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Renting a wheelchair in Ocean City

beach wheelchairIf you need to rent a wheelchair at any point during your Ocean City vacation, there are several options in-town that make equipment rentals easy and convenient. The best place to rent a wheelchair depends on what exactly you need, when you need it and how long you’ll be using it for, so check the guide below before you decide where to rent from.

For the entire vacation

For long-term use during your vacation, Sand Helper offers rentals of wheelchairs, portable mobility scooters, and motorized beach wheelchairs and they deliver all items to your door. They offer daily, multi-day, and weekly rentals. PMI Rentals offers manual wheelchairs, transport chairs and walkers, all for $50 a week or less. They can deliver straight to your door, or you can pick up your equipment at their location at 126th street. Another option is Assawoman Wheelchair Rentals, which specializes in wheelchair and handicap equipment.

For the day

For renting by the day, Dandy Don’s Bike Rentals offers manual wheelchairs at their location on North Division street.

If you only need something for a few hours, Boardwalk Segways offers wheelchairs, beach wheelchairs that can be maneuvered more easily in the sand, and mobility scooters. Their convenient location between 8th and 9th streets makes it easy to rent and head straight to the beach.

For the beach

Sand Helper offers rentals of battery powered beach wheelchairs. Controlled by a joystick, this all-terrain mobility scooter is simple to operate. Sand Helper delivers the motorized wheelchair to your vacation residence.

Another option for beach wheelchairs between Memorial Day and Labor Day is to get one from the beach itself. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., wheelchairs are available at a first-come, first-served basis and can be found at the Inlet Lot and at Somerset, Talbot, N. Division, 7th, 27th, 30th, 40th, 48th 59th, 70th, 81st, 89th, 94th 107th, 120th, 130th, 139th and 145th streets. Lifeguards provide access to the chairs, which can be used within one block of where the chair is assigned.

By reservation

The Sand Helper motorized beach wheelchair can be reserved online Here or by calling (855) 743-5737

Beach wheelchairs are available at the Ocean City Visitors Center in the Convention Center, where they can be reserved for 1-3 days of use (410-289-2800).

Hotels may also provide wheelchairs, or information on where you can get a wheelchair closest to you – just call ahead or check at their concierge desk.

Wheelchair/Handicap accessibility in Ocean City

Wheelchair access to the beach in Ocean City is available all the way from the Inlet to 145th Street. You’ll find such access marked by a blue sign on the street entrances at the streets where beach wheelchairs are available (as listed above), in addition to 1st, 12th, 25th, 35th and 37th streets

The Town of Ocean City also provides ADA Paratransit Service, which can be scheduled by calling the Department of Transportation one business day in advance at 410-723-1606.

Finally, an ADA Playground is located at 125th street and includes ground and above-ground level play equipment with a bonded rubber safety surface. 

Kristin is a writer and photographer in Ocean City, Maryland, and is the content manager for OceanCity.com and other State Ventures, LLC sites. She loves getting reader-submitted stories and photos, so send her an email anytime. She also works part-time at the Art League of Ocean City and the Ocean City Film Festival and lives just off the peninsula with her dog and fiancé. Her photos can be found on Instagram @oc_kristin.

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  1. Thanks for the list of the blue mats. They will be even more helpful than the wheelchairs for my daughter with Cerebral Palsy. I just wish the mats would go further and closer to the water!

  2. Ocean City has the best wheelchair access walkways across the dunes. These big blue mats are put out every summer and make it possible to get out onto the beach with any wheelchair. (You need a beach wheelchair with the big balloon tires to get the rest of the way.) Much better than the Fenwick walkways which are steep and often covered in sand. Mats are wherever the free manual beach chairs are offered. 40th, 48th 59th, 70th, 81st, 89th, 94th 107th, 120th, 130th, 139th and 145th streets.

  3. I can’t say enough complimentary things about Assawoman Wheelchair Rentals! We were not expecting to need a wheelchair on our vacation, but as luck would have it, my sister fell and sprained her ankle. She was going to forego the fireworks display at Northside Park, but Ms. Cooley at Assawoman Wheelchair Rentals came to our rescue! She was so professional on the phone, with her description of services, and she worked around our schedule to deliver the wheelchair to us in the most prompt time frame possible, even with all the holiday traffic coming into Ocean City! Her prices are EXTREMELY REASONABLE, and the chair we got was almost brand new! Comfortable leather seat, and easy to close up for transport to/from locations. THANK YOU Assawoman Rentals — highly recommend!


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