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We are thinking of coming down for a long weekend over Easter. Will the Boardwalk be open for the weekend? Do you have other ideas of activities for the long weekend with teens?
Submitted by Lauralyn K, Castleton On Hudson New York on March 8, 2017
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: March 8, 2017

There is a lot to do both on and off the Boardwalk.  Many, probably half, of the stores will be open as will some of the Trimper's games.  The rides will not be open.  Most restaurants will be open around town.  The movies, laser tag, bowling and indoor mini-golf are good options for teens.  A trip to Berlin, MD and Rehoboth are also fun activities. 

Is it possible to purchase a book of Beach Bus vouchers? 
Submitted by Lorri L, Havre de Grace Maryland on March 8, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: March 8, 2017

There are no advanced voucher sales for the Beach Bus. You just pay each day as you ride the Beach Bus. The cost is $3/day to ride all day.

Senior Citizen's can get annual passes. See here for more info.

Is Sunset Park pet-friendly?
Submitted by sherry r, Tower City Pennsylvania on March 7, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: March 7, 2017

If you mean are dogs allowed there, then the answer is "yes," as long as the dogs are on a leash. Leashed dogs are allowed in all of OC's parks.

Dogs are not allowed on the beach or boardwalk in Ocean City anytime between 1 May and 30 September. There is also a Dog Park on 94th Street. See this site for how to access the dog park.

Where can I find information on bulk trash pick-up in Ocean City?
Submitted by Deborah W, Ocean city Maryland on March 6, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: March 6, 2017

Bulk Trash Pickup as part of OC's Spring Cleanup will be 8-9 April 2017. You can also get bulk trash pickup Monday through Friday from May 1 through September 30. From October 1 through April 30, the service operates on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The cost is $20 for the first item, $30 for up to three items and $5 for each additional item. For more information, see the Solid Waste Department website or call 410.524.0318.

How can I go about selling my arts and crafts at Springfest and Sunfest? 
Submitted by max w, Huntingdon Pennsylvania on March 3, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: March 3, 2017

To be a vendor for Springfest or Sunfest you need to work with the Recreation and Parks Department Special Events group. You can access the Sunfest Vendor Applications from this page and the Springfest vendor applications from this page.  The application has lots of useful information. For each of these events there is a $25 non-refundable application fee  and not all applicants receive spots as these are juried shows where vendors are selected based on their specific wares. Prices for arts and crafts booths for 2017 are $635. The application forms provide detailed directions and much more information. You can contact the Special Events group via  their webpage or call them at 410.250.0125 to find out more. Applications for Sprinfest were due 1 March 2017 and applications for Sunfest are due 1 June 2017.

My family owns a place in Ocean City, so I do not need accommodations. However, we do not have access to a pool. Is there a way for visitors to pay for access to either an indoor or outdoor pool?
Submitted by Heather R, Westminster Maryland on February 27, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: February 27, 2017

I assume you will be coming to OC in season. There are no public pools in Ocean City, but Ocean Pines sells daily passes to several of their pools including their Beach Club pool at 50th Street (in season). You can also access some Ocean Pines indoor pools in the off season. The Ocean Pines indoor pool is about 5 miles outside of Ocean City off Route 90 at Route 589.

You can also visit the Splash Mountain at Jolly Rogers at 30th Street or Frontier Town's Waterpark in West OC.

When coming from northeast Pennsylvania, do I need to cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge to get to Ocean City? 
Submitted by linda h, Glen lyon Pennsylvania on February 27, 2017
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Centreville, VA

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Answered: February 27, 2017

No, you can avoid the Chesapeake Bay Bridge by coming though Delaware (this route is better from your area than taking the Bay Bridge). From northern Delaware you can take Route 113 and Delaware Route 1 to get to OC. It is about 2 hours from the Delaware Memorial Bridge to OC.

Hello! I'm looking to take a getaway with the family for a few nights -- possibly in the beginning of March. Could you point me in the right direction for specials, deals, etc.? Also, what establishments are open? Any good restaurants, games, rides? Thanks in advance! 
Submitted by Paul R, Philadelphia Pennsylvania on February 23, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: February 23, 2017

You will find some things open in March, especially on weekend when the weather is nice. Fewer things will be open during the week. The busiest weekend will be 11-12 March when lots businesses will be open for the St. Patrick's Day Parade and festivities.

Your best bet is to go to the Convention Center Visitors Center at 40th Street (pictured above). They have all kinds of information, including paces running specials that week (they change often in the off season).

For ideas of things to do, take a look at this thread.

For restaurant ideas, look here.

Is there a bus that goes from South Bethany to Ocean City? This is specifically for Memorial Day weekend. Can you please provide the stop addresses (where they would pick up and drop off), hours of the bus schedule, and how much the cost is? I have heard of Dart Bus, but cannot find any information on the pick-up address for South Bethany. Are there any other options to get to and from these beaches?
Submitted by Elena P, Bethany Beach Delaware on February 23, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: February 23, 2017

The only such bus is the DART Bus.

There is a summer bus schedule for the DART bus that should be running by Memorial 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. The Bethany stops are at Garfield Parkway at the Children's Park and at York Beach Mall. The bus will run hourly starting around Sunday 21 May 2017, from 7am to midnight.

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

I am planning a bachelorette party for July 2017. There will be about 20 of us, and we are looking to rent a boat for the day to hit multiple restaurants and bars. Any suggestions on companies that offer the charter without the fishing would be greatly appreciated! 
Submitted by Kelsey C, Baltimore Maryland on February 23, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: February 23, 2017

Have a great time at you bachelorette party! I have two suggestions for you:

Ocean City Swim Call - Offers lots of charter options and does lots of bachelorette parties. Their boat can handle a group your size. Call or text them at 443.235.4950 for more info.

Buzz Boat Water Taxi - This boat specializes in events like your. Unfortunately, their normal boat only hold 15 people, but if you call ahead, they may be able to arrange a larger boat to use for your group. You can reach them at 561.512.2727.