76 Old Mill Bottom Rd.
Annapolis, MD 21409
Phone: (410) 757-8500
Fax: (410) 757-4409
Located along the gorgeous Chesapeake Bay, Sandy Point State Park is a 786 acre (318 hectares) that has been one of the states natural gems since 1952. The scenic water views make it an ideal place for a picnic or leisurely stroll. The soft sandy beaches are packed on hot summer days and make for a great swimming spot, complete with lifeguards. Fishing and crabbing are also allowed from the park's shoreline, however licenses are required. The marina offers 22 launching ramps day-use slips that are on a first-come, first-serve basis.
This 13-mile (20 kilometers) paved trail stretches from suburban Glen Burnie to Annapolis, affording bicyclists, skaters and walkers a respite from the hustle and bustle of Baltimore's encroaching suburbs. Baltimore & Annapolis Trail Park attracts about 1.5 million people annually and is one of the most popular bicycling-hiking trails in the region. The linear park is 66-foot (20 meters) wide from beginning to end. Parking is available at Route 450 (Ritchie Highway) and Boulter's Way in Annapolis, and at the northern Earleigh Heights Road in Severna Park. The park opens daily at 7a.
The five mile stretch of trail runs through various Baltimore neighborhoods as it winds its way through open fields and wooded areas. Kent Island South Trail is perfect for cyclists, runners and leisurely strolls thanks to the gorgeous scenery. The trailhead is located at Matapeake State Park and ends at Romancoke Pier.
Spread over 200 acres (80 hectares) of verdant fields, featuring five barns, two indoor areas, as well as riding rings, the Obligation Farm is a historic property. The two-and-a-half story home surrounded by beautiful flora is a landmark on the streetscape. It is an ideal place for summer youth camps or simple relaxation and recreation.
The Bowie Baysox, a AA baseball farm team of the Baltimore Orioles, play at Prince George's Stadium. The intimate ballpark offers a family-friendly atmosphere and gives fans a chance to see tomorrow's major league baseball players up close. In addition to home games from April through September, there are nightly promotions, entertainment, fireworks, a carousel, face painting, and a children's playground. See their website for further information.
Nestled among the woods in Upper Marlboro, Patuxent River 4-H Center offers an opportunity for kids as well as adults to learn about the environment while also enjoying themselves. Accredited by the American Camp Association, this center has excellent facilities, including two log cabins that can be rented throughout the year, and come appointed with bunk beds, showers, air-conditioners/heaters, and more. The center has programs that differ according to the group, with tailored programs for children aged 8-14. Their facilities can also be rented for corporate meetings and other events. See the website for more information.
This small park, just south of the Inner Harbor, offers a gigantic, well-kept public swimming pool, where neighborhood children swim for a dollar a day during July and August. There are plenty of benches, and a small gazebo offers a shady spot for a picnic lunch. Other sporting facilities include basketball courts, and two ballfields. In 2008 this park was named one of Baltimore's historical landmarks.
If you are interested in international sea vessels, Sail Baltimore is the perfect excursion for you. Sail Baltimore is an annual program that has brought over 400 international ships to the city, including tall ships, naval battleships, and sea vessels of historic, environmental and educational interest. They also host various maritime events throughout the year which are free. See the website for current events and schedule.
A nonprofit sailing organization, this company offers affordable sailing opportunities, including youth and adult lessons, recreational sailing and racing. Sailing opportunities are available for all age and skill levels. Adult lessons are offered Monday evenings and select weekends May-October. More than 800 youngsters have attended the center's Junior Sailing Camp and hundreds of adults have learned to sail through its sailing programs. Wednesdays nights are open sailing. Skipper and crew members gather on the dock and are matched according to abilities.
Plan a fun day out with family or friends and opt for one of Captain Don's Fishing Charters. After you've reached Baltimore's Inner Harbor, it won't be too hard to spot the one you've got to board as it's the only charter to depart from Fell's Point. Come equipped with hats, sunscreen, rain gear, comfortable shoes and don't forget your camera! Also carry your daily quota of food and beverages along. Remember, only six people are allowed at a time, so make arrangements keeping that in mind. What's more, there are also private harbor tours on offer. Don't worry about safety issues, as a PADI certified diver and first aid are at hand.
This non-profit kayak club is dedicated to providing Baltimore residents and visitors the chance to learn how to kayak and see the city by waterway at an affordable price. The certified instructors are passionate about their work and their city, which can be seen in their enthusiastic tours. Purchasing a lesson means purchasing a membership, so patrons can come and use the clubs equipment as often as they like after their initial 'quick start' class. Scheduled group outings take place throughout the season and even monthly happy hours! Visit the website to find out more.
This handsome brick row home is Baltimore's oldest residence. Restored by the Society for the Preservation of Federal Hill and Fells Point, it is filled with period furnishings and illustrates what life was like for the shipping merchants who lived in Baltimore before the American Revolution. A small garden features herb plants the type that would have been found in Colonial gardens. It is free and open to the public. The house is open for tours daily; call for more details.