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When does the beach open in OCMD? I am planning to go at the beginning of May and want to make sure they are open. Additionally, is there generally "beach weather" in May? 
Submitted by Catalina L, Ashburn Virginia on April 3, 2017
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: April 3, 2017

Hi.  We recommend that you only go into the water when the lifeguards are on duty and in their chairs.  The lifeguards go on duty the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, so no lifeguards will be on the beach when you plan to visit.  As for "beach weather", you'll find sunbathers on the beach in May and a few people who are brave enough to stick their feet into the water, but for me it's still too cool. The wind comes across the still cool ocean water and the closer you are to the water, the cooler the air. So if you want to sunbathe, I suggest you put your towel down a bit further in on the beach.  And of course the weather can't be predicted. I've been there in May when I've worn shorts and a sleeveless top, and other times where I needed a heavy coat. Let's hope for warm, sunny weather for your visit.  

Thank you for your question.

For all day bus passes, do we purchase those on the bus or do we need to purchase them beforehand?
Submitted by Amanda B, Columbus Ohio on April 3, 2017
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Johnstown Pa

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Answered: April 3, 2017

You purchase your ride pass each day on the bus. They are $3 per person per day and are exact change only. They are good for 24 hours from the time of purchase.   

Where is the best place to rent chairs and umbrellas? We will be staying in Sunset Island the beginning of June.
Submitted by Susan Y, Mount Pleasant Pennsylvania on April 3, 2017
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Johnstown Pa

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Answered: April 3, 2017

Your best bet is to walk to the beach nearest to you and look for the big blue boxes that line the beach.  That's where you'll find the chair and umbrella rentals.  You can rent them by the day or by the week, and the attendant will put them up and take them down for you  at the end of the day.  It's simple, and you don't have to lug your own stuff from the bay to the beach.  

Thank you for your question. 

My daughter's 16th birthday is in April. I hear there is a under-21 "club" in Ocean City. Will that be open in April?
Submitted by waleska f, Atlantic city New Jersey on March 31, 2017
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Johnstown Pa

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Answered: March 31, 2017

H20 is the name of the club and if you are over 21 you can't get in.  They are open this coming weekend for a party for the cheerleaders, but you will have to call ahead to see if they have any other hours for April.  If you are on Facebook, here's a link to their page https://www.facebook.com/H2ONiteClub/

and here is their website.  http://h2onightclub.com/

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I know Memorial Day is one of the most popular times to visit Ocean City. If I'm staying north of the city in Delaware, are there any public transportation options to get to OC during the day? 
Submitted by Chris D, Centreville Virginia on March 31, 2017
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Centreville, VA

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Answered: April 3, 2017

     

Hey Chris, I live in Centreville too!

Delaware's DART bus beach routes will have started by Memorial Day weekend (They start 21 May).  The DART Bus has stops in all beach towns in Delaware and runs to the Transportation Center at the north end of Ocean City. From there you can take the OC Beach Bus anywhere in OC for just $3/person to ride all day.

They do not have the final schedule posted yet, but you can see the proposed schedule here. Scroll down (or search for) Route 208. It runs from Dewey to Bethany to Fenwick to OC's bus station at 144th Street. This schedule shows all the pickup locations.ou want DART Route 208.

You can find out more about the DART Bus 2016 beach routes here. The info has not been updated yet for 2017, but should be similar to 2016.

Hello, I was wondering when the beach volleyball courts will be fitted with their nets for the season? Thanks! 
Submitted by George D, Ocean City Maryland on March 29, 2017
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

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Answered: March 29, 2017

I called Parks and Rec and the nets go up around May 25th.  They are up for Memorial Day weekend. 

I have filled out the information to receive a vacation guide by mail but have not received it in a few months. What is the best number to call so I can request one? 
Submitted by Brett T, North Berwick Maine on March 27, 2017
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Centreville, VA

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Answered: March 27, 2017

It sometimes takes a while to get a copy by mail (mine took about 2 weeks), but yours should have arrived by now. You can call the OC Chamber of Commerce at 410.213.0552 to request a copy

You can also view a digital version of the Vacation Guide here.

If I travel to Ocean City during the week of March 27-31, will any of the amusement parks be open for children? If not, do you have any suggestions on things to do with kids during that time? 
Submitted by Kelly G, indianapolis Indiana on March 21, 2017
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Answered: March 21, 2017

Amusement parks will generally not be open, but lots of other things will be (Trimper's indoor rides may be open on weekends, but not during the week when youu are there). I am often in OC with my kids at this time of year, and we always find plenty to do, including on weekdays. Here are a few ideas of things to do:

Play indoor mini golf at one of the two Old Pro Indoor Courses or one of their outdoor courses. They are open everyday at their locations on 68th Street and 136th Street from 10am to 10pm. If the weather is nice, you can play the outdoor courses too (Outdoor courses are generally open everyday at these locations too).

Baja Amusements in West OC has a few go cart tracks open most nice days in late March.

The boardwalk is open all year. Boardwalk favorites  Thrasher's Fries, Dumser's ice cream, Fisher's popcorn (my favorite!), Candy Kitchen are often open if the weather is decent. Dumser's in West OC is open everyday all year, so sometimes we go there for a treat during the week.

While you are on the boardwalk, go to an Arcade - Marty's Playland is open everyday!

Take a trip down to Assateague. It is only about a 15 minute drive. There is a great Visitor's Center on the right. It has lots of great interactive and touch-type exhibits, and a few short interesting movies about Assateague. You can drive a fair distance on Assateague before entering the fee area and I almost always see the horses in the free area. There are some great short easy hikes in the fee area that you may want to consider if the weather is nice.

Play Laser Tag at Planet Maze (410.524.4386). They usually open on weekend, but may be open a few weekdays too.

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

Go see a movie.

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

Take a drive to the Delmarva Discovery Center (410.957.9933) to learn about the area's natural and cultural history. It is about 40 miles from OC.

If you like history and it is a nice day, consider a drive up to Fort Miles in Lewis Delaware to see the restored Coastal Defenses and go up in one of the Fire Control Towers for a spectacular view.

I always recommend staying at a place with an indoor pool in the off season - That way if the weather is poor, you can still enjoy some time in the pool!

When are dogs allowed on the Boardwalk and beach?
Submitted by Demetri S, Olney Maryland on March 21, 2017
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Johnstown Pa

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Answered: March 21, 2017

The rules for dogs in the summer are that NO dogs are allowed on either the beach or the boardwalk from May 1 until October 1.  But from October 1 until April 30, they're free to be on the beach and boards on a leash.   

Hello! Are permits required for metal detector use on the beach? 
Submitted by Mynor o, hyattsville Maryland on March 21, 2017
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Centreville, VA

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Answered: March 21, 2017

No permits are required. you can metal detect anytime on OC's beaches for free with no permits. Just stay out of the dunes. You cannot metal detect on Assateague.