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Do you have to pay fees to be able to use the beach?

Submitted by Helen D, Moorestown New Jersey on July 2, 2018

Hi Helen, Unlike NJ no the beach is FREE!!!! That's one the greatest things in OCMD is you walk on the beach and you don't have to pay a thing!

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Kathy H.

Kathy H.

Bayville, NJ Answered: July 3, 2018 Insider Since 2010

Can I bring a cooler to the beach? What kind of restrictions are there on food/drinks/containers? 

Submitted by Don G, Abingdon Maryland on July 2, 2018

Yes, you can bring a cooler. The primary restrictions re no alcohol on the beach and no glass containers.

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Karl S.

Karl S.

Centreville, VA Answered: July 2, 2018 Insider Since 2010

Are you allowed to have blow-up baby pools on the beach? We're looking to bring a very small one. 

Submitted by Jennifer B, Hagerstown Maryland on July 2, 2018

Absolutely!  It's one of the best things to do to let little ones have fun in the water, without worrying about waves.  And easily filled up with ocean water just using a sand bucket.  Little ones love them.  You might consider an umbrella over it too to protect baby's skin.  Have fun in OC! 

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Darlene L.

Darlene L.

Johnstown Pa Answered: July 2, 2018 Insider Since 2009

Where is the nearest Wal-Mart to OCMD? 

Submitted by Brandon B, Vernon Delaware on July 2, 2018

Not far.  Wal Mart is located just outside of Ocean City on Rte 50 / Ocean Gateway about 5 miles outside of town.  It will be on the left leaving town, on the right if you're coming into Ocean City. 

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Darlene L.

Darlene L.

Johnstown Pa Answered: July 2, 2018 Insider Since 2009

Hello! I'm trying to help my son plan a surprise wedding proposal and need some help. We'll be vacationing in the middle of August. Are there any local photographers or picturesque spots you would recommend? 

Submitted by Heather F, Elizabethtown Pennsylvania on June 29, 2018

Congratulations!

Here are some ideas for spots:

On the beach at Sunrise or Sunset.

On the pier at Northside Park at 125th Street.

At Sunset Park at South Division Street.

At the Isle of Wight area on the south side of Route 90 between the two bridges.

If you want something more unique an whimsical, consider one of the roller coaster at Trimper's or Jolly Rogers or the Haunted House at the south end of the boardwalk.

Along the boardwalk in front of Ocean Gallery at 2nd Street or amongst all the Kite Loft kites at 5th Street are also unique spots.

As far as photographers, I've used Chris Praypa for group family photos a couple of time and we've always found him easy to deal with and been happy with the results. You can reach him by phone at 646.441.0907.

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Karl S.

Karl S.

Centreville, VA Answered: June 29, 2018 Insider Since 2010

Can you explain the fishing license regulations to me? I don't understand why you need one in certain places and not others. 

Submitted by GREG M, CLAYTON Delaware on June 29, 2018

Here is the deal. A few years ago, when Maryland added the requirement for licenses to fish in its ocean, tidal, and coastal bay waters, the license was required everywhere for people ages 16 and up (see photo above). Ocean City recognized that there were many people who just wanted to casually fish for an hour or two on their vacation, and asked the state to allow for the creation of a few areas where people could fish without a license. These non-license required areas (see photo below) were approved and are at the Northside Park Pier at 125th Street and Chicago Avenue bulkhead at 3rd Street. Yoiu still need to register with the state to fish in these areas, but you can do that by phone by calling 855.855.3906 (7am-7pm daily).

You also do not need a license to fish from the Ocean Pier or Oceanic Pier as they are commercial piers with licenses covering their patrons.

Find out more about how to get the required fishing licenses here.

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Karl S.

Karl S.

Centreville, VA Answered: June 29, 2018 Insider Since 2010

How much does it cost to rent a beach umbrella?

Submitted by Linda H, New castle Delaware on June 29, 2018

This is picture of stand last year so prices could be different but they should be close to what is on this box. Have Fun.

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Troy F.

Troy F.

Hanover, PA 17331 Answered: June 29, 2018 Insider Since 2008

How crowded will the beach be on July 2nd and 3rd?

Submitted by Alexandra W, Baltimore Maryland on June 28, 2018

It will be crowded, but not too bad.  The week of the 4th is the busiest week of the year in Ocean City.  You can always find space on the beach.

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Savas K.

Savas K.

Hunt Valley and Ocean City Answered: June 28, 2018 Insider Since 2010

Does anyone know how to get in touch with the people who run the fishing event at Sessions by the Sea? Last year, it sold out by Thursday. We have a few people hoping to participate this year and there's no definitive information on how to sign up prior to the event. 

Submitted by Stew B, Martinsburg West Virginia on June 28, 2018

I believe you have to be fully registered for Sessions by the Sea in order to take part in the fishing trip.  You can fill out the online registration form here http://laurelrecovery.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Sessions-by-the-Sea-2018.pdf 

The other option would be to contact Laurel Recovery at 301-490-8136

Thank you for your question.

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Darlene L.

Darlene L.

Johnstown Pa Answered: June 28, 2018 Insider Since 2009

What is the pet policy for the beach? Are there kennel options within OCMD?

Submitted by Jennifer F, Susquehanna Pennsylvania on June 28, 2018

Dogs are not allowed on the OC beach or boardwalk or beach anytime from 1 May to 30 September. Leashed dogs are allowed on the beach and boardwalk from 1 October to 30 April.

Leashed dogs are allowed on other OC Streets and in OC's parks, including Northside Park at 127th Street.

There is a dog park at 94th Street that you can access for a fee. Dogs using that park must have current vaccinations.

Dogs are not allowed on city buses or the boardwalk tram.

Most rental condo properties do not allow renters to have dogs, but do allow owners to have them.

Dogs are not allowed in most pubic areas of Assateague State Park between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day. They are allowed in portions of the Assateague National Seashore, but are subject to restrictions. See this site for more info on pets at Assateague Nations Seashore.

I have not used them, but I have heard good things about the Dogtel Hotel in West OC. You can call them at 410.213.8188.

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Karl S.

Karl S.

Centreville, VA Answered: June 28, 2018 Insider Since 2010
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