Summer heat is not shy this year and we’re getting mighty close to seeing three digits on the thermometer. As the Maryland dog days roll on, don’t forget about all of the natural watering holes our great state has to offer.
We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of places to seek refuge from the heat of Charm City’s—organized by your preference du jour, land or sea.
Wade in the Water
We’d be remiss to not mention all the great bodies of water available to cool off and chill out.
The ocean is open! Whether you want to catch some rays, experience the Atlantic on jet skis, or sit outside and eat crabs—Ocean City has you covered.
Youghiogheny Wild River Natural Environmental Area
The Youghiogheny drains an area of 397 square miles. It’s not short on size or adrenalin. Whitewater rafting on the river is calling all you summer thrill seekers.
Gunpowder Falls State Park
If you’re looking for calmer waters—look not further than Gunpowder State Park. If lounging on a raft and taking in all nature has to offer at one of Maryland’s largest state parks is more your speed—try tubing down the river.
Monie Bay Water Trails
Quarantine and warm weather has us all craving outdoor activity. Monie Bay offers three paddling trails of varying difficulty for you to enjoy the wildlife and vegetation.
Janes Island State Park
The Eastern Shore is a Maryland treasure and Janes Island is its crown jewel. The water activities are aplenty—from crabbing to boating to swimming to fishing—Janes Island is a one-stop shop for water life.
Nature’s Calling—Don’t Leave Her Hanging
The lush summer foliage is in full force and your steps are a little behind where they were last year—now is the perfect time to embrace Maryland’s great outdoors.
Terrapin Beach Park
Boasting 276 acres, visiting Terrapin Beach Park is a foolproof way to find your zen with nature. Stroll the meandering 3.25-mile oyster chaff-walking trail through wildflower fields, woodlands, and sandy beaches.
Calvert Cliffs State Park
This state park is a peek into prehistoric history. The 24 miles of cliffs in Calvert County that command the shoreline, were formed more than 10 to 20 million years ago. For the cost of a $5 day pass, you can hike 13 miles of trails.
Don’t limit your pony exposure to just Preakness, Assateauge State Park marsh areas have a variety of wildlife, with the main attraction being feral horses.
Summer Fun in Your Backyard
Don’t feel like traveling? The Union Wharf Pool is back in action and we hope you’ll be able to take some time to enjoy it. Be sure to tag us in your photos, @UnionWharf, on Instagram!