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Hello, my boyfriend and I will be in Ocean City on April 4th and I was wondering if shops on the boardwalk are open? If so, which ones should I visit? 
Submitted by Lindsey S, Baldwin Maryland on March 28, 2014
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Centreville, VA

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Answered: March 31, 2014

Lindsey,

At this time of year the shops do not have really regular schedules. Probably about 25% to 30% of the ships will be open on Friday, April 4, if the weather is nice. More shops will be open the next day as Saturday is a busier day for them.

I'd definitely suggest checking out the Kite Loft located between 5th and 6th Streets. They are more than just kites. The have lots of games, flags, signs, and other cool wares.

If you like art, or just want to see something different, checkout Ocean Gallery at 2nd Street.

If you like Surfing or Surf related items, I recommend Quiet Storm Surf Shop at North Division Street or Malibu's Surf Shop at 8th Street.

Beyond the shops, stop by the Lifesaving Museum at the south end of the boardwalk (they have a cool gift shop too) and also checkout the Fire Fighter's Memorial at North Division Street.

If you want to try some quintessential boardwalk food, be sure to try Thrasher's Fries (near the south end of the boardwalk at the south end of the pier building), Candy Kitchen (several locations), Dumser's Ice Cream, and my favorite, Fisher's Popcorn (at Talbot Street).

If the weather is nice, most of the places I've mentioned should be open. Have a great time in OC on Friday!

When does the TRAM start to run the Boardwalk???
Submitted by William B, Baltimore Maryland on March 28, 2014
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Linthicum MD and OC MD

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Answered: March 28, 2014

Hi William,

The Tram will open for Spring Fest Weekend which is May 1-4 and close until May 23rd in which it will be open until September 1.  It only costs $3 one way and is a great way to see some of OC's sites.

Can you inform me of any boat rental companies that would be able to accommodate 100 people, preferably not a fishing boat, and be available for rental for a wedding ceremony in Ocean City?
Submitted by Nicole H, Salisbury Maryland on March 27, 2014
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Linthicum MD and OC MD

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Answered: March 27, 2014

Hi Nicole,

That is a tough one.  I have been fishing on the Judith M which has room for about 80 anglers.  But, in the evenings, the Judith M is a pleasure boat which takes people out to enjoy the sunset.  It does not look like a "fishing" boat.  It may hold 100 guests and they have a galley inside with tables and refridgeration for food.  That being said, and I am not sure about this, you may be able to charter it for an evening or maybe a Saturday or Sunday daytime in ther "off" season.  I tried calling them but there was no answer.  You can call them as well at 410-289-7438 or try emailing them at:  fish@bahiamarina.com 

Clicking on the Judith M hyoerlink above will show you a picture of the boat as well. 

Is there a part of the beach that is more quiet/family friendly? Also can you recommend any nice clean hotels?
Submitted by tara x, pitts Pennsylvania on March 26, 2014
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Centreville, VA

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Answered: March 26, 2014

Tara,

Here is my perspective on the different areas of town and what they each offer. It should give you some sense of what area is best for you and your situation. The boardwalk is at the south end of town starting at the inlet. It runs 37 blocks starting with streets named after Maryland's Eastern Shore Counties up to 27th Street. Since you indicated you wanted to be in a more quiet area, I would not recommend staying south of 5th Street. If you want it a bit quieter, but want to be on the boardwalk, stay north of 5th Street. The further north you go the quieter it will be. On the ocean side if you want a great midtown location where it is not too far from anything stay between 28th and 80th Streets. This is my favorite part of town. Most of the buildings are low rise condos and hotels with more condos to the north and more hotels to the south. From about 95th street to 118th Street are mostly high rise condos, many have lots of amenities including pools, tennis courts, game rooms, and gyms. North of 118th to the Delaware line at 146th are mostly low rise condos. The bay side of town tends to be more  low rise condos, smaller hotels, houses, and townhouses for most of the are north of about 5th street for the whole length of town. There is really no bad place to stay. Almost everyplace is in walking distance to the beach and it is easy to drive or take the bus along Coastal Highway to anywhere else you'd want to go. During the summer traffic on Coastal Highway can get busy, but there is plenty of parking around town, and the bus can take you anywhere you want to go ($1/ride or $3 to ride all day)

I'd recommend staying between 28th Street, just north of the boardwalk to about 80th Street, south of the high rises.

Wherever you stay, all 10 miles of OC's beach is easily accessible, public, guarded (in the summer), clean, and FREE; no matter where you stay, it is easy to get to the beach.

My top recomendation for you in terms of where to stay would be Dunes Manor. It is a couple of blocks north of the boardwalk at 28th street, all rooms are ocean front with balconies. It is a very easy walk to the north end of the boardwalk. They have an indoor/outdoor pool. This is one of my favorite properties in OC, and the place I always recommend if I am only recommending one place. My family stays there often. They are also walking distance to lots of shops, restaurants, and an amusement and water park and go cart track at Jolly Rogers. The Dunes Manor is a nice hotel that is  are reasonably priced, but if you want something more affordable, consider their sister property, The Dunes Motel which is right next door.

If you want more ideas of places to stay, take a look at this thread. It describes lots of different options that I think would meet your needs.

Have a great time in OC!

There used to be a house full of model train displays a few blocks from the boardwalk. I'm going back 10 yrs or so. Is it still around?
Submitted by S H, Dallas Pennsylvania on March 26, 2014
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Hanover, PA 17331

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Answered: April 2, 2014

It's nice to get questions that makes me think as I don't remember a train house. So it's nice to read the other insiders answers for your question.

May I suggest the 94th st art gallery on your next visit to Ocean City. I added a link for location and hours.

http://artleagueofoceancity.org/

I tried calling the phone number for the boardwalk tram and didn't get an answer so I'm hoping you can tell me. Does the tram run from May 18th - May 21?
Submitted by Jennilee D, Wilmington Delaware on March 26, 2014
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Linthicum MD and OC MD

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Answered: March 26, 2014

Hello Jennilee,

The Tram re-opens on Friday, May 23 for the rest of the summer until September 1, 2014.  The Tram costs $3 per person one way and is a great way of seeing OC, the beach, and the ocean without getting too tired from walking the whole way. 

Which oceanfront boardwalk hotel/motel has the largest indoor pool? Thank you.
Submitted by cindy D, Hamburg Pennsylvania on March 24, 2014
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Schwenksville, PA

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Answered: March 24, 2014

The Grand Hotel on 21st has a very large pool and a great pool side area complete with a life size chess game and an indoor shuffle board court. Also, the Holiday Inn and Suite in 17th has a large indoor pool. While not on the boardwalk, the best indoor pool in OC is at the Francis Scott Key Resort just over the Rt. 50 bridge in West O. They feature a mini indoor water park called the Caribbean Key. Here is more info:

http://www.fskmotel.com/amenities/

We just booked our room for July 21-26 in Northern Ocean City. This will be our first trip to OC. Is there a lot to do in the Northern part or do we have to go toward the Boardwalk?
Submitted by Kathy S, Mannington West Virginia on March 24, 2014
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Linthicum MD and OC MD

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Answered: March 24, 2014

Hi Kathy,

Our condo is located in North OC near the Carousel Hotel and in my opinion, that is the place to be.  The boardwalk area is great and you can spend at least two days discovering it.  Some of the must see and do things on the boardwalk include getting fries at Thrasher Fries, eating at the Harrison Harbor Watch, seeing the inpirational sand sculptures in front of the Plim Plaza, eating chocolate covered strawberries from the Candy Kitchen(pick up some taffy as well), caramel popcorn from Fishers and Dolles.  Going to the Kite Loft and the Ocean Gallery.  Visiting the OC Lifesaving museum at the south end of the boardwalk across from Harrison's Harbor Watch.  Riding the rides at Jolly Rogers on the pier and Trimper's Rides on the west side of the boardwalk. Be sure to ride the ferris wheel on the pier for some great views of OC. (Jolly Roger's has a location on 28th St as well)

No, on the days you do not visit the boardwalk, you have nice beaches to play on, a beautiful park on 125th called Northside Park. (one of OC's best kept secrets).  Great bayside restaurants include Fresco's Macky's, Fager's Island, BJ's, and Fishtales.  Behind Macky's on 54th St is some great jet ski rentals as well.  Other nice restaurants in North OC include the Abbey Burger Bistro, Nick Idoni's House of Ribs, Phillips Seafood Buffet, Crabcake Factory, and JR's Ribs.

Mini GOlf?  One of OC's best mini golf locations is in North OC at 136th St.  They have outdoor and indoor courses avaialble and are open rain or shine.  Go to their website for a money saving coupon.  www.oldprogolf.com 

I hope you have alot of fun!

I will be down April 14 and 15th I want to know if there is any party boats going out or Iowan boats for fishing?
Submitted by Jason Y, Newton New Jersey on March 21, 2014
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Linthicum MD and OC MD

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Answered: March 21, 2014

Hello Jason, 

there will be no fishing boats going out on those days unless you do a charter.   Call the Ocean City Fishing Center in West OC at 410-213-1121 to see if any charters are available and have space for you.

How is the nightlife and weather during May 8-15 in Ocean City, MD?
Submitted by Christopher G, Plainview New York on March 21, 2014
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Linthicum MD and OC MD

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Answered: March 21, 2014

Hello Christopher,

Some of the biggest nights at Seacrets that I have seen have been in the "off" season (That means, not in the summer).  Beside's Seacrets, you will have Fager's Island, De Lazy Lizard, Shenanigans, The Party Block, Dead Freddies, and the Green Turtle.