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When does the OC Beach Patrol start working for the season? I'm hoping to swim in the ocean, but only with lifeguards on duty! A start and stop date for the seaon would be helpful. Thanks!

Submitted by Virginia H, Derwood MD on April 19, 2019

From the Beach Patrol page.

The beach patrol is on duty everyday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. starting the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend and continuing seven days a week through the Sunday of Sunfest weekend, usually the third Sunday after Labor Day. After Labor Day, the beach patrol begins implementation of fall coverage. Fall coverage extends until the Sunday of Sunfest weekend. 

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Troy F.

Troy F.

Hanover, PA 17331 Answered: April 19, 2019 Insider Since 2008

Is there parking at the Convention Center? Is there any sort of fee? 

Submitted by James B, Ridley park NY on April 19, 2019

Yes, the Convention Center offers free parking only if you're visiting the center.

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Troy F.

Troy F.

Hanover, PA 17331 Answered: April 19, 2019 Insider Since 2008

Can you break down parking at the Inlet Lot for me? I haven't been there in awhile and am trying to prevent confusion. What's the deal with the pay station? Staffed or self-serve? How do I pay? Thanks!

Submitted by DANIEL P J, NORRISTOWN PA on April 19, 2019

The town has a page explaining this here. This is great source of information about parking.

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Troy F.

Troy F.

Hanover, PA 17331 Answered: April 19, 2019 Insider Since 2008

Where can I rent a motor scooter in Ocean City near the Boardwalk? Any estimated cost? 

Submitted by Charlotte P, Glen Burnie MD on April 17, 2019

If you mean a mobility scooter, try either Boardwalk Mobility (410.289.1203) or Scooters-4-Rent (302.280.6203).

If you mean a scooter to drive on the highway, try Cycle City (410.524.2453).

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Karl S.

Karl S.

Centreville, VA Answered: April 18, 2019 Insider Since 2010

What is the best area to fish for flounder and grouper in Ocean City Maryland? Anything I need to know about liscencing? 

Submitted by Robert G, Bethesda MD on April 17, 2019

I'd suggest fishing in the inlet for grouper and in the Coastal Bays just north or south of the inlet for flounder.

You will need a Fishing License to fish in the inlet or Coastal Bays. The Maryland DNR site has all the info you need for getting a MD salt-water/coastal bay fishing license.

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Karl S.

Karl S.

Centreville, VA Answered: April 18, 2019 Insider Since 2010

Where can you rent bikes in OCMD?

Submitted by Beverly R, New cumberland PA on April 17, 2019

There are bike rental shops all along the boardwalk. Most of these palces will rent to you for an hour or more or for the week. Two of the places are solid. I often rent form Bike World on Caroline Street. Find out more about biking in OC here.

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Karl S.

Karl S.

Centreville, VA Answered: April 17, 2019 Insider Since 2010

Can I park my 24 foot motor home in the OC Inlet Parking Lot? Anywhere else you would suggest? 

Submitted by Thomas M, Dallastown PA on April 17, 2019

I suggest contacting a local campground for RV parking and the list of them can be found here.

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Troy F.

Troy F.

Hanover, PA 17331 Answered: April 18, 2019 Insider Since 2008

I'm looking to book a trip in early May. When does the Boardwalk typically start opening up fully for the season? Any suggestions on activities to do in May? 

Submitted by Shannon K, Roselle Park NJ on April 16, 2019

Most business on the boardwalk will be open by early May. Here are a few ideas of things to do:

Check and see if there are any special events planned that might interest you. You can always see what is going on at the OCOcean Events page.

Many boardwalk businesses will be open. Thrasher's Fries, Dumser's ice cream, Fisher's popcorn (my favorite!), Candy Kitchen will be open when you are there. Marty's Playland, my favorite arcade, is open almost everyday year round!

It will be warm enough to play mini golf at one of the Old Pro Courses, and if it is chilly, you can play at an indoor course. Old Pro is open daily at 68th and 136th Streets. These two locations both have indoor and outdoor courses and are open year-round.

Visit Baja Amusements on West OC - They will likely have several go cart tracks running everyday.

Go Ice Skating  at the Carousel.

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 that kids love. It also has 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.

You can also head west to go to the Salisbury Zoo - It is about 30 miles away. It is a nice community zoo, and it is free!

You can go 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 art, take a trip to the Art League Gallery on 94th Street. I go here almost every time I am in town. Their exhibits change monthly, and I always find something interesting to look at there, plus it is FREE.

If you want to try something different, take a kayak trip in the Coastal Bays. I've been out several times with Assateague Outfitters (410.656.9453). They do a great job and the trips are a lot of fun. Plus, you will see the famous Assateague wild horses! No experience required. I've been out with people from age 8 (he was fine in his Dad's kayak, and the 10-year-old was fine in his own kayak) to age 70 and everyone had a great time! I was out one year in mid-April and it was plenty warm enough for one of these trips. Since the bay is rarely more than a couple of feet deep, it warms up quickly.

If you are golfers, OC has lots of great courses. If you get a warmer day, it will still be fun to golf. If some of you are novice golfers, try Ocean Resort Golf Club. They are a course that works well for both less proficient golfers (like me), and for more experienced ones too (like the crew I head down with every year).

Checkout the interesting shops in nearby Berlin.

If you like history definitely visit the OC Lifesaving Museum at the south end of the boardwalk. If 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.

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Karl S.

Karl S.

Centreville, VA Answered: April 16, 2019 Insider Since 2010

Do I need to register a paddle boat or have any sort of liscensing to be able to go into the canals/bay around Fenwick? 

Submitted by Kathy S, Greencastle PA on April 16, 2019

The rules in Delaware are different than Maryland for boating and registration.  I recommend you call the Delaware Department of Natural Resources at 800.292.3030.  Make sure you have all the proper training to operate in Delaware waters as well.

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Savas K.

Savas K.

Hunt Valley and Ocean City Answered: April 16, 2019 Insider Since 2010

When does peak season typically begin in Ocean City? When are the majority of stores back open? I was in town November 2018 for my first time and it was pretty quiet around town. Any suggestions of what I should check out when I head back? 

Submitted by Markisha L, Edenton NC on April 16, 2019

Peak season really runs from the first week in May until the end of September.  About 90% of the stores and restaurants are open by the first week in May.  From Memorial Day to Labor Day Ocean City is in full swing!

If you have not been in Ocean City for Springfest or Sunfest, I highly recommend visiting during the first weekend in May and the third weekend in September.  I would eat at Seacrets, BJ's On the Water, Hooked and Fager's Island when you visit.

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Savas K.

Savas K.

Hunt Valley and Ocean City Answered: April 16, 2019 Insider Since 2010

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Centreville, VA
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Hanover, PA 17331
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Kathy H.

Bayville, NJ
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Linthicum MD and OC MD
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Warrenville, IL
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Ocean City, MD
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Camp Hill, PA
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Dana B.

Pittsburgh, PA
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North Ocean City
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Pittsburgh Pa
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Ocean City, MD
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