If you are looking for ways to make 2018 unforgettable - why not make a resolution to explore Maryland this New Year? Here are amazing, only-in-Maryland adventures to make your 2018 something extra special.
1 Thrilling Winter Sports
When the mercury takes a plunge, Maryland amps up the excitement with unbelievable winter sports. Hit the slopes at Wisp Resort, one of the East Coast’s premiere skiing destinations. Take a hike on the ice and even drop a line for some ice fishing on Deep Creek Lake. Strap on your skates at ice rinks that pop up across the state. Just remember to leave some time to warm up and chill out with some artisanal Maryland hot cocoa.
2 Raise a Glass to FeBREWary
When it comes to microbrews, Maryland has got what it takes to keep you in high spirits year-round with amazing summer specialties like Flying Dog Brewery’s unique Old Bay-infused Deadrise, fall favorites like Cutlass Amber Lager from Heavy Seas, and winter warmers like Secret Spot Winter Ale from Evolution Craft Brewing Company. With special FeBREWary events held around the state like the Love Thy Beer: Winter Warmer Showcase there is something for everyone. More info....
3 Celebrate the Legacies of American Heroes Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass
This year, Maryland is honoring the legacy of one of America’s greatest heroes, Frederick Douglass during the bicentennial year of his birth, and will be launching new driving trails. Also visit The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center, opened just last year, and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway. Together, they offer a stirring look into the life and legacy of a woman who risked all in the name of freedom, and the people she fought for.
4 Explore the Great Outdoors
Hike the Eastern Continental Divide through New Germany State Park, paddle the wetlands of Blackwater Wildlife Refuge, “The Everglades of the North,” or just explore one of Maryland’s beautiful state parks and let your cares slip away on a warm spring breeze. Maryland is an outdoor lover’s paradise.
5 Get Back in the Saddle
Whether it’s the site of Assateague’s wild horses cresting an Atlantic dune at sunset, thoroughbreds charging from the gates at Pimlico, or getting together with old friends and new for a trail ride through Maryland’s picturesque horse country, Maryland is the place for horse lovers.
6 Make Summer Sizzle with World-Class Watersports
Whether you like to go gunnel-to-gunnel in a racing regatta out of Annapolis, sailing capital of the world, white-water paddling down a raging river or on an Olympic level course at the top of a mountain, or jet skiing in the bay at Ocean City, Maryland has truly got it all when it comes to watersports. Why not challenge yourself and pick two new ways to get out on the water?
7 Rock Out with Maryland’s Amazing Music Scene
Make your plans now to visit the National Folk Festival this September in Salisbury. Chill out with some local vino and your favorite band at a concert at one of our amazing local vineyards. Rock out 'til the wee hours at vibrant nightclubs in hot spots like Baltimore, Annapolis, Bethesda and National Harbor. Thrill to the sounds of Bluegrass in the mountains of Maryland. Or visit Paul Reed Smith Guitars and get a glimpse of where the music starts. Maryland means music.
8 Make a Culinary Pilgrimage
Whether its one of Maryland's many food events & festivals, one-of-a-kind sweets like our Smith Island Cakes, or farm to table feasts prepared by celebrity chefs at some of America’s top restaurants, you can find your happy place dining in Maryland.
9 High-Rolling Good Times at Maryland Casinos
Take in a show with world-class performers like the legendary Cher at MGM Casino, as well as top-notch comedians and popular bands. Taste the high life with gourmet meals prepared by celebrity chefs. Take in live horse racing just a few steps from your favorite table games. Or just build memories with your besties in Maryland’s amazing casinos.
10 Get Back to Our Main Streets for Shopping and More
Shopping can be more than a necessity, on Maryland’s main streets, it can be an escape. Find handmade local treasures, track down that favorite old book, relax with a hot cup of artisanal tea, and chat with old friends. On Maryland’s Main Streets, you’ll find just what you’re looking for.