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Are surplus Wine on the Beach glasses sold after the event has ended? If so, where could I find information on pricing and how to buy them? Thanks!
Submitted by Sharon J, Glen Burnie Maryland on October 1, 2018
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 1, 2018

I would call them at 410-280-3306 and ask.  You could also get custom glasses made with a beach theme.  We had six custom wine glasses made and shipped for $40.  If you do a search for custom wine glasses many options are available.

What kind of hours are the amusement parks operating on now that it's the offseason? I was there for Winefest and nothing appeared to be open, which didn't make sense to me! 
Submitted by Sandy L, Reisterstown Maryland on October 1, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 1, 2018

The amusement parks are pretty much closed except for Trimper's indoor rides which will be open on some nice weekends during the off season. Baja Amusements in West OC has a small number of rides, and their go cart tracks will be open most weekends for the next month or so.

Is there a drone (UAV) policy in Ocean City? If I wanted to fly my drone (in the offseason) around the beach, am I allowed to? 
Submitted by Luke C, Alexandria Virginia on October 1, 2018
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Hanover, PA 17331

Insider since: 2008

Answered: October 1, 2018

I would contact the Ocean City Police department for this answer. Click here for their contact page.

How much would you say an average OCMD vacation costs? Including average hotel, food, etc. for 5 days? 
Submitted by First Name* L, williston South Carolina on October 1, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 1, 2018

A lot depends when you go, what your dining and entertainment preferences are, and where you stay. I'll assume you are talking about in season (July / August) with a family of about 4 that is trying to keep costs down.

A decent but basic ocean block or bay block place to stay is going to run about $250/day or more = $1250

Basic takeout and casual dining food will cost you at least $25/person per day unless you totally eat in. It is very easy to make this close to $75/day per person or more if you go out for nice dinners and drinks = $500 (Let's make is $600 to include a nice dinner)

Entertainment can easily be free between the boardwalk, beach, and free events (there are tons of them in season), but I'll add $150 for amusement parks, arcades, boardwalk food, or other entertainment.

Add it all up and you get $2000 for 5 days. You can go for less, but not a lot less, and it is easy to double or triple this number with an oceanfront room in a high end hotel or dinners at nicer restaurants each night.

Checkout this thread for some other estimates, details, and ways to save money.

Will the amusement rides and shops still be open on the Boardwalk this weekend? (September 28-30) 
Submitted by C J, Cambridge Maryland on September 28, 2018
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Pittsburgh Pa

Insider since: 2014

Answered: September 28, 2018

A lot of  boardwalk shops will remain open during the off season weekends, as long as the weather cooperates. Jolly Roger Amusement park rides are closed for the season, however their Speedworld go-carting park will be open. Trimper's outdoor rides are also now closed for the season, however the good news is their indoor rides will remain open.

I'm coming to Ocean City and my hotel only allows one parking pass. However, my husband and I will have two vehicles with us. Are there any street parking/parking garages/parking lots where I could safely leave a car for about 24 hours? Which would you recommend? Thanks!
Submitted by Cierra S, Berkeley Springs West Virginia on September 27, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: September 27, 2018

I have frequently left my car parked on side streets for multiple days with no issue. North of 10th Street Street parking is free. Technically in OC is a car is parked in the same place for 48 hours it can be considered abandoned and towed, but I have never had an issue with this restriction. If you want to be sure, just move your car every day or so. There is typically ample street parking in most areas at this time of year.

Also, check with your hotel when you arrive. At tis time of year they are often not full, and if they are not full, they they might be happy to give you a second parking pass.

Are dogs allowed on the beach in October? What are some other dog-friendly locations around town? 
Submitted by Kelly J, Gap Pennsylvania on September 27, 2018
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Centreville, VA

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Answered: September 27, 2018

Yes, as of 1 October leashed dogs are allowed on OC's beach and boardwalk (until 1 May 2019). OC's parks, which allow leashed dogs year-round, are also great locations for dogs. Northside Park at 127th Street has lots of open space and trails and is great for dogs. There is a dog park at 94th Street. You can get more info about it here.

I'm going to OCMD for my honeymoon during September 30th - October 5th. Will most shops still be open with things to do for me and my wife? Any recommendations for some honeymooners? Thanks! 
Submitted by Zachary S, Lilly Pennsylvania on September 27, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: September 27, 2018

Congratulations on your marriage!

Yes, most of the shops will be open and there will be plenty to do. I'll actually be down there for the same time - there is a huge car show, Endless Summer Cruisin', goign on 4-7 October. Checkout its boardwalk parades every morning starting at about 8am.

There is tons of fun stuff to do at this time of year. Checkout this page for a few ideas.

Where can I park a truck (with a trailer) during Endless Summer Cruisin? 
Submitted by Doug N, Kingsville Maryland on September 26, 2018
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Centreville, VA

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Answered: September 26, 2018

You need to find either a private parking lot or get a permit through the Endless Summer Cruisin' registration process. The fee is $50 in addition to the event registration fee.  You can access the trailer registration permit form here. OC's prohibits parking your trailer on public streets at this time of year (find out more here).

You can park for free in the West OC Park-N-Ride lot on the south side of Route 50, just outside of OC. Parking there is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Normally you cannot leave a trailer there overnight, but I confirmed with the Cruisin' organizer's that during their events it is okay to park trailers overnight in the Park-N-Ride lot.

Check with the place you are staying first. Many places in town will allow trailer parking for guests. I know for sure that the Holiday Inn Oceanfront on 67th Street allows such trailer parking for guests. You can also check with some of the local marinas. Many fo them will offer trailer parking for a fee. Tower Marine Services in West OC near the commercial harbor public boat ramp may be able to help you. Call them at 443.397.9467 to find out more.

Can you provide me with more information regarding the Assateague Island Horses? What is their story? 
Submitted by Kimberly S, Wheeling West Virginia on September 25, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: September 25, 2018

The horses on Assateague are actually feral horses as their ancestors were domesticated horses. There are many stories about their origin, but it generally accepted that they are the descendants of horses local farmers kept on Assateague over 200 years ago. Stories that they are descendants of horses that escaped the shipwreck of a Spanish ship long ago are interesting, but are generally discounted as more legend than fact (although this is the origin supported by the owners of the Chincoteague herd).

There are actually two separate herds of horses, one in Maryland and another in Virginia. The Maryland herd is the owned by the National Park Service as part of the National Seashore. The Virginia herd is the owned by the Chincoteague Fire Company that holds the annual pony swim , penning, and auction in late July. The Maryland herd had 82 horses in early 2018, which is right around the target population for the herd. Contraception is used to manage the Maryland herd size, and each mare is typically allowed to have one foal in her lifetime. The Virginia herd is limited to 150 horses based on the grazing permit issues to the Chincoteague Fire Department by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. There are 30 to 45 foals born to this herd each year, and its population is controlled by the annual auction. There have been many different approaches to managing these herds, and additional horses have been introduced several times in the past 120 years for various reasons, including to increase genetic diversity of the herds

These horses tend to be smaller than most horses and thus are sometime referred to as ponies. They have adapted to their diet of salty grasses, but often appear bloated based on that diet. Often people mistake this bloat for pregnancies. They do not drink the brackish water of the Coastal Bay, but rather drink from any of Assateague's many small fresh water ponds.

Note that these horses are wild animals and should not be approach or fed. There are many stories of people getting injured (usually by being kicked hard) trying to interact with these horses.

Find out more about Assateague's wild horses here. Wikipedia also has an informative article on these horses.