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Should you tip the beach box rental attendants for their services?

Submitted by Mindy R, New prov. PA on August 12, 2019

You're not required to but it's a nice gesture.

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Troy F.

Troy F.

Hanover, PA 17331 Answered: August 12, 2019 Insider Since 2008

Hello, How do I get to Ocean City by bus from New York Port Authority?

Submitted by P G, Huntington NY on August 9, 2019

Hey PG,

You could get to the West Ocean City parking lot through Greyhound.

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Kathy H.

Kathy H.

Bayville, NJ Answered: August 10, 2019 Insider Since 2010

Where do the shops start and end on the boardwalk?

Submitted by Jennifer O, Media PA on August 9, 2019

Hey Jennifer,

There are many shops that are located down by the Inlet but there are also many different shops along the way, so find your favorite!!

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Kathy H.

Kathy H.

Bayville, NJ Answered: August 10, 2019 Insider Since 2010

Are registered service animals permitted on the beach?

Submitted by Susan C, Weirton WV on August 8, 2019

Registration has no impact on if a service animal is allowed on the beach and boardwalk at this time of year. If a service animal meets the ADA defined criteria for service animal, it is allowed on the beach or anywhere else Ocean City. If a service animal does not meet the ADA approval criteria, then it is not allowed on the beach or boardwalk until 1 October. The Department of Justice's ADA website provides the criteria and requirements for an ADA Service Animal.

The ADA does not require registration as part of its criteria and does not sponsor such registrations. The US Justice Department administers ADA. It's ADA FAQ documentation states "There are individuals and organizations that sell service animal certification or registration documents online. These documents do not convey any rights under the ADA and the Department of Justice does not recognize them as proof that the dog is a service animal." The ADA FAQ also indicates "Mandatory registration of service animals is not permissible under the ADA.  However, as stated above, service animals are subject to the same licensing and vaccination rules that are applied to all dogs."

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Karl S.

Karl S.

Centreville, VA Answered: August 9, 2019 Insider Since 2010

We are visiting August 21st to the 24th. I'm wondering how much money I should budget for a 3 day trip for a family of 3. We are staying at a family members condo so we won't have to pay for lodging.

Submitted by Jacki W, Quakertown PA on August 8, 2019

Assuming you eat out at lunch and dinner and go to the Boardwalk or do another entertainment option for some fun, I would think $500 would be plenty.  

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Savas K.

Savas K.

Hunt Valley and Ocean City Answered: August 8, 2019 Insider Since 2010

How do I go about reserving a beach wheelchair?

Submitted by Mary K, Monongahela PA on August 7, 2019

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 or to get the size of the chair.

PMI rentals rents beach wheelchairs, and they will deliver. These chairs are not self propelled and require someone to push the occupant across the beach. You can call them at 800.320.7469 to find out more including the cost and size of the chair.

You can also access wheelchairs located on the west edge of the beach that are controlled by the beach patrol. They are 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, 1st St., 7th St., 27th St., 30th St., 40th St., 48th St., 59th St., 70th St., 81st St., 89th St., 94th St., 107th St., 120th St., 130th St., 139th St., 145th Streets (maybe other places too). Find out more about them here.

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 by calling 855.743.5737. 

Here are some photos of a beach wheelchair and SandHelper so you can see what they both look like.

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Karl S.

Karl S.

Centreville, VA Answered: August 7, 2019 Insider Since 2010

Are there any public lockers I can rent for the day? I am coming on a bus and don't want to carry everything.

Submitted by Catherine W, YORK PA on August 7, 2019

That's a great question unfortunately I do not believe there are any public lockers to rent for the day.

You could call Jolly Rogers as they have lockers for people using the water park. Their number is 410-289-3477.

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Troy F.

Troy F.

Hanover, PA 17331 Answered: August 7, 2019 Insider Since 2008

Are there any private showers with hot water so I can shower and change privately? A bathhouse that I would pay to go into?

Submitted by Catherine W, YORK PA on August 7, 2019

There are no public areas where you can change your clothes along the beach in OC (i.e., there are no public or private bath houses). There are rest rooms at the Inlet, Caroline Street, 9th Street, and 27th Street, but changing of clothes is prohibited in these attended facilities.

There are public bath houses where you can change at the Assateague beaches.

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Karl S.

Karl S.

Centreville, VA Answered: August 7, 2019 Insider Since 2010

When are pets allowed on the beach?

Submitted by Debra P, Baltimore MD on August 7, 2019

Pets are allowed on the beach anytime from 1 October to 31 April. They are not allowed on the beach at any time 1 May to 30 September.

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Karl S.

Karl S.

Centreville, VA Answered: August 7, 2019 Insider Since 2010

How can I travel from Cumberland, MD to Ocean City, MD by avoiding the Bay Bridge?

Submitted by Gary M, Westernport KY on August 7, 2019

You can take 70 East to 695 East to 95 North to Route 1 South.  That will add about an hour to 1.5 hours to your trip.  You will also have some major bridges to cross, but none like the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  

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Savas K.

Savas K.

Hunt Valley and Ocean City Answered: August 7, 2019 Insider Since 2010

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Karl S.

Centreville, VA
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Savas K.

Hunt Valley and Ocean City
Member Since: 2010

Troy F.

Hanover, PA 17331
Member Since: 2008

Kathy H.

Bayville, NJ
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Bill A.

Linthicum MD and OC MD
Member Since: 2008

Michael B.

Warrenville, IL
Member Since: 2011

JasonOCMD

Ocean City, MD
Member Since: 2011

Bill F.

Camp Hill, PA
Member Since: 2010

Dana B.

Pittsburgh, PA
Member Since: 2008

Christy P.

North Ocean City
Member Since: 2014

Tara P.

Ocean City, MD
Member Since: 2009

Kathy D.

Ocean City, Maryland
Member Since: 2020

Liz O.

Ocean City, Maryland
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