If 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.
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.