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A couple Snow Shoeing through the wilderness
A couple Snow Shoeing through the wilderness
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitors Center Tour
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitors Center Tour
Oysters and Beer at Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore
Oysters and Beer at Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore

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.

Snowboarder at WiSP resort by Karlo Gesner PhotographyHit the Slopes at WiSP Resort

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!

Ponies in the surf at Assateague by Worcester County TourismLuxuriate 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.
 

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center by Prince Georges County TourismGet 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.
 

A couple Snow Shoeing through the wildernessEscape 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.
 

American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore by Visit BaltimoreExplore the Great Indoors at Maryland’s Museums and Shops

Guinness food and blonde beerRaise 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!
 

Oysters being served on a platter by Sophie MacTaste 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.
 

Harriet Tubman Visitors Center Tour by Maryland Governor's OfficeRoad 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!

Featured Places
Piney Run Park in the fall
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Location:
30 Martz Rd
Sykesville, MD 21784
Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort front exterior
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Location:
16701 Lakeview Dr NE
Flintstone, MD 21530
Cabin in the woods
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Location:
89 Blue Moon Rising Way
McHenry, MD 21541
Pocomoke River State Park
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Location:
3461 Worcester Hwy
Snow Hill , MD 21863
Aerial view of Turkey Point Lighthouse located at Elk Neck State Park
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Location:
4395 Turkey Point Rd
North East, MD 21901
Janes Island State Park
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Location:
26280 Alfred J. Lawson Dr
Crisfield, MD 21817
New Germany State Park
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Location:
349 Headquarters Ln
Grantsville, MD 21536
Aerial view of Fort Frederick State Park
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Location:
11100 Fort Frederick Rd
Big Pool, MD 21711
Savage River Lodge
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Location:
1600 Mt. Aetna Rd
Frostburg, MD 21532
Gunpowder Falls State Park
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Location:
7200 Graces Quarters Rd
Middle River, MD 21220
Ponies on the Beach in Assateague State Park
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Location:
7206 National Seashore Ln
Berlin, MD 21811
Gaylord National Resort & Conference Center
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Location:
201 Waterfront St
National Harbor, MD 20745
Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina
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Room interior at Sagamore Pendry Baltimore
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Location:
1715 Thames St
Baltimore, MD 21231
Mom and daughter by lake
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Location:
898 State Park Rd
Swanton, MD 21561
Ski photo
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Location:
296 Marsh Hill Rd
McHenry, MD 21541
Guinness Brewery
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Location:
5001 Washington Blvd
Relay, MD 21227
American Visionary Art Museum exterior view
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Location:
800 Key Hwy
Baltimore, MD 21230
Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art exterior view
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Location:
909 S Schumaker Dr
Salisbury, MD 21804
Baltimore Museum of Art exterior
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Location:
10 Art Museum Dr
Baltimore, MD 21218
Photo of art gallery
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Location:
600 N Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21201
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
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Location:
401 Museum Dr
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park wide exterior view
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Location:
4068 Golden Hill Rd
Church Creek, MD 21622
Antietam Battlefield
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Location:
5831 Dunker Church Rd
Sharpsburg, MD 21782
Savage River Lodge
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Location:
1600 Mt. Aetna Rd
Frostburg, MD 21532
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