• Sheena Saydam

Living in Maryland – 15 Things to Do in Your New Backyard

Looking to move to the Washington DC, Maryland, or Virginia area? People pay thousands

to visit our area rich with United States history, but as residents we enjoy hundreds of activities right in our own backyard!


Enjoy these 15 things to do when living in Maryland:

  • The “Cumberland” Full Scale C&O Canal Boat Replica – This canal boat replica will give you an idea how families lived and worked on the canal. It comes complete with an on-board stable, hay house and captain’s cabin. Donations accepted. Address: 13 Canal St. Room 301 Cumberland, MD 21502 Phone: (301) 722-8226; toll free (800) 989-9394

  • 107 House is a federal-period restored 1810 Colonial home with a Colonial basement kitchen. A 19th-century wooden water tower was added to the site in the 1980’s. Donations accepted. Address: Market and Cecil St. Charlestown, MD 21914 Phone: (410) 287-8262

  • Established in 1987, The Aberdeen Room Archives and Museum, Inc. desires to connect our rich history to our Aberdeen area citizens. Over 5000 items have been received, recorded and displayed to show the social, economic and cultural development of the area from its early beginnings through today. Donations are suggested. Address: 18 N Howard St. Aberdeen, MD 21001 Phone: (410) 273-6325 for special events and tours Hours: Tuesday & Thursday, 10 am – 1 pm First Saturday of the month, 11 am – 3 pm

  • Academy Art Museum – The Academy Art Museum located in the building at 106 South Street. This building is an Easton historical landmark. Develop your knowledge and appreciation of the arts by visiting the Academy Art Museum on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Cost is $3 for non-members. Children 11 and under are free. Admission is free on Wednesdays. Address: 106 South Street Easton, MD 21601 Phone: (410) 822-2787 Hours: Monday – Thursday, 10 am to 8 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm First Saturday of the month, open until 7 pm

  • The Accokeek Foundation’s National Colonial Farm – The Accokeek Foundation established this historic farm/museum in 1958. Structures such as a circa 1770 farm dwelling, 18th century tobacco barn and an out-kitchen are open to the public. 18th century agriculture is demonstrated here through the preservation of rare animal breeds, 18th century varieties of herbs, flowers, vegetables and field crops. General admission is free. Address: 3400 Bryan Point Rd. Accokeek, MD 20607 Phone: (301) 283-2113 Hours: March – December Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm December – March National Colonial Farm, closed Visitor Center, Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm

  • Adkins Arboretum – A beautiful 400-acre native garden and preserve located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Hike through five miles of meadows and woodland paths taking in the sites of the region’s native shrubs, trees wildflowers grasses, gardens and birds. Admission-$5 for adults, $2 for students ages 6-18, free for children age 5 and under. Address: 12610 Eveland Rd. Ridgely, MD 21660 Hours: Visitors Center, Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Sunday, noon – 4 pm Grounds, open daily, dawn-dusk Phone: (410) 634-2847

  • Adventure Park USA – Maryland’s largest, fun-filled family entertainment center has enough adventure for your entire family. Mini golf, rock wall and a rope course are a few of the fun activities offered here. There are summer camps for kids, too! Address: 11113 W Baldwin Rd. New Market, MD 21774 Hours: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm Phone: (301) 865-6800

  • African Art Museum of Maryland – The African Art Museum of Maryland was founded in 1980. It offers African art exhibits, activities for youth and family, African tours, Jazz and educational programs. Museum admission is free. Address: 11711 E Market Pl. East Maple Lawn Fulton, MD 20759 Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Sundays, by appointment Other times and days, by appointment Phone: (301) 490-6070

  • Annapolis Maritime Museum – Rich maritime heritage in the Chesapeake Bay! This museum began in 1986 as the Eastport Historical Society and grew to cover all of Annapolis in the year 2000. McNasby’s Oyster Packing Company is the last remaining oyster packing plant in the area. You’ll want to visit it while on the Museum campus. Lots of history and fun, hands-on activities. Admission is free. Address: 723 Second St. Annapolis, MD 21403 Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, noon – 4:00 pm Phone: (410) 295-0104

  • African-American Heritage House Museum – The lives and histories of famous African-Americans from Charles County are depicted in the African-American Heritage House Museum. Exhibits of artifacts from the time of slavery can be seen in this museum. Address: 7485 Crain Hwy La Plata, MD 20646 Phone: (301) 609-9099

  • Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre Inc. – Enjoy Broadway-style musicals and family-friendly shows in an outdoor community “theatre under the stars” in Annapolis! Address: 143 Compromise St. Annapolis, MD (Just steps from the Annapolis City Dock) Show times: Thursdays through Sundays and select Wednesdays, 8:30 pm For tickets: Call (202) 282-2198 or visit http://www.summergarden.com/tickets.html#general-info

  • Antietam National Battlefield – On September 17, 1862 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing after this bloodiest one-day battle in American history. This battle lasted only 12 hours and ended the first invasion of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia into the North. Their defeat led to the initial Emancipation of Proclamation issued by Abraham Lincoln. Three day pass - $4 per person; 15 and under are FREE; $6 per family. Address: 5831 Dunker Church Rd. Sharpsburg, MD 21782 Hours: Daily, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Phone: (301) 432-5124

  • B&O Railroad Museum: Ellicott City Station – The B&O Railroad station was completed in 1830 and is America’s oldest. Learn how the American railroad impacted our society, culture and economy through living history programs, seasonal exhibits and education programs. Adults-$16; Seniors (60+)-$14; Children (2-12)-$10. Address: 901 West Pratt St. Baltimore, MD 21223 Hours: Mondays-Saturdays, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Sundays, 11 am – 4 pm Phone: (410) 752-2490

  • Babe Ruth Birthplace & Museum – “Babe” Ruth’s full name is George Herman Ruth, and he was a Baltimore, Maryland native. This museum shares everything about the life and legacy of Babe Ruth, a national and international sports celebrity and icon. Adults-$6; Seniors-$4; Children (3-12)-$3. Address: 216 Emory St. Baltimore, MD 21230 Hours: Tuesdays-Sundays, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Phone: (410) 727-1539

  • Baltimore Museum of Industry – Go back in time … explore stories of Baltimore inventions and the people who invented them with an exciting tour of their everyday items. Adults-$12; Seniors (62+)-$9; Youth (7-18) and Students w/ID-$7; Children (6 & under)-Free. Address: 1415 Key Hwy Baltimore, MD 21230 Hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Phone: (410) 727-4808