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Things to Do in Maryland

Much of Maryland is affected by water - Chesapeake Bay, its many tributaries and the Atlantic Ocean. History lovers will find many things to do in Annapolis, the capital, home of the U.S. Naval Academy, plus sailing, or try Baltimore’s attractions – the harbor, aquarium, zoo and nearby Fort McHenry. On its Eastern Shore, find the beach resort Ocean City and Assateague Island.  Travel into the country to St. Mary’s City, the first capital, now a museum, the Civil War’s Antietam National Battlefield and St. Michael’s with quaint shops and a maritime museum. A great side trip from Washington, DC, for blue crabs or crabcakes. They’re a staple at area restaurants. Find everything from hotels, B&Bs, inn, condos and vacation rentals.
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Quiet Waters Park

600 Quiet Waters Park Road
Annapolis, Maryland
410-222-1777
Enjoy 355 acres of natural splendor at Quiet Waters, nestled between the South River and Harness Creek. Stay fit by walking, jogging, or biking along more than six miles of paved trails that wind through hardwood forests and past grassy fields; bike rentals available.

Bring your camera and capture views from the South River promenade and scenic overlook.

Find three different gardens - native plants, formal and a native meadow....
Hours & Admission
Park: Wednesday to Monday 7:00 a.m. to dusk. Office: Monday and Wednesday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission.
Photo Courtesy: Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks

Ellen O. Moyer Nature Park at Back Creek

1314 Edgewood Road
Annapolis, Maryland
410-263-7958
Learn about natural science through hands-on activities at the city of Annapolis’s urban ecology park. The featured subject is Back Creek, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay.

Exhibits include: storm water management, shoreline protection, habitat recovery and protection, native plant application, green practices in an urban environment, stewardship and community service....
Hours & Admission
Daily dawn to dusk. Free.

Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden

580 Taylor Street
Annapolis, Maryland
410-260-8189
A five-acre, barrier-free botanical garden, it showcases various natural environments found throughout the state of Maryland - from forested mountains to the sand dunes. Bullfrogs, ducks, fish, songbirds and turtles also live here. The garden is named for a former first lady of Maryland.
Hours & Admission
Daily dawn to dusk. Holiday access is between the Court of Appeals and the Department of Natural Resources buildings.

Sandy Point State Park

1100 East College Parkway
Annapolis, Maryland
410-974-2149
Situated on Chesapeake Bay, the park is home to South Beach with swimming and excellent views of the bay bridge. Throughout the 786-acre park find numerous playgrounds for children, as well as picnic areas.

A crabbing and fishing pier and a marina with boat launch are situated at Melznick Pond, along with access to the bay. Visitors can hike the two wooded trails in the park, view wildlife, especially when waterfowl is migrating....
Hours & Admission
January to February, daily 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. March to early April, daily 8:00 a.m. to dusk; early April to mid-November, daily 6:00 a.m. to dusk. Admission.
Information subject to change without notice.
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