Now that the weather is nice, it’s time to use a little bit of that vacation time. If you don’t want to break the bank in one trip, you don’t have to. There are many places to discover in the Maryland area that will make you wonder why you ever left. Whether you are looking for the beach or a day of shopping, there’s a vacation spot for every personality type.
If you are looking for a nice weekend or week at the beach, consider hopping in the car and crossing the beautiful bay bridge to OCMD. With a boardwalk that stretches the length of the beach, you don’t have to go far to find good food, excitement, or an afternoon of mini golf. They even have a small amusement park that the kids will fall in love with.
Only have a day to spare? There’s a beach for that too! The town of Chesapeake Beach welcomes you to its bay-side beaches. They have a small board walk for visitors that are interested in fishing or crabbing as well as a large sand beach for lounging and swimming.
Discover some of Maryland’s most beautiful nature spots. In Deep Creek, you will find a serene lake that is home to camping, nature hikes, and various outdoor adventures. Deep Creek is a state park that is devoted to bringing nature to the community. Rent out a camping space right by the water, take up fly fishing, embark on an eco-tour, explore the park on horseback, or scale a rock while rock climbing. The outdoor possibilities are endless!
Can’t decide between the beach or camping? Why not both? On Assateague island, you can reserve a camping space on the beach and enjoy the island’s most exciting aspect—the horses! The island is home to wild horses that often share the calmness of the beach with you. With hikes along the water, you can get to know the native horses and soak up the sun.
If you are searching for an exciting ride on the water, Maryland has that too! In three different locations around the state, grab your bathing suit and take to the water. Purchase a tube at the start of the falls and enjoy a ten mile stretch of clean, shaded water. You can choose what kind of journey down the river you want to take. From slow to fast, there is the perfect excitement level for everyone.
Tucked into a southern corner of the Chesapeake Bay, is the lovely town of St. Michaels. This nautical experience will bring you fresh crabs and seafood, boats on the water, and adorable Bed-and-Breakfasts. After your day admiring the sailboats, stop into some local shops that sell hand-made jewelry, clothing, home décor and more.
Looking for the same nautical shopping destination, but closer to home? Downtown Annapolis brings all of that and more! The historical site combines Maryland’s colonial history with local shopping and community. Lining its cobble stone streets are coffeeshops, boutiques, museums, all at the edge of the water. A day in Annapolis is a day at the heart of Maryland.
Looking for some good eats and some good beer? Visit Fredrick Maryland’s Breweries. Home to Maryland’s largest craft brewery, Flying Dog, you can’t find anywhere better for craft beer connoisseurs. They also have some unforgettable brunch spots, such as Isabella’s Tavern and Tapa’s Bar, where you can get an award-winning Chorizo Benedict.