COVID-19 NOTICE: Ocean City is welcoming guests. Please be advised that masks may be required at some establishments and social distancing should be maintained. Retail establishments are opening at 50% capacity, masks are required. Restaurants may offer outside dining where applicable. Gatherings of more than 10 people are NOT PERMITTED.
What are free things to do in Ocean City?
The Town of Ocean City prides itself on hosting free weekly events throughout the summer to help you enjoy your vacation without blowing your budget. Find a full list here.
How can I save money on my Ocean City vacation?
Does it cost money to go to the beach?
No, Ocean City, Maryland’s beach is absolutely free.
Is smoking banned on the beach/Boardwalk in Ocean City?
As of May 1, 2015, the Clean Air Smoking Ban is in effect. All public smoking on the beach/Boardwalk must be confined to designated areas.
Are pets allowed on the beach/Boardwalk?
Pets are permitted on the beach and Boardwalk between October 1- April 30, but allowed on at the Assateague National Park year round. All pets must remain on a leash at all times and owners are responsible for removing any waste. Our Pets page has more info.
When are lifeguards on the beach?
During the summer season, the Ocean City Beach Patrol is on duty from 9am- 5pm.
Does the beach close?
No one is allowed on the beach or in the water between 12am and 6am.
Can I sleep on the beach?
Sleep during the day all you want- but use sunscreen! Sleeping on the beach is prohibited between 10pm and 6am.
Can I fish on the beach?
Surf fishing is permitted in Ocean City, but be sure you are at least 50 feet away from swimmers between 9:00am and 6:00pm. Please note that you now are required to have a Salt Water Fishing License. Visit our Fishing & Boating page for more info.
Where can I surf?
Surfing is strictly prohibited between 10:30am and 5pm except on designated surfing beaches. The surfing beaches rotate daily.
Where can I park? Is parking free?
Free parking is available on most streets, but can be hard to find during the summer. Find a full list of parking options here.
Are bathrooms available on the beach/Boardwalk?
Yes, public bathrooms can be found at the following locations:
- Boardwalk at Worcester Street
- Boardwalk at Caroline Street
- 3rd Street & St. Louis Avenue next to Skate Park
- Boardwalk at 9th Street
- Boardwalk at 27th Street
- S. Division Street Transit Center
Rinse Stations can be found at:
- Caroline Street (4)
- Inlet Beach (4)
- 9th Street (2)
When is the Boardwalk open?
The Boardwalk is technically open year round, however many businesses close during the offseason. Businesses open on an individual basis, so it’s best to contact them directly if you want to know their offseason schedule.
Can I ride my bike on the Boardwalk?
Biking is allowed only between the hours of 2 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the summer (Memorial Day through Labor Day). It is allowed anytime of the day and night in the off-season from the Tuesday after Labor Day to the Friday before Memorial Day.
Can I skateboard on the Boardwalk?
Skateboarding/ rollerblading/ rollerskating is prohibited on the Boardwalk during the summer season, but is allowed anytime of the day and night in the off-season from the Tuesday after Labor Day to the Friday before Memorial Day.
Can I rent a handicapped accessible chair on the beach/Boardwalk?
Yes, the Town of Ocean City provides beach wheelchairs at designated locations from 10am to 5pm daily, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Chairs are available from the Beach Patrol and must be used within a block of where they are picked up. Chairs can be rented at the following lots: Inlet Lot, 7th 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 St.
What is the Ocean City bus schedule?
Spring: Every 15 min. 6 :00 a.m. – 10 p.m., and every 30 min. 10:00 p.m.- 6:00 a.m
Summer: Every 10 min. 6 : 00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m, and every 20 min. 3 :00 a.m.- 6:00 a.m
Fall: Approx. every 15 minutes 6 a.m.- 10 p.m., and approx. every 30 minutes 10 p.m. – 6 a.m.
When is Sunfest in Ocean City?
Sunfest takes place in late September. Check out our Sunfest page for updated dates and information.
When is Winterfest in Ocean City?
Winterfest of Lights runs from mid-November to New Year’s Eve. Take a look at our Winterfest page for the complete dates and information.
What can I do on a rainy day?
Check out a movie, play indoor mini-golf, visit the Life-Saving Station Museum or Ripley’s Believe it or Not, go on a brewery tour, shop at the Tanger Outlets, hit the arcades with the kids, or just hang on your balcony and listen peace and quiet of rain on an empty beach, just to name a few.
How far is Assateague from Ocean City?
Assateague Island is located just 8 miles south of Ocean City on Route 611.
Can children eat at Seacrets?
Yes, children are allowed in Seacrets until 10pm
What are good restaurants for children?
The majority of restaurants in Ocean City are kid friendly and include children’s menu options.
How do I plan a beach wedding in Ocean City?
Ocean City is the perfect destination for a beach wedding. Start planning yours here.