Top Things to do in Winter
Beat the Winter Chills with these Maryland Thrills!
When the mercury drops, Maryland has got the goods to heat things up. Whether you want to get your blood pumping on the slopes or spend the day snuggled up by the fire in a world-class resort, this list has the perfect Maryland winter fun for everyone.
Experience some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the mid-Atlantic on the slopes at Wisp Resort with stunning views of Deep Creek Lake. Get your cardio by snowshoeing and cross country skiing on Wisp’s beautiful trails. Or get your heart racing on a thrilling ride down the Mountain Coaster or with a snow tubing adventure!
Luxuriate with a Winter Beach Getaway
Maybe it’s cold outside, but a trip to the beach is always a hot idea. Whether it’s a luxury getaway in Ocean City’s quiet season, or a getaway to Assateague National Seashore to see the famous wild ponies with the pounding winter surf making for an unforgettable backdrop, you can’t go wrong with a winter trip to Maryland’s Atlantic shore.
Get Away to a World-Class Spa or Resort
Heat things up by the fire at luxurious getaways like the Sagamore Pendry in Baltimore, the Gaylord National in National Harbor, Savage River Lodge in Frostburg, or the waterfront Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina in Cambridge. Or slip away from it all at a unique B&B. In Maryland, you’re never far from a cozy winter retreat.
Escape the Hustle and Bustle on Maryland’s Trail System Second-to-None
Winter can mean a thirst for the outdoors, and there’s no better place to quench that thirst than along Maryland’s trail system second-to-none. With summer’s leaves a crunchy memory, the winter sky is in full glory, opening vistas for amazing birding with unique species like the tundra swan making their winter appearances. Or just get out and hike, snowshoe, or cross country ski to thrilling views you can cherish and see in a whole new light.
Explore the Great Indoors at Maryland’s Museums and Shops
Lose yourself in Maryland’s museums with unique options like the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore and The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art in Salisbury, and world-class museums like the Baltimore Museum of Art and The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown, and Glenstone in Potomac. Or heat things up with a shopping safari to unique destinations like National Harbor, Harbor East in Baltimore, or to any of Maryland’s Main Street shopping districts.
Raise a Glass to the Season at Maryland’s Distilleries and Breweries
Why did world-class brewers open their Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House and Flying Dog’s beautiful new state-of-the art brewery in Maryland? For the same reason Old Line Distilling packed up their operation and moved it all to Maryland. The Free State is home to unique brewing and distilling cultures that not only push the envelope while producing first-rate brews and spirits, but welcome an audience of aficionados. Go check out Maryland’s remarkable breweries and distilleries to chase away that winter chill!
Taste the Heart of the Chesapeake on the Crab & Oyster Trail
In Maryland, it’s not summer without crabs, and it’s not winter without oysters. Now with farm-raised oysters, you can get Maryland oysters year round, but wild ones are still available only during fall and winter’s “R” months. Warm up with a steaming bowl of Maryland oyster stew, enjoy freshly shucked oysters on the half-shell, try delicious fried oysters, or any other uniquely Chesapeake preparation on Maryland’s one-of-a-kind Crab & Oyster Trail.
Road Trip Along One of Maryland’s 18 Scenic Byways
Get your motor running and head out on a byway for a winter getaway you’ll never forget. Maryland’s 18 scenic byways cross every corner of the state from the Atlantic Ocean in the east, all through Chesapeake country and out to Western Maryland’s Allegheny Mountains. Discover unique history like the events that inspired our National Anthem on the Star-Spangled Banner Byway, the crossroads of the Civil War on the Antietam Campaign Byway, and the inspiring stories of freedom along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway. Have a unique urban adventure on Baltimore’s Historic Charles Street Byway, or go from the city through small towns and the great outdoors on the Historic National Road Byway. These 18 routes are home to countless journeys and unlimited adventures!