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Can you provide me with more information regarding the Assateague Island Horses? What is their story? 
Submitted by Kimberly S, Wheeling West Virginia on September 25, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: September 25, 2018

The horses on Assateague are actually feral horses as their ancestors were domesticated horses. There are many stories about their origin, but it generally accepted that they are the descendants of horses local farmers kept on Assateague over 200 years ago. Stories that they are descendants of horses that escaped the shipwreck of a Spanish ship long ago are interesting, but are generally discounted as more legend than fact (although this is the origin supported by the owners of the Chincoteague herd).

There are actually two separate herds of horses, one in Maryland and another in Virginia. The Maryland herd is the owned by the National Park Service as part of the National Seashore. The Virginia herd is the owned by the Chincoteague Fire Company that holds the annual pony swim , penning, and auction in late July. The Maryland herd had 82 horses in early 2018, which is right around the target population for the herd. Contraception is used to manage the Maryland herd size, and each mare is typically allowed to have one foal in her lifetime. The Virginia herd is limited to 150 horses based on the grazing permit issues to the Chincoteague Fire Department by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. There are 30 to 45 foals born to this herd each year, and its population is controlled by the annual auction. There have been many different approaches to managing these herds, and additional horses have been introduced several times in the past 120 years for various reasons, including to increase genetic diversity of the herds

These horses tend to be smaller than most horses and thus are sometime referred to as ponies. They have adapted to their diet of salty grasses, but often appear bloated based on that diet. Often people mistake this bloat for pregnancies. They do not drink the brackish water of the Coastal Bay, but rather drink from any of Assateague's many small fresh water ponds.

Note that these horses are wild animals and should not be approach or fed. There are many stories of people getting injured (usually by being kicked hard) trying to interact with these horses.

Find out more about Assateague's wild horses here. Wikipedia also has an informative article on these horses.

Is there an company where I can arrange for bulk trash pickup? 
Submitted by Suzanne N, OC Maryland on September 25, 2018
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

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Answered: September 25, 2018

Bulk pick up operates Monday through Friday from May 1 through September 30. From October 1 through April 30, the service operates on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The cost is $20 for the first item, $30 for up to three items and $5 for each additional item. For more information, please call 410-524-0318 or email thenderson@oceancitymd.gov.

My Wife and I are coming up on our 30th Wedding Anniversary and looking to do something romantic in OCMD. I would like to keep my feet on the ground, while still having fun. Any suggestions? Much appreciated. 
Submitted by Charles J, York Pennsylvania on September 25, 2018
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Johnstown Pa

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Answered: September 25, 2018

Well, it would help if we had dates or an idea of when you're coming.  But my husband and I enjoyed our 40th anniversary by staying at the Inn on the Ocean on 10th St on the boardwalk. It's Ocean City's only oceanfront bed and breakfast.  We had never stayed in a B&B before, and weren't sure we'd enjoy it, but we were sold 100%.  It's a beautiful place, adults only, every room has a private bath, and you only ever see the owners at breakfast. The owner's wife is a gourmet cook and every breakfast was amazing. They treat you like royalty, and provide beach chairs and bicycles for their patron's use.  I highly recommend them. 

For dinner, I would suggest a nice dinner at the Hobbit overlooking the bay. Beautiful sunsets, great food and ambiance. If you're looking for dinner and a band, try BJ's on the Water on 75th.  Not quite as romantic, but beautiful bay views, and there is live music nearly every night.  Or for the nightclub scene, head to Seacrets on 49th St.  They also have a distillery there where you can take a tour and sample some of their products.  

How about spending some time at the Ocean Downs Casino and Racetrack in Berlin?  Only about a 20 minute drive and you can watch the horse races and then spend some time gambling, and maybe you'll be the lucky jackpot winner!  

All of the things I mentioned are open and available year round.  Happy anniversary!  That's a wonderful milestone!

I'm planning to go to Ocean City the week of April 22-26 next year. Are the shops open on the Boardwalk then? How is the weather typically during April? Could I go to the pool or beach? 
Submitted by Maria S, Shirley New York on September 24, 2018
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Johnstown Pa

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Answered: September 24, 2018

Hi. April is very quiet still. There won't be any lifeguards on the beach, but the water is still way too cold to swim then anyway.  Hotels with indoor pools will be your best bet. Most hotels don't fill their outdoor pools until close to Memorial Day.  The weather is unpredictable.  Most Aprils that I've been there, the temps during the day were in the low 60's. Some days it gets a bit warmer, but it's very comfortable for walking and biking and exploring the city. As for the shops on the boardwalk, there will be some open, some getting ready to open, and some still closed up tight.  You'll find more shops open on weekends then than during the week.  But at the end of April, with Springfest only a week or so away, you'll have a very good chance of finding plenty of shops open to keep you entertained.  

How late are the family activities (the Arcade, Ice Cream shops, etc.) open on the Boardwalk? What would you suggest checking out? 
Submitted by Kristina l, Millersville Maryland on September 24, 2018
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Centreville, VA

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Answered: September 24, 2018

Some activities are open year round. By now most of the rides have closed, although Trimper's may have some of their indoor kiddie rides open on weekends. Aome arccades will be open when you are in OC - Marty's Playland, my favorite arcade, is open almost everyday year round! Boardwalk favorites  Thrasher's Fries, Dumser's ice cream, Fisher's popcorn (my favorite!), Candy Kitchen are open almost everyday until Columbus Day, and on at least weekends when the weather is noce for most of the year.

It is still warm enough to play mini golf at one of the Old Pro Courses. They are open everyday at 68th and 136th Streets. These two locations have indoor and outdoor courses and are open year-round.

It is worth taking a trip down to Assateague. It is only about a 15 minute drive. There is a great Vistor'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.

If you want to try something different, take a kayak trip in the Coastal Bays. I've been out several times with Assateague Outfitters - 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! It is warm enough from mid-April until late-October to take these trips, and rarely is the bay more than a couple of feet deep. Call them at 410.656.9453 to see if they can setup a trip that would work for you.

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.

I always recommend staying at a place with an indoor pool in the off season, as it provides something to do if the weather is not nice.

There are lots of great events in town during year-round. Check them out here.

When you get into town, go to the Visitor's Center at the south end of the Convention Center at 40th Street. They will have lots of info on what is open and more fun things to do.

Are drivers with handicap tags allowed to park in any open spaces without a fee? Where would you suggest handicap drivers park? Also, is our pet dog allowed on the Boardwalk? 
Submitted by Teresita W, Millsboro Delaware on September 24, 2018
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Johnstown Pa

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Answered: September 24, 2018

Your pup will be allowed on the boardwalk beginning October 1.  Until then, you could be cited if you have your pooch on the boardwalk or beach before that date.  

Handicap parking at the inlet is allowed for free for the first 30 minutes, but you will pay afterwards.  This is usually the most convenient place for people with wheelchairs and disabilities to park since there are no ramps or stairs to have to worry about. But there are metered  handicap parking places on any side street that abuts the boardwalk as well. You can find more information about everything that is accessible to people with disabilities in Ocean City here https://oceancitymd.gov/oc/city-hall/americans-with-disabilities/

Where can I find a pastor to officiate a wedding in OCMD on the beach? 
Submitted by Casey F, Ocean City Maryland Maryland on September 21, 2018
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Centreville, VA

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Answered: September 21, 2018

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!

Since you indicated you want a pastor, I'd try a call the OC local church affiliated with the same denomination where you worship at home. You can find contact info for several local churches on this page (scroll down to "Worship").

Another option is to ue one of OC hwedding planning companies. They can offer you anything from just an officiant for the event to a full blown package. Here are some places that do planning and that can provide someone to officiate at your wedding:

  Ocean City Wedding Pastor 410.603.9918

  Beach Weddings by Rox 866.472.3012

Here is some more info related to getting married in OC:

You can get married on OC's beaches or in its parks, or at many other locations. Checkout this page for an overview of how to have a beach (or other) wedding in OC.

If want to use the beach for your event, you need to coordinate a time and location with the Mayor's Office. There is more useful information here. or you can call 410.289.8931 to find out more. There is no fee. If you are planning on doing this between Memorial Day and Labor Day on the beach, then you will likely need to do it before 9am or after 5pm, when the beach is much less crowded. In addition to the beach, OC's Parks, particularly Northside Park (on their pier) and  Sunset Park are also great locations for weddings. If you want to use a park, call the Recreation and Parks Department at 410.250.0125 to coordinate your wedding ceremony and find out more.

To get married in OC you need to apply for a Worcester County marriage license. The fee is $35 (cash only). Call the Worcester County Clerk of Court Office at 410.632.5500 to find out more and look here for more information. Only one person needs to be there to get the license, and I think you can complete the Worcester County Non-Resident Marriage License Application-Affidavit which appears to let you apply without appearing in person at the Worcester County Clerk's office.

Several Hotels also sponsor wedding packages and can help you plan your renewal of vows.  Two in particular, with links to their wedding info, are Princess Royal and Castle in the Sand.

I suggest staying someplace near where you will have the event and that meets your group's needs. For a list of places we regularly recommend, take a look here.

Are lifeguards still on duty the last week of September and into October? 
Submitted by George R, Sparta New Jersey on September 20, 2018
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

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Answered: September 20, 2018

Yes and no.  Lifeguards are not in stands covering a two block area, there is however a lifeguard or two driving the beach in a quad. They are there to respond in an emergency, just not as quickly as the summer. My advice is not to swim on any day with a moderate or high rip current threat.  

I'll be in town October 14-20. Will dogs be allowed on the beach at that time? 
Submitted by Sally M, Wooster Ohio on September 18, 2018
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Johnstown Pa

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Answered: September 18, 2018

Yes they will. Dogs are permitted on the beach and the boardwalk from October 1 until May 1 yearly.  Have fun!

Is is customary to tip beach vendors? i.e. Scopes photographers, beach chair rental station attendants, etc. 
Submitted by Jess B, Oakdale Pennsylvania on September 17, 2018
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Johnstown Pa

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Answered: September 17, 2018

I think that's personal choice.  I also think it's a nice idea and that they would greatly appreciate it.