There is little debate that Maryland has unique, and some of the coolest, state symbols!
1 Maryland State FlagState Flag
Black and gold quarters (the arms of Lord Baltimore’s family, the Calverts) along with red and white quarters (the arms of his mother’s family, the Crosslands)
2 State Song
“Maryland, My Maryland,” written by teacher James Ryder Randall after a Civil War riot in Baltimore
3 State Dessert
Smith Island Cake, made by the ladies of Smith Island for years, has achieved national recognition. With impossibly thin layers of cake and icing stacked high, Smith Island cakes are a unique treat.
4 State Dog
Chesapeake Bay Retriever, a hunting breed with webbed paws and a waterproof coat.
5 State Cat
Calico, with colors resembling the Maryland flag.
6 State Bird
Baltimore Oriole, with black and gold coloring.
7 State Fish
Striped bass, also known as rockfish.
8 State Boat
Skipjack, the last working boat under sail in North America, used for dredging oysters in the Chesapeake Bay.
9 State Flower
Black-eyed Susan, with black and gold coloring and a blossom of 13 petals.
10 State Tree
11 State Sport
Jousting, which requires horseback riders to spear small, suspended rings.
12 State Folk Dance
13 State Drink
14 State Dinosaur
Astrodon johnstoni, “star tooth,” which lived between 95 and 130 million years ago.
15 State Fossil Shell
Ecphora gardnerae gardnerae, an extinct Chesapeake Bay snail.
16 State Insect
Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly, with orange and white spots on a black base.
17 State Reptile
Diamondback terrapin, also the University of Maryland College Park mascot.