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Do the hotels have free WiFi?
Submitted by Samantha R, Terra alta West Virginia on October 9, 2017
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: October 9, 2017

Most do, but not all.  It depends upon where you are staying.  You need to ask at the desk when you check in or book your hotel.  

Are the umbrella/chair "blue boxes" still open in October?
Submitted by Bill M, Frederick Maryland on October 9, 2017
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: October 9, 2017

Not officially. They normally close the same day that the life guards stop protecting the beach, which this year was September 24th.  There are still some blue boxes on the beach though and there are signs with phone numbers on them.  Maybe you can call the number and they would be willing to send someone there to rent some to you.  

But please stay out of the ocean now since there are no lifeguards on duty any more.  

Can you drive on the beach in OC past 78th Street? 
Submitted by Judy H, Aberdeen Maryland on October 9, 2017
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Naperville, IL

Insider since: 2011

Answered: October 10, 2017

Not in Ocean City but you can in Delaware or some parts of Assategue Island.

What is a good time of day/year to see the fishing boats come in? And where?
Submitted by Terri R, S Chesterfield Virginia on October 5, 2017
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 5, 2017

The Ocean Commercial harbor is is located at 12806 Sunset Avenue, West Ocean City.  Boats come in from 2 pm to 4 pm usually.

Here is a video of the harbor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIt4wLgaqLQ

You can also go to Mickey Finns, the Shark or Sunset Grille and watch the boars come in.   

My wife, two young kids and I are planning to do Thanksgiving in Ocean City this year. Are there restaurants open that late into the season and are any of the boardwalk arcades open?
Submitted by Craig C, Alexandria Virginia on October 4, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 4, 2017

Good news! You will find plenty to do in OC over Thanksgiving. My family and our 4 kids used to go every year over Thanksgiving, usually arriving Tuesday night and staying until Sunday (We only stopped going once our kids went to college because they wanted to stay home to see their friends). We always found a lot to do. Here are a few ideas:

First of all, yes, the arcades are open. In fact, Marty's Playland (our favorite) s open pretty much everyday all year. Sometimes the look closed because they leave the front doors closed to keep the heat in, but if the front doors are closed you can get in on the north side)

There are also lots of restaurants open. Take a look at this link for ideas of places to eat Thanksgiving Dinner, and this link for other restaurants that will be open.

The boardwalk is open all year, and boardwalk favorites  Thrasher's Fries, Dumser's ice cream, Fisher's popcorn (my favorite!), Candy Kitchen are often open and should be open over Thanksgiving 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.

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.

Go visit the Art League Gallery at 94th Street. They are open everyday. It's a quick visit, but they have interesting exhibits that change monthly. I go there almost every time I am in OC.

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. We often would go bowling there the day before Thanksgiving.

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.

Checkout Winterfest of Lights at Northside Park at 125th Street.

Go Ice Skating or see an ice skating show at the Carousel.

Play Laser Tag at Planet Maze (410.524.4386). They usually closed on weekday, but open on weekends.

Get some crabs from Crabs-to-Go to feel a bit more like summer. They have excellent crabs year round.

Go see a movie.

Checkout the interesting shops in nearby Berlin.

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. While you are there, you can shop at the nearby Rehoboth Tanger outlets.

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!

Have a great time in OC this November!

When does the Boardwalk close for the season? 
Submitted by tamara b, lexington pk Maryland on October 3, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 3, 2017

Never! there are many boardwalk businesses open year round, at least on weekends. Most boardwalk shops and restaurant are open until at least Columbus Day. After that, many shops will remain open at least on weekends, but will slowly be open less and less as we get deeper into the off season. Many places do not have regular hours, but will be open if they sense there is a large enough crowd (usually weekends and good weather) to be worth opening.

Boardwalk favorites  Thrasher's Fries, Dumser's ice cream, Fisher's popcorn (my favorite!), Candy Kitchen are often open on weekends 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.

Marty's Playland arcade is open almost everyday year-round!

Are the boardwalk stores and restaurants still open? 
Submitted by Cindy L, Selinsgrove Pennsylvania on October 3, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 3, 2017

Yes, most boardwalk shops and restaurant will be open until at least Columbus Day. After that, many shops will remain open at least on weekends, but will slowly be open less and less as we get deeper into the off season. Many places do not have regular hours, but will be open if they sense there is a large enough crowd (usually weekends and good weather) to be worth opening. More restaurants stay open all year. See this thread for some recommendations.

How do local bands register to play at Sunfest?
Submitted by Diane W, Middletown Delaware on October 3, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 3, 2017

You would need to contact the Recreation and Parks Department's Special Events Group. They run Sunfest (And Springfest) do all the entertainment planning.

You can reach them through their webpage or by calling 800.626.2326 or 410.250.0125.

If I got scopes photos taken over the summer, is there a way to order them online? 
Submitted by Kim N, Red Lion Pennsylvania on October 3, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 3, 2017

If you know specifically what pictures you want and the details of who the photographer was, when, and where they were taken (this should all be on the receipt you got when the photos were taken), you can fill out a request at the Telescope Photos website. The request form can be found here. Telescope photos does not offer a service where they post pictures for you to select what you want. You can also contact telescope photos at 410.289.0685 to see if they can help you.

Can you crab anywhere in OC or are there restricted areas? 
Submitted by Dennis C, Baltimore Maryland on October 3, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 3, 2017

You can crab in any from almost any public property or area of the coastal bays in MD. Any restricted areas will be marked (I don't know of any). Obviously you cannot crab or trespass on private property, docks, or piers. Some good places to crab are the bulkhead along the bay between 2nd and 4th Street along Chicago Avenue (you can also fish from here without a license), the 9th Street Pier, and the Pier at Northside Park (125th Street, you can also fish here without a license), and from the bulkhead behind the Convention Center at 40th Street. You can also crab from the pier at the Isle of Wight Recreation area between the two Route 90 bridges.

You do not need a license to crab, but in most places you do need one to fish if you are 16 or older. While you don't need a license, there are restrictions on how you can crab and the quantity and size of crabs recreational crabbers can keep. Find out more general information about crabbing regulations in MD here; you can find MD's specific requirements and regulations related to crabbing in the Atlantic Ocean and Coastal Bays here.