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Using public transportation, is there a way to get from Reading, PA to Ocean City, Md in May? 
Submitted by Brenda H, Reading Rhode Island on February 15, 2017
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: February 15, 2017

Greyhound would most likely be your best bet.  In Johnstown, we have two independent bus lines who do trips to Ocean City several times a year.  Perhaps there is something similar in Reading.  But there are no trains 

Now, you can take a bus from Reading to York, then to Baltimore and then to Ocean City. The cost is about $80 one way, and takes about 8 1/2 hours including a 2 hour layover.  

Another option would be to take a bus to Philadelphia, hop on a train to Baltimore, and then a Greyhound into OC.  Total of nearly 8 hours and the cost is over $100.

Your least expensive option would be to drive or find a friend to drive you.  It would only take you a little over 3 hours that way.  

Check it out here https://www.rome2rio.com/s/Reading-PA-USA/Ocean-City-MD-USA

Hello! I'm from Connecticut, and have little familiarity with Ocean City. Just wondering if I can get a sense of the Town -- from price points on accommodations, to things to do in the area for a 20-year-old. 
Submitted by kevin v, Norwalk Connecticut on February 13, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: February 13, 2017

I am from Connecticut too! There is lots to see and do in OC.

In season, motel and hotel run from about $140/night up to north of $600/night, depending where you stay. For some ideas of some decent, but affordable places to stay, take a look at this thread.

For a general lay of the land in OC, take a look here.

For ideas for things to do, take a look here.

Keep exploring OCOcean.com for lots of good info, and checkout these visitor's guides too:

  The Official OCOcean Vacation Guide. You can request a copy be mailed to you by going here.

  Sunny Day Guide - Request Hardcopy (fee) - View 2016 Guide online (free)

  Visitors Guide to View Online

You can also get all kinds of information once you get to town from the Visitors Center at the south end of Convention Center at 40th Street.

Are there any Valentine's Day specials throughout the Town? Asking both for hotels, as well as restaurants. 
Submitted by Edward L, City* Maryland on February 8, 2017
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Johnstown Pa

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Answered: February 8, 2017

Almost every hotel in town is running specials for the holiday, same with restaurants.  Best thing to do is to pick a couple of places you're interested in and give them a call.  The Carousel, Dunes Manor, and Princess Royale are all running specials.  And there will be horse drawn carriage rides on the 11th and 12th,  18th and 19th.  You'll find them at the inlet by Thrasher's Fries.  

I'll be coming in August, and I'm wondering how I will be able to see the ponies on the beach? Are they in Ocean City, or must I travel outside the city to view them? Is there public transportation? Any and all advice is appreciated! 
Submitted by Susan T, Homer Michigan on February 7, 2017
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: February 7, 2017

Hi.  You have to go to Assateague Island to see the ponies which is about a 30 minute drive to the island.  They are there year round, but there is no guarantee that you will see any.  Some times all you'll see is the "evidence" that they've walked in the area, and other times they're right in front of you. But please remember that these are wild animals. Don't feed or try to pet them.  There is no public transportation to see the ponies, but you can take a boat from MR Ducks on the bay in Ocean City.  It's called the Assateague Adventure tour.  You can find rates and times here http://www.mrducks.com/assateagueadventure.html  

Where can I sign up to have a Visitor Guide mailed to my home? Thank you! 
Submitted by JoAnn R, Vineland New Jersey on February 6, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: February 6, 2017

I suspect you are looking for the Official OCOcean Vacation Guide. You can request a copy be mailed to you by going here.

There are a few other really good sources of OC info out there that you can request or view online. They include:

Sunny Day Guide - Request Hardcopy (fee) - View 2016 Guide online (free)

Visitors Guide to View Online

You can also get all kinds of information once you get to town form the Visitors Center at the south end of Convention Center at 40th Street.

I am coming to Ocean City for my 40th birthday on Cinco De Mayo. I am in search of places for dinner, place to get a cake and a limo service for a pub crawl on a Saturday. Thanks! 
Submitted by Karen C, Allentown Pennsylvania on February 6, 2017
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: February 6, 2017

First, happy birthday!  For a special dinner, I would eat at The Hobbit, Hooked, Catch 54 or Fager's Island.  For a fun night out, try Seacrets; for a Cinco de Mayo theme try Tequila Mockingbird (great food, good drinks) or Guidos Burritos (good food/great drinks).  For a birthday cake, try Bake My Day or Harris Teeter in Fenwick Island.  For a limo, I would actually rely on cabs.  There are several cabs companies in OC and cabs are easy to find at most restaurants.  I am sure you could even hire a cabbie for the night. 

I'm interested in going to Assateague Island to see the ponies. Is there a bus or any other forms of transportation that I can use to get there? 
Submitted by Debbie M, Hancock New York on February 6, 2017
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: February 6, 2017

The drive to the park is easy from Ocean City.  It takes about 40 minutes.  There are no buses that I know of, but you can take the Assateague Adventure.  That is a great boat trip that leaves from Ocean City.  You will see the ponies from the water.  There is no guarantee of seeing the ponies, but we have always seen them and we go a few times a year.

The link to their website is here:  http://www.mrducks.com/assateagueadventure.html

ASSATEAGUE ISLAND ECO-TOUR  

*Prices and Schedule times are subject to change without notice.

DEPARTURES                9:00   10:00  10:30  11:30   12:30   1:30    2:30   3:30    4:00    5:30  

Spring (5/15-6/14)7 Days a Week

 

Summer (6/15-9/7)Monday-Friday

 

Summer (6/15-9/7)Saturday, Sunday

 

Fall (9/8-10/4)7 Days a Week 

 

Fall (10/5-10/25)Friday, Saturday, Sunday

• Wild ponies in their natural habitat

• Explore Assateague Island

• Marine animal touch tank

• Bird watching

• Dredging for clams

• Learn about the eco system

• See the fishing boats go by

• Navigate OC's commercial fishing harbor

• Hands-on crab and crab pot demonstration

Plus...

Life jackets

Comfortable seating

Clean restrooms

Trained professional crew

Sodas and bottled water available

Quiet engine

 

PRICES:

Adult: $16.00

Children 5-12: $8.00

Seniors(65+): $12.00Children 4 and under: FREE

Landing Fee: $1.00

When are dogs allowed on the Boardwalk and beach? And, is there a "dog week?"
Submitted by Tina P, Coatesville Pennsylvania on February 3, 2017
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Linthicum MD and OC MD

Insider since: 2008

Answered: February 3, 2017

Dogs are allowed on the Boardwalk from October 1 - April 30. Every year at O.C.toberfest in October, there is a pet parade on the Boardwalk where pets dress up.  It's pretty cute! For more information, visit: http://ococean.com/events/o-c-toberfest-howl-o-ween-pet-parade

Where's the best spot to catch the Super Bowl this Sunday? 
Submitted by Brian W, Macungie Pennsylvania on February 3, 2017
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: February 4, 2017

I know the Greene Turtle is running some great game time food and drink specials.  Seacrets is showing the game on their big screen in both the bars and Morley Hall - they have some food specials as well.  I would head to one of those locations.

I am planning to vacation in OC from May 20-27. Is the Boardwalk in full operation at that time?
Submitted by Tricia D, Bel Air Maryland on February 2, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: February 2, 2017

The beginning of your trip is Cruise Weekend, which is one of the first really big weekends of the season. Except for some rides at some amusement parks and the water parks, pretty much everything in town will be open while you are there.