Today, Friday June 21st, marks the first day of summer and Maryland has dozens of enjoyable activities to do with friends and family this year. This industry can be stressful and constantly busy however when you have free time, make sure to check out these must see places and events throughout Maryland this summer!
1) Visit Assateague Island on the Atlantic
Assateague Island is located 8 miles south of Ocean City, Maryland. The legend of the wild horses on the island from the 17th century still lives on today. Relax on the beach, admire the horses from a far, and even take a kayak ride through the marshes.
2) Columbia Film Festival (June 27th- June 29th)
The Columbia Film Festival has three diverse film categories to watch and enjoy throughout the weekend as well as panels and bonus events. The three-day event costs $55 dollars per person or $35 dollars for a day pass.
3) Fourth of July Fireworks in the Inner Harbor (July 4th)
Baltimore’s Inner Harbor has one of the best firework displays in Maryland. The U.S. Navy Jazz Band performs at 7pm and then the 18-minute display on the water begins at 9:30pm. The best view of the fireworks is along the Inner Harbor and other surrounding areas downtown!
4) Visit The Great Falls on the Potomac River
The waterfalls and water rapids on the Potomac is located on the border of Montgomery County, Maryland and Fairfax County, Virginia. Take a hike through the park and enjoy the beautiful scenery and 20 foot waterfalls at Great Falls.
5) National Aquarium in the Baltimore Harbor
Get inside on a hot summers day by taking a trip to the National Aquarium located right in Maryland’s Baltimore Inner Harbor. Go watch a dolphin show, visit the tropical rainforest, or the Blacktip reef. Tickets range from $30-$40 dollars per person and the experience is second to none.
6) Artscape in Baltimore (July 19th-21st)
Another Baltimore event is America’s largest free arts festival located on Mount Royal Avenue and Charles Street in Baltimore. There is everything from visual, literary, culinary, and performing arts that take place at the event. And the best part… it’s free!
7) Maryland Food Truck Festival at Kinder Farm Park (July 21st)
Located at Kinder Farm Park in Millersville, you can enjoy 20 different food trucks as well as a kids zone and vender section at the farm. Take a walk around the farm and visit the animals! Tickets are $7 dollars in advance or $10 dollars at the gate.
8) Visit Deep Creek Lake
Take a trip to Deep Creek in Garrett County, Maryland. Rent a boat or jet skis, go to the inflatable water park at Wisp Resort, take an ATV tour, or just go mini golfing. The lake and surrounding areas have endless activities to do with the family or with friends this summer.
9) White Marlin Open in Ocean City (August 5th-9th)
Go to the World’s Largest Billfish tournament located right in Ocean City, Maryland. This year marks the 46th annual White Marlin Open! Fish weigh-ins occur each day from 4:00-9:15pm and the event is free for the public.
10) The Downtown Annapolis Market House
Last but not least, visit the newly renovated Market House in Annapolis, Maryland. Located right in the heart of downtown Annapolis, the Market House serves locally sourced fresh lunch and dinner items. Get your hands on seafood, produce, and even fine olive oils!