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I'm getting married and want to go to Ocean City for our honeymoon. What time of year is better weather-wise: early June, or September following Labor Day? What are the pros and cons of each? 
Submitted by Mary M, Newburgh New York on February 12, 2019
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: February 12, 2019

Hi.  The ideal weather in OC is usually late August into September.  The ocean water is at its warmest then, and the crowds are a bit smaller.  Early June, the ocean water is beginning to warm up, but is still cool. Early June is usually when Senior Weeks happen, normally the first two weeks of June, when graduating high school seniors come to OC.  The majority of them stay on or near the boardwalk, so if you don't want to be part of that, then you still have 7 miles of beach to find just the right spot for you.  There are other events happening in June too like OC Air Show weekend on June 15 and 16, so if that interests you, that would be a good weekend to be in town. September also has events happening most weekends as well that you want to check out. Head to http://www.ococean.com/events to see all that is happening year round. 

You really can't go wrong no matter when you want to come.  The first week or two of September, everything is pretty much still open, and kids are back in school, and you'll find more adults and quieter beach areas.  

Check out http://www.ococean.com/accommodations for hotels or condos .  And congratulations on your upcoming wedding. 

I'm planning on coming to OCMD around April. By then, will the stores on the Boardwalk be opened up? Any recommendations for things to do while I'm there? 
Submitted by Morgan R, Altoona Pennsylvania on February 11, 2019
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

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Answered: February 11, 2019

Most of the stores and restaurants will be open, especially on the weekends.  Their hours may be shortened, but they should be open "daylight hours."  For things to do, try Seacrets, Fager's Island, and BJ's  for dinner and entertainment.  A bike ride on the Boardwalk is always fun too.  I highly advise stopping into the Visitors Center at the Convention Center and picking up the local papers.  They are full of great things to do!  Enjoy your trip.

Hi there! I'm coming to Ocean City on June 17th. My son has high-functioning Aspergers, and he loves to fish. Any recommendations on where I should take him fishing? Are there any costs associated? We'll be staying at Harrison Hall, so something nearby would be awesome!
Submitted by Sue L, Verona Pennsylvania on February 11, 2019
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

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Answered: February 11, 2019

You have lots of options!  Inexpensive and easy is to bring a rod and fish off the pier at Northside Park - it is free.  All you need is bait.  A rob/real combo is under $20 at Walmart.

A great place to start off any fishing adventure is Atlantic Tackle in West Ocean City.  They know what is biting, where and on what bait.  They are a great resource.  Two other fun places  to fish are the Piers in Ocean City.  Info on the two piers can be found here:

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Have and happy fishing!

When does fishing season start and end in OCMD? 
Submitted by sandra p, buffalo New York on February 11, 2019
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Answered: February 11, 2019

With two exceptions, there is year round fishing in Ocean City.  Those exceptions are Sea Bass, which can only be caught from May to December, and Tautog which is illegal between May 16 to June 30.  And there are limits on the types and numbers of fish that you can legally catch.  There are also regulation on surf fishing, and permits or licences needed.  

You can find all of the rules and regulations for fishing in Maryland here https://dnr.maryland.gov/Pages/service_fishing_license.aspx#DINAL

Hello! Is there a seasonal pass for the beach bus? I'm working on organizing my summer staff and deciding who wants to take the bus through town instead of drive! Thanks in advance! 
Submitted by Nicole L, OC MD Maryland on February 7, 2019
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Hanover, PA 17331

Insider since: 2008

Answered: February 7, 2019

Unless your a senior resident there is no seasonal pass.

All the transportation information can be found here.

Thinking about coming to town in early March. What would you recommend I do while I'm there? 
Submitted by Tia M, Fayetteville North Carolina on February 6, 2019
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Centreville, VA

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Answered: February 6, 2019

Things will just be starting to reopen in early March, but you cans till find lots to do, especially on weekends. Here are a few ideas, some better for adults, some better for family fun:

During the week about 20% of boardwalk businesses are open, and about 50% on weekends. Many boardwalk businesses are open year round. Thrasher's Fries, Dumser's ice cream, Fisher's popcorn (my favorite!), Candy Kitchen are open at least weekends when the weather is nice for most of the year and will likely be open all week by mid-April.  Marty's Playland, my favorite arcade, is open almost everyday year round!

It should be warm enough to play mini golf at one of the Old Pro Courses, but if it is chilly, you can play at an indoor course. Old Pro is open everyday 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 may have a few go cart tracks running.

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.

Here are a few more activities, geared more for adults:

Take the Seacrets Distillery Tour - I've done it several times, and it is fabulous! I recommend making reservations for the tour. They may only be offered on Saturday, but check. Find out more here.

Pamper yourselves at a local spa. Some great options are OC Massage, Grand Aqua Spa, and Creative Day Spa

There are several local breweries and wineries in the area. Click on the links, and check one or more of them out!

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 a unique adventure, take a Helicopter tour with OCMD Helicopter Tours. I took one in 2017 and it was fantastic. I took the 30 minute tour that covered all of OC and it was $200 plus tip (total) for two of us (they have cheaper and more expensive options too). It was a great adventure that gave us a unique view of OC. They give tours year round, just call ahead (443.-359.0386) to make a reservation.

If you like to gamble, The Casino at Ocean Downs is about 5 miles outside of Ocean City on Racetrack Road (Route 589). This casino has a wide range of electronic games, slots, and table games.

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.

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.

I love Ocean City! How do I become an OC Insider? 
Submitted by Duane M, McKees Rocks Pennsylvania on February 6, 2019
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: February 6, 2019

Hi Duane.  Great question.  The OC Insiders are a wonderful group of people.  There is a periodic posting telling people how to apply on the Official Ocean City FaceBook page.  Look for it.  You have to write an essay about what you know about Ocean City and your ties to the area.  It is a great group of people and I am proud to be a part of the Insiders.  But, you can act like an Insider just by being a go-to person for questions about Ocean City.  Wishing you sand in your toes and the salt air in your hair.

(There is also a grueling written exam, followed by having to run the entire length of the Boardwalk covered in Thrasher's Fries while juggling four boxes of Fisher's popcorn and hand pulling Dollie's taffy; then you have to swim the entire length of Ocean City while pulling a tuna you caught.  You are then blindfolded and dropped into Ocean City and you have to determine if you are north or south of Seacrets.  You then have find an actual frog at the Frog Bar, find out a secret at Seacrets, find a mockingbird at Tequila Mockingbird, and balance on a rope at Ropewalk.)

Approximately how long is the drive from the Francis Scott Key Resort in West Ocean City to the Convention Center? What do you recommend we check out around the Convention Center area? 
Submitted by Luann R, Depew New York on January 28, 2019
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: January 28, 2019

Hi.  Part of your answer depends on traffic conditions.  If it's a car event weekend like May's Cruisin', then it can take 40 or more minutes because of heavy traffic.  But normal conditions shouldn't take more than 20 minutes.

Be sure to check out the Visitor Center at the Convention Center. You'll find coupons and info about everything all in one spot.

From the Convention Center you could walk to the beach, walk 5 blocks to the 45th Street Taphouse, or walk to 49th St to the Seacret's Distillery if you're over 21, and then spend some time at Seacrets listening to good music and having some fun. But it would be easier to drive there. 

When does the OC Beach Patrol go off-duty at the end of the 2019 summer season?
Submitted by Robert F, Fredericksburg Pennsylvania on January 25, 2019
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Hanover, PA 17331

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Answered: January 28, 2019

All your Beach Patrol information can be found here. These people are the best at keeping us safe.

I saw that there is a big gym in Northside Park on 125th St with a basketball court in it. I'm an avid basketball player, and Northside Park is within walking distance from our condo. Can you buy a pass to play, or is it free to go in there? 
Submitted by Jake S, Dallas Pennsylvania on January 21, 2019
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: January 21, 2019

Hey Jake.  I also suggest calling Parks and Rec.  In my experience the gym is reserved for specific programs.  I have not heard of any pick-up games there though. There are pick-up games at Little Salisbury Park on 3rd Street. The players tend to be younger (under 30) and friendly. The park is just a $3 bus ride away.