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Things to do in Maryland

If you’re looking for things to do in Maryland, the state’s cultural and historical heritage is well represented in the many museums of Baltimore. They include everything from the Baltimore Museum of Art and its massive collection of modern works in all mediums to the more bound-to-please-your-dad fare at the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum. If you’d rather give yourself the chills, why not drop by the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum? Just follow your telltale heart.

If you’re trip takes you to Annapolis, be sure to catch a show at Ram’s Head On Stage, a famed indie music venue and then go on any one of the ghost tours the city has become so popular for, though those 21 and up will probably enjoy the boozy Haunted Pub Crawl offered by Annapolis Tours and Crawls the most. Golf fanatics wondering what to do in Maryland should make a trip to Ocean City, a seaside golf oasis just over the border from Delaware. Book a room at the Victorian-era Atlantic Hotel and tee off at any one of the 17 golf courses in the area. If you’re wondering what to do in Maryland and find yourself in Baltimore on the third Saturday in May, don’t forget to don your finest and head to Pimlico Race Course for the Preakness Stakes, one of the three races that make up the U.S. Triple Crown. With the purse now well over $1,000,000 and the last winner, Affirmed, crowned nearly 40 years ago, the stakes are only getting higher.

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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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