Information on where to park in Ocean City, Maryland
During the off season, parking is plentiful, but once the weather breaks it can become a challenge to find a place to park in Ocean City, especially in the Inlet and Downtown areas. These are the top six places to find parking in Ocean City Maryland.
Ocean City’s paid parking season runs from April 1 – October 31.
1. West Ocean City Park and Ride
If you’re staying outside of Ocean City, or just coming for the day, and don’t feel like bothering with traffic, take advantage of the West Ocean City Park n Ride. Located just west of the Rt. 50 drawbridge, the Park n Ride provides visitors with over 700 free parking spaces and a routine shuttle bus that transports passengers to either the South Division Street Transit Center in town, or to the Ocean City Factory Outlets in West Ocean City for just $3 per person. If you plan on riding the shuttle bus throughout the season, coupon books are also available. The books include 20 shuttle ride tickets for just $15 and are available at City Hall on 3rd St. (410-289-8221).
Please refer to Shore Transit public schedule for additional transportation options or call 410-723-1606.
2. City Lots
Paid Municipal parking can be found on Worcester St., between Baltimore Ave.; Philadelphia Ave.; Somerset St.and Baltimore Ave.; Dorchester St. and Baltimore Ave.; N. Division St. and Baltimore Ave.; N. Division St. and St. Louis Ave.; 4th St.and Baltimore Ave.; 1st. St.and St. Louis; 2nd St.and St. Louis; 61st St.and Coastal Hwy at the Ocean City Convention Center;
100th St., bayside.
3. Hugh T. Cropper Inlet Parking Lot
The Hugh T. Cropper Inlet Parking Lot is at the southernmost point of Ocean City and grants easy access to the boardwalk, beach, and downtown area. The inlet parking lot has 1,200 parking spaces including 35 handicap parking spaces and a passenger load/unload zone.
As of April 2018, the Inlet Parking Lot no longer has an entrance booth where tickets can be obtained. Instead, there are pay-by-plate stations around the parking lot where patrons can enter in their license plate numbers and the amount of time they’d like, then pay by cash or card.
Patrons can still pay for their parking by using the Parkmobile mobile parking app. Time can be extended directly through the app, which will also send text reminders when parking time is about to expire. The Parkmobile app is available for download on the App store for the iPhone, the Google Play Store for Android devices, and the Microsoft store for Windows phones.
Parking in the Inlet lot is $3 per hour. The first 30 minutes are free for all vehicles, including handicapped.
4. Street Parking
While street parking is sometimes available, it is important to remember that if you park illegally it can be costly. There often is some parking bayside near the Inlet, by the Ocean City Skate Bowl, and at various places along Coastal Highway uptown. Remember not to park in front of any curb painted red, or blocking any public or private driveway.
Parking on streets and in municipal lots is $2 per hour with one free hour for handicapped parking.
5. Metered Parking
In addition to paid and free street parking, there are pay-by-plate metered spaces as well. Both the municipal pay streets and lots, as well as meters can be paid by phone app, which will keep you from having to keep returning to check the meter. Download the Ocean City Parkmobile App.
Private lots dot the Inlet area and parts of downtown. They are clearly marked with daily or hourly rates.
Additional information about parking in Ocean City, Md.
STREET LOCATION NUMBER OF PARKING SPACES
- Worcester Street, between Baltimore Ave. & Philadelphia Ave. 166 regular spaces,12 motorcycle spaces, and 6 handicap spaces
- Somerset Street & Baltimore Avenue 29 regular spaces & 1 handicap space
- Dorchester Street & Baltimore Avenue 28 regular spaces & 2 handicap spaces
- North Division & Baltimore Avenue 42 regular spaces & 2 handicap spaces
- 4th Street & Baltimore Avenue 56 regular spaces & 3 handicap spaces
- 1st Street & St. Louis Avenue 43 regular spaces & 2 handicap spaces
- North Division & St. Louis Avenue 4 regular spaces
- 61st Street & Coastal Highway-Bayside 28 regular spaces
For more information, contact the Department of Public Works, Maintenance Division, at (410) 524-0391.
Parking in the Inlet Lot is $3.00 per hour, with 0-30 minutes free for all vehicles, including handicapped.
Street parking and municipal lot parking is $2.00 per hour with one hour free for handicapped parking.
Pay a Parking Ticket
If you get a parking ticket and want to pay it online, you can click here. If you are towed, you have to go to the Ocean City Police Department and pay the ticket. Then, you have to go to the impound lot located behind the Police Department’s main building with your receipt of payment to get your car. The address of the Police Department’s main building is 6501 Coastal Highway in Ocean City, MD.
Physically Challenged Visitors
In order to accommodate our physically challenged patrons, a 60-minute grace period is in place for street and municipal parking. This allows those person(s) to view the ocean or pick-up an item from the boardwalk. In addition, there are handicap parking spaces located near the beach as well as the boardwalk.
100th Street Parking Lot
The 100th Street Parking Lot is located on the bayside of Coastal Highway across from the Sheraton Hotel and can be accessed by the water tower. The 100th St. lot offers 234 parking spaces, 8 handicapped spaces, is boat trailer accessible, and operates from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m., seven days a week from the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day.
The lot is priced for long-term parking. The rates are as follows:
Only cash payment is accepted. Customers pay in advance, and are issued a pass card which allows the driver to enter and leave as desired.
RVs and oversized vehicles (6’8″ wide or wider, and/or 21’2″ long or longer), may not be parked on municipal streets or parking lots from June 1 until September 15. However, limited RV parking is permitted at the 100th Street Municipal Park Lot for a fee. Call 410-524-0038 for information.
Boat Trailer Parking in Ocean City, MD
Boat trailer parking is available at the 100th Street Municipal Parking Lot for a fee. Boat trailers may not be parked on the public streets, alleyways or public parking lots from May 1 though October 1.
Parking restrictions for trailers & oversized vehicles
- No trailer or oversized vehicle parking on Baltimore Avenue at anytime
- No trailer or oversized vehicle parking on any street or public lot without a permit between May 1 and October 31, except the 100th Street municipal Lot and the West Ocean City Park & Ride
- Permits are available to registered participants of certain special events from event promoters including Cruisin’ Ocean City, OC Bikefest and Endless Summer Cruisin’ for a fee of $50.
- Other permits will be issued on a case by case basis by the Town of Ocean City’s Director of Special Events
- The new ordinance applies to trailers that are both attached and detached from vehicles
- Any oversized vehicle is any vehicle that is either over 21 feet, 2 inches in length and/ or over 6 feet, 8 inches in width
- The fine for trailer and oversized vehicle violations is $250
- Scofflaws (3 or more outstanding tickets or $100 or more in outstanding fines) may be booted or towed.
Due to heavy traffic, pedestrian and vehicle, delivery vehicles are urged to make all necessary deliveries prior to 10:00 a.m. Although this is not mandatory for delivery vehicles, the Town has implemented FREE access for delivery vehicles until 10:00 a.m., after which those delivery person(s) will be required to pay a parking fee, in accordance with the parking fees listed above. This policy will take effect on April 2 when the parking lot opens. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.
If you have additional questions, please call the Public Works Maintenance Division at (410) 524-0391.