If you’re looking for a fun place to take the family this summer, then why not consider packing your bags for Maryland? Despite being such a small state, you’ll find plenty of activities and things to do, with something that is sure to please everyone. Still not convinced? Below you’ll find just a few of the awesome experiences you can have while vacationing in Maryland.
You don’t have to go to a tropical locale to play on one of the top golf courses. If it’s golfing you want, then look no further than the infamous Bulle Rock in Havre de Grace, Maryland. Rated as the #1 public course in the state, the nationally recognized Bulle Rock’s 18 holes hosted the LPGA championship from 2005 through 2009. So, pack your favorite golf shoes and prepare to play a few rounds.
If you’re interested in seeing where some of the Civil War’s battles were waged, then you’ll find no shortage of those in Maryland. The state pays tribute to this heritage with five different trails you can follow to get your dose of American history. The state even has a free app you can use to ensure you visit all the spots in the state. Learn more on the official state tourism website.
Looking to get in a little time in the water? From the renowned Chesapeake Bay to local rivers and other waterways, there is no shortage of opportunities for water sports in the state. Take some time for leisurely water exploring on a paddle board or take a dip in the ocean while the family relaxes on the beach at Ocean City. Is sailing more your style? If so, you can sail on a real skipjack, which is the official boat of the state, in Chesapeake Bay. Or, charter a fishing boat and see if you can catch tonight’s dinner!
Okay, so maybe you don’t want to do any gambling, but watching the horses at the Pimlico Race Course is a bit of a local tradition. In fact, 2017 marks the 142nd Running of the Preakness Stakes at the race course. Who knows, you just might see the next Seabiscuit, who just happened to race this very course. Just make sure you stick around to eat because this event is also home to the World’s Largest Farm-to-Table dining experience.
While in the state, you’ll definitely want to take advantage of its access to fresh seafood. And there’s no better way to do that than by enjoying some fresh steamed crab. This dish is so famous in the state that there is an actual festival celebrating the crustacean. If you happen to be in Leonardtown during June, check out the St. Mary’s Crab Festival where you can dine on some tasty crab and other seafood. Or, pop into most any local restaurant to see what the catches of the day are and prepare to feast on some of the freshest seafood around.