Maryland March 18, 2016
Most People Don’t Know These 10 Hidden Gems In Maryland Even Exist
If you’re a fan of exploring unique places off the beaten path, this list is for you! These Maryland locations are lesser-known but that doesn’t mean they’re any less fun. Here are 10 hidden gems in Maryland you may not have known about, but should.
1. Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Lothian
is a stunning sanctuary consisting of 1,700 acres of open water, marshes, wetlands, and more. Their mission is to create awareness and education of estuary conservation. With over 15 miles of trails and boardwalks, this is one of the most serene outdoor experiences in Maryland.
2. Greenwell State Park, Hollywood
Check out this 596 acre park in St. Mary's County, with 10 miles of marked trails appropriate for hiking, cycling, or horseback riding. NOTE: It's BYOH (bring your own horse). The park also offers swimming, canoeing, kayaking, hunting, picnicking, and fishing. Basically, it has EVERYTHING. Website
3. Boonsborough Museum of History, Boonsboro
Locals refer to this private museum as a mini Smithsonian. The owner, Doug Bast, displays his impressive collection of artifacts, antiques, and Civil War weaponry. This place is definitely a must-visit, especially for history buffs. Check out the website
4. Betterton Beach, Betterton
is perfect for beach-goers who prefer to avoid over-crowded destinations. With a year-round population of only 345 people, this town is quiet and scenic.
5. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore
This free museum is full of art from all over the world. From paintings to ancient jewelry to Roman sarcophagi, there is something for everyone at
The Walters Art Museum
6. Lilypons Water Gardens, Adamstown
Lilypons Water Gardens
sells an array of water gardening products. What's so special about this location is the extensive amount of water gardens on site, filled with fish and blooming plants. You can walk around and explore the grounds which is comparable to visiting professional gardens. Breathtaking.
7. South Mountain Creamery, Middletown
For the freshest milk, cheeses, and ice cream, head to
South Mountain Creamery
. This farm also offers meat, eggs, guided tours, and a chance to feed the calves.
8. Jane's Island State Park, Crisfield
Jane's Island State Park
includes over 2,900 acres of salt marsh. You can also canoe or kayak their 30 miles of water trails for a true Chesapeake experience.
9. Herrington Manor State Park, Oakland
In Garrett County you'll find
Herrington Manor State Park
. Here you can go swimming, kayaking, canoeing, as well as stay in one of their furnished log cabins. It's within easy driving distance to Deep Creek and Swallow Falls but much more secluded and peaceful.
10. Vintage Red Barn, Fulton
It really doesn't get any more hidden than this!
Vintage Red Barn
sells hand painted furniture and vintage decor out of this tiny barn! Open only during barn sales and by appointment.
If some of these were new to you, you may want to check them out! There’s no time like the present to explore Maryland’s most extraordinary gems.