Marylanders are known for being pretty laid back which is probably why there’s so much fun to be had in Little America. If you find yourself traveling through Maryland or visiting relatives there, here are ten places you can’t miss when visiting the Free State.
1. Annapolis, MD. Rent an electric boat and steer for yourself. Take your family or your special someone on the boat ride across the Chesapeake Bay, go fishing at Downs Park Pier, or go kayaking at Quiet Waters Park between the South River and Harness Creek.
2. Chesapeake City. Once you’ve dried off, head to Chesapeake City for a horse country tour through thoroughbred horse farms, or take a self-guided tour of the nature trails at Mount Harmon Plantation in Earleville. The small city is also filled with restaurants, tiny shops, and is home to the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal (runs right through town).
3. Assateague Island. Ready for some wild summer fun? Head to Assateague Island for the wild beaches, wild ponies, crabbing, swimming, canoeing, bird-watching, surf fishing, hunting, clamming, and off-road vehicle riding. You can even see the ponies swim on the best of nature tour during the summer. There’s no shortage of fun here.
4. Artfest in Baltimore. Art junkie? Check out the Artfest, affiliated with Maryland Art Institute. Grab a glass of wine and mingle with the city’s art lovers about garden sculptures and paintings all afternoon.
5. Crownsville for the Maryland Renaissance Festival. It’s a three-month long festival with tons of entertainment. You’ll find yourself lancing and jousting with all of the other sixteenth-century renaissance lovers. The festival hosts reenactments, crafts, horses, armor, food, musicians and dancers, stories and shows. If you enjoy all things sixteenth century, this is the place you want to be. The festival usually starts in late August and runs until mid-October.
6. Ocean City. Ocean City boasts tons of activities for both families and couples, including horseback riding, museums, beach volleyball, beaches, the Art’s Alive Festival, dolphin-watching, parades and more. There are also a number of free things to do in Ocean City. Rollerblade, search for seashells, or go body surfing.
7. Fells Point. Fells Point is located in Baltimore and is home to tons of bars, clubs, parties, and chic restaurants. In the daytime, head out to some of the Historic Walking areas for some group walking tours, do some shopping, head out on a water taxi to Pazo, one of the area’s premiere Mediterranean restaurants.
8. Druid Hill Park/Baltimore Zoo. Druid Hill Park houses playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts, ball fields, a volleyball court, a golf course, a picnic pavilion, greenhouses, a Zen Garden, the Jones Fall Trail, and the Howard Peter Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens, among other things. After hitting up the park, head to the Maryland Zoo, which isn’t far from the park.
9. Labor Day in Crisfield. Partake in all that this tiny seafood town has to offer on Labor Day, including a hard crab race, music, rides, fireworks, and a crab-picking contest. The kids are sure to have a blast at the National Hard Crab Derby and Fair.
10. Baltimore Inner Harbor. It’s a top-rated tourist destination and it’s filled with tons of attractions and entertainment. There are plenty of parks, shops, restaurants, and museums. There’s also the waterfront, the National Aquarium, the World Trade Center, The Baltimore Maritime Museum, Federal Hill Park, and it’s also home to John’s Hopkins University.
No matter where you end up in Maryland, there’s always something to do. From beaches and parks to museums and sight-seeing tours, there’s no shortage of entertainment for you and your family or loved one.