25 Free (or Nearly Free) Things to Do in Maryland
You don’t need a big budget to experience big fun in Maryland. Here are 25 top free (or nearly free) things to do—sure to keep you coming back again and again!
1 Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
Marvel at this museum’s more than 7,000 works, including paintings, sculptures and objets d’art. Considered one of the finest small museums in the United States, the museum was established in 1931 in Hagerstown’s historic City Park, and with its stunning neo-Georgian architecture, the museum itself is a work of art.
2 Swallow Falls State Park
Commune with nature and take a walk through the woods of Western Maryland, known for its gorgeous mountain views. Just a few miles north of Oakland, Swallow Falls State Park borders the Youghiogheny River and is nestled in the picturesque Allegheny Mountains. Let your spirit run wild at Swallow Falls with its rocky gorges, roaring rapids, centuries-old hemlock trees, and Muddy Creek Falls, with a cascading 53-foot waterfall that is the tallest in Maryland!
3 William Brish Planetarium
Take a spin around the solar system, bust astronomy myths and learn how to keep our skies free of pollution at one of the planetarium’s programs offered on the first and fourth Tuesdays of the month. ($3 adults/$2 kids; cash or personal checks only)
4 Canal Place
June through August, jam to live music at the Canal Place Ampitheater as part of downtown Cumberland’s Second Friday’s concert series featuring touring bands from Nashville, Knoxville, and New York City. Year-round, bike along the canal or hike one of two trails in Maryland’s first Certified Heritage Areas.