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Ocean City Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to All the Common Question's

General Ocean City FAQ

All locations are accessible for the physically challenged.
    • 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
    • Park & Ride on Rt. 50, just west of Harry Kelley Bridge
    • Transit Center on 144th Street

PUBLIC RINSE-OFF STATIONS

Rinse-off spigots are provided at the following locations:
  • Caroline Street (4)
  • Inlet Beach (4)
  • 9th Street (2)

Pets

Pets are allowed on the beach and boardwalk from October 1 to April 30 in Ocean City and any time on Assateague; however, pets must be leashed at all times and the owner is responsible for removing any waste. There are lots of pet friendly hotels in town. Also,  The Ocean City Dog Park is on 94th Street, bayside.
Categories: Beaches, Pets

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)
Categories: Beaches, 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.
Categories: Beaches, Boardwalk
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.
Categories: Beaches, Boardwalk

Beaches

Always. The beach is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and the Ocean City Beach Patrol is on duty 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. Always obey the Beach Patrol’s instructions, swim near a lifeguard at all times, and have a buddy with you when you’re in the surf. NOTE: Town Ordinances prohibit throwing balls/Frisbees and other sports on the beach between 9am and 5:30pm from May 30 to September 15.
Category: Beaches
There is plenty of Free parking in the West Ocean City Park and ride. There you can buy an all day bus ticket that will take you pretty much anywhere worth going in Ocean City. There’s not a ton of free parking in town but the Park and Ride is one of your best bets. You can pay to park at the meters around town and in the Inlet. Here’s more information on municipal parking.
Category: Beaches
All locations are accessible for the physically challenged.
    • 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
    • Park & Ride on Rt. 50, just west of Harry Kelley Bridge
    • Transit Center on 144th Street

PUBLIC RINSE-OFF STATIONS

Rinse-off spigots are provided at the following locations:
  • Caroline Street (4)
  • Inlet Beach (4)
  • 9th Street (2)
That depends, but there’s an algorithm. Two beaches are reserved every day as ‘surfing beaches’ and their locations rotate daily. In addition, one section of beach along the inlet is reserved for surfers. It’s open Monday to Friday during the summer, except on July 4. Check out our surfing page for more information. To discover today’s surfing beaches or learn about the OC surf report:
Category: Beaches
Surf fishing is welcomed in Ocean City, but for safety’s sake, regulations require you remain 50 yards away from anyone on the beach or in the water between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. There are regulations against luring sharks and chumming.
Category: Beaches
Pets are allowed on the beach and boardwalk from October 1 to April 30 in Ocean City and any time on Assateague; however, pets must be leashed at all times and the owner is responsible for removing any waste. There are lots of pet friendly hotels in town. Also,  The Ocean City Dog Park is on 94th Street, bayside.
Categories: Beaches, Pets
During the summer season, the Ocean City Beach Patrol is on duty from 9am- 5pm.
Category: Beaches
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)
Categories: Beaches, 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.
Categories: Beaches, Boardwalk
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.
Categories: Beaches, Boardwalk

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.

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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?

In addition to taking advantage of the town’s free weekly events, you can save 40% on restaurants and activities or check out today’s coupons.

When are lifeguards on the beach?

During the summer season, the Ocean City Beach Patrol is on duty from 9am- 5pm.

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.

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