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When is the best time to visit Ocean City, and how do I score the best deals for my family? 
Submitted by Francia M, Laurel Maryland on June 6, 2018
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 6, 2018

To me, the best time to visit is the summer. August is the busiest month.   The city feels so alive.  The best deals though are off-season - November to April.  For the best hotel rates try http://www.ococean.com/accomodations.  

Do I need a fishing license for fishing on the beach?
Submitted by John D, Troy New York on June 5, 2018
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Schwenksville, PA

Insider since: 2011

Answered: June 5, 2018

Yes, you will need a license to surf fish. You can find info here. Keep in mind you will need to allow at least 50 yards between you and swimmers on either side. Most people find that easiest to do before 10:30 am and after 5:30 pm.  You can also surf fish on the less crowded beaches of Assateague Island at the state park or the National Seashore. There is a fee to enter and you will still need to have a license to fish there. 

If you not want to purchase a license there are two bay front fish for free areas in OC; the bulkhead between 2nd and 4th Sts. (flounder, bluefish, strippers and croakers) and the pier at Northside Park (sea bass, shiners and other small fish). Good luck and good fishing!

If I have a boating certificate from Pennsylvania, do I need to take a course for Ocean City, MD to use my boat on the local waters?
Submitted by Edward P, Warminster Pennsylvania on June 4, 2018
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Schwenksville, PA

Insider since: 2011

Answered: June 4, 2018

We are PA boaters who boat in OC. if you have taken the safe boater course in PA will will cover you in MD.

If you wish to fish in MD you can purchase a boat license that will allow all persons aboard your boat to fish. The license is good in all MD waters and lasts for one year. It can be purchased online or at any Walmart in MD.

Also, be aware that the Coast Guard Auxiliary conducts free voluntary safety checks at some of the county launch ramps. It is a good idea to complete the check. You will get a sticker that is good for one year from inspection date.

Is there any free overnight parking in Ocean City?
Submitted by Linda C, Newark Delaware on June 4, 2018
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 4, 2018

There is plenty of free parking.  It is illegal to sleep in your car overnight or on the beach.

Can I bring my fishing rods on the Ocean City beach bus?
Submitted by Bradley W, Frederick Maryland on June 4, 2018
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 4, 2018

You can provided it is safe, does not interfere with other passengers and under 4 feet in length (I believe that is the current Maryland maximum length).

My friends and I were thinking about doing a performance on the boardwalk (we both play guitar). Do we need a permit, or are there age restrictions required of performers? 
Submitted by Alex M, Delaware Delaware on June 4, 2018
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Hanover, PA 17331

Insider since: 2008

Answered: June 4, 2018

This has been a battle that's been going back in form between the performers and city hall for some time now. To see the latest news click here. I'm not sure how to answer your question but I suggest calling City Hall at 410 289 8221 to get some answers.

  

I'm disabled and unable to drive, so I need a manual wheelchair. Does OC offer beach wheelchairs (with wide wheels that can be pushed over sand)?
Submitted by Cathy M, Germansville Pennsylvania on June 4, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 4, 2018

Yes, OC has several options for 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.

There are also other options.

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.

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. 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.

How do I get tickets to Sessions by the Sea in September? 
Submitted by Pauline H, Washington District of Columbia on June 4, 2018
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Johnstown Pa

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Answered: June 4, 2018

The place we're staying has a boat dock on the bay -- are we allowed to use a 5-person inflatable boat (with oars) on the bay? If so, do we need to have boat license? 
Submitted by Brian L, Ridgeley West Virginia on June 4, 2018
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 4, 2018

I would look here:  http://dnr.maryland.gov/Boating/Pages/regulations/home.aspx

Based on my read of the rules, believe your boat does not need to be licensed.  To require a registration you must meet either test:

Your vessel, whether commercial or recreational, must be registered in Maryland if it is:

Equipped with any kind of primary or auxiliary mechanical propulsion; and Used in Maryland most in a calendar year.

I would take the safe boaters course though.

Are there any Senior Citizens travel packages or discounts for OC Vacations?
Submitted by Cynthia B, Suitland Maryland on June 4, 2018
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Bayville, NJ

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 4, 2018

Hi Cynthia, Looks like the Plim Plaza does offer a senior citizen package. Here's the information for you: http://www.plimplazaoc.com/specials-packages.html, the Castle in the Sand does specials for seniors: https://castleinthesand.com/ocean-city-md-hotels-specials/ Check those out and let us know how they are. Any other information for seniors please visit http://www.ococean.com