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I'm going to be in town next Thursday and Friday (10/25 - 10/26). What businesses will be open and what's worth checking out? 
Submitted by Edna H, philadelphia Pennsylvania on October 17, 2018
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 17, 2018

I would head to Seacrets, Fager's Island, BJ's or Dead Freddies for lunch or dinner.  Seacrets is always fun and still feels tropical.  You should also try and take the Distillery Tour at Seacrets - that is a lot of fun!

What is the best way to get trash picked up in Ocean City? 
Submitted by Ron B, Ocean city Maryland on October 17, 2018
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 17, 2018

Call the Department of Solid Waste.  They are great people and very helpful.

Steve Brown – Manager 204 65th St. – Bldg. E, Ocean City, Maryland 21842 Hours of Operation 6:30 AM-3:00 PM Winter, 6:00 AM – 3:00 PM Summer Phone 410-524-0318, Fax 410-723-1832

Hi! I was wondering what local fish markets you would recommend. I'm looking to get the freshest possible local seafood to take home and cook. Thanks!
Submitted by Seth G, Salisbury Maryland on October 16, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 16, 2018

There are three fish markets I frequently use, all in West OC. There are other good ones in OC too.

Martin Fish Company is at the southeast end of the commercial harbor. They feature fish and shellfish, but generally don't have crabs. They inspect/process most of the fresh fish caught in OC.

Waterman's Restaurant about a mile outside of OC on the north side of Route 50 has an excellent seafood market with lots of fresh and frozen seafood. I've gotten lots of great seafood here for many years.

Crabs to Go on the northeast corner of Racetrack Road (Route 589) and Route 50 specializes in crabs, but also has excellent fresh, frozen, and prepared seafood. They are my go-to place for crabs, but I gt lots of other seafood from them too.

How much should I budget for an Ocean City vacation next year? I'm looking for an average 5-day stay in a hotel. 
Submitted by Reggie W, Newark New Jersey on October 12, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 15, 2018

It depends where you are planning to come to OC and the location and amenities you want at the palace you stay at. In the winter and early spring you can find hotels for as little as $400 for 5 nights. In the summer a basic, but decent motel with taxes will run you about $1000 for 5 days (or more). If you want a luxury oceanfront hotel in July, plan on $400 or more a night.

For some ideas of places to stay  checkout the OCOcean Accommodations page or look at this thread. In many cases you can click on individual property's links to see their rates.

For more information about budgeting for a trip to OC, take a look at this thread.

I was wondering if there are any new buildings being built in town currently? I thought there might be some new hotels and apartments coming in the next year and I'm curious about new places to stay! 
Submitted by Robert G, Bethesda Maryland on October 12, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 15, 2018

There are several new buildings being built, including a Hilton Home2 Suites at 67th Street, a Marriott Aloft Hotel at 45th Street, and the Cambria Hotel at North Division Street. The Hyatt Place on the boardwalk at 16th Street opened last month.

Are there any Halloween festivals in Ocean City, Maryland this year? Is there a good place for children to go trick-or-treating? 
Submitted by Robert G, Bethesda Maryland on October 12, 2018
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 15, 2018

Trick or treating at the Boardwalk is fun during the O.C. toberfest event.  Here is a link: https://ococean.com/events/trunk-or-treat 

When will the temperature of the ocean start to become really cold? Is there a place where I can track this? 
Submitted by David W, Salisbury Maryland on October 12, 2018
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: October 12, 2018

The temperature of the ocean has already begun to drop.  And the ocean is closed for swimming now since the lifeguards are no longer on duty.  It is open for surfers though.  

There are two places I recommend for checking water temps.  

https://www.nodc.noaa.gov/dsdt/cwtg/catl.html

http://www.surf-forecast.com/breaks/Ocean-City/seatemp

Hello! Are the Boardwalk games and rides still open this weekend (October 12-14)? If so, are they open on different hours that I should know about? How about the Thrasher's Fries? I'm looking to bring my two daughters to enjoy the Boardwalk for the first time. Thanks!
Submitted by Kevin M, Washington District of Columbia on October 12, 2018
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: October 12, 2018

Hi. This is Corvette Weekend in Ocean City so you should still find quite a few shops open on the boards open. The boardwalk rides and games are all closed now, but Trimper's Indoor rides for kids under 7 are still open, along with the arcades like Playland.  Thrasher's,  Wockenfuss, Candy Kitchen, and Fisher's Popcorn will all be open.  There are two indoor mini golf courses open on 68th and 136th St. as well.  You'll have a good time.  And be sure to watch the Corvettes parade up the boardwalk Saturday at 4 p.m.  

One word of advice.  Stay OUT of the ocean. There are no lifeguards on duty and it's not safe to swim now.  

What restaurants in OCMD will be open this year for Thanksgiving Day? Is there anything you recommend doing while we're in town for Thanksgiving?  
Submitted by Robin A, Manchester Maryland on October 11, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 11, 2018

I have often been in OC for Thanksgiving with my family and can tell you it is lots of fun.

Here are a few places that are open every year and they offer great Thanksgiving meals:

Captain's Table (410.289.7192) A great OC restaurant in the Courtyard by Marriott at 15th Street that usually offers a Thanksgiving buffet (last year it was $27 for adults, $10 for kids). My brother's family ate there with my mom for the least few years for Thanksgiving and really enjoyed it!

The Victoria Room in the Dunes Manor at 28th Street offers is an excellent choice. Their dinning room overlooks the beach.

Fager's Island (410.524.5500) On the bay at 60th Street. They usually have a sit down service Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. (Note page is out of date). It is about $27 for adults and $13 for kids. They overlook the bay.

Clarion Horizons Room (410.524.3535) in the Clarion at 101st Street usually has a Thanksgiving Buffet with traditional fare and some seafood items too.

The Bonfire (410.524.7171) at 70th Street has their usual all-you-can-eat buffet, with traditional Thanksgiving items added. They have no water view.

No mater where you decide to go, you definitely want to call ahead and make reservations.

There is plenty to do in OC at Thanksgiving. See some ideas for things to do on this thread. Be sure to visit the Winterfest of Lights.

Have a great Thanksgiving in OC!

I'm looking to move to Ocean City in the next 5-6 months. I'm looking for a place to rent, or someone seeking a roommate as I will be moving to the area permanently. Any idea on where I should begin my search? Also, if there's any local tips to finding a job in the area or surrounding areas, that would be much appreciated!
Submitted by Travis B, Waldorf Maryland on October 10, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 10, 2018

I'd start with the OC Chamber of Commerce. They have lots of good info on all of these topics and even have a great guide about relocating to the area - access it here.

The Chamber also has information on Realtors who can help with housing - see this page for more info.

For more information on finding housing, take a look at this thread.

A couple of other OCIs have relocated to the area, and hopefully can add some more information from their first-hand experiences.