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.

One of the newest additions to the Inner Harbor’s waterfront Harborplace, this 3,800-square-foot shop from the Maryland-based company is about more than spices.

Grab a beer and crab soup at this well-loved neighborhood joint.

This prestigious school was founded in 1845. See what they mean by military precision at the noon meal formation.

Hail down a red, green, or blue-topped water taxi for a ride to lunch, or just around the harbor.

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 family audio tour (narrated by Matisse’s schnauzer Raoudi) highlights 20 works of art.

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-white motorboats.

The organization creates textile tours around the world, including in India.

Stroll up to the covered 18th-century Lexington Market for picnic fixings and free Friday and Saturday lunchtime jazz and blues concerts.

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 house than museum. Vollis Simpson’s giant WhirliGig—a 55-foot-tall, wind-powered sculpture made of found objects—welcomes visitors outside.

Upscale upstairs haven. Two vintage Waterford crystal chandeliers and a 30-foot-long marble bar, built in the late 1800s for a private men's club in Alabama, adorn this lounge at the Brass Elephant restaurant.

In May, fans gathered in the Washington, D.C., suburb of Waldorf to see the debut of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs at their intimate new 4,200-seat stadium.

The stadium is largely credited with starting the league-wide trend toward serving regional cuisine in ballparks when it opened in 1992.