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

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 3, 2017

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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!


Bayville, NJ

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 8, 2017

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Hey Tamara, it never closes the boardwalk is always open. However many businesses depending on what you're looking for may close for the season but some stay open year round. So hopefully you're able to find what you're looking for that is open.


Camp Hill, PA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 5, 2017

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Tamara, thank you for your question. The boardwalk never closes. It is open year-round! The past 10 years have seen the fall and winter months become a second season for Ocean City, which means even more and more businesses every year are opting to stay open year-round. On the coldest of winter days, if the sun is out you’ll find the boardwalk teaming with people, and many shops and restaurants open for business!


Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 5, 2017

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There are still about 20% of the restaurants open in town as well.  All the goods ones are open and many of the shops are open on weekends.  OC is still busy until the end of October, then kicks back up for Thanksgiving and Christmas.


Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: October 4, 2017

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You are in luck. The boardwalk never officially closes, and most weekends you'll find quite a few places open including favorites like Thrasher's Fries and Fisher's Popcorn.  There's always something open unless the weather is really bad with heavy wind, rain, or snow.  But the rides and boardwalk games, aside from the arcades, are now closed.  You can still rent bicycles and ride them year round too.