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Does the boardwalk have family bathrooms? My husband is in a wheelchair and requires assistance when using the bathroom.
Submitted by Diana P, York Haven Pennsylvania on July 6, 2015
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 7, 2015

Hi Diana,

I also do not know of any hotels along the Boardwalk that offer a family bathroom.  I am sorry I could not help with a better answer.

We are coming down at the end of August and I will need a beach wheelchair. What type of beach wheelchairs are available and do you know if they're easy to push? I'd like to accompany my wife as she takes a walk down the beach.
Submitted by Edward B, Carlisle Pennsylvania on July 6, 2015
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 6, 2015

These wheelchairs are specifically designed for the sandy beach. They have large balloon wheels that make them relatively easy to push in the sand. I've seen lots of people who were not muscle-men push people across the sand in them without any issue. If you want to go for a walk on the beach with her, I suggest moving down towards the water where the sand is more hard-packed, It should be pretty easy to push the chair there.

There are lots of ways to get these chairs (mostly for free). Here are some options:

The town offers free access to beach wheelchairs in several locations. You can only use them on the beach and may not take them in the water.

There are wheelchairs available at the beach end of several streets including Inlet Lot, 7th St., 27th St., 30th St., 40th St., 48th St., 59th St., 70th St., 81st St., 89th St., 94th St., 107th St., 120th St., 130th St., 139th St., 145th St. They are free and are provided on a first come first serve basis from 10am to 5pm, but they are not heavily used, so they are generally available. The Beach Patrol staff can provide access. Chairs must be used within one block (one north and south) of where the chair is assigned and kept. Chairs are available from these locations from about Memorial Day to Labor Day.  See this site (scroll down) for more info.

The beach chairs are first-come-first-serve, but are generally available. If you want to be more certain of getting a chair, they are also 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.

In addition, beach wheelchairs are also available from the Ocean City Visitors Center in the Convention Center on 40th Street for up to three days of use by advance reservation. Call 410.289.2800 for more information.

Finally, PMI rentals rents these chairs, and they will deliver. 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 and the lifeguards will assist you in accessing (unlocking) them.

These wheel chairs generally look like this:

I'm staying at the Princess Bayside. Where would you recommend for overnight parking? The hotel management said there is free parking across the street and along the Coastal Highway. Do you know if that's a good area to park? And is it really free?
Submitted by Magda J, Ridgewood New York on July 6, 2015
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 6, 2015

I stayed in this area for many years, and I often parked cars on 45th, 46th, and 47th Streets on the ocean side for multiple days at a time and never had an issue (There is not parking on Coastal Highway). I generally did not have too much of an issue finding a spot in this area. Just be sure to check the signs - some of these streets may have a few hours a week (usually in the morning) when you can't park there due to street cleaning or trash pickup. And, Yes, Street parking in this area of town is FREE!

We are headed down in few weeks. Our hotel is near Northside Park. How crowded are the beaches in this area compared to those further south near the boardwalk?
Submitted by Brad L, Harrisburg Pennsylvania on July 6, 2015
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 6, 2015

I stayed at 130th Street for several years. This is a great area of town. Although the beaches throughout all of OC are all excellent. One nice thing about this area is because Northside Park is on the Bayside, there is little residential or rental housing on the west side of Coastal Highway, so the beach is a bit less crowded. You will be fine on this stretch of beach!

I'd like to watch the firework show on the beach, but I've never been to OC for it. Where would you suggest watching the fireworks from?
Submitted by Garrett H, Hurlock Maryland on July 6, 2015
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: July 6, 2015

The fireworks are shot off at North Division St. which is at the lower end of the boardwalk near the inlet.  You should be able to see them anywhere on the beach for a good distance.  Of course, the closer you are, the better view.  They are held Monday and Tuesday nights at 10:00 p.m. and last about 8 minutes.

Where do I buy all-day passes for the beach bus that travels through Ocean City?
Submitted by beverly h, shoemakersville Pennsylvania on July 6, 2015
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 6, 2015

You buy them for $3 when you get on the bus. The $3 pass is good all day (the day starts at 6am). Be sure to have $3 exactly. The drivers don't make change.

Where can visitors park their jet skis?
Submitted by rhonda s, strasburh Virginia on July 2, 2015
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Answered: July 2, 2015

One of the beat places to launch and park your trailer while you ride is the free county boat ramp in the commercial harbor in West OC. You can also park your jet ski on it's trailer there for up to 24 hours. If you park on the street in OC you jet ski/trailer will be tagged by the police and from that point you have 8 hours to move it or be towed.

Where can visitors purchase bus passes?
Submitted by Kimberly T, Greensburg Pennsylvania on July 2, 2015
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Camp Hill, PA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 3, 2015

Hi Kim,There are no bus passes...... it costs $3.00 per day to ride the bus all day...... they'll give you a slip that entitles you to gain entry on a daily basis.

Hope you enjoy your trip!

The 2015 Ocean City Vacation Guide mentions discounts are offered to disabled people for the shuttle bus system. How do I get a discounted pass for myself?
Submitted by Steve F, Hagerstown Maryland on July 2, 2015
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 6, 2015

You can get directions on how to obtain the pass which entitlesyou to half-price bus service by calling the Transportation Department at 410.723.1606 or the City Hall receptionist at 410.289.8221

Are scooters and electric scooters allowed on the boardwalk?
Submitted by MB W, Woodbridge Virginia on July 2, 2015
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 6, 2015

If you are talking about an electric mobility scooter, then yes, they are allowed with no restrictions.

If you are talking about kids scooter, then electric ones are not allowed, and foot powered ones are allowed during bike hours, shown below.