninth Street: Six-course dinner, open bar 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., music by Scott Glorioso, party favors, champagne toast for $95. If staying in hotel, cost is $85. Call 410-289-6381.

Adolfo’s on the Ocean, 13th Street, inside Beach Plaza Hotel: Open at 4 p.m. with special menu for the night. Entertainment by Rhonda Apple and Dale Britt in the lounge at 8 p.m. Lounge open to public. No cover. Call 410-289-4001.

Captain’s Table, 15th Street and Baltimore Avenue, inside Courtyard by Marriott Hotel: Regular dinner menu available 3-8 p.m. Phil Perdue on the piano. Party at 9 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres, desserts, open bar (well drinks, draft beers and house wines), DJ Jimmy and champagne toast. Cost is $90 per person. Call 410-289-7192.

Party Block, 17th Street: Doors open at 9 p.m. All-night open bar includes everything from beer to shots. DJ BK in Paddock Nite Club. Hip-hop and house music in Rush. Tickets cost $59 in advance; $85 week of. Party favors and champagne toast. Call 410-289-6331.

Hemingway’s at the Coral Reef, inside the Holiday Inn Suites on 17th Street: Regular menu and special dishes served 4-10 p.m. Entertainment by John Remy, 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Champagne at midnight. Call 410-289-2612.

Pit & Pub, 28th Street: No cover. Food and drink specials include $10 AUCE steamed shrimp. Champagne at midnight. Call 410-289-2020.

Buxy’s Salty Dog Saloon, 28th Street: DJ Biggler at 10 p.m. No cover. Call 410-289-BUXY.

Mother’s Cantina, 28th Street: Open until 4 a.m. Specials include $3.75 bombs and $5 quesadillas. Kitchen open until 3 a.m.

Dune’s Manor Hotel, 28th Street: Regular menu and chef specials served 4-10 p.m. Shirley Toms on piano, 8 p.m. to midnight and champagne toast. Call 410-289-1100, Ext. 5232.

32 Palms Restaurant, inside the Hilton Hotel on 32nd Street: Special NYE dinner menu, 5-11 p.m. Call 410-289-2525.

45th Street Taphouse, 45th Street: Six-course dinner, open bar 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., music by Pompous Pie, party favors and champagne toast for $95. Call 443-664-2201.

Seacrets, 49th Street: Dinner packages include appetizer, entrée, soft drinks, champagne toast and entry into the party. Four dinner seatings: 5:30 p.m. ($69.99 per person); 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. ($79.99); and 8:45 p.m. ($89.99). Club and bars open to the public. A $20 cover charge begins at 5 p.m. From 6-7:59 p.m., the cost will be $30, then $40 from 8 p.m. to close. Tiki bar entertainment by Full Circle (4-7:30 p.m.), Jon Maurer (8-11:30 p.m) and 9 Mile Roots, midnight to 3 a.m. Joe Bachman and The Crew (8 p.m. to 12:15 a.m.) and Lucky You 1-4 a.m. will perform in Morley Hall. Deejays also. Call 410-524-4900.

Fager’s Island, 60th Street: Entertainment by Everett Spells, 5 p.m., DJ Groove on the deck at 9 p.m. and Animal House on the main stage at 10 p.m. Tickets for the bar and deck available in advance. Cost is $40. Cash bar. Ticket price is for admission, party favors, a champagne toast and 2013 courtesy card.

Three dinner seatings: sunset seating (4:15-5:30 p.m.) features selections from the regular dining menu; middle seating (6:15-7:30 p.m.) costs $75 per person; and late seating (9:30-10:30 p.m.) costs $85 per person. The middle and late seatings include a special menu with choice of appetizer, salad, entrée and dessert. Ticket holders may participate in the bar and deck festivities at no additional charge. Call 410-524-5500 for reservations. New Year’s Day brunch with Everett Spells. Kevin Poole and Joe Mama on the deck for $5 Bloody Marys, 2-6 p.m.

Dead Freddies, 64th Street: Regular menu and special dishes. DJ Wax. No cover. Call 410-524-3733.

Galaxy 66 Bar & Grille, 66th Street: Serving regular menu and some special items in the restaurant. Seatings at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. Entertainment by the Philly George Project, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Also, DJ Capo. Skye Bar event in heated tent. Open bar and music. Tickets $75. Champagne and party favors at midnight. Call 410-723-6762.

Reflections Restaurant, in the Holiday Inn on 67th Street: Chefs’ specials offered and regular menu. Seating available 5-11 p.m. Call 410-524-5252. Party in the conference center from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. for $100 per person includes buffet, open bar and music by Jumping Jukebox. Those who dine at Reflections can join the party after 9 p.m. for $35. Hotel packages available.

Bonfire, 71st Street: Buffet opens at 4 p.m. for $35, ages 7-12 $13.95 and $6.95 for children ages 3-6. At 9 p.m., family New Year’s Eve celebration with party favors. Reservations needed. Call 410-524-7171.

BJ’s on the Water, 75th Street: Open until 4 a.m. No cover. Full menu served 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Entertainment by DJ Fast Eddie at 10 p.m. Partygoers will receive favors and bubbly. Courtesy vans to take patrons home. Bloody Mary bar opens at 11 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Call 410-524-7575.

Fresco’s, 82nd Street: Three dinner seatings: special menu available, 4:30-5:45 p.m.; four-course dinner, 6-7:45 p.m., for $65; and four-course dinner with champagne toast and party favors, 8-10:30 p.m., for $95 per person. Music, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Call 410-524-8202.

Princess Royale, 91st Street: Five-course dinner with six hours of open bar and entertainment by Essence costs $129 per person. The Atrium Stars party will feature dinner buffet, six-hour open bar and entertainment by Appaloosa for $99 per person. At Schooners, buffet for $49.95 per person with cash bar. Seating begins at 6 p.m., music, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Party favors and champagne for guests. Call 1-800-4-Royale. Hotel packages also available, as well as New Year’s Day brunch and pool party.

The Clarion Resort, 101st Street: A dinner buffet and desserts, music by Power Play (Crystal Ballroom), Arizona (Horizons/Ocean Club). Dinner buffet 8-10 p.m., entertainment 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. and open bar 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Cash bar, 1-3 a.m. Cost is $145 per person. Guests may reserve a bar stools for $90 with hors d’oeuvres and open bar from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Packages also available through the hotel. Call 410-524-3535.

The Greene Turtle, 116th Street: A $10 cover charge starts at 8 p.m. and earns guests one free drink (rail, domestic bottle or draft), party favors, champagne, souvenir shot glass and an early morning buffet. A 2013 VIP card also included. DJ Jeremy at 9 p.m. Free shuttle. Call 410-723-2120.

Carousel Hotel, 117th Street: New Year’s Eve buffet, 8-9:30 p.m.; music by DJ Rupe, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.; and open bar. Cost is $69 per person. Prime rib and seafood buffet in restaurant, 5-9 p.m. Cost is $33.95 adults, $12.95 children ages 4-10. Call 410-524-1000.

Jules Restaurant, 120th Street: Regular menu offered. Call 410-524-3396.

Blue Ox, 127th Street:  Four seatings: 5, 6:30, 8 and 10 p.m. Four-course dinner and glass of champagne, $40, or a la caret at the bar. Call 410-723-2120 or 410-250-6440 or e-mail for reservations.

JC’s Northside Pub, 127th Street: Hawaiian Luau party starts at 9 p.m. Dress in Hawaiian attire. No cover. Food and drink specials. Entertainment by Phantom Limbs. Call 410-250-BEER.

Duffy’s Tavern, 130th Street: Four-course dinner for $35. Regular menu also. Entertainment by Copper Sky, 9:30 p.m. Champagne and party favors. Party open to public. No cover. Call 410-250-1449.

J/R’s, 131st Street: Open at 4 p.m. Howard Kline on the piano, 5-7 p.m. Dinner specials and regular menu available. 410-250-3100.



Osteria Fraschetti, 12445 Ocean Gateway: New Year’s Eve special menu includes several appetizer and dinners choices. Open at 5 p.m. Call 410-213-7717.

Harborside Bar & Grill, South Harbor Road: Music by DJ Billy T starts at 7 p.m. Party favors and champagne toast at midnight. Call 410-213-1846.

Sunset Grille, Sunset Avenue: Special chef’s menu starts at 5 p.m. Three-course dinner also available for $48 per person. Bar open with no cover. New Year’s Day brunch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 410-213-8110.

Greene Turtle West, Route 611: Special dinner choices; regular menu also available. Entertainment by Galaxy Collective at 9 p.m. No cover. Champagne and party favors at midnight. Call 410-213-1500.

Hooters, Route 50: For $65, get open bar, buffet and champagne toast at midnight. Entertainment by Randy Lee Ashcraft and Saltwater Cowboys, 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Special room rate at Comfort Suites, $79, just down the road for those celebrating at Hooters.  Call 410-213-1841.

The Shark on the Harbor Restaurant, Sunset Avenue: Event begins at 9:30 p.m. Cost is $90 per person. Seven-course meal, party favors and champagne toast. Entertainment by Opposite Directions. For an additional $30 per person receive open bar until 1 a.m. Call 410-213-0924.

19th Hole Bar & Grille, Route 611: Chris Button, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Full menu available. Champagne toast, food and drink specials include $2 domestic drafts, $3 rail drinks, $4 house wines. No cover. New Year’s Day “hangover party” with Chris Button, Johnny Mojo and Walt Farozic, 1-5 p.m. Happy hour all day. Call 410-213-9204.

Where is a good place to go near 25th Street in OC on New Year's. We would like to make reservations for dinner and music, preferably rock. Also, is there any transportation available that you can use to get back and forth and how much?
Submitted by Sherry Y, Baltimore Maryland on December 16, 2013
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Johnstown Pa

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Answered: December 16, 2013

I recommend Coins on 28th St.  You can walk quite easily from 25th St.  Excellent food and the band Full Circle is playing to ring in the new year.  You can call Charlotte for reservations at 410-430-5401

You can ride Ocean City's public bus 24 hours a day every day for $1 per ride or $3 for a ride all day pass.

Have a great time and stay safe.

Hey all, Lived in DE until I was 30 and now 35 living in Outer Banks. Want to come back to OCMD for Christmas to see family and enjoy old area for holidays. What is a good spot to visit for Christmas for husband and wife. Were regulars through early 2000's in our 20's and hit all the regular hotspots (Seacrets, BJ's, Salty Dog, Brass Balls, Purple Moose, Dumsers, Hooters, etc) and looking for what's open for Winterfest. Thanks for all the help. Will be coming up from Rt. 13 from Salisbury. Have a good one!
Submitted by Ryan H, Camden North Carolina on December 9, 2013
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Linthicum MD and OC MD

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Answered: December 9, 2013

Hi Ryan,

Welcome back!  You will see alot of the same places open that were open back in the day.  Seacrets does offer winter hours as does Dead Freddies on 64th St (bayside).  There is also a new midtown boardwalk on 67th St.  And get this, we now have our very own Ron Jon's Surf Shop in the pre-mentioned shopping center.  Also, there is a Sweet Frog there as well. (yum).  While I am discussing things on the 60th St corridor, you may also want to check out the food at Rosenfelds.  Great corn beef AND pancakes (not together though! LOL).  Finally, one more 60th st location:  Fager's Island.  Be sure to stop in and enjoy a warm meal and a cold brew by the fireplace while watching one of OC's famous beautiful sunsets. 


Where is a good place to celebrate New Year's Eve for a group (ages 50-60) with age-appropriate music that doesn't not require an overnight stay or a package deal?
Submitted by Denise E, Sinking Spring Pennsylvania on December 6, 2013
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Answered: December 6, 2013

There are several good options available, although sometimes with 2 people it is cheaper to take one of their room specials, even if you don't use the room. Here are a few places that I am sure will offer a great time:

Fresco's (82nd Street) is having a NYE party with a 4 course meal, toasts, and live music from 8pm to 1pm. Cost is $95 per person. Call 410.524.8202 from more info and to make a reservation. More info can be found here. This is my top recommendation for you.

Clarion (101st Street) - Their New Year's Eve Gala is $145 per person an includes dinner buffet, dancing, and open bar until 1am. Reservations required. Call them at 410.524.3535 for reservations and more info.

Holiday Inn Oceanfront (67th Street) is having a party with dancing and a magician. This flyer describes the special with a room, but if you call 800.837.3588 you can find out about just attending thier NYE event.

Harpoon Hanna's (Route 54) is having a Ring in the New Year party starting at 9pm. Call 800.227.0525.

Have a great NYE in OCMD!