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During Sunfest Weekend, I'm interested in information for the boardwalk tram (pick up and drop off and times of day), along with umbrella and chair rentals on the beach, and where I can obtain a beach wheelchair. Thanks! 
Submitted by Gina H, Westminster, Maryland September 21, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: September 21, 2017

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The tram will be running during Sunfest. See the schedule here.

Beach equipment rental stands will mostly be open. If there is no attendant at you stand, call the number on the side of the box and they will send someone out to help you.

The beach wheelchairs on the beach are controlled by the beach patrol, but generally are removed around Labor Day. However, there are other options.

Beach wheelchairs are available at the Ocean City Police Department at 65th Street, bayside, for one or multi-days of use by advance reservation. Call 410.723.6610 for more information.

Beach wheelchairs are also available from the Ocean City Visitors Center in the Convention Center on 40th Street for one to three days of use by advance reservation. Call 410.289.2800 for more information.

Finally, PMI rentals rents these chairs, and they will deliver. You can call them at 800.320.7469 to find out more.

Be aware that these beach wheelchairs are large and do not fold up. They require a fairly large vehicle to transport (check with the people you talk to to see if it will fit in your vehicle). The chairs on the beach locations are stored at the west side of the dunes or along the boardwalk. The chairs are also not self propelled, the person in the chair will need someone to push him or her across the beach.

There is also a new business, SandHelper, that offers self-driven electric beach wheelchairs. Find out more about them here or by calling 855.743.5737. They cost $55/day to rent and have free delivery and pickup.


Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: September 21, 2017

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The Boardwalk Tram is running the entire weekend.  It essentially runs up and down the Boardwalk.  A tram runs about every 10 - 15 minutes. 

The Boardwalk Tram fare is $3 per person, per boarding, one way ride. Discount fare punch cards are available at $20 for 8 rides.

The unlimited ride pass, which costs $6, a passenger can now get on and off the Tram as much as they like between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. The unlimited ride pass is only valid on the day of purchase and is not available during Holidays, Holiday Weekends or Special Events. Restriction may apply. Please view designated Holidays, Holiday Weekends or Special Event dates and or restrictions.

The $3 Tram fare, $20 discounted punch card, and $6 unlimited ride pass is sold at the north and south tram ticket booths and on any Tram. Major credit cards and exact cash fare is accepted by the Conductor at the rear of the Tram.

Please note: The tram operation is subject to prevailing weather conditions. Inclement Weather Notice or see the station operators or call 410-289-5311 or 410-723-1606 for further information.

POST LABOR DAY Sept. 5 – 10, 2017

Sept. 14 – 17, 2017

2 p.m. – 10 p.m. / Daily SUNFEST Sept. 21 – 24, 2017 10 a.m. – Midnight / Thursday – Saturday

10 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. / Sunday

A limited number of sand wheelchairs may be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. These special chairs are available for pick up at the Ocean City Public Safety Building 410-723-6610.  Please call them to reserve a chair.

Umbrella and beach chair rentals are available wherever a blue, green or yellow rental box is located - by the dunes, by a beach entrance.  If no one is at the box, call the number on the side of the box and a rental attendant will come to assist you.  Rentals are only available until the end of September.


Linthicum MD and OC MD

Insider since: 2008

Answered: September 22, 2017

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Luckily as already posted, the boardwalk tram will be open.  Sometimes it can be cheaper to buy an umbrella at Sunsations, Roses, or one of the local stores. 


Hanover, PA 17331

Insider since: 2008

Answered: September 22, 2017

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If you can't find any umbrella rentals than maybe purchasing your own at any Sunsations store in Ocean City is an option. 

Have Fun.