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Things to do in Maryland

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Maryland. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Maryland attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Maryland to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Maryland.

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  • American Visionary Art Museum

    This energetic space dedicated to visionary art (which is, simply put, created by self-taught artists who play by their own rules) is more fun hous... More
  • Baltimore Museum of Art

    The museum’s updated Contemporary Wing reopened in November 2012, just the first phase of a $24.5 million renovation to be completed in 2014. A new... More
  • Baltimore Water Taxi

    Cruise the harbor affordably (you can get a map of landing points at the tourist center in the Inner Harbor) on one of these open-air, blue-and-whi... More
  • Brewer’s Art

  • Calvert Cliffs State Park

    Why Go: This peaceful beach on the Chesapeake Bay attracts avid fossil hunters and shell lovers from all over the East Coast—the soft, sandy cliffs... More
  • Carpenter Street Saloon

    Grab a beer and crab soup at this well-loved neighborhood joint. More
  • Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

    Mules stopped pulling coal barges in 1924; now bikers pass locks, lockhouses, and aqueducts while looking for bald eagles. The Monocacy Aqueduct, a... More
  • Emmanuel Burgio

    Insider clout: Arranged for clients to explore South America's Beagle Channel via kayak with Norbert Mendez, an Olympian on Argentina's kayaking te... More
  • Fawcett Boat Supplies

  • Ghost Tour of Annapolis

  • Hard Ball Charters

    Daylong chartered fishing trips on a 42-foot fiberglass motorboat. Almost anything reeled in can be taken home. Six-hundred dollars for up to six p... More
  • Harris Cove Cottages Bed N Boat

    Rent a motorboat to explore the Chesapeake’s open waters and hidden inlets. More
  • Lexington Market

    Stroll up to the covered 18th-century Lexington Market for picnic fixings and free Friday and Saturday lunchtime jazz and blues concerts. More
  • Linden Spa at the Inn at Perry Cabin

  • Mei Zhang

    Excited about: A lack of infrastructure had slowed travel to Diqing, in Yunnan province, but a road completed last spring is already creating a spi... More

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