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100 Best Things to do in Maryland 7/20

Maryland is a great state to visit. There’s a wide mix of things to do here. The state is rich in American Revolutionary and Civil War history. It’s right on the Chesapeake Bay and has maritime roots. Plus, there are parks, rivers, and even part of the Appalachian Trail here. Add the art, brews, and amazing food and you have a great all-inclusive destination.


31. Annmarie Sculpture Gardens and Arts Center (Dowell)

Situated right on the Chesapeake Bay, the Annmarie Sculpture Gardens and Arts Center has a ¼ mile walking path with more than thirty sculptures as well as a butterfly garden, children’s garden, and art painted among the trees. They also have an art lab, educational programs, and hold a number of special events. For a walk through the garden, allow yourself an hour or so.


32. Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary (Upper Marlboro)

The Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary is the largest wintering ground for Canadian geese as it hosts several thousand of them every year. Here you’ll find four different hiking trails of various lengths, plus driving tour. You can also go bird watching or fishing. If you love the outdoors, you could easily spend a morning or afternoon exploring the sanctuary.


33. National Capital Trolley Museum (Colesville)

Here, you can take trolley rides, see their extensive collection of old streetcars, plus see a lot of special exhibits. They also have some special programs, including story and craft times for children and fieldtrips. If you love trolleys, you can easily spend 2-3 hours here when you visit.


34. Historic St Mary’s City (St Mary’s City)

Go back in time to the 17th Century when you visit St Mary’s City. You can explore a tall ship, play colonial games, and visit the plantation household to see their garden and heirloom livestock. You’ll also learn about how archaeologists and historians pieced together the past and learned about what happened here. Allow yourself about 2 hours here.


35. Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum (St Leonard)

Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum has 70 identified archaeological sites where excavation and research is currently being done. There have been discoveries here documenting 9,000 years of human occupation. When you visit, you can go for long hikes or walks, ride bikes, go canoeing or kayaking or explore the Indian village, exhibit barn, or historic house. Allow yourself 2-3 hours here.



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