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What area would be best for young families, both as a place to stay, as well as for various activities? Thanks! 
Submitted by Sheila F, Stuart Florida on November 13, 2017
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: November 14, 2017

Most of the hotels are family oriented.  The Quality Inn, Carousel, Clarion and Barefoot Mailman offer fun activities for a family.  The Golden Sands is a great condo complex with myriad activities. Ocean City sponsors many free activities during the summer for families.  A complete list can be found at http://www.ococean.com.  Ocean City is only 10 miles long and less than a mile wide, so nothing is far away.

Where can I find live music on the weekends in OC? 
Submitted by James H, Ocean city Maryland on November 13, 2017
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: November 13, 2017

This is about the best website for finding out who's playing and where.  http://www.coconuttimes.com/oc-md-whos-where-when 

It's updated weekly , so keep checking if you're not going to be in town on the days listed.  

And for events and other happenings in OC, check out http://www.ococean.com .  A lot of info there as well.  

I’m going to be staying on the Boardwalk during Thanksgiving week. What can I expect to find open?
Submitted by Lani C, San Geronimo Texas on November 13, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: November 15, 2017

I have often been to OC over Thanksgiving week. You will find many restaurants around town open and about half the shops at the south end of the boardwalk open. Boardwalk favorites  Thrasher's Fries, Dumser's ice cream, Fisher's popcorn (my favorite!), Candy Kitchen are often open most weekends all year if the weather is decent and will be open Thanksgiving weekend.

Will there be public transportation from local hotels to the Christmas lights?
Submitted by Laura B, Colora Maryland on November 13, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: November 15, 2017

You can take the bus from anywhere along Coastal Highway to Northside Park at 125th Street to see Winterfest. Cost is $3/person to ride the bus all day. Buses arrive at stops about every 40 minutes at this time of year (more often on weekends). Find out more about the bus here and more about Winterfest here.

I see that the Ferris Wheel is gone. Is that permanent? 
Submitted by Don D, Carrollton Missouri on November 13, 2017
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: November 13, 2017

No worries. The Ferris wheel is down right now for maintenance and will be back up in the spring.  Ocean City just wouldn't be the same without that icon of the boardwalk.  And the new LED lights on it are so pretty at night. Be sure to take a ride and enjoy the view from the top. 

Is there a list of places open for Thanksgiving this year?
Submitted by Anthony M, Salisbury Maryland on November 10, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: November 15, 2017

There is not an overall list of things open for Thanksgiving, but here are a few links for ideas of what to do and to find out what is open:

Take a look at this thread for a mix of things open in OC at this time of year.

Look here for a OC Thanksgiving dining guide.

Look here for more ideas about Thanksgiving in OC.

When you get to OC, head to the Convention Center Visitors Center at 40th Street. They have all kinds of information on what is open.

Is there are charge for parking at the inlet in November?
Submitted by Maggi G, Salisbury Maryland on November 9, 2017
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: November 10, 2017

Parking at all municipal lots is free until April.  

Are there soccer goals on the beach, and how clear is the sand from twigs and rocks?
Submitted by Tyller F, Frederick Maryland on November 6, 2017
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Pittsburgh, PA

Insider since: 2008

Answered: November 7, 2017

The beach is always clear, it gets cleaned each night but there are no soccer goals. You can reserve the sports fields for soccer. Here is a link with more info:

http://ococean.com/things-to-do/recreational/oc-local-parks-and-playgrounds/

What's the best time to surf?
Submitted by Maxwell W, Fredrick Maryland on November 7, 2017
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: November 7, 2017

Summer.  Just kidding.  But while OC gets some nice waves, usually when storms come up the coast you'll find the largest waves and the best times to surf.  Check the tide charts.  And here's a great source for daily beach info http://ococean.com/beach  Just click on any link.  

Please remember that a wet suit is definitely needed now, and that there are no lifeguards on duty. NEVER surf alone.  

I'll be purchasing a condo on December 1, and am looking for recommendations for a good property management company to handle rentals.
Submitted by Sarah C, Berwyn Heights Maryland on October 24, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 24, 2017

There are lots of great agents out there. You can find several agencies listed on OCOcean.com's accommodations page for rentals. I've worked Coldwell Banker as a renter and found them to be very responsive. I suspect they are also very good to work with as an owner.