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Are there places in or near Ocean City that rent lift chairs for use in condos? We're heading to the beach in August, and would like to begin making plans. Thank you! 
Submitted by Cynthia L, Niagara Falls New York on January 30, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: January 30, 2017

I do not know of a place that rents lift chairs in OC, but can suggest two places for you to contact that might be able to help you or point you in the right direction. These places are:

PMI Rentals (800.320.7469) rents all kinds of things. If they don't rent lift chairs they may know of a plaice that does!

Apple Discount Drugs in nearby Berlin (410.641.3130). See their website for hours and directions. They rent all kinds of medical equipment and may be able to point you to someplace that rents these types of chairs.

We're trying to plan a bachelorette party for my sister in July, but we need a few suggestions on where to stay and what to do. We're a group of 12 ladies, all over the age of 21, looking to do a Thursday-Sunday weekend. Thank you in advance! 
Submitted by Tracey C, Roselle Park New Jersey on January 30, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: January 30, 2017

I'd suggest staying in a nice mid-town location. My two top recommendations for places to stay are:

Dunes Manor is a couple of blocks north of the boardwalk at 28th street, all rooms are ocean front with balconies. It is an easy walk to the north end of the boardwalk. 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 have adjoining rooms available if you want to be able to move among your group's rooms.

Holiday Inn Oceanfront - 67th Street - An excellent hotel right on the beach. They have a great outdoor pool with a bar and a nice hammock area along the beach. I have stayed here several times.

Here are a some ideas of things to do:

Seacrets is OC's #1 party destination, and they do a great job with Bachelorette parties; contact them (410.524.4900) to get setup with them for your group.

Fager's Island (410.524.5500) at 60th Street on the bay also caters to bachelorette parties. You can contact them to see if they can host part of your festivities.

Go to a spa with your group. Some great options are OC Massage, Grand Aqua Spa, and Creative Day Spa.

I recently ran across a new charter cruise company that could perhaps help you setup a private party cruise for your group. I have not tried them yet, but they look promising. They are OC Swim Call. You can reach them at 443.235.4950 and see if they may be able to help you setup a fun night.

If you want to do some bar-hopping on the bay,  try the Buzz Boat Water taxi. Call Captain Alex Trimper at 571.512.2727 to find out more.

OC has lots of great clubs and bars. Some great bars I recommend are The Cork Bar, Bearded Clam, Fish Tales, and Longboards. Another bar I like for great music is The Purple Moose Saloon on the boardwalk between Talbot and Caroline Streets.

There are several local breweries and wineries in the area. Click on the links, and check one or more of them out!

If anyone likes to gamble, visit The Casino at Ocean Downs, about 5 miles outside of OC on Route 589, Racetrack road, about 1/2 mile north of Route 50.

Checkout the interesting shops in nearby Berlin. While you are in Berlin, take in a show at the Globe Theatre.

If your group likes an adventure in the great outdoors, consider a kayak trip. I've been out several times with Assateague Outfitters - they do a great job and the trips are a lot of fun. Plus, you will see the famous Assateague wild horses! No experience required. I've been out with people from age 8 to age 70 and everyone had a great time!

Have a great time with your friends in OC!

Are there any Ocean City restrictions against taking the doors off my 1995 Grand Cherokee as long as I have the mirrors on the vehicle?  
Submitted by Shane N, Dover Pennsylvania on January 30, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: January 30, 2017

Ocean City does not have any specific restrictions that would prevent you from removing the doors, but the State of Maryland does have restrictions that prevent you from legally operating a Grand Cherokee with the doors removed.

The issue is that Maryland does not allow for doors to be removed from vehicles that were not factory-configured to have removable doors. Thus, you cannot remove them and operate your Cherokee legally on Maryland roads. In some cases, a Jeep Wrangler can operate legally in Maryland without doors. The distinction does not relate to the mirrors (although in all cases a driver's side mirror is required), but instead is based on the Wrangler's doors not being considered part of a Wrangler's safety equipment (the doors are specifically excluded by Jeep). In contrast, the Cherokee's doors are part of its body structure, and therefore are considered a safety component, and thus are required to legally operate the vehicle in Maryland.

If you want to double check, call the OCPD non-emergency line at 410.723.6610. If they tell you it is okay, I'd be sure to get the name of the person you speak to, just in case.

I made reservations for my family to visit OC during the first week of June. We are staying on 9th St on the Boardwalk, though now I'm wondering if this is the best time to visit with my kids (ages between 8 and 16) with the recent graduates in town. We want to be able to go on the Boardwalk even at night without problems. Am I overreacting, or is it better to visit later in the summer? Thanks for your help!
Submitted by Ryan R, Altoona Pennsylvania on January 25, 2017
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: January 25, 2017

You should be fine the first week of June since many of the Maryland schools don't get out until a bit later. The second and third weeks of June tend to be the busiest. The water is still quite cool then, but you can swim and life guards will be on duty.  There will be a free movie on the beach on 118th St on June 7, but the majority of free beach events (movies, concerts, fireworks, and laser light shows) don't begin for another two weeks.  You can find a listing of all Ocean City events at http://www.ococean.com/events.

Hello, I am visiting sometime in June. For the sake of crowds, I was wondering when the popular time for recent graduates visiting OCMD is? Thank you! 
Submitted by priscilla p, barnegat New Jersey on January 24, 2017
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North Ocean City

Insider since: 2014

Answered: January 24, 2017

The first two weeks of June but can extend into the third week as well. Seniors are everywhere, primarily up thru 40th-50th street but definitely thru-out Ocean City. Jay walking is not permitted but during senior week I am personally more observant to watch out for the kids darting out in front of traffic. As my co-insider mentioned the Airshow is a blast and very family oriented. Great hotels rates if you book now too!!

Is it possible to rent a motorized beach wheelchair in OCMD?
Submitted by Paula C, Valier Pennsylvania on January 20, 2017
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: January 21, 2017

I called a large manufacturer of beach wheelchairs yesterday and they do not know of anyone who is renting motorized beach wheelchairs in the area.  The Beach De Bug is the motorized version of the push type wheelchairs. 

You could rent a motorized scooter and any of the local bike shops or through PMI. 

My sister and I are senior citizens with a few health issues. We've always wanted to head to Ocean City and see the ponies. We're looking for hotel recommendations that are reasonably priced, as well as an alternative route that avoids the Bay Bridge. Thank you! 
Submitted by linda h, Glen lyon Pennsylvania on January 19, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: January 19, 2017

If you want to avoid the crowds and same some money, best bet is to head to OC in the shoulder season - I'd suggest late April or early June or in the September or October. Be sure to check the OC events page, as there may be events these months you want to go to (or avoid).

The hotel I most often recommend is The Dunes Manor. It is just north of the boardwalk at a great mid-town location. All rooms are oceanfront and they have a really nice front porch overlooking the beach.

Another great choice is Holiday Inn Oceanfront at 67th Street. This hotel often has some excellent shoulder-season and off-season rates.

If you want some additional ideas of palces to stay, take a look at this thread.

From Glen Lyon you would not normally cross the Bay Bridge. Your best route to OC is to head towards Philadelphia and then take I-95 south to Delaware Route 1. Take Route 1 South to Milford, Da and then get on Route 113 South. Take Route 113 South into Maryland and to Route 50, and then take Route 50 East to OC.

Just so you know, the ponies are not in Ocean City, but are on Assateague, about 12 miles south of Ocean City. Since Assateague is a National Seashore, there are no hotels or motels there, so OC is the best place for you  to stay to see them.

Can I get a bus from Ocean Village at Old Bridge to the beach, or do I need to park an ride?
Submitted by crystal W, pottsville Pennsylvania on January 9, 2017
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: January 9, 2017

The easiest way is to park and ride.  To walk there means crossing some busy streets and driving is easier, even in the summer.

Where can I find the name of the company that sets up chairs and umbrellas around 4th street? 
Submitted by Marilyn S, Brackenridge Pennsylvania on January 9, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: January 9, 2017

The vendors vary by section of beach, but their names will be on the side of their rental box. I am not sure who services 4th Street, but two of the major vendors are:

85'n Sunny  - 410.251.2892

Will's Beach Service - 410.641.1264

What is the name of the hotel built right across from the Flagship?
Submitted by Sue A, Clairton Pennsylvania on January 9, 2017
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: January 9, 2017

The Crystal Beach Hotel is located across from the Flagship and they are expanding their hotel so any construction you're seeing , that's what it is. The Crystal Beach is part of the Carousel Group of hotels now so you're likely to find some good offers coming for the newly redesigned hotel.  I would sign up for email notifications on the Carousel Group's webpage.

Also, the Flagship is undergoing some changes as well.  A "refreshening" of their hotel, plus now their rooms will be available according to the size of bed you require.  First floor will be two double beds, second floor is queen size, and third floor is all king size beds. It's an interesting way to do a hotel, but I can see where it will make life simpler for housekeeping and picking out a room.