Family watching ponies on Assateague

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Family watching ponies on Assateague

Beaches and Waterways
Family building sandcastle

With more than 3,100 miles of shoreline, Maryland has plenty of great places to sink your toes into the sand. From the Atlantic Ocean beaches of Ocean City and Assateague, to the shores of the Chesapeake and her tributaries, to spring-fed swimming holes and mountain lakes, Maryland’s got sun, surf and plenty of sand just waiting for you!

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Golf hole at Links at Perry Cabin
Joann Dost

The railroad ties surrounding this island green define the legenday course designer Pete Dye

From the mountains to the beach, Maryland offers a surprisingly diverse array of golf options throughout the state; every golfer is sure to find a local course to fit his or her game.

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Family fishing

Cast your fly in a remote mountain stream, drop a line in a pristine lake or swift running river, go for game fish out on the open Chesapeake, and hunt for the big billfish in the famed Atlantic canyons.  In Maryland, fishing runs deep.  With an unparalleled variety of species and habitats, 

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Kayaking by Frontier Town

If you are up for a  quick, easy getaway --you will love our campgrounds. Find out what we mean when we say we “pamper our campers.” Camping in Maryland just comes naturally!

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Nature Watching and Birding
Scarlet Tanager at the Patuxent Wildlife Refuge

Maryland is home to a diverse assortment of bird-watching sites and natural habitats. An astonishing variety of birds pass through Maryland during their annual migrations.

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Biking in Maryland
Anacostia Riverwalk
Tim Evanson, wikimedia

Hit the trails around Maryland to get a great view of the state from your bike.

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Hiking Adventures in Maryland
Hiking Appalachian Trail

Maryland offers miles of trails to explore, from flat, short footpaths to some of the most challenging routes on the East Coast. Lace up your boots and try one of these popular trails.
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Boating & Water Sports
Hobie Cat Sailing

From the roaring rapids of our mountain rivers through the open waters of the Chesapeake Bay, and out into the great blue of the Atlantic Ocean, Maryland is a land where many waters meet, making it a perfect playground for boaters and water sports enthusiasts.

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Outdoor Recreation
Swallow Falls
Stephen Badger/DNR

Maryland's varied terrain and climate mean there's a way for everyone to get outside and have some fun—whatever the season.

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