Maryland December 28, 2016
The 15 Places You Should Go In Maryland In 2017
2017 approaches and many of us will be making resolutions for the new year. Personally, I don’t think you can ever go wrong making your resolution to
explore more. Today we’re taking a look back at some of the most epic Maryland spots we’ve featured over the last year, and combined them into a fun to-do list. Can you visit all 15 places in the next 365 days?
1. Monocacy National Battlefield (Frederick)
While Antietam Battlefield tends to get all the glory,
this historic Frederick gem
is just as scenic and educational. Spend a day exploring the old farmhouses, monuments, and picturesque trails.
2. National Capitol Trolley Museum (Colesville)
Head to Colesville for a one-of-a-kind experience.
This trolley museum
is so much more than just a museum, as it offers events and unique rides.
3. Patapsco Valley State Park (Howard & Baltimore County)
Spanning parts of Howard and Baltimore County,
this massive park
offers endless natural wonders. Highlights include the swinging bridge, waterfall, viaduct, ruins, and more.
4. Conowingo Dam (Darlington)
may not sound like much, but it's actually an action-packed spot to observe bald eagles
. You can catch the sights year-round but most activity usually happens November through January.
5. George Peabody Library (Baltimore)
If you've been putting off visiting
Maryland's most majestic library
, then perhaps you'll want to make it a priority in 2017. Simply take in the views of this grand space and be sure to bring your camera.
6. Frontier Town (Berlin)
If you and your family love to splash around water parks, then you'll most definitely want to check out
. This western-themed spot is available for camping, swimming, rope climbing, and much more.
7. The Enchanted Forest at Clark's Elioak Farm (Ellicott City)
Once upon a time,
this nostalgic place
was left in ruins. Now, several of the pieces have been relocated to Clark's Elioak Farm. Check out these whimsical pieces, along with the petting zoo, hay ride, and more.
8. Wizard of Oz Playground at Watkins Regional Park (Upper Marlboro)
Speaking of whimsical, both children and adults can appreciate
this masterpiece of a playground
that beckons to the classic tale of Oz. Follow the yellow brick road to Emerald City, hot air balloons, Toto's doghouse, and ruby red slippers!
9. St. Mary's Parish (Annapolis)
Even if church isn't your thing, you can still appreciate the awe-inspiring beauty of
St. Mary's Parish
. The starry ceiling alone will have you feeling all sorts of magical.
10. Janes Island State Park (Crisfield)
If you're looking for a quiet spot among nature, then head to
Janes Island State Park
Rent a kayak or canoe and explore the miles of waterways, or spend a few days camping in this serene paradise.
11. Catoctin Wildlife Preserve & Zoo (Thurmont)
Not many people know that you can actually
go on a safari
right here in Maryland. Head to this park to see exotic animals like never before.
12. Ladew Topiary Gardens (Monkton)
This quirky spot
looks like it's straight from a fairy tale. Your jaw will drop when you see just how intricate the details are at these stunning gardens.
13. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary (Prince Frederick)
Follow the twisting boardwalks through
this hidden green sanctuary
. Experience all four seasons here by visiting all throughout the year.
14. Hart-Miller Island (Essex)
Not too far from Baltimore, you'll find
nestled on the Bay. Reachable only by boat, this isolated spot is worth exploring.
15. Saint Clements Island (Coltons Point)
While we're on the subject of islands, you can reach
Maryland's most historic island
by taking a ferry from Coltons Point. This unique spot is where English settlers first landed in Maryland centuries ago.
This list of places to visit in Maryland just scratches the surface. What spots are
you making a priority this year?