Top Attractions and Things to Do in Maryland Escape to the sparkling white sand and blue Atlantic Ocean waves

in Ocean City, Maryland. Enjoy family amusement parks, shopping, music, and dining on the famous Ocean City Boardwalk. Take a romantic dinner cruise on Baltimore Harbor or catch a Baltimore Orioles game at Camden Yards. Explore the natural wonders of assateague island national seashore and Chesapeake & Ohio Canal national historical park, and enjoy lively water sports on Deep Creek Lake. Whether fishing on Chesapeake Bay, touring a Civil War battlefield, or visiting the US Naval Academy, Maryland is a spectacular vacation and sightseeing destination on the East Coast. Baltimore Inner Harbor One of the country's oldest seaports, Baltimore Inner Harbor is a cultural destination filled with waterfront dining, exciting nightlife, entertainment, and unique attractions. Enjoy breathtaking views from the 400-foot World Trade Center, take a harbor cruise, enjoy a sightseeing adventure, visit an art gallery, and meet colorful street performers. Catch the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium and cheer for the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards where you can visit the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum. Don't miss the National Aquarium, which houses sharks, dolphins, rays and tropical fish among 16,000 creatures in naturalistic exhibits, including a walk-through rain forest, exciting dolphin shows and an Australian exhibit. Enjoy diverse shopping, dining, and live entertainment on the picturesque waterfront at Harborplace and The Gallery. Let your senses wander as you engage in hands-on activities and exhibits at the Maryland Science Center, featuring an IMAX theater and a planetarium. Learn about the Battle of Baltimore at Fort McHenry. See the treasures of Inner Harbor by touring the USS Torsk and Lightship Chesapeake at the Maritime Museum, and visit the USS Constellation, the only Civil War ship still floating. Enjoy a short walk to Power Plant Life, a fabulous dining and entertainment district that features lively restaurants and nightclubs around a plaza and live performances. Visit www.baltimore.org/baltimore_inner_harbor.htm. Ocean City Beaches & Boardwalk Ocean City, Maryland is a spectacular family vacation resort with miles of sparkling ocean and white sand beaches for sunning, swimming, surfing, body surfing, fishing, boating, sea kayaking, jet skiing and building sandcastles. The Ocean City Boardwalk is buzzing with activities, entertainment, events, shops, restaurants, and amusement parks. Bike, walk or ride the train and explore colorful Boardwalk attractions. The Boardwalk delights with five theme parks - Jolly Roger at the Pier and 30th Street, with thrilling rides and attractions, Splash Mountain, Delmarva's largest family water park, Speedworld, featuring 10 tracks and state-ofthe-art cars to race, and two miniature golf courses. Indulge on Thrasher's fries and salt water taffy, or dine at fine seaside restaurants. Savor a spectacular sunrise over the beach, or warm up to evening beach bonfires and concerts. Explore the Lifesaving Museum on the Boardwalk, take a walking tour of historic downtown or shop for antiques and souvenirs. Hike nature trails, enjoy e tranquil beaches and see wild ponies on Assateague Island. Enjoy annual events such as Springfest, a four-day festival with live entertainment, arts & crafts and Eastern Shore food. Visit www.ocean-city.com. assateague island national seashore

Off the coast of Maryland, assateague island national seashore offers 37 miles of shoreline and pristine beach for outdoor recreation. Encompassing 48,000 acres of land and water, the beautiful island - carved by wind and waves - conserves a dynamic coastal environment inhabited by a diversity of plants, animals and birds. Explore the island's sandy beach, gentle surf, salt marshes, maritime pine forests, and coastal bays. Kayak and canoe through peaceful bayside waters, hike winding trails, or enjoy quiet on the edge of the continent. The tranquil island is an enchanting destination for swimming, surfing, surf fishing, shell fishing, shell collecting, crabbing, hunting, hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, bird watching and sightseeing cruises. A feeding area for over 300 species of birds, Assateague Island is an unspoiled paradise for bird enthusiasts and beachcombers. The island also preserves 300 wild ponies that wander the beaches, inland pine forest and salt marshes. Visit http://www.assateagueisland.com/. Annapolis / US Naval Academy The US Naval Academy in historic Annapolis, MD, is one of the most elite universities in the country, providing modern professional and academic training needed to be effective marine and naval officers in assignments following graduation. Through a strong commitment to education and teaching, the USNA develops midshipmen "morally, mentally and physically" in preparation for Navy duty. The Naval Academy boasts small class sizes, attention to individual students and over 600 highly qualified faculty members made up of officers and civilians. The Academy has often reflected the history of the United States itself. Visit http://www.usna.edu/academics.htm. Chesapeake & Ohio Canal national historical park Preserving America's colorful Canal era transportation history, Chesapeake & Ohio Canal national historical park follows the 184.5 route along the Potomac River between Cumberland, MD and Washington DC. Enjoy biking and hiking on the path through the spectacular scenery of the Potomac River Valley, and discover the recreational, cultural and natural atmosphere. Hundreds of original structures - locks, lockhouses and aqueducts - are reminders of the canal's transportation system during the Canal Era - from 1828 to 1850. View the Great Falls of the Potomac from the overlook on Olmsted Island, see exhibits at the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, join a ranger-guided tour, enjoy a canoe trip on the canal, or take a mule-drawn canal boat ride at Georgetown or Great Falls. Visit http://www.nps.gov/choh/. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Anchored out of the vacation town of St. Michael's, Maryland, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a fascinating indoor/outdoor museum focusing on the traditions, culture and history of the Chesapeake Bay. Situated on 18 acres of riverfront property on the beautiful Miles River, the Museum's nine exhibit buildings house an array of maritime exhibits such as replicas of historic bay working boats, historic guns, ship models, and the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse. Enjoy breathtaking vistas of the Miles River and check out the working Boat Yard where shipwrights restore historic vessels and present interactive programs. The museum offers an array of workshops and lectures during the year. Visit http://www.cbmm.org/index.html. Deep Creek Lake

Nestled in the beautiful mountains of western Maryland, Deep Creek Lake is an exciting vacation and water sport getaway. Deep Creek Lake offers spring and summer outdoor recreational activities, including boating, fishing, waterskiing, water tubing, water boarding, 4 wheeling, horseback riding, hiking, plane and helicopter rides, and excellent golf courses. Deep Creek Lake also offers family entertainment, dining and shopping venues. Spanning the shoreline of Maryland's largest man-made lake, Deep Creek Lake State Park is a beautiful waterfront with boat launches, beaches and landscapes for fishing, swimming, boating, hiking, picnicking, and enjoying views of the lake. Enjoy a swim from the beach or cast your fishing lines for trout, walleye, bass, and yellow perch in Maryland's top fishing lake. Enjoy hiking along the scenic trail at Meadow Mountain, picnics on the beach, and activities like mountain biking, cross country skiing, and snowmobiling, as well as naturalist led nature hikes and campfire programs. Hunting is permitted in the park's backcountry areas during hunting seasons. Visit www.deepcreeklake.com. Hagerstown City Park The beautiful City Park in Hagerstown, Maryland is a destination of natural beauty with serene landscapes, a stunning 50-acre lake, softball fields, shaded areas, a concession stand, picnic pavilions, a band shell for concerts and music performances, wooded areas with trails, paths and playgrounds and diverse wildlife including 250 waterfowl. The park displays its history and culture at the Jonathan Hager house and the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, which hosts a permanent collection of art and Maryland Symphony Orchestra recitals. Sit by the water and watch the ducks and swans, walk to a romantic gazebo, and enjoy a peaceful environment that will renew your spirit. Antietam National Battlefield Antietam National Battlefield commemorate the bloodiest day of the Civil War when 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing after 12 hours of combat on Sep. 17, 1862. The Battle of Antietam ended Virginia's Confederate Army's first invasion into the North and led to Abraham Lincoln's issuance of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. Located in the Great Valley of the Appalachian Ridge, the battlefield encompasses 3,250 acres of farmland, pastures, woods and limestone forests. Take the self-guided 8.5 mile auto tour from Dunker Church through the historic battlefield and make 11 historic stops. Enjoy hiking on the Cornfield, Final Attack, Union Advance, Antietam Remembered, Sherrick Farm or Snavely Ford Trails. Explore museum exhibits in the visitor center, view the film "Antietam Visit", join a Park Ranger for a battlefield talk, or shop in the Museum Store. Visit www.nps.gov/anti/historyculture/index.htm