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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 .

Is there a preferred way to travel to OCMD from Windsor Mill, MD to avoid tolls and traffic? 
Submitted by Larry H, Windsor Mill Maryland on October 23, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 23, 2018

To avoid tolls will take you way out of your way and will significantly increase your travel time and distance. Your savings on tolls will likely be less than your extra gas cost. That having been said, here is a reasonable route that avoids all tolls:

Head from New Windsor to the Baltimore Beltway by taking Route 31 East to Westminster and then Route 140 South and then I-795 South.

Take the Baltimore Beltway, I-695, North/East to US Route 1 North (Exit 32B). Continue on Route 1 North over the Conowingo Dam (To avoid the I-95 or Route 40 tolls)

In Woodlyn Heights, take a right onto Rising Sun Road (MD Route 273) east. In Rising Sun, take a right onto Joseph Briggs Memorial Highway (MD Route 274).

Continue on Route 274 past I-95. Take a left onto US Route 40 North (This route avoids the toll on I-95 north in DE).

Continue on Route 40 North into Delaware. In Glasgow take a right onto US Route 301 South. (This route avoids the DE Route 1 tolls north of Dover).

In Middletown get off Route 301 and take a left onto DE Route  71 South (North Broad Street).

Continue on Route 71 until you get to Blackbird. The get on US Route 13 South.

In Dover, when US Route 13 veers right, stay left to head towards DE Route 1 South and the  Dover AFB and Beaches.

Stay on DE Route 1 south to Milford. In Milford, get onto US Route 113 South.

Continue on Route 113 South into MD. Take Route 90 East to OC if you are staying north of 30th Street or remain on 113 toward Berlin and then get onto Route 50 East to OC.

This trip should take about 5 hours and is about 210 miles

Alternatively, you can head to the Baltimore Beltway south to I-97 South to Route 50 East across the Bay Bridge and all the way to OC. This Route should take less than 3.5 hours and is about 180 miles. The Bay Bridge toll is $4 (cash), but you pay it east bound (to OC) only. You should definitely take the reverse of this route on your return trip from OC as it will have no tolls and will save you over 1.5 hours and at least 30 miles.

As long as you avoid rush our times around Baltimore and Annapolis, traffic should not be an issue for either of these routes (Maybe a little traffic in Dover, DE).

Have fun in OC!

My daughter is getting proposed to on the beach in November. I'm so excited! Is there any way to plan professional fireworks on the beach in OCMD? What companies should I contact, or what permits may I have to acquire? 
Submitted by Jan J, Frederick Maryland on October 22, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 22, 2018

For fireworks permit info, you need to contact the OC Fire Marshall via their webpage or at 41.289.8780.

For fireworks companies, see of one of the local wedding planners can point you in the right direction. You can see a list of several of them here.

We found a phone on the beach in North Ocean City this week. Do you have any suggestions for how we might be able to reconnect the phone with it's owner? Are there any lost and founds? 
Submitted by Victoria T, Ocean City Maryland on October 22, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 22, 2018

The best thing to do is to bring it to the Police Station at 65th Street. They store such recovered property at the Public Safety Building at 65th Street and are the place I always send people to when they indicate they lost something. In the past we have referred people here and we heard they got their lost items back.

You can call their non-emergency number at 410.723.6611 to see when they are open and if they have had anyone ask about the phone. 

I'm going to be in town next Thursday and Friday (10/25 - 10/26). What businesses will be open and what's worth checking out? 
Submitted by Edna H, philadelphia Pennsylvania on October 17, 2018
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 17, 2018

I would head to Seacrets, Fager's Island, BJ's or Dead Freddies for lunch or dinner.  Seacrets is always fun and still feels tropical.  You should also try and take the Distillery Tour at Seacrets - that is a lot of fun!

What is the best way to get trash picked up in Ocean City? 
Submitted by Ron B, Ocean city Maryland on October 17, 2018
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 17, 2018

Call the Department of Solid Waste.  They are great people and very helpful.

Steve Brown – Manager 204 65th St. – Bldg. E, Ocean City, Maryland 21842 Hours of Operation 6:30 AM-3:00 PM Winter, 6:00 AM – 3:00 PM Summer Phone 410-524-0318, Fax 410-723-1832

Hi! I was wondering what local fish markets you would recommend. I'm looking to get the freshest possible local seafood to take home and cook. Thanks!
Submitted by Seth G, Salisbury Maryland on October 16, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 16, 2018

There are three fish markets I frequently use, all in West OC. There are other good ones in OC too.

Martin Fish Company is at the southeast end of the commercial harbor. They feature fish and shellfish, but generally don't have crabs. They inspect/process most of the fresh fish caught in OC.

Waterman's Restaurant about a mile outside of OC on the north side of Route 50 has an excellent seafood market with lots of fresh and frozen seafood. I've gotten lots of great seafood here for many years.

Crabs to Go on the northeast corner of Racetrack Road (Route 589) and Route 50 specializes in crabs, but also has excellent fresh, frozen, and prepared seafood. They are my go-to place for crabs, but I gt lots of other seafood from them too.

How much should I budget for an Ocean City vacation next year? I'm looking for an average 5-day stay in a hotel. 
Submitted by Reggie W, Newark New Jersey on October 12, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 15, 2018

It depends where you are planning to come to OC and the location and amenities you want at the palace you stay at. In the winter and early spring you can find hotels for as little as $400 for 5 nights. In the summer a basic, but decent motel with taxes will run you about $1000 for 5 days (or more). If you want a luxury oceanfront hotel in July, plan on $400 or more a night.

For some ideas of places to stay  checkout the OCOcean Accommodations page or look at this thread. In many cases you can click on individual property's links to see their rates.

For more information about budgeting for a trip to OC, take a look at this thread.