Top Things to Do in Spring

By Heather Cisar



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Blueberry Picking
Blueberry Picking
Bay Club Golf Course
The Bay Club Golf Course in Worcester County
Baltimore Water Taxi
Adventures on the Baltimore Water Taxis
Image Credit: Visit Baltimore

Here comes the sun! The Baltimore Orioles (and the state’s other ball players) will be  back on the field eventually and their feathered counterparts (the state bird) are back in the treetops. Shake off any lingering cabin fever and enjoy seasonal festivals, fun overnight trips and gardens exploding with color. Pick your own berries or pick apart the season’s first crabs. Spring headlong into sensory delight.

Tour Spectacular Gardens in Maryland

Mother Nature shakes off her winter’s slumber in dramatic fashion, as flowers of every color under the rainbow pop open and welcome spring’s sunshine. See the 80,000 tulips bloom in Baltimore’s Sherwood Gardens, marvel at more than 100 topiaries at Ladew Topiary Gardens in Monkton, or tour the two-acre pleasure garden at the William Paca House and Gardens in Annapolis. Enjoy the butterfly exhibit at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, then take a peaceful walk along the Heart Smart Trails at McCrillis Gardens in Bethesda.

View our complete list of public gardens in Maryland here.

Pick Mouth-Watering Berries at Maryland Farms

Spring also marks the beginning of berry-picking season. As early as mid-May, juicy red strawberries become ripe for picking, followed closely by cherries, blackberries and blueberries. Some of the best places to pick include Catoctin Mountain Orchard near Frederick, offering produce from their orchards, plus homemade pies and jams, Swann Farms in Owings Mills, which specializes in supplying road side stands; Middleton’s Cedar Hill Farm in Waldorf, where you’ll also find baby animals and springtime hayrides; and Shaw Orchards in White Hall where you can buy custom-made jams and jellies. Can't make it out to the actual farm?  Check out our list of Farmer's Markets across Maryland here!

Take to the Greens at a Local Golf Course

Get out the clubs and play the greens at one of Maryland’s many golf courses. One to try: Bay Club Golf Course in Worcester County and its two spectacular 7,000 yard, par 72, 18-hole championship courses make for a memorable golfing experiences. With 426 acres of lakes, wetlands and strategically-placed sand traps, the "Devil's Island" and "Paradise Island" creations will keep you coming back for more. For more golf courses, check out our list of must-play golf courses here or a complete listing of golf courses in Maryland here.

Diamond Days Play Ball!

The boys of summer get started in the spring at ballparks big and small. Cheer on the hardball action of the professional Baltimore Orioles or one of the state’s numerous minor league teams: the Frederick Keys, Hagerstown Suns, Bowie Baysox, Aberdeen IronBirds, Delmarva Shorebirds and Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. Find your field of dreams...

Taxi the Shores of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

Thanks to a new Harborview Landing, Baltimore’s water taxi rides are an adventure all their own. Springtime offers the perfect climate for sightseeing the city from the water, or disembarking for a closer look. Stroll the streets of Federal Hill or Fells Point, hit major attractions including Fort McHenry and the National Aquarium or visit the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Cap off your day—or weekend—with a stop at Little Havana for tasty Cuban fare and one of its famous mojitos.

Got Crabs?

Succulent and sweet with a firm texture that sets it above all others, the Maryland blue crab is the undisputed king of crustaceans. So break out the mallets: crab season is in full swing. Crisfield celebrates soft-shelled crabs each May with a Soft Shell Spring Fair, while there are crabs by the bushel at Leonardtown’s St. Mary’s Crab Festival in June. You'll find plenty of  places to get cracking along Maryland's Crab & Oyster Trails.

Spring Flings

Celebrate the season with a restorative getaway, be it adventurous or luxurious. The Savage River Lodge in Frostburg lets you bunk down in your own yurt. For a pampered escape, Tilghman Island’s bucolic Black Walnut Point Inn offers in-room massages and a host of other pleasures, and four pools await at Cambridge’s Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina. You can literally drink in the history at Thurmont’s Springfield Manor Winery and Distillery as you stay in an 18th-century home amid a working winery and distillery.

Featured Places
Visitors at garden photo
Between East Highfield Road
Baltimore, MD 21218
Ladew Gardens
3535 Jarrettsville Pike
Monkton, MD 21111
Visitors at garden photo
Between East Highfield Road
Baltimore, MD 21218
Brookside Gardens wedding
1800 Glenallan Ave
Wheaton, MD 20902
McCrillis Gardens
6910 Greentree Rd
Bethesda, MD 20817
William Paca House and Gardens
186 Prince George St
Annapolis, MD 21401
Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine
2400 E Fort Ave
Baltimore, MD 21230
Baltimore Museum of Industry exterior
1415 Key Hwy
Baltimore, MD 21230
Oriole Park at Camden Yards
333 W Camden St
Baltimore, MD 21201
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