In Maryland, there are so many different things to do and experience. Here are more than 50 ideas of things to do in Maryland. Don’t forget to get your free Bucket List printable at the bottom of the post.
Prices are indicated in the parenthesis, if it says America the Beautiful it is referring to the National Parks Pass.
The map below shows the location of many of the places on our bucket list. You can click on the place to find out what number it is on our bucket list for more information.
Things to do in Maryland
- Go to a Baltimore Orioles Game (Prices Vary)
Going to watch the Baltimore Orioles play at Camden Yards is a fun for the whole family.
- Assateague Island (America The Beautiful)
Visiting Assateague Island and seeing the wild horses is such a cool experience. I have never seen anything like it before. You can read more about our experience here.
- Annapolis Amish Market (Prices Vary)
The Amish market in Annapolis is a wonderful place to stop for lunch. The market is only open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for limited hours. Along with delicious pretzel logs (Think hot pockets x100) the Amish Market has some delicious baked goods, for you to take home and enjoy.
- Patterson Park Pagoda (Free)
The Pagoda is open 12 noon – 6pm on Sundays, mid-April through mid-October
- Swallow Falls State Park (Prices Vary)
Swallow Falls State Park located in Garrett County Maryland. According to the state website Swallow Falls State Park has some of the most breath-taking scenery in Western Maryland.
- Washington DC LDS Temple (Free)
The Washington DC LDS Temple visitor center and temple grounds are open to the public. The grounds are beautiful and the visitor center has a few different displays and interactive activities for the whole family.
- Go Fossil Hunting ($5 per vehicle)
Go Fossil Hunting at Calvert Cliffs State Park. You can read more about our trip to Calvert Cliffs here.
- Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park (Free)
The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park located in Church Creek, Maryland Visitor Center opened March 2017. The State Park is located near the birth place of Harriet Tubman and includes The Visitor Center, Administrative Building and a Pavilion.
- Thrasher’s Fries (Prices Vary)
Thrasher’s French Fries have been an Ocean City treat since 1929, a bucket of fries is a must when you visit the boardwalk.
- Naval Airshow (Free)
Each year the Blue Angels perform at the US Naval Academy graduation in Annapolis. You can read more about our experience and a few tips here.
- Maryland State House (Free)
The Maryland State House located in Annapolis has a lot of history. The State House is open to visitors every day from 9am – 5pm except Christmas and New Year’s Day.
- Cove Point Lighthouse
The Cove Point Lighthouse located in Lusby Maryland has been restored and can be rented as a vacation home . The lighthouse grounds and visitor center are open to the public June – August from 1:00 -4:00 pm each day.
- Peabody Library (Free)
The George Peabody Library is located in the Peabody Institute of Music at Johns Hopkins University. The library is a premiere wedding and event location in Baltimore; it is open to the public on specific days and at specific times.
- Ravens Game (Prices Vary)
The Baltimore Ravens NFL team plays its home games at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
- Antietam Battlefield (America the Beautiful)
The Battle of Antietam was the Bloodiest One Day Battle in American History.
- C & O Canal (America the Beautiful)
The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal is a 184.5-mile pathway to discover historical information.
- Chesapeake Bay Bridge (Toll)
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge, often referred to as the “Bay Bridge”, is a dual span bridge that connects Maryland’s Western Shore to the Eastern Shore. The Bridge is just over 4 miles long.
- Saint Clements Island (Prices Vary)
St. Clements Island State Park is a 62 Acre Park accessible only by boat. The park has limited hours so be sure to check the website.
- Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo (Prices Vary)
The Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo has over 450 exotic animals – for more information visit the website.
- Clark’s Elioak Farm ($6+)
The Farm has a Petting are as well as produce and meat, but the highlight of Clark’s Elioak Farm is the Enchanted Forest. The Enchanted Forest was a storybook park in Ellicott City that opened in 1955. The park closed in the early 1990’s and starting in 2004 through 2015 Clark’s Elioak Farm was able to move the attractions to their petting farm and restore them.
- Conowingo Dam (Free)
Conowingo Dam in Darlington, Maryland is a great spot to see Bald Eagles.
- Monocacy National Battlefield (Free)
Known as “The Battle that Saved Washington, D.C.” the Battle of Monocacy was the confederates only victory in the north, but it was also a defeat. Read more about the battle here.
- Crystal Grottoes Caverns ($10 – $20)
According to the website Crystal Grottoes Caverns has more formations per square foot than any cave known to man. You can get a dollar off admission coupon on the website.
- Preakness Balloon Festival (Prices Vary)
This Point Lookout State Park is one of many events during the week-long celebrations for the annual Preakness Stakes.
- Point Lookout State Park (Prices Vary)
Point Lookout State Park was the location of a prison camp during the Civil War. The park includes a Civil War Museum, Fort Lincoln, a Lighthouse as well as hiking, fishing and boating.
- Edgar Allen Poe House ($5)
The Point Lookout State Parkis open to visitors on a seasonal schedule so be sure to check the website before visiting.
- Fort Frederick
Fort Frederick is a 585-acre park that features a unique stone fort. The park boarders the Potomac River and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal runs through the park.
- Casselman Bridge
Casselman River Bridge State Park in Garrett County Maryland has an 80-foot span stone arch bridge. In 1813 when the bridge was built it was the longest single span stone bridge in the United States.
- Wizard of Oz Park (Free)
Watkins Regional Park also known as the Wizard of Oz Park is a ton of fun for kids of all ages. Read more about our trip to the Wizard of Oz Park here.
- Fractured Prune (Prices Vary)
Fractured Prune doughnuts are always fresh! These made to order doughnuts have tons of fun flavors from Key Lime Pie to O.C. Sand. Checkout the flavors we chose to try on our first visit.
- Cunningham Falls State Park
Located in the Catoctin Mountains, Cunningham Falls State Park has outdoor activities everywhere!
- Clear Meadow Farm Sunflowers (Free)
Peak Season to view the Sunflowers is mid-September. Keep a watch on the website to see when the peak season will be each year.
- Naval Academy
Visit the USNA website for help planning your visit to the United States Casselman River Bridge located in Annapolis, Maryland.
- National Capital Trolley Museum ($5-$7)
Admission to the National Capital Casselman River Bridge includes Museum displays, docent-led tours, and unlimited street car rides.
- Sandy Point State Park (Prices Vary)
This state park is 786 acres along the Chesapeake Bay. The park’s beaches have beautiful views of the Chesapeake Bay, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and the Sandy Point Lighthouse.
- Fort McHenry (America the Beautiful)
Fort McHenry is the inspiration for the Star-spangled Banner. Learn about the writing of the National Anthem and life at the Fort. Here are some tips for visiting Fort McHenry.
- Gunpowder Falls State Park
With over 18,000 acres Gunpowder Falls State Park is one of the largest state parks in Maryland. The park has more than 120 miles of trails.
- 6 Flags America (Prices Vary)
6 Flags America is a family friendly Amusement Park
- Patapsco State Park
Patapsco Park has over 200 miles of trails with beautiful scenery.
- Smith Island
Smith Island is home to the State dessert the Smith Island Cake. To visit smith Island, it is a 45-minute ferry ride from Crisfield, MD. To plan your visit, click here.
- Port Discovery Children’s Museum (Prices Vary)
This Children’s Museum is ranked in the tip 5 Children’s museums in the United States. It has three floors of interactive exhibits.
- NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (Free)
Located in Greenbelt Maryland this Smith Island is Free of charge. The Visitor Center is open select hours so be sure to check the website before visiting.
- Babe Ruth Birthplace ($5 -$10)
The Smith Island located in Baltimore is open year-round with varying hours.
- Annapolis (Free)
Historic Annapolis is a fun town to walk around and explore. We love walking down the cobbled Main Street and enjoying the small-town feel.
- Choptank River Lighthouse
- Mary’s Historic District (5+ $10)
Historic Smith Island is a museum of history and archaeology at Maryland’s first capital.
- Piney Point Lighthouse (5+ $7)
At Piney Point explore the museum, Potomac River Maritime Exhibit, the lighthouse and keeper’s quarters.
- Fort Washington Park (America The Beautiful)
Fort Washington was built to defend the river approach to Washington D.C. The park has a variety of activities including artillery demonstrations.
- Turkey Point Lighthouse (Free – Donations)
The Lighthouse is open seasonally on weekends from 10am to 4pm. To Climb the lighthouse you must be 42” tall.
- Western MD Scenic Railroad (Prices Vary)
Take a ride on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. Excursions start in Downtown Cumberland, the trip takes you through a breach in the Allegheny Mountains.
- Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary and Visitor Center ($2 per Vehicle)
This Sanctuary is the wintering grounds for many Canada geese. Along with a Visitor Center there is hiking trails and a self-guided driving tour.
- Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
The Blackwater Wildlife Refuge is known for its wildlife photography opportunities. The Refuge also has bike paths.
- Frederick Keys (Prices Vary)
Attend a Frederick Key’s baseball game.
- Bowie Baysox (Prices Vary)
Watch a Bowie Baysox baseball game
- Rocks State Park
The two main attractions at Rocks State Park are the King and Queen Seat and Kilgore Falls. The park has 3.5-miles of hiking trails.
- William Pace House and Garden ($10)
Tour the William Pace house that was built in the 1760’s. William Pace was the third Governor of Maryland and one of four from Maryland to sign the Declaration of Independence.
- Cascade Falls
Cascade Falls is part of Patapsco Valley State Park (#39)
- Star-Spangled Banner Flag House ($6-$8)
At the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House, you can learn what life was like in the 19th century and take part in activities, as well as meet Mary Pickersgill.
- National Museum of Civil War Medicine ($9.50)
Learn about the harsh conditions and brilliant innovations of medicine during the civil war.
- Washington Monument State Park
Washington Monument State Park located at the top of South Mountain is named for being the first completed monument dedicated to George Washington.
- Paw-Paw Tunnel
Paw-Paw Tunnel is part of the C & O Canal (# 16) The Tunnel is 3,118 feet long and took 14 years to construct. When visiting bring a flashlight and be sure to hike the Paw-Paw Tunnel Trail.
- Covered Bridges
- Roddy Road Covered Bridge
- Loys Station Covered Bridge
- Utica Covered Bridge
- Foxcatcher Farms Covered Bridge
- Gilpins Covered Bridge
- Jericho Covered Bridge