Top 10 Paddle Trails Within A Day’s Drive Of BaltimorePaddling or rowing a small watercraft on flat water is an outdoor activity that takes in all the senses. Maryland, known for the Chesapeake Bay, has nearly 3,200 miles of shoreline, which includes hundreds of miles in flat-water trails easily navigated in a kayak or canoe. The scenery along these rivers and creek ranges from wild rural landscapes to urban bustle. Here are ten fabulous paddle trails within a day’s drive of Baltimore City.
Berlin – A Travel Destination Since The Civil War Berlin, Md., located on the Eastern Shore just 10 minutes from Ocean City and Assateague National Seashore, has been a destination for travelers since it was incorporated in 1868.
Main Street Maryland: WestminsterLocated in the heart of Carroll County, Westminster is a real, historic downtown that has preserved its vibrant past while answering the entertainment needs of today’s communities. In the shadow of McDaniel College, Westminster’s tree lined streets with wide sidewalks are bordered with boutique shopping, abundant dining options, art and entertainment venues and ample public spaces that encourage visitors to stay awhile.
Top Winter Bird Watching SpotsBird watching is said to be the fastest growing outdoor activity in the United States. Maryland has more than 400 species of native birds, and is a favorite winter habitat for birds migrating from Canada and the Arctic down the Atlantic Flyway. This makes winter bird watching particularly interesting. Here are some top spots.
The Civil War Really Began In BaltimoreWhile most Americans believe the Civil War started with the bombardment of Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, the first bloodshed of the Civil War happened one week later during the Pratt Street Riot in Baltimore.
Baltimore Family Fun On Main Street – Easton And FrederickMaryland has 157 municipalities and hundreds of neighborhoods and villages. Twenty-four towns and cities have been awarded the Maryland Main Street designation, a recognition designed to strengthen the economic potential of traditional main streets and neighborhoods. Two of these Main Streets – Easton and Frederick - are highlighted in this post.
Best Cold Weather Fun In MarylandWestern Maryland offers some of the most thrilling, unique winter recreation in the Mid- Atlantic region. In addition to skiing, snowboarding, ice skating and snowmobiling, try dogsledding, a horse-drawn sleigh ride, snow tubing or a ride on a Mountain Coaster.
Annapolis--Maryland Government Up CloseWho knew state government could be interesting? Annapolis is one of the most popular visitor destinations in Maryland because of its sailing, fishing, shopping, great food and beautiful streetscapes. But, Maryland's capital city has one other remarkable tourist attraction - its government buildings and their unique history.
Places You Never Knew You Could TourThe Baltimore area is a famous tourist destination with many well-known attractions, but it’s also home to some remarkable not-so-well-known places. Here are the ones you never knew you could tour.
Kids Visit Santa On The North Pole ExpressThe Western Maryland Scenic Railroad offers an excursion train - the North Pole Express - starting November 26th that takes children on a nighttime adventure in restored antique rail cars pulled by an authentic steam engine.
The Fire Museum Of Maryland - The World’s 3rd LargestTo see all things related to firefighting including 42 antique pieces of fire apparatus, fire-fighting equipment, models, memorabilia and photographs, Marylanders need to look no further than the Fire Museum of Maryland located in Lutherville, one block north of the Baltimore Beltway. The collection includes antique fire trucks, vintage equipment, a cast iron firehouse facade, and America’s largest telegraph system housed in a museum. This vast collection makes the Fire Museum of Maryland the world’s third largest collection of firefighting artifacts.
Family Fun Guide To The Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Festival Of TreesThe Mid-Atlantic’s largest holiday-themed festival happens on Thanksgiving weekend at the Maryland Fairgrounds in Timonium. The Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Festival of Trees is a mammoth three-day celebration of the holidays that features more than 600 trees, boutique shopping, activities for the kids and live entertainment for the whole family. As its website touts, “If Santa had a theme park, this would be it!”
November Festivals – Waterfowl And Symphony Of LightsThe first and oldest waterfowl festival happens every November in Easton, Md., celebrating Eastern Shore art and nature conservation. Also in November is one of the most celebrated community holiday events in Maryland – the Symphony of Lights in Columbia.
Top 10 Haunted Sites In MarylandThere are hundreds of haunted sites in Maryland, but some have stood out over decades as being especially creepy. They are linked with sightings of apparitions, sudden changes in temperature, unexplained noises or the feeling of being watched.
Best Railroad Museums For KidsBaltimore is the birthplace of American railroading. Railroad history is chronicled well in railway museums throughout Maryland, and some of those museums are particularly kid-friendly, having exhibits and attractions geared toward children and families.