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Hello! I was wondering if I'm able to make any bulk orders of brochures or magazines? Let me know! 
Submitted by Emily S, Rockville Maryland on February 26, 2019
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: February 26, 2019

Your best bet is to contact the publishers. Here are three such publications and contact info:

The Vacation Planner is put together as a joint effort between the OC Department of Tourism (410.289.2800) and the OC Chamber of Commerce (410.213.0552). You can request a single copy of the Vacation Guide be mailed to you from this site and see the online version here. This guide has lots of information, but is not focused on discount coupons like the ones below.

Sunny Day Guide is published by Sunny Day Solutions. It has lots of great information. Contact them through this link or at 800.786.6932. You can request hard copy or View the latest Guide online from here. I've used this guide for years.

Visitors Guide is published by VistaGraphics. You can reach them at 757.422.8979 or via this link.  There is a version of this guide's content available to view online, but the online version is much different from the hardcopy version. See it here.  BOth versions have lots of discount coupons and other information. I also always pickup a copy of this guide when I'm in OC.

There are more publications listed here.

My daughter would like to get married in Ocean City during our vacation in April. They currently live in TN. What is required, and what will we need to figure out to have a ceremony there? 
Submitted by Mary H, Church Hill Tennessee on February 25, 2019
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: February 25, 2019

Congratulations on your daughter's upcoming marriage!

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.

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.

If you are interested, several Hotels also sponsor wedding packages and can help you plan the event.  Two in particular, with links to their wedding info, are Princess Royal and Castle in the Sand. OC also has several wedding 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.

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.

Is there any public transportation from Philly that will take you to OCMD? 
Submitted by Len C, Philadelphia Pennsylvania on February 25, 2019
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: February 25, 2019

The only such transportation is Greyhound bus. They have a bus that leaves Philly around 11:30am and arrives in OC a about 7:30pm and costs between $$30 and $50, depending when you go and how you reserve. There may be other, shorter better routes too; yu an use their web tool or call them at 800.231.2222. Note that there are extra fees to purchase a ticket on the phone.

Once you get to OC you will need to take a city bus ($3), Uber, taxi or similar to get form the West OC Bus Station to your destination OC (it is about 1/2 mile ourside OC)

We were down 2 years ago for a few days and rented a motorized scooter from a very nice man on the Boardwalk. He gave us his card, but unfortunately we can't find it. We plan to come down the week of August 12 and will need to rent a scooter again. Any idea what this company on the Boardwalk was? If not, any suggestions where I should rent from instead? 
Submitted by Jane S, Millersville Maryland on February 25, 2019
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: February 25, 2019

I believe Karl is correct.  You can also find them at Jo's Bikes on 2nd Street.  Give them a call 410-289-5298.  

I'm looking for a 2019 Visitor's Guide. Do you have any resources that you could point me to? Thanks!
Submitted by Alan C, Pittsfield Massachusetts on February 22, 2019
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: February 22, 2019

You can request a Vacation Guide be mailed to you from this site and see the online version here.

These two free magazines offer tons of discount coupons:

Sunny Day Guide - Request hard copy or View the latest Guide online from here.

Visitors Guide to View Online has lots of discount coupons online.

There are more publications listed here.

There are also lots of free things to do in OC and deals available on OCOcean.com.

Once you are in town, you can also get all kinds of information and discounts from the Visitor Center at the south end of Convention Center at 40th Street (pictured below). This is a great first stop that I always make when I get to OC!

I would like to organize a car show in Ocean City. Where and how do I go about starting that planning process with the town? 
Submitted by Justin D, Martinsburg West Virginia on February 19, 2019
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: February 19, 2019

Hi Justin.  An officially sponsored event has to be coordinated with the City.  I recommend calling City Hall to start the process - 410-289-8221.  I know you need insurance and other business documents to start the process.

My organization would like to hold a cookout on the beach while we're in town (July 18). What kind of permits/permissions do we need, and how do we go about getting them? 
Submitted by Sherrie W, Gywnn Oak Maryland on February 19, 2019
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: February 19, 2019

There are a LOT of rules to follow when having a bonfire on the beach.  And you must get a permit from the Fire Marshall first.  Absolutely no gas grills or charcoal grills are permitted anywhere on the beach or dunes in OC.  You also are not permitted to have alcohol or pets on the beach any time.  Also, no bonfires are permitted south of 30th St. so if you're staying between 30th Street and the inlet, you are not allowed at all.  One person has to apply for the permit, and must be over 21, and also must be present the entire time, and will be liable for any damages and cleanup.  Bonfires must also be at least 75 feet from the dunes towards the water.

Here are the general rules.

General Requirements Bonfire MUST be attended at all times. Precautions must be taken to ensure all attendees, especially children, are kept at a safe distance from the bonfire at all times. All other normal beach regulations, such as, but not limited to: driving on the beach, consumption of alcoholic beverages, time parameters, pets, etc. shall be adhered to. Groups under the age of 18 must be chaperoned by an adult twenty-one (21) years of age or older. The permit will be issued only to the chaperone, who will be responsible for compliance with the requirements for the bonfire. The person obtaining the permit must be present during the hours of the bonfire. They must have in their possession a copy of this permit (paper or digital) and present it upon request of a Fire Official or Police Officer. The Town of Ocean City reserves the right to check for permit compliance at any time. Blackout Dates/Times Locations: Bonfire permits will not be issued for the following: -Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day weekends -For any time after midnight -At any location south of 30th Street from May 1st- September 30th -Additional dates/locations where adverse conditions preclude the safe permitting/regulation of bonfires Bonfire Setup Requirements

The Fire Marshal’s Office recommends the following items be utilized for the safe setup and cleanup of a bonfire: -Firewood -Paper, starter log, or other kindling -Water bucket (for extinguishing) -Large Metal bucket/trashcan (for debris cleanup) -Metal Shovel -Grill Lighter or other wind-resistant torch Bonfire material must only consist of untreated wood. It may not include: -Pallets -Any wood with embedded metal (nails, plates, etc.) -Salt or creosote-treated or chemically impregnated lumber -Tar paper or glue-impregnated material -Trash, plastic/foam, rubber, glass or metal products Flammable and/or combustible liquids must not be utilized for igniting or fueling bonfires. Bonfires are permitted only on the beach near the water and a minimum of 75 feet from the dunes. The fire must also be a sufficient distance away from beach boxes, lifeguard stands and other potentially combustible items to avoid possible ignition. Unsuitable wind or weather conditions must be taken into consideration prior to and during the actual bonfire. Adverse conditions may cause the revocation of this permit. Servicing of the bonfire site will be accomplished by hand carrying the equipment and supplies to the site. Vehicles shall not service the bonfire site. Bonfires may be no larger than 3 feet high and 4 feet in diameter, and must be placed in a pit approximately 1 foot deep. Bonfire Cleanup Requirements Cleanup and restoration of the site must be completed by the expiration date and time set forth by this permit. All ash and leftover material must be thoroughly wet down, allowed to cool, and placed in a metal trash can and disposed of in proper container(s), and the fire pit leveled to return the beach to its previous status. MATERIAL AND/OR ASH SHALL NOT BE BURIED IN THE SAND OR THROWN IN THE OCEAN. Bonfire site will be inspected post cleanup. The permittee may be billed additional fees for the cost of response/cleanup in the event of failure to properly cleanup from the bonfire. Future bonfire applications may be denied due to previous improper cleanup. All persons encompassed in this permit must vacate the bonfire site no later than the date and time set forth by this permit. The Town of Ocean City’s Department of Public Works cleans the beach each night from 6pm to 3am. When you see a beachcomber tractor approaching your area, please be mindful of them and bring your crowd in closer to the bonfire so that they may properly clean the beach.

You can apply for the permit here  https://ocbonfires.com/

Hello! Is there any Senior Discount pricing for Ocean City? Any recommendations? 
Submitted by Terri W, Ocean City Maryland on February 19, 2019
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: February 19, 2019

Every establishment is different, but plenty places offer Senior, AARP, and other discounts.

Once you are in town, you can also get all kinds of information and discounts from the Visitor Center at the south end of Convention Center at 40th Street (pictured above). This is a great first stop that I always make when I get to OC!

These two free magazines offer tons of discount coupons:

Sunny Day Guide - Request hard copy or View the latest Guide online from here.

Visitors Guide to View Online has lots of discount coupons online.

There are also lots of free things to do in OC and deals available on OCOcean.com.

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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Linthicum MD and OC MD

Insider since: 2008

Answered: February 15, 2019

I think post labor day is your best bet.  The air is still warm and the sea is still warm from the summer.  The best part is that the crowds have died down significantly and the hotel rates have also dropped.  I can not think of any cons with the exception that some of the water sports and amusement park rides may have limited times and dates they operate.  

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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Bayville, NJ

Insider since: 2010

Answered: February 18, 2019

Hey Morgan, yes some should be open around then. More on the weekend you'll find but sometimes they will open up for business. Check out Assateague Island, the boardwalk always has something going on, Marty's Playland is open year round as well as two indoor Old Pro Golf locations. Have fun!