Sailboat with Maryland flag sail

State Symbols

There is little debate that Maryland has unique, and some of the coolest, state symbols!

Sailboat with Maryland flag sail

Maryland State FlagMaryland State FlagState Flag: Black and gold quarters (the arms of Lord Baltimore’s family, the Calverts) along with red and white quarters (the arms of his mother’s family, the Crosslands)


Smith Island CakeState Dessert: Smith Island Cake, made by the ladies of Smith Island for years, has achieved national recognition. With impossibly thin layers of cake and icing stacked high, Smith Island cakes are a unique treat 



Chesapeake Bay retrieverState Dog: Chesapeake Bay Retriever, a hunting breed with webbed paws and a waterproof coat



Calico CatState Cat: Calico, with colors resembling the Maryland flag



Baltimore OrioleState Bird: Baltimore Oriole, with black and gold coloring



striped bassState Fish: Striped bass, also known as rockfish



crabState Crustacean: Maryland blue crab



SkipjackState Boat: Skipjack, the last working boat under sail in North America, used for dredging oysters in the Chesapeake Bay



Blackeyed SusanState Flower: Black-eyed Susan, with black and gold coloring and a blossom of 13 petals



White Oak treeState Tree: White Oak



JoustingState Sport: Jousting, which requires horseback riders to spear small, suspended rings



Folk dancingState Folk Dance: Square dancing



glass of milkState Drink: Milk



DinosaurState Dinosaur: Astrodon johnstoni, “star tooth,” which lived between 95 and 130 million years ago



Fossil ShellState Fossil Shell: Ecphora gardnerae gardnerae, an extinct Chesapeake Bay snail



butterflyState Insect: Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly, with orange and white spots on a black base



terrapinState Reptile: Diamondback terrapin, also the University of Maryland College Park mascot