Top Things to See and Do in Central Maryland
From Annapolis—Maryland’s capital city and the Sailing Capital of the World—to the bustling metropolis of Baltimore, to the Piedmont forests and the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, the Central Region offers thriving cultural destinations, history, music and more. With so much to do, where do you start? Try our list of 10 can’t-miss Central Maryland favorites!
1 Spend a Day on the Bay at North Point State Park
Relax on the beach, go for a swim, cast a line off the jetty or go for a nature stroll and spot some of this 1,300-acre bayfront park’s herons and bald eagles. Make sure to check out the historic trolley stop and fountains still standing from the time when North Point was the old Bay Shore amusement park.
2 Feel the Funk at Merriweather Post Pavilion
The lawn at Merriweather is where music memories are made. This legendary outdoor amphitheater, nestled into Symphony Woods in the heart of downtown Columbia, is the perfect place to catch the biggest bands around. The annual Capital Jazz Fest is a can’t-miss event.
3 Have Some (REALLY) Old School Fun at Renn Fest or Medieval Times
Lace up your bodice and jerkins, grab a turkey leg and prepare for some good “Olde” fashioned fun at the Maryland Renaissance Festival, one of the biggest renn fests in the country. Haven’t gotten your jousting fill? Check out Medieval Times at Arundel Mills for year-round sword and sorcery fun.
4 Go for Primo Vino on a Wine Trail Tour
Maryland’s Central Region is home to some of the Old Line State’s finest wineries. Take the Carroll Wine Trail through Carroll County or travel the Piedmont Trail with eight wineries in the region. Events and tastings run year round pairing good wines with great times.