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Hi there! I want to rent a boat slip for a 22' pontoon boat. Any suggestions on where to start? 
Submitted by Dean M, Ocean City Maryland on November 15, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: November 15, 2018

Start with one of the local marinas, ideally one near where you stay. You can see a list of them here.

I've used Advanced Marina to rent boats, and I've always found them easy to work with. They store boats on racks vice slips, but they are a good midtown (66th Street) location with easy access to the open areas of the Coastal Bays and St. Martin's River.

Does the police force in OCMD ride horses? 
Submitted by Robert G, Bethesda Maryland on November 12, 2018
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: November 12, 2018

Yes, they have seven mounted police.  The horses names are Tucker, Travis, Benson and Scout I believe.  

I'll be traveling to OC Mid-December for my birthday. Is anyone aware of any restaurants that still do all-you-can-eat crabs at that time of the year? Or at least any restaurants that offer crabs and/or snow crab legs? Also, How does the boardwalk look that time of the year? Are most of the shops still open or will most be closed? We'll be there Friday-Saturday. Thanks in advance! Wishing everyone well :)
Submitted by Christy T, Columbia Maryland on November 12, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: November 12, 2018

Have a HAPPY BIRTHDAY in OC!

The Bonfire at 70th Street will have AYCE snow crab legs on their buffet. They should be open on weekends when you are in OC. Call them at 410.524.7171 to find out their hours when you are in town.

The Crab Bag at 130th Street has AYCE steamed hard crabs year round *I don't know if they have AYCE snow crab here). Call them at 410.250.3337 to find out more.

The Shrimp Boat in West OC often does AYCE crabs on at least weekends. Call them at 410.213.0448 to see if they are open and have AYCE crabs when you are in town - check to see if they have hard crabs, snow crabs, or both available.

Waterman's in West OC often does AYCE hard crabs. Call them at 410.213.1020 to see if they have what you are looking for. They definitely have snow crab on the menu too, but may not have an AYCE snow crab option.

The boardwalk will be very quiet on weekdays. Fortunately you will be there on a weekend. About a third of the shops near the south end will be open if the weather is decent, more if it is a really nice day, less if the weather is poor. Some of my favorites, Thrasher's Fries, Dumser's ice cream, Fisher's popcorn (my favorite!), and Candy Kitchen should be open.  Marty's Playland, my favorite arcade, is open almost everyday year round!

If you want some more adult venues, the Purple Moose Saloon on the boardwalk north of Talbot Street is also a lot of fun and features great music year round. For more basic traditional bars with pool tables and some entertainment, visit the  Cork Bar, Bearded Clam, and Alibi Room bars, all located next to one another on Wicomico Street. Seacrets is also open and is lots of fun year round! Checkout their Distillery Tour. I've been a bunch of times and it is lots of fun (but make s reservation if you want to go!)

Take a look at this thread and this list for restaurants that should be open when you are there.

Hope you have lots of fun celebrating your birthday in OC!

I'm staying in Ocean City for the winter at 54th St. My kids really love collecting shells! Are there any blocks that you would say are good for shell collecting? For example, uptown vs near the Inlet? 
Submitted by Melissa T, Ocean City Maryland on November 12, 2018
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: November 12, 2018

The beaches are all pretty much the same.  The best time to find shells is after a storm though.  I recommend walking the beach earlier in the morning to find the best shells.  Tides can wash shells in and out during the day.  

Where can I buy live bait in OCMD? Preferably, something like crabs. I'm staying near Northside Park 11/18-11/26, and would prefer something close to there! 
Submitted by Scott S, Somerset New Jersey on November 12, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: November 12, 2018

It is probably too cold to have much luck catching anything when you are in town, but you can buy bait at any 7-11 in town (worms), at the Ace Hardware on 68th street (fair selection), or at WalMart (mostly worms) on Route 50 about 3 miles west of OC. Many grocery stores in OC also sell chicken necks for crab bait.

You need a license to fish from most palaces in OC, but you can fish without one from the Northside Park pier. You do ot need a license to crab.

Find out more about fishing in OC here and about fishing license requirements here. Find out more about crabbing here.

Hello! Is the Old Time Photos place on the Boardwalk open through the Fall and Winter? We're coming to town soon and I was hoping to stop by! 
Submitted by Beth D, Ellerslie Maryland on November 6, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: November 6, 2018

There are a few of these types of shops along the south end of the boardwalk. They are lots of fun. My family does it every few years.

Two of the shops are Flashback Old Time Photos (between Somerset and Dorcester Streets and just south of North 1st Street). See their website for more info and discount coupons. I just talked to them, and they are open year-round on the weekends unless the weather is really bad. You can call them at 410.289.2598 to double check their specific hours for when you are in town.

 Trimper's has a similar shop near south of South Division Street, but I believe that shop is closed for the season or maybe open on some weekends when the weather is nice.

Is there any type of ramp for people with disabilities to walk across the soft sand to get to the hard sand?
Submitted by Debbie A, Marriottsville Maryland on October 30, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 30, 2018

There really is no "hard" sand in OC that a normal wheelchair or similar could operate on. At the south end of town where the beach is very wide there are some boardwalks tht extend out into the sand about 1/2 way to the water. Along the boardwalk there are ramps down to the beach every few blocks.

Your best bet for getting across the sand is to get as beach wheelchair. OC has several options for free access to beach wheelchairs. Note that these chairs need someone to push you and are not self-propelled.

The wheelchairs located on the west edge of the beach are controlled by the beach patrol, but generally put out Memorial Day weekend and removed around Labor Day. They are available 10am to 5pm on a first-come-first-serve basis and they need to stay within a block of their location. They are not allowed in the water. They are located at the Inlet Lot, 7th,  27th, 30th, 40th, 48th, 59th, 70th, 81st, 89th, 94th, 107th, 120th, 130th, 139th, 145th. Find out more about them here.

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.

PMI rentals rents beach wheelchairs, and they will deliver. These chairs are not self propelled and require someone to push the occupant across the beach. 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 $75/day to rent and have free delivery and pickup.

Here are some photos of a beach wheelchair and SandHelper so you can see what they both look like.

 

What kind of things are open in the first week of November? I'm hoping to be able to shop and possibly ride some rides on the Boardwalk. 
Submitted by Kim P, Bealeton Virginia on October 30, 2018
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Bayville, NJ

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 31, 2018

Hey Kim, the shops will be open however sorry to disappoint you but the rides are all closed now for the season. however don't let that stop you from coming down to OC, there are two indoor mini golf locations, Marty's Playland is open year round, and there's the movies and bowling as well.

What are they building offshore at 116th St? Whatever it is doesn't seem to move!
Submitted by Don T, Ocean City Maryland on October 23, 2018
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: October 23, 2018

I don't know of any construction of anything offshore.  It could possibly be sand dredging. Many times, you'll see a really large "thing" out in the water and that's what it's doing......dredging sand to replenish the beaches.  

I have a 2 Bed/2 Bath condo at the Royal Hawaiian. How much could I reasonably rent it out for year-round? Are there any permits or anything I would need to acquire? 
Submitted by Edwin S, Ocean city Maryland on October 23, 2018
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: October 23, 2018

You would have to fill this rental license out for sure https://oceancitymd.gov/forms/finance/Rental-License-App.pdf and return it to the city with your payment. 

And to find out all that is involved, contact the Planning and Community Development Authority at (410) 289-8855 .