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Are pets allowed on the Boardwalk? Are they allowed in the arcade? 
Submitted by Kathy M, Centreville, Maryland January 2, 2018
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Warrenville, IL

Insider since: 2011

Answered: January 3, 2018

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They are allowed between now and May 1 to be on the boardwalk. As far as I can read the law, they cannot be in the arcade unless they are a service dog.

If you are bringing your best friend with you to OC, I suggest that you stay at The Barefoot Mailman. They cater to pet lovers. If you go to www.ococean.com you can search for hotels and choose The Barefoot Mailman.

Enjoy OC!


Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: January 3, 2018

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Pets are not allowed on the boardwalk or beach at any time between 1 May and 30 September. From 1 October to 30 April, leashed dogs are allowed on the boardwalk and beach. During time pets are prohibited from the boardwalk, there is no way to get one to an arcade. During times when they are allowed, it would depend on the specific arcade's policies as to weather you can bring your pet in with you.


Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: January 3, 2018

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Pets are also allowed in some outdoor seating areas of restaurants - like MR Ducks and Mackys.  I would call to confirm this as this policy seems to change from year to year.


Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: January 2, 2018

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Pets are allowed on the boardwalk right now and until May 1. From May 1 until October 1 they are not, even if they're carried or in strollers.  As for being allowed inside arcades and other places, they are allowed if they are licensed service dogs. Otherwise, no.   


Hanover, PA 17331

Insider since: 2008

Answered: January 2, 2018

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Pets are allowed on the beach/boardwalk now till May 1st. Pet rules can be found here.


Bayville, NJ

Insider since: 2010

Answered: January 2, 2018

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Hi Kathy at this time of the year until May 1 pets are allowed on the boardwalk. I'm sorry unless you have a service dog, animals are usually not allowed in the arcades. For more information on your furry friends visit http://www.ococean.com