Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Only-In-Maryland Adventures

Unique, unusual and unforgettable things to do in Maryland.

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Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Historic, majestic, and more than a little out-of-the-ordinary, if you’re looking for the quintessential Maryland experience, you’re in the right place! Ride on a mountainside roller coaster or follow the same path to freedom on which Harriet Tubman traveled. Sign up for the bathtub races, then eat your way through the state on the can’t-miss Maryland Crab & Oyster Trail. Here are ten Maryland activities you can only find here.

1
When the Mercury Drops, the Action Heats Up at Wisp
Wisp Resort Snow Boarder
Karlo Gesner Photography

When the mercury takes a plunge, Maryland amps up the excitement with unbelievable winter sports. Hit the slopes at Wisp Resort or ride the Mountain Coaster down the slopes, a part go-kart, part roller coaster experience. Take a hike on the ice and even drop a line for some ice fishing on Deep Creek Lake. Strap on your skates at ice rinks that pop up across the state.

2
Raise a Glass to Maryland’s Beer Trails
Beer Pour Topped with Maryland Map
@evolutioncraftbrewing-Instagram

You don’t know craft beer until you’ve had Maryland beer. Just look at the Baltimore skyline and see a symbol of Mayland’s brewing tradition, a brightly lit, handlebar-mustachioed man winking at you from the iconic National Brewery or ‘Natty Boh’ as we say. Get a taste of our local craft beer scene during FeBREWary, a month-long celebration with special limited edition releases at breweries across the state, sud-soaked events and beer trails and tours.

3
Discover the Underground Railroad
Dorchester County
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center with Ranger

No place brings history into focus like Maryland. Explore The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway. Together, they offer a stirring look into the life and legacy of a woman who risked all in the name of freedom, and the people she fought for. On the Frederick Douglass Driving Tour, follow in the young Civil Rights reformer’s footsteps and stop at historical places that shaped him.

4
Explore the Great Outdoors
Sugarloaf Mountain

Experience wow-worthy landscapes from the mountains to the sea. Hike the Eastern Continental Divide through New Germany State Park, paddle the wetlands of Blackwater Wildlife Refuge, the “everglades of the North,” or just explore one of Maryland’s beautiful state parks and let your cares slip away on a warm spring breeze.

5
Pony Up for Maryland’s Majestic Horses
Family Watches Ponies at the Beach

From the dunes to the track to the trail, only in Maryland can you catch the sight of wild horses cresting an Atlantic dune at sunset at Assateague State Park, watch thoroughbreds charging from the gates at Pimlico Race Track, and get together with old friends and new for a trail ride through Maryland’s picturesque horse country.

6
Find a Thrill on the Water
Schooner Woodwind at Sunset
Jennifer Kaye

This is how Maryland cools down in the summer. Go gunnel-to-gunnel in a racing regatta out of the sailing capital of the world, go white-water rafting on an Olympic level course at the top of a mountain, or jet skiing in the bay at the famed Ocean City.

7
Rock Out to Maryland’s Music Scene
Robbie Booth Band in Leonardtown Square

From intimate clubs to scenic outdoor venues, there’s always a live music experience to suit any taste in Maryland. National touring acts can be found at the arenas and large venues in Baltimore and National Harbor. Pair music with fresh air at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia or Baker Park in Frederick. Annual music festivals in every genre, from jazz to folk and more, can be found throughout Maryland.

8
Taste Maryland Blue Crab and Oysters
Maryland Crabs

Crack, shuck & savor the best of Maryland seafood on the Maryland Crab & Oyster Trail. Experience an endangered Maryland icon and catch the best crab houses, oyster bars, seafood festivals and more throughout the state.

9
Test Your Luck at Maryland Casinos
Horseshoe Casino
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore

It’s more than just fun and games at Maryland casinos. At Ocean Downs you can try your luck on more than 900 slots, bet on ponies just steps away and cruise the Ocean City boardwalk all in one day. Taste the high life at a celebrity restaurant at Live! Casino and Hotel or even qualify for the World Championships of Poker at Horseshoe Casino.

10
Shop Our Main Streets
Maiden Maryland Shop

Maryland brings back Main Street shopping with colorful districts and events far from your typical brick and mortar. In Berlin, find antique shops and quirky events like the bathtub races and high heel races during Second Friday. Hampden, in northwest Baltimore, features The Avenue—a collection of shops that reflect Baltimore’s quirky, endearing style. There’s something for every shopping maven: independent book and record shops, trendy apparel and shoes, furniture, and niche antiques shops specializing in the bizarre and campy.