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The Hugh T. Cropper Inlet Parking Lot is located at the southern most point of Ocean City. Utilizing this parking lot makes visiting the boardwalk and beach easier and allows the visitor to relax and enjoy their activities – whether it is enjoying the rides, visiting some of the Town’s well known eateries, strolling the boardwalk, or spending the day on the beach. The parking lot has 1,200 parking spaces including 35 handicap parking spaces. There is also a passenger load and unload zone. However, spring, summer and fall rates are in effect during our operating season.

To access the parking lot, you will obtain a ticket at the entrance to the parking lot (We recommend leaving your ticket in your vehicle to prevent it from getting lost or damaged.) The cost for a lost ticket depends upon the day of the week as well as the time of year the ticket was lost. Please see the “NOTE” for the cost. Upon leaving the parking lot, present your ticket to the lot attendant for payment. Forms of payment are cash and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and Discover).

April 1st – Midnight of the Wednesday prior to Memorial Day – $2.00 per hour

Thursday prior to Memorial Day through Labor Day – $3.00 per hour

Midnight of Labor Day through October 31st – $2.00 per hour

0 – 20 minutes FREE

NOTE: Lost ticket Maximum Charge $72.00

In order to accommodate our physically challenged patrons, a 90-minute grace period is in place. 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 just for these purposes. However, if the length of time spent in the parking lot is 91-minutes or more, the person will have to pay for the entire time spent in the parking lot, in accordance with the parking fees listed above.

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 1st 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.


West Ocean City Park and Ride

While you’re in town, why not give your car a vacation, too? The West Ocean City Park & Ride offers FREE ample parking at 12848 Ocean Gateway. Not only is the parking free, but the lot offers spectacular scenic views of the bay, surrounding wetlands, the Ocean City skyline and of course, the gorgeous sunsets Ocean City is known for. Visit the octagon gazebos for amazing bird-watching. And be sure to read the interpretive signs and checkout the railroad bridge and brick walkways before catching the shuttle into town.

Shuttle service from the West Ocean City Park & Ride is $3 Ride-All-Day.

Please observe posted rules and regulations at the Park & Ride. Restrictions apply.

  • It shall be unlawful to park any commercial vehicle unless performing services for or on behalf of the Mayor and City Council
  • It shall be unlawful to utilize any vehicle for sleeping quarters
  • No Overnight Parking Allowed – Vehicles and trailers will be towed if parked between 3:00 AM and 6:00 AM
  • Park in Designated Area Only
  • Information on Towed Vehicles Contact 410-723-6608