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We are looking for the best pet friendly rentals in OC, MD. We are open to condo/house rentals in addition to hotels and we’d like to be close to the boardwalk. Any suggestions? Thanks!
Submitted by Gwen B, Warminster Pennsylvania on April 5, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: April 10, 2018

Here are a few pet-friendly places in OC:

The Clarion at 101st Street is a great oceanfront option. It is one of the few dog friendly places open year round. 

The La Quinta Inn & Suites on 33rd Street (between Baltimore Avenue and Coastal Highway) is a fairly new hotel that allows pets and is open year round.

The Safari Motel - Ocean front on the boardwalk at 13th Street is one of the few (or only) pet friendly hotels on the boardwalk.

Barefoot Mailman - Ocean block on 35th Street.

Windjammer Apartments - Ocean front, 46th Street. A nice older property with studio, 1BR, 2BR, and 3BR apartments. I stayed there for many years.

Coastal Palms Inn and Suites - Ocean block 120th Street. It was recently taken over by the Carousel and completely redone. It is very nice. Staying here provides access to many of the Carousel's amenities (just 2 blocks away). Also has an outdoor pool and free loaner beach chairs.

Most condos do not allow renters to bring pets.

Be aware that dogs are not allowed on the OC beach or boardwalk or beach anytime from 1 May to 30 September. Leashed dogs are allowed on the beach and boardwalk from 1 October to 30 April.

Leashed dogs are allowed in OC's parks, including Northside Park at 127th Street. There is a dog park at 94th Street. You can get more info about it here.

I would like a ocean front, board walk hotel on June 21 to 28. Or any week on July one room 2 people - queen or king bed. Please send any recommendations! Thanks!
Submitted by Elizabeth C, Rockville Maryland on April 5, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: April 10, 2018

The best place to start looking is the OCOcean accommodations page.Here are several more recommendations spanning a range of budgets:

Holiday Inn & Suites oceanfront on the boardwalk at 17th Street on the boardwalk (410.289.7263). They are part of the Harrison Hotel Group, the largest set of hotels and motels in OC. This is a very nice place.

Comfort Inn Boardwalk (410.289.5155) is nice oceanfront hotel on the boardwalk at 5th Street. They also have an ocean block building that will be less expensive. It is near the south end of the boardwalk where there is tons of action, but far enough north to be not too noisy at night. They have and indoor and outdoor pools and on site parking. My son stayed there a few of summers ago, and he said it was great.

The Commander at 14th Street oceanfront on the boardwalk (888.289.6166). They just did a complete interior renovation a few years ago.

Sahara (800.638.1600) is oceanfront on the boardwalk at 19th Street with ocean block buildings too. An affordable, basic motel that will be clean, but will not have lots of amenities. They have an outdoor pool. This is the least expensive place on this list.

Dunes Manor. (800.523.2888) is oceanfront at 28th Street, just a block north of the north end of the boardwalk.  It is a great property in a great location and is reasonably priced for a mid-upper range hotel. My family has often stayed there. When I only recommend one place, this is it. They have an indoor/outdoor pool, all units are oceanfront with balconies, and some units have small kitchenettes.

Hi, I was wondering if any shops or attractions are open on the boardwalk. Thank you.
Submitted by Kelly D, Cecilton Maryland on April 5, 2018
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: April 5, 2018

Yes!  The boardwalk has something open year round, and now that Easter is over more things open daily.  You won't find the rides or pier games open yet, but the arcades, the Life Saving Station Museum, and plenty of stores, bars, and restaurants are open. Even Ripley's Believe it or Not is open.  You'll find more open on the weekends, like Thrasher's Fries, and Fisher's Popcorn.  If the weather is really bad, some things may not open or be open late.  But you'll have no trouble finding places to explore. 

I want to do some street entertainment on the boardwalk. Do I need a permit? How do I get one? Thanks!
Submitted by Joe S, Martinsburg West Virginia on April 5, 2018
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Hanover, PA 17331

Insider since: 2008

Answered: April 6, 2018

The complete set of rules and guidelines can be printed off this PDF file.

Hi, I am looking to rent a school bus for a day during my stay in OCMD. Could you send me info on a business that rents school buses? Thanks!
Submitted by CHRISTINA N, HUNTINGTOWN Maryland on April 5, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: April 10, 2018

I don't kow of any businesses in the area that rent school buses, but here are some places that provide rental commercial buses and limousines:\

Atlantic Limo. They have buses for up to 30 people. Call them at 866.913.6999for more info.

Coastal Limo (410.723.5466), but the vehicles in their fleet tends to be limos and vans for smaller groups.

Black Pearl Pirate Party Bus (302.569.2273 )has mini buses for up to 14 people, they are based out of Bethany, but likely operate in OC too.

Hi, will temps be warm enough to swim second week of May? Thanks!
Submitted by Madison B, Athens Ohio on April 5, 2018
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: April 5, 2018

That kind of depends upon your tolerance.  The water will be in the upper 50's to low 60's so still too cold for me. But most importantly, please don't swim then because there will be no lifeguards on duty then.  There will be people in the water, but you will be swimming at your own risk.  

Hi! I have a quick question. Can I reserve a hotel room in Ocean City MD without having a security deposit? If you know of locations that do this can you pass them along? Thanks!
Submitted by Jamie L, Catawissa Pennsylvania on March 28, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: March 28, 2018

Yes, most hotels and motels will let you reserve a room without a deposit as long as you provide a credit card number to hold your reservation. However, some of them require more than a typical 24 hour advance notice of a cancellation or they will charge the credit card they have on file (sometimes they have much shorter cancel without penalty windows than is typical). For a good list of places to stay in OC, see the OCOcean accommodations page. Take a look at this page for places Insiders regularly recommend.

Hi there, could you tell me the closet Airport and how long does it take to drive from the airport to OC? Thank you.
Submitted by Luciene M, Norfolk Massachusetts on March 26, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: March 27, 2018

There are no major commercial airports particularly close to Ocean City.

The closest airport is Ocean City Airport (OBX). It is about 5 miles out of town of Route 611, but it is General Aviation only and has no commercial flights. It is less than a 15 minute drive.

The closest airport with commercial flights is the Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport (SBY). It is about 30 miles from Ocean City, near Salisbury, MD. It has only a small number of commercial flights - mostly (only?) American Airline to Charlotte and Philadelphia.  If you fly to Salisbury you can rent a car, rides sharing service, or take a taxi (about $50 to $75) to get to OC. It is about a 40 minute drive.

In terms of major airports, the closest ones are Baltimore Washington International (BWI), Washington-Reagan National (DCA), Dulles International (IAD), and Philadelphia International (PHL). Each of these airports is about a 3 hour drive from OC. BayRunner Shuttles runs shuttles from BWI to OC. From the other other airports  you need to rent a car or find some other way to get to OC.

Have a good trip to OC!

Hi, How much is it to park in the inlet parking lot? Thanks!
Submitted by Courtney S, Brookhaven Pennsylvania on March 26, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: March 27, 2018

Rates for the Inlet Parking lot are $3/hour charged in 20 minute increments. Fees are charged from 1 April - 31 October. From 1 Novemerb to 30 March parking in the inlet lot is free.  The first 30 minutes are free for dropping people off. On 4th of July, special flat daily rates ($50/day) are often implemented.

Hi! What fun things are going on in OCMD for kids in March/April? Thanks!
Submitted by Mariann L, Cold spring New York on March 26, 2018
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Centreville, VA

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Answered: March 27, 2018

There are lots of fun things to do. Here are a few ideas:

There are a few fun events in April, check them out here.

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.

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.

If your kids are  ot oo young, 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.

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 it is warm enough you can golf there outdoor too.

Checkout 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.

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!

Have a great time in OC this April!