With school out for summer, it is a great time to spend some quality family time together. There are many places in Maryland that will allow you to do just that. You can check out this post on How to plan the perfect Maryland family vacation with kids. Here is a list of 100+ best places in Maryland to take your kids this summer. These places are perfect for family fun!
I have grouped these 104 best places to take your kids this summer in Maryland into 10 categories.
- Zoos, Parks, Waterfalls, Gardens , and Beaches
- Aquariums and Museums
- Arcades, Adventures, and Movies
- Landmarks and Places
- Indoor activities, Skating, Bowling, Rock climbing
- Food to try, and Ice-creams
- Fruit picking and Farms
- Outdoor activities, Games, and Playgrounds
- Nature centers, Water, and Fairs
- Arts, paints, Books, and Music
Zoos, Parks, Waterfalls, Gardens , and Beaches
- The Baltimore zoo – Animals have made the perfect home for your children to experience other parts of the animal kingdom. Head over to the Maryland zoo to meet amazing animals like the laughing Kookaburra, southern white rhino, blue duiker and many more. Here are some simple tips for visiting the zoo with kids.
- Go see a waterfall – Maryland is home to some beautiful waterfalls. You can check them out at:
- Swallow Falls State Park
- Cunningham Falls state park which is Maryland’s largest cascading waterfall
- Muddy Creek Falls which is Maryland’s highest free-falling waterfall
- Petting farm – Petting farms are a great way to get kids out of the house and into an environment that encourages creativity. Your kids can interact with farm animals in a very hands-on manner, learn about what it takes to raise livestock while simultaneously playing games and having fun. I remember when we took my daughter to one for the first time, she was petting the rabbit and then grabbed its ears and was about to pull it out of the cage, it was so funny!
- Clarks Elioak Farm – Ellicott City
- Kinder Farm Park – Millersville
- Maryland Sunrise Farm – Gambrills
- Old Maryland Farm – Upper Marlboro
- Go to a State parks – A major reason to visit state parks is that they are free! Another reason is that kids love getting outdoors and playing in the fresh air. And yet another good thing about state parks—they provide excellent educational opportunities for parents and teachers to share their knowledge with young learners. Here are a few you can visit with your kids:
- Cunningham falls state park
- Patapsco Valley State Park
- Gunpowder falls state park
- Deep Creek State Park
- Druid hill park
- Patterson park
- Calvert cliffs state park
5. Federal hill park – You can get amazing views of charm city, and the inner harbor from federal hill. You can walk round or simply sit and enjoy the views from there.
6. Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo – This is a popular spot for families in the Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington DC area. The park has more than 1,000 animals representing over 200 species of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. It’s also home to many different plant species. You can also upgrade your ticket for more up-close thrills on the Safari Ride, Meet Bison, Camels, Ostrich, Zebra, and more!
7. Cylburn Arboretum – If you’re looking for a fun and free activity to do with your family, look no further than Cylburn Arboretum. This 200-acre nature preserve in Baltimore is home to miles of hiking trails, a beautiful butterfly garden, and plenty of open space for picnics and games. Best of all, it’s completely free to visit!
8. Build a sand castle at the beach – The first time I took my daughter to the beach, she was about 3 years old and refused to step on the sand. I had to carry her all the way from the road to the beachfront and onto the picnic blanket, it was so hilarious. She also refused to step in the water but wanted to watch the waves so I pretty much carried her the whole day. That aside, the beach is a great place to spend time with your family and a great way to create lasting memories. There are plenty of activities to keep everyone busy, from swimming and surfing to sandcastle building and shell hunting.
A few great beaches in Maryland:
- Ocean city
- Assateague Island National Seashore
- Sandy point state park
- Deep creek lake
- Rocky point and hartmiller island
9. Go hiking – Hiking with your family can be a great way to get outside and enjoy the natural world together. It can also be a fun way to spend time with your loved ones and enjoy some outdoor explorations.
A few nice places to hike:
- Gunpowder falls park
- Catoctin mountain park
- Swallows fall
- Greenbury point
- Rocks state park
10. Sunflower fields – If you’re looking for a fun, family-friendly activity to do this summer, why not check out the local sunflower fields? Many farms and orchards offer opportunities to view these beautiful flowers in all their glory.
Here are some great places to check out sunflowers:
- McKee-Beshers Sunflower Fields
- Winterbrook Farms
- Butler’s Orchard Sunflowers
- Clear Meadow Farm Sunflower Field
- Rocky Point Creamery Sunflower Field (they have the best ice-cream!)
11. Lake Montebello – Lake Montebello is a man-made lake in Baltimore County. There’s a bike path, walking and jogging path around the “lake. If you’re looking for something else to do in this area with your family, there are plenty of other great places nearby like The Walters Art Museum or The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore!
12. Indoor water park – One of our favorites is visiting an indoor water park. These parks are a great way to beat the summer heat, enjoy some water activities and have some fun with your family. Plus, they’re indoors so you don’t have to worry about bad weather ruining your day. Many of them also have indoor water slides to add to the fun for your kids.
Here are a few:
- Germantown Swim Center
- North Arundel Aquatic Center
- Rollingcrest-Chillum Splash Pool
13. Ladew Topiary Gardens – If you’re looking for a peaceful and beautiful place to spend an afternoon, Ladew Topiary Gardens is the perfect spot. With more than twelve acres of gardens and nature trails to explore, you’ll find something new around every corner. From intricate topiary sculptures to sprawling ponds and waterfalls, there’s something for everyone at Ladew Gardens.
14. Smith island – Now if you are a kayaker, this place is for you! You can kayak around the creeks, try some great food like crab-cakes, cakes, visit The Smith Island Cultural Center Museum and more.
15. Swallows state park – Some of Maryland’s most breathtaking scenery are here, plus
you can enjoy some fishing and hiking too.
16. Jelly stone park – There is a ton to do at this park during the summer. They have a water park, ninja courses, jumping pads, pedal scooters, arcades, mini golf, laser tags and so much more!
17. Sherwood gardens – They are famous for having nearly 80,000 tulips that peak in late April. Once the tulips finish blooming, anyone is allowed to come up to dig and purchase tulip bulbs on the Saturday of Memorial Day each year. Although they do not have pathways for strollers so plan accordingly.
18. C&O Canal National Historic Park – The C&O Canal National Historic Park is a great place to visit with your family. The park offers a variety of activities that are perfect for kids and adults alike. You can enjoy a scenic hike, take a boat ride on the canal, or explore one of the many historic buildings in the park.
While visiting, there are different activities to try, such as fishing, rock climbing, white water rafting, canoeing, and boat rides. Plus you get to catch a glimpse of some wildlife like
deer, beavers, red foxes, and many different species of birds.
19. Parker’s creek preserve – This is a beautiful place to visit that offers many amenities for visitors. It has a small pond, bird-watching opportunities, plus you can enjoy canoe rides too. There are over 10 miles of trails for hiking or biking.
20. Brookside gardens – If you’re looking for a place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, head to Brookside Gardens in Maryland. This beautiful public garden is located in Wheaton, just outside of Washington D.C. and is home to acres of stunning gardens, nature trails, and ponds. If you’re looking for a quiet place to relax and take a break from the world, Brookside Gardens is definitely worth a visit. There are also art exhibits, self guided learning opportunities throughout the seasons, children’s programs and workshops.
21. The brown house meadows – This is a place of natural beauty that will leave you speechless. You can pick your own flowers with friends or family ranging from flowers of various colors, shapes and sizes.
22. Annapolis City Dock and Waterfront – You can enjoy eating outside on the pier or sampling some seafood at one of Annapolis’ best restaurants. Annapolis City Dock and Waterfront also has live music performances on Saturdays. it also hosts some of Annapolis’ biggest events like Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show, Military Bowl Parade and more.
23. Lilypons Water Gardens – The gardens are a refreshing change from the over-the-top, ostentatious displays of other parks and attractions. The atmosphere at Lilypons Water Gardens is one of peace and serenity, making it a wonderful place for families to spend time together.
24. Catoctin mountain park – The scenic park offers many recreational opportunities; camping, biking, and hiking. There are also picnic areas available for those who want to enjoy the scenery without exerting too much energy. For outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and abilities there’s plenty to do at Catoctin Mountain Park! They even have activity booklets for kids to help them become rangers as well.
25. William Paca House & Garden – This place walks you through the home and garden of William Paca, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
Aquariums and Museums
26. The National Aquarium – Come face-to-face with some of the world’s most incredible animals and explore exhibits like the Blacktip reef, upland tropical rainforest, jellies invasion and much more. Check out 7 Reasons to take your kids to the Baltimore National Aquarium.
27. American Visionary Art Museum – Art, music, American history and culture, there are enough sights to fill an entire day at the art museum.
28. The Walters Art Museum – This is an amazing museum with virtual programs and resources to engage families with art. They also have a family art center which is temporarily closed due to COVID.
29. Port Discovery – Explore one of the country’s top children’s museums, with exhibits on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Your kids will surely have a blast playing all day. They can enjoy a toddler-sized adventure in the Under the Chesapeake Bay themed soft play area, experience hands-on, creative exploration of visual arts of all kinds. They can also experience the thrill of climbing and heights in The Overlook, which features fun climbing experiences and activities for all ages and abilities.
30. Maryland Historical Society Museum & Library – Get a thorough experience of Maryland’s rich history, art, and culture through an engaging tour of this museum and events.
31. The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum – Your children will love the railroad museum that teaches them all about train travel. From hands-on experiential play area for little kids, to an engaging story, during Toddler Time song and dance, exciting train games, your kids are in for a treat.
32. Maryland Science Center – Enjoy a variety of science encounters and live shows for children. They have a kids room which is designated for young kids. They can build lego towers, play with a pneumatic tube to send mail, crawl around. There is even an area for kids under 2 years where they can crawl around squishy waterbeds, play with soft blocks and much more.
33. Chesapeake bay Maritime museum – This museum is an indoor/ outdoor museum that focuses on history and traditions of the Chesapeake Bay. It is dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and people of the Chesapeake Bay. For kids, they have activity backpacks to facilitate museum exploration.
34. Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum – This is also a popular tourist attraction in Baltimore. It is home to over five hundred items that were either owned or touched by Poe himself during his lifetime. If you have kids that love writing then this is a must visit for them.
35. USS Constellation – This is just a few minutes walk from the National aquarium so you can make it a day trip in the inner harbor Baltimore. You can hop aboard to take a tour, talk to a crew-member, participate in the Parrott rifle drill. They also have educational programs for all ages. If you cannot visit, you can tour the USS constellation ship virtually as well.
36. College park aviation museum – The exhibits at this unique facility provide an immersive experience for the whole family. From vintage aircraft to interactive displays, there are plenty of intriguing sights to see for any aviation enthusiast. The museum also makes available several educational programs for kids and adults alike.
Arcades, Adventures, and Movies
37. Six Flags America – The largest theme park on the east coast is full of thrills, chills and fun for any age group. If you are your kids are thrill seekers then you will love Six Flags America, from getting a speed rush on Superman: Ride of Steel, and so much more, this place has dozens of thrills to test your limit.
38. See a Drive-in movie or an outdoor movie – There are a ton of outdoor movies and drive in movie theatre in Maryland. Ditch the indoor movie theatre and enjoy the best summer time experience with your family.
Here are a few:
- Bengies Drive-IN Theatre
This theatre features the BIGGEST movie theatre screen in the USA. Catch a movie on memorial day or labor day weekend and enjoy all night shows.
- Movies on the beach in southern Maryland
- Maryland Hall Drive-In Annapolis
- Movies On The Potomac At National Harbor
- Whalen Commons Summer Movie Series
39. Indoor trampoline park – Trampoline parks are a ton of fun for kids and adults. When we went, I probably had more fun jumping around than my daughter did. Most of them have freestyle jump, special times for toddlers, foam zone etc.
Here are a few to check out:
40. Adventure park USA – We have not been here but heard its amazing. They have unlimited indoor attractions such as laser tag, arcades, rock walls, rides, bowling etc. They also have an outdoor park with thrilling roller coasters.
41. Visit arcades – If you are ready for a full blast of fun with your kids, head over to an arcade near you. Arcades are a wonderful place to spend some time with the kids. It’s exciting for them and it can be fun for adults too. You just have to know where to go!
Arcades come in two varieties: those that cater exclusively to kids, and those that welcome all ages. The former usually has games aimed at pre-teens and teens, but not always; they may also offer more arcade classics like skee ball or pinball machines (though these games still skew younger). The latter variety is more likely to include classic arcade titles such as Space Invaders or Pac-Man, along with newer fare like Dance Dance Revolution and Guitar Hero live. That said, there are plenty of arcades out there that offer up both.
Check out these amazing arcades in Maryland.
42. Jolly Roger Amusement Park – There is a ton of family-friendly fun things to do at this amusement park in Ocean City, MD. Ocean City is a popular destination for families for summer activities, spring break, small groups, summer vacation etc. There are several rides, amusements, games, waterslides, and more! If your kids love to Go-kart, there are tracks here for them and some mini golf. Ocean City is a bit of a drive from Baltimore if you are coming from here, so plan accordingly.
43. Go Ape Zipline & Adventure Park – If you are a thrill lover like myself, you gotta go ziplining here. They have so many super long ziplines and obstacles courses and swings to get your heart racing.
Landmarks, Cities and Places
44. Oriole park at Camden Yards – Your children will love the excitement of a Baltimore Orioles game.
45. A walk in Little Italy – On your way to visit Pimlico Race Track, stop and grab lunch in Little Italy and watch people go by. The bustling streets are lined with history and culture.
46. The National Mall – Your kids will marvel at all of the amazing museums and monuments on the mall in D.C., including the Museum of Natural History, Holocaust Memorial Museum, Lincoln Memorial, National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Castle, Vietnam Veterans War Memorial and Washington Monument.
47. The United States Naval Academy – This beautiful campus is a must visit for history and nature lovers of all ages.
48. Go to the National harbor – Take a day out with your family to enjoy all that the National Harbor has to offer. From amazing dining and drinking experiences, to unique boutiques, unforgettable sunsets, carousel for kids, the capital wheel to Soar 180 feet above the Potomac River and experience amazing views, nightlife, there is something for everyone. They also have several hotels like the MGM National Harbor hotel which is perfect for family vacations, business meetings or simply a weekend away, Gaylord National resort and convention center, the Westin national harbor and AC hotel national harbor.
49. Visit the Baltimore Inner harbor – You cannot come to Maryland and not make a stop at the Baltimore Inner harbor. It is one of the best tourist places in Maryland. It has everything from a great variety of places to eat with your family, museums such as the national aquarium where you can see over 20,000 different fishes etc in award-winning habitats, plus a tropical rainforest.
Not far from the National Aquarium is the Maryland Science Center and Port discovery which is a must see for your kids. You can also catch a cruise tour or ride on the water taxi at the waterfront or enjoy a dragon paddle boat. There is so much to do at the inner harbor.
50. Go shopping in the historic Ellicott city – Make a stop in Ellicott city to check out the antique shops, art galleries, spas, restaurants and much more.
51. Ocean city boardwalk – Oceancity is a perfect summer location for families. The boardwalk is one of the best in the US for food. It’s 3 miles worth of food and fun all the way. You can hop on to the Ferris wheel for a breathtaking view from the top, ride on roller coasters or the carousel if you are not up to the thrill. The boardwalk also has places to play and win at arcades. Food is not an issue because you get everything from crab cakes, boardwalk fries, burgers, desserts and so much more. There is also a ton of shopping opportunities.
52. Downtown Frederick – There are many shops to explore from clothing to antique stores, restaurants and more. Many people come out on the weekends because it is a great place to spend time with family or friends.
53. M & T bank stadium – The M&T Bank Stadium is a beautiful sight to behold. It’s the home of the Baltimore Ravens, and it’s also where some of the most exciting events in Maryland take place. If you’re looking for a fun day out or an evening of entertainment, this is definitely the place to go!
54. Historic St Mary’s city – You need to plan at least 3 hours for it. If you or your family is into history then there is something for you. There are also living history exhibits assembled across the landscape here.
55. Annapolis – We love Annapolis so much! It’s one of my favorite parts of Maryland. Annapolis is so full of life, its the capital city of Maryland and no matter what season you visit, there is something to do. You can cruise The Annapolis Harbor Aboard The Harbor Queen, spend some time at the sandy beach, explore and walk round town. There are also guided tours, go shopping, try out amazing restaurants and much more.
56. Arundel mills – Arundel is another great place to be in especially around the mall. When you step into Arundel mills mall area, there are so many places to shop and eat. If you love casinos, there is a great casino building just for you.
57. Bethesda – Bethesda, Maryland is a popular tourist destination for families. The city is home to some of the region’s most popular attractions and also boasts a wide variety of restaurants and shopping options, making it an ideal spot for a day or weekend trip.
Indoor activities, Skating, Bowling, and Rock climbing
58. Visit Climbzone – Take your kids for a fun family outing climbing to new heights of fun. Explore a world of creativity with unique walls to reach. Check out a post on our experience at Climbzone Laurel.
59. Storyville – Enjoy an interactive early literacy and learning center experience for children. Only thing is it’s only for kids up to age 5, so plan accordingly. Check out our fun experience at Storyville Rosedale, Maryland.
60. Go roller skating at these places. There are several places to roller skate with kids. My favorite is Skatezone in Crofton. My daughter and I have been there several times and compared to a few others, they have school friendly hours and prices.
A few others are:
61. Check out these indoor play areas – Maryland has so many indoor kids play areas to check out. Here is a post on the top indoor kids play places in Maryland.
62. Go rock climbing indoors – Check out Movement which is a huge space for climbers more than 38,000 square feet of varied climbing terrain. They have a couple of locations in Maryland. When we went previously, it was known as Earth Treks. Climbzone is another fun indoor climbing space.
63. Go bowling – I am not a huge fan of bowling unfortunately so whenever we go, I usually play a few rounds but watch for most of it. My daughter enjoys it but gets bored after a while and then takes a break with the arcades. If you need a great bowling place, Bowlero would be my recommendation as we had a great time there.
64. Medieval times – This is a little bit of a pricey place but great for families. Guests are served a four-course banquet as they cheer for one of six knights competing in the joust and other tests of skill. This I would say would be better for older kids as well.
65. Kids play gallery – Kids Play Gallery is another fun indoor play place for kids to get their energy out in a fun way. You can go in daily for fun or even have a birthday party there! This place focuses on pretend play, along with sensory play opportunities as well. Your child can pretend to play in the grocery market, animal hospital, beauty boutique, and beyond! Check out our experience at the Kids Play Gallery!
66. Totsville – Totsville is a super fun indoor playground that kids 8 years old and younger will thoroughly enjoy. There are three main play areas for your child to enjoy, a toddler area, a super fun jungle gym and an open play space with a variety of play stations that kids can roam through. They even have an indoor sandpit. You can check out our experience at Totsville indoor playground.
67. Bubala – your child can enjoy a super fun indoor play place! There are two locations in Maryland: Sykesville, and Baltimore. From slides to a merry-go-round, there is something for everyone to enjoy! Read about our fun experience at Bubala playground for a birthday party.
68. Go indoor skydiving with iFly in Baltimore and Gaithersburg.
Food and Ice-creams
69. Go on an ice-cream trail – Now who does not love Ice cream? Follow the ice-cream trail in Maryland to try out a number of places. The trail also features the best cow-to-cone creameries with their own dairies.
70. Stop at Blue moon café for breakfast or brunch – I love Blue moon cafe! Their food is so good and hence why there is always a long line to get in and they hardly take reservations. My favorite thing to order is always the Captain crunch french toast and the Sweet baby Jesus.
71. Miss Shirley’s cafe – Another great stop for your breakfast, brunch and lunch needs is Miss Shirley’s cafe. As with most great places, there is usually a line. Their pancakes are amazing but my favorite is usually the waffles and chicken.
72. Mike’s crab house – We all know Maryland is known for crabs so if you stop by, you have to try some crabs. Check out Mike’s crab house for an amazing seafood experience, and the best part is its on the banks of the beautiful South River so you get a nice waterfront view while dining.
73. Grab breakfast at Iron Rooster – As you can see we love good food. Iron rooster is in Annapolis and has long lines too so plan in advance. We really enjoyed their food but I must confess, I prefer Miss Shirley’s and Blue moon cafe.
74. Tastee zone – If you are looking for the best shaved ice-cream snowballs, look no further. They also have some soft serve ice cream, sundaes, milkshakes, & more for you to try.
75. Hoffman’s Home Made Ice Cream & Deli – They are family owned and specialize in making fresh ice cream and ice cream cakes. There is a ton of flavors to choose from, some being seasonal flavors too.
Fruit picking and Farms
76. Richardson farms – This is a farm market in White-marsh, MD that offers a ton of fresh produce, fresh poultry, homemade foods plus tons of local products! They even have a full greenhouse with everything you need for outdoor creation. You can check out their plants, outdoor decor and furniture, straw, mulch and other gardening needs. A nice day out if you love gardening or just want something different and outdoor.
77. Goldpetals farm – This is another great place to pick flowers, enjoy the amazing sights for nature lovers, get some outdoor fun exploring the maze and gardens.
78. Go apple picking – Apple picking is at the end of summer since it starts in September and ends in October but since it will still be a bit warm, it’s a great stop to make. Here is a post on the best places to go apple picking in Maryland.
79. Enchanted forest at Clark’s Elioak farm – We went here as a family a few years ago for pumpkin picking, although most of the pumpkin were gone by the time we got there. However we enjoyed checking out the enchanted castle, willie the whale, the house of the 3 bears and the old woman’s house.
80. Baugher’s farm – This farm is open on the weekends all day long, so you can pick together as a family. This farm allows you to pick your own strawberries, apples, pumpkins, cherries and more. They have a variety of homemade baked goods and treats available at the bakery, so when you are done apple picking, buy some baked goods to take home.
In the fall, there is the annual Fall Harvest Festival, every weekend in October, which is an awesome experience full of family farm fun.
Outdoor activities, Games, and Playgrounds
81. Miniature golf – This is a game taht can be enjoyed by all ages, well except babies of course. It’s an activity for everyone, not just the young and old. Try out mini golf with your family at the Columbia SportsPark which features an 18-hole pro mini golf course for kids and adults.
82. Visit outdoor playgrounds – There are so many outdoor playgrounds in Maryland and my kids and I have a ton of fun during the summer months going round them. A simple google search around you will pull up a ton of places. A lot of parks also have some small playgrounds, maybe not as big as others.
83. Grab your wheels and try some go-kart – Go karting with kids can be a nice way to give them a taste of driving. We went to one with my daughter, although it was a small go-kart space but she got scared of how fast the cars moved and refused to be in the driver’s seat. However it can be a fun day out especially if you have kids that love the idea of driving fast.
- Crofton Go-kart raceway
- The Go-kart track, white marsh
- United karting BWI
84. Go to a baseball game – Seeing a baseball game with your kids can be a fun and exciting experience. Try to get there early so you can find a good spot to sit. The earlier you get there, the more likely it is that you’ll be able to find seats together.
85. Go for a 4th of July activity – You can enjoy fun parades, go see a rodeo, watch fireworks, and so much more. It is a holiday you definitely want to do something to celebrate. Check out the best fourth of July fireworks and activities for families and kids in Maryland!
86. Ropes course at terrapin adventures – If you’re looking for an adventure, look no further than Terrapin Adventures. This unique attraction offers something for everyone, from ziplining and rafting to hiking and camping. No matter what your age or fitness level, there’s something for you at Terrapin Adventures. It is also home to some of the best camping in the area.
87. Watch the planes land at the Thomas A. Dixon Observation Area. it is located next to the BWI airport and this makes it the perfect spot to watch planes land. There is a little playground there where you can take your kids to play while waiting for planes.
The playground however always seem busy on days we have gone there so plan accordingly, or maybe bring some games so you can watch from your car. Sometimes, not many planes are landing so that may be a bummer.
88. Let your imagination run wild at Prince George county playgrounds – Now if you want the ultimate playground blast for your kids, you gotta check out PG county imagination playgrounds. PG county has come up with 25 themed playgrounds to promote imagination play.
You can make it a goal to stop at each one of these playgrounds, we are still making our way through them and will continue once it gets warmer. These playgrounds are a huge hit though! You get themes like comic themes, wizard of oz, cat and mouse, safari and much more.
89. Pimlico race course – The Pimlico Race Course is a thoroughbred horse racing track in Baltimore, Maryland. It is one of the most prominent horse racing tracks in the United States so if you or your family loves horses, this is a great family bonding time. Personally, I am scared of horses lol.
Nature centers, Water play, and Fairs
90. Explore nature centers – Nature centers are great places to take kids. They offer a variety of activities, educational programs, and opportunities to learn about nature. Kids can explore the outdoors, learn about plants and animals, and have fun. Nature Centers provide a valuable resource for families and children. Check out the following nature centers in Maryland:
91. Assateague Island National Seashore – If you want to experience the natural beauty of the Atlantic coast, there’s no better place than Assateague Island National Seashore. Located in Maryland and Virginia, this seashore offers stunning ocean views, a variety of coastal wildlife, and plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation. It’s also a great place to take your family for a vacation.
92. Check out a county fair – If you’re like most people, the first thing that comes to mind when you think about county fairs is cotton candy and corn dogs. These fairs can be a great day out with your family and kids. There is so much to do like playing games, enjoying rides, food, live entertainment, contests and much more.
Some great fairs to check out:
- Howard County Fair
- Montgomery County Agricultural Fair
- The Maryland State Fair
- Prince George’s County Fair
- Anne Arundel County Fair
- The Great Frederick Fair
93. Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge – There is not much here, but its a nice place for bird-watchers or nature-lovers.
94. Crystal Grottoes Cavern – You can check out Maryland’ commercial underground tavern. They have tours where the whole chambers are lit and this takes about 30minutes.
95. Quiet Waters Park – When you visit this park, you can enjoy trails, playground, or picnic among the beautiful park. Some people even have weddings here!
Arts, Paints, Books, and Music
96. Artsy partsy family paint – It’s a well-known fact that children are born artists. From the moment they can hold a crayon, they start to create beautiful pieces of art. It’s in their nature. But what happens when we grow up and stop being creative? We lose part of our identity, and our ability to express ourselves. Thankfully, there is a way to get that creativity back. All it takes is for families to come together and paint. Painting is a great way to connect with your inner artist, and with your family members too. It’s a fun activity that allows everyone to be creative and expressive. So why not give it a try?
97. Strathmore Music Center – There are plenty of music venues in the area, but none quite as accommodating and diverse as the Strathmore Music Center. Located in North Bethesda, Maryland, this center offers something for everyone in the family. Strathmore Music Center has many different types of performances, from classical music to jazz to local artists and international artists. No matter what type of music you like, there is something for everyone here. And whatever the genre or style of music, it will be expertly performed by some of the world’s greatest musicians.
98. Pottery making – Making pottery is a fun, creative way to spend time with your family. It can also be a great way to teach your children about the art of making things from scratch.
Here are a few pottery classes in Maryland
- Baltimore clayworks
- ANG pottery
- Pic n paint pottery
- Pottery cove
- The clayground studio and gallery
99. George Peabody Library – On your visit to the Baltimore Inner Harbor, you can make a stop at this library. There is not much to do besides take pictures but its a really nice site to behold.
100. Book thing of Baltimore – If you got a kid that loves book, you can plan a stop here. Its volunteer run and accepts book donations and then encourages people to visit and take as many books as they can read at no cost. The only thing is it’s only open once a month now so plan accordingly.
101. Washington County Museum of Fine Arts – The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is a world-class museum that features an extensive collection of American and European art. The museum is located in the heart of Hagerstown, Maryland, and is home to more than 7,000 pieces of art. Some of the highlights include a large collection of works by Andrew Wyeth and a diverse array of contemporary art. It also offers educational programs for students and adults alike. If you’re looking for a world-class art experience, then be sure to visit the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.
102. Baltimore museum of art – Check out works by artists that include Pablo Picasso, Paul Cezanne, Vincent van Gogh etc.
103. Summerfest family theatre – Throughout the summer, the theatre brings entertainment to Frederick. There are clowns, magicians, musicians, puppet shows and much more.
104. Check out the Imagination Stage Children’s Theater, they have classes and camps for children to help ensure that theatre is a part of their lives.
As you can see, Maryland has a wide variety of things to do for every member of your family. From parks to museums to beaches and more, there are endless activities that will provide healthy entertainment while allowing adults time out of the house. Consider these 100 spots in Maryland where you can take your kids this summer!