20 Ways to Experience Authentic Maryland
Whether it's your first visit or you're a lifetime resident of the Old Line State, we bet you haven't crossed all these off your bucket list yet. So what are you waiting for?
1 Horse Racing: The Sport of Kings
With the fastest horses anywhere and more than 260 years of racing tradition, Maryland is the place to play the ponies. Enjoy a Black-Eyed Susan in Pimlico’s historic grandstand for the running of The Preakness Stakes; feel the thunder of Thoroughbred hooves during Laurel Park’s Maryland Million; catch a race at the State Fair; or take in the trotters at Rosecroft Raceway or Ocean Downs. If your tastes run more genteel, The Maryland Hunt Cup and the Fair Hill Point-to-Point are just two of Maryland’s thrilling cross-country steeplechases.
2 Solomons Island
Positioned where the Patuxent River meets the Chesapeake Bay, Solomons Island is the perfect launching point for a day on the Bay. Stroll the Riverwalk, or set sail for a day of Chesapeake fishing or a leisurely cruise. The kids will love seeing ancient fossils at the Calvert Marine Museum, and you can finish off a fabulous day with dinner on the waterfront.
3 Ocean City
Experience a quintessential beach vacation at this iconic coastal town. Miles of sand and surf and plenty to do make this beach town a prime summertime destination. Head “Down the Ocean” and leave your cares behind. For some fun in the sand, surf and sun, stroll its three-mile-long boardwalk and pick up beach treats like Thrasher’s French Fries or ice cream from Dumser’s Dairyland.
4 Fort McHenry
Be inspired at the home of the brave and the birthplace of The National Anthem. Fort McHenry held a strategic peninsula saving Baltimore, and some say the nation, during the War of 1812. After the historic bombardement, a young lawyer and amateur poet, Francis Scott Key, was so moved by the battle that he penned the poem that would become The National Anthem. A trip to Baltimore isn’t complete without a visit to Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine.