In Maryland, the saying “there’s nothing to do” doesn’t compute, because there is always something to do year round, no matter what the season.
Summer of Fun: Family Things to Do in Summer
One of Maryland’s big summer blockbusters is Oregon Ridge Beach in Hunt Valley. Once a quarry excavated for iron ore, it is now filled with spring-fed water, and kids love swinging on the rope swing, hitting the playground, and everyone can enjoy picnicking at the picnic tables. Another hot spot is Terrapin Adventures in Savage. Terrapin offers a zip line, giant swing, high ropes challenge course and a high climbing tower. Just outside of Washington, D.C., ride roller coasters, cool off on the water slides, and enjoy a show at Six Flags America.
Fall for Fall: Kid-Friendly Farms
Maryland has farms aplenty, but a few are especially family-friendly. Weber’s Cider Mill Farm in Parkville offers not only hay rides and pumpkin picking, but also gem mining, farm animals, a giant hillside slide and a Boo Barn. Plus, they have a huge market and bakery so you’re sure to leave with a little something sweet. Baugher’s Farm in Westminster offers fresh apple cider, a pumpkin patch, hayrides and pick your own apples. Ellicott City is home to Clark’s Elioak Farm which hosts fun family events every fall beginning the 3rd weekend in September.
Winter Wonder: Cool Family Activities
Don’t let the cold keep you indoors. Head out during the holidays to witness “Miracle on 34th Street,” the Christmas Lights in Baltimore’s Hampden neighborhood. Residents on this block break out the biggest and brightest lights for young and old to enjoy. For active types, take a trip to Ice World in Abingdon, an indoor ice rink and training home to Kimmie Meissner, Olympic figure skating champion. Outdoor rinks are located at Rockville Town Square, Silver Spring and at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis. For a longer winter trip, head for skiing and lodging at Wisp Resort in McHenry, or try ice fishing at Deep Creek Lake.
Spring Fling: Outdoor Activities for Kids
The best place to be in spring is a playground to shake off those winter doldrums! Maryland has some of the best playgrounds around including Annie’s Playground in Fallston, Centennial Park in Ellicott City and Allen Park Pond in Bowie. Kids of all ages will enjoy hours of physical fun and fresh air.