Top 5 Outdoor Activities in Maryland
Posted by Long & Foster | Friday, June 12, 2020

Maryland is lucky to have four seasons with warm summers and crisp, clear falls. It’s the perfect vacation destination for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. While there are seemingly endless opportunities for outdoor adventures in this great state, here are our top five picks. 

Our 5 Favorite Outdoor Activities in Maryland 

#1 – Everything Water Related 

Kayak floating in a bay in Maryland

Beach life and watersports are a huge part of Maryland’s outdoor culture, so it’s no wonder why anything that has to do with the water is number one on our list. You can bring your own boat or sign up for an excursion with a local company. Enjoy fishing charters, sailing lessons, wildlife cruises and more. Take a guided kayak tour, rent a stand up paddleboard (SUP), go on a snorkeling adventure or just lay on the beach and take a quick dip in the water whenever you need to cool off. 

#2 – Parks 

Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis, MD

Did you know that National Geographic called the state of Maryland “America in Miniature”? Maryland is an extremely diverse state with mountains, bays, marshlands and more. There are over 60 state parks throughout Maryland, and plenty more city parks. One of our favorites is Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis, which overlooks the Chesapeake Bay. Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis is another popular choice with walking trails, duck boxes, an arboretum, a dog friendly beach and more! 

#3 – Biking 

Bike riding through a beautiful tree lined path in Maryland

If you’re looking for something a little more active, biking is the perfect pastime. You’ll get to explore some beautiful sights, get your exercise in, and cool down a bit as you cycle along. Maryland offers a great selection of bike trails throughout the state. There is a 9.4 mile out and back trail along the Assateague National Seashore, which is the perfect option if you’re exploring Ocean City. If you’re in Annapolis, check out the Baltimore & Annapolis Trail (also called the B&A Trail), which is a 13 mile paved trail which starts in Annapolis. 

#4 – Wildlife Viewing at Assateague Island 

Wild ponies on Assateague Island

Assateague Island is a 37-mile long barrier island, and an absolute must-see on your trip to Ocean City, MD! This natural wonder offers pristine beaches, the Assateague Lighthouse, bays, marshes, coves and more. Assateague Island is home to a great diversity of wildlife. You’re sure to see wild ponies, large populations of birds (like the Snowy Egret and the Great Blue Heron), deer and more. Kayaking tours are one of the most popular ways to tour this island and catch a glimpse of wildlife in their natural habitat. If you’re looking for something a little more laid back you can join a charter which will chauffeur you around the island.  

#5 – Golfing 

Golf course in Maryland

There are no shortage of golf courses in this beautiful state. Annapolis alone has three golf courses, and another 25 courses within 20 miles of Annapolis. Ocean City offers 17 championship courses designed by golf legends, most notably Eagle’s Landing which overlooks the Assateague National Seashore. 

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