Top Things to See and Do in Central Maryland

By Jim Meyer

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Home to Maryland’s biggest cities, small towns with wide-open green spaces, sailing routes that go straight into the harbor and uncompromising style amplified in memorable local cuisines and bay culture, the Central Region  is simply amazing—so make it your own unforgettable destination

Cruise up in your boat to Ego Alley, or come on foot and marvel at the beautiful boats.

1 Sail into the Sunset in Annapolis

Take a public cruise or romantic sunset sail, join a thrilling schooner race or take a day’s charter cruise on a classic sailing yacht like the Schooner Woodwind, departing daily  from the Annapolis docks.


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Type:
Boating & Sailing


Location:
One Dock St
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-263-7973


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Noon Formation at U.S. Naval Academy - Annapolis Photo By: Visit Annapolis

2 Visit the U.S. Naval Academy

Take a walking tour on the historic grounds of the United States Naval Academy, where the next generation of Navy leaders are made. Visiting the beautiful crypt of John Paul Jones, father of the American Navy, is a transformative experience. Be sure to catch a Mids game at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium. 


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Type:
Tour Services


Location:
52 King George St
Annapolis, MD 21402
410-293-8687


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Two knights dueling with sords on horse back at Medieval Times

3 Toast to a Good Knight at Medieval Times and have (REALLY) Old School Fun at Renn Fest

Evenings are all about chivalry, rivalry and revelry at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. Cheer on daring knights, as they sword fight and joust on horseback, while feasting on scrumptious roast chicken and hearty Middle Age fixings. Lace up your bodice and jerkins, grab a turkey leg and prepare for some good “Olde”-fashioned fun at the Maryland Renaissance Festival, one of the biggest Renn fests in the country. 


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Type:
Attraction


Location:
7000 Arundel Mills Cir
Hanover, MD 21076
443-755-0011


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Merriweather Post Pavilion Aerial Photo By: Merriweather Post Pavilion

4 Feel the Funk at Merriweather Post Pavilion

The lawn at Merriweather is where music memories are made. This legendary outdoor amphitheater, nestled into Symphony Woods in the heart of downtown Columbia, is the perfect place to catch the biggest bands around. The annual Capital Jazz Fest is a can’t-miss event.


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Type:
Music Venues


Location:
10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy
Columbia, MD 21044
410-715-5550


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Carroll Wine Trail

5 Wine Along the Trails and Vineyards

With a mild climate, rich piedmont soil and a varying topography that makes a rich diversity of styles possible, it’s no wonder five Maryland Wine Trails cross this region. Take the Carroll Wine Trail through Carroll County or travel the Piedmont Trail with eight wineries in the region. Spring, summer and fall weekends mean concerts and gatherings at idyllic local vineyards and exceptional tastings year-round.

Crabs on a Barrel Photo By: erocrunfaster-instagram

6 Eat Crab Like a Local

You’ve had steamed crabs, crab cakes, but crab fluff? It’s a crab cake dipped in rich batter and deep fried. Or try fried hard crab—steamed, then stuffed with Crab Imperial and fried golden brown. Spots like Kahler’s Crab House in Rosedale, Cantler’s Riverside Inn in Annapolis, Faidley Seafood in Baltimore, Mr. Bill’s Terrace Inn in Dundalk and Captain Dan’s Crabhouse in Eldersburg serve crab the traditional Maryland way. Check out the Anne Arundel and Howard CountiesGreater Baltimore Area Crab and Oyster Trails too.

Be inspired at this important War of 1812 site and birthplace of The National Anthem. Photo By: Ken Stanek Photography

7 Oh Say, Have You Seen the Ramparts at Fort McHenry?

Built on a beautiful peninsula at the head of Baltimore Harbor, Fort McHenry and its brave defenders saved the city during the War of 1812 and gave America its National Anthem. The fort’s flag inspired Francis Scott Key to pen “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and the 15 brilliant stars of its enormous flag continue to inspire to this day. 


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Attraction


Location:
2400 E Fort Ave
Baltimore, MD 21230
410-962-4290


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B&O Railroad Museum Photo By: Clark Vandergrift

8 For Rail Riding Fun, Choo-Choo-Choose to Visit the B&O Railroad Museum

Train buffs can touch—and even ride—the amazing collection of historical iron at this one-of-a-kind museum. For kids, the rides, games and occasional visits from Thomas make this museum a must. Plus, how often do you get to visit a site from the Monopoly board? 


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Type:
Attraction


Location:
901 W Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21223
410-752-2490


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This world-class museum houses art from ancient Egypt through the 20th Century. Photo By: Visit Baltimore

9 Fully Experience Baltimore Arts

The Baltimore Museum of Art hosts a phenomenal display of 19th-century and contemporary art, including the world’s largest collection of works by Matisse, while Walters Art Museum holds works from different ages and places across the globe. The American Visionary Art Museum only adds flavor to the mix with an unusual, imaginative and eclectic side to its galleries. 


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Type:
Visual Arts


Location:
800 Key Hwy
Baltimore, MD 21230
410-244-1900


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Frederick Douglass Isaac Myers Maritime Park and Museum

10 Encounter African-American Roots

Explore an extensive collection at the African Art Museum of Maryland in Fulton. Come face to face with American heroes like Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman at the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum and discover the breadth of the African-American experience at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum and the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore. Or get in touch with history at the Howard County Center of African American Culture and The Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum in Oella.


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Type:
Visual Arts


Location:
830 E Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21202
443-263-1800


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The National Aquarium in Baltimore Photo By: Visit Baltimore

11 Fly High & Dive Deep at the Aquarium

Everyone must see the National Aquarium, with its soaring glass pyramids rising above the harbor like shark fins. Try a “Fly & Dive Package” by Charm City Helicopters for an unforgettable journey that combines an aerial tour of Baltimore with a rare chance to scuba dive with sharks, rays and more in the aquarium’s 335,000-gallon Atlantic Coral Reef tank. 


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Attraction


Location:
501 E Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21202
410-576-3800


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12 Explore Korean Way in Howard County

A five-mile stretch of highway in Ellicott City is the perfect place to familiarize yourself with Korean culture between 166 Korean specialty shops, eateries and recreational activities. Connect with the local population by making it a spa day, diving into Korean-style cuisine and sweet treats or singing along to karaoke in  the evenings.
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Horses coming out of the gate at Preakness Stakes Photo By: Preakness Stakes

13 Saddle Up for the Triple Crown

Everyone knows about Baltimore’s annual Preakness Stakes, the middle jewel of Thoroughbred Horse Racing’s Triple Crown, with its legendary InfieldFest concert and beautiful Preakness Balloon Festival. But horse lovers will also tell you about Maryland’s steeplechase races, bringing together the world’s best crosscountry equine athletes for a thrilling series. 


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Type:
Events


Location:
Hayward & Winner Avenues
Baltimore, MD 21215
410-542-9400


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Golfers can enjoy the game and the Restaurant at Bulle Rock located in Havre De Grace Photo By: http://www.bullerock.com/

14 Be “Fore” You Golf Bulle Rock

Bulle Rock is a Pete Dye designed course that once hosted the LPGA championship. This vast green in Havre de Grace is an ideal place to test your skills across 18 holes with challenging terrains and serene leisure scenes.


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Type:
Sports


Location:
320 Blenheim Ln
Havre de Grace, MD 21078
410-939-8887


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Native American Depiction at the Lacrosse Museum Photo By: Courtesy of the Lacrosse Museum

15 America’s Oldest Sport The U.S.

National Lacrosse Hall of Fame and Museum in Baltimore County tells the story of lacrosse, America’s oldest  sport, and honors notable men and women for their contributions. Follow along with a field and exhibits that recollect the history of this popular pastime originating with the Native Americans.


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Type:
Attraction


Location:
2 Loveton Cir
Sparks, MD 21152
410-235-6882


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Ball Snatch at a Baltimore Orioles Game Photo By: Mitch Lebovic

16 Make It a Home Run

Catch a Baltimore Orioles baseball game in Oriole Park at Camden Yards or watch budding Minor League teams like the Aberdeen IronBirds. Kids will cheer when they  hear fans of the Orioles under  9 years of age can attend  games for free. 


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Attraction


Location:
333 W Camden St
Baltimore, MD 21201


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Port Discovery Children's Museum in Baltimore Photo By: Visit Baltimore

17 A Kid’s Day at the Museum

Baltimore offers a world of scientific exploration for kids at Port Discovery Children’s Museum with multiple floors of adventurous hands-on activities, while the Maryland Science Center hosts 10 full-sized dinosaurs for aspiring paleontologists. Kids also love the interactive exhibits and old antiques and relics of firefighting past at the Fire Museum in the Lutherville,  the third-largest of its kind in the world.


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Type:
Attraction


Location:
35 Market Pl
Baltimore, MD 21202
410-727-8120


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Maryland Live! Casino Black Jack Photo By: Maryland Live! Casino

18 Hit the Jackpot at Maryland Casinos

When it comes to world-class nightlife, fantastic food and great gaming, three is the magic number in Maryland’s Central Region. Maryland Live! brings 2,200 slots, high-rolling table games and an elegant 17-story hotel to Arundel Mills. Don’t miss the baccarat table to live out your James Bond dreams. Baltimore’s Horseshoe Casino ups the culinary ante with restaurants by celebrity chefs Gordon Ramsay, Guy Fieri and Giada De Laurentiis. And Hollywood Casino Perryville rolls out the red carpet with topflight entertainment featuring world-class comedy and music.

Featured Places
Annapolis City Dock
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Location:
One Dock St
Annapolis, MD 21401
Visitor Center in fall
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Location:
52 King George St
Annapolis, MD 21402
Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament knights battle
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Location:
7000 Arundel Mills Cir
Hanover, MD 21076
Merriweather Post Pavilion logo
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Location:
10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy
Columbia, MD 21044
Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine
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Location:
2400 E Fort Ave
Baltimore, MD 21230
Round House at the B&O Railroad Museum
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Location:
901 W Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21223
American Visionary Art Museum exterior view
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Location:
800 Key Hwy
Baltimore, MD 21230
National Aquarium in Baltimore
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Location:
501 E Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21202
Horses coming out of the gate
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Location:
Hayward & Winner Avenues
Baltimore, MD 21215
Bulle Rock Golf Course
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Location:
320 Blenheim Ln
Havre de Grace, MD 21078
Statue of Native Americans playing LAX
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Location:
2 Loveton Cir
Sparks, MD 21152
Oriole Park at Camden Yards
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Location:
333 W Camden St
Baltimore, MD 21201
Port Discovery Children's Museum
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Location:
35 Market Pl
Baltimore, MD 21202
African Costume
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Location:
11711 E Market Pl, Maple Lawn
Fulton, MD 20759
Wax sculptures at museum
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Location:
1601-03 E North Ave
Baltimore, MD 21213
Brick exterior of Maryland Historical Society
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Location:
201 West Monument St
Baltimore, MD 21201
Charm City Helicopters
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Location:
1800 S. Clinton St
Baltimore, MD 21224
Live! Casino & Hotel exterior
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Location:
7002 Arundel Mills Cir
Hanover, MD 21076
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore interior
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Location:
1525 Russell St
Baltimore, MD 21230
Hollywood Casino Perryville
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Location:
1201 Chesapeake Overlook Pkwy
Perryville, MD 21903
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