[15 September 2014 Last updated at 10:19]

Interesting places to visit in Maryland

Interesting places to visit in Maryland
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Looking for some interesting places to visit in Maryland during your vacation?

Maryland is one of the most popular states in the mid-Atlantic region with a rich maritime and historic heritage.

From civil war tours, beautiful beaches and fantastic family attractions, you will definitely fall in love with this charming state. Here it is seven interesting places to visit in Maryland that I like the most:

Ocean City

Ocean city is one of the best places to vacation in the US, home to some of the best family beaches on east coast


Ocean City is one of my favorite spots in the state because everyone can enjoy a great time here. Whether you’re traveling to Ocean City Maryland on a family trip or romantic trip, you’ll enjoy a cracking time here, especially along the boardwalk which boasts many restaurants, rides and little shops.

Baltimore

If you’re in the state, one of the most interesting places to visit in Maryland is Baltimore. If you’re traveling with kids, the Inner Harbour is probably one of the best bits in the city to visit because most of the fun attractions are located here.

One of the top Inner Harbour attractions include the Maryland Science Center where you can enjoy fun interactive science exhibits as well as movies at the Imax theater.

You’ll also find along the Inner Harbour, the National Aquarium which has cool daily dolphin shows.

While in Baltimore, you should also check out the following attractions:

- The Star Spangled Banner House and Museum
- The Orioles sports field
- The Walters Art Gallery
- The Washington Monument in Washington Place where you can get lovely panoramic views of the city and the Inner Harbor.
- The Cannon at Federal Hill Park which overlooks the inner harbor.

Frederick

The town of Frederick has to be one of the most interesting places to visit in Maryland, and you'll know why when you travel here.

As you’re entering Frederick, you'll see red covered bridges, balls of hay and small houses along the way, and you'll feel as if you've crossed a different time warp and went back to late 1800’s.

The town itself is only a couple of hour’s drive from the Baltimore area and has such a feel of an old American town, charming and rich in history.

If you’re a history buff like me, you’d love a trip to Frederick, and one of the places you shouldn’t miss is the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. This museum is so informative and you’ll learn here all about Civil War medicine.

Crisfield

If you’re an outdoor enthusiast and love water sports, you’d love visiting Crisfield, which is a lovely little town home to the beautiful Somers Cove Marina where you can book fishing trips or sailing trips around the majestic Chesapeake Bay.

Crisfield is one of the most interesting places to visit in Maryland, especially during the annual events when the town really comes alive.

If you’re visiting the town in the fall, Janes Island State Park is a great place to enjoy fun outdoor activities like camping as well as hiking through the winding trails while enjoying some wildlife spotting.

Janes Island State Park is also one of the best places to see fall foliage in the mid-Atlantic, and if you come here in late September, you’ll get to see first the leaf color change.

Annapolis

If you’re interested in colonial architecture and American history, the town of Annapolis is one of the best places in the state to do this. Annapolis is one of the favorite places to visit in Maryland because parts of the city still retain a 19th century feel.

As you stroll along the streets, the hundreds of colonial style buildings really give you a feel of what life must’ve been like back then.

Annapolis really makes for a great day trip from Baltimore, and you shouldn’t miss out this wonderful historic city.

A few of my favorite places in Annapolis include:

- The Annapolis Naval Academy
- The World War II Memorial is a lovely tribute-memorial to the Marylanders who lost their lives.
- The Maryland State House is open to the public for tours
- The Waterfront is a lovely place to hang out on a nice day. (see complete list of places to visit in Annapolis MD).

Chesapeake Bay

The Chesapeake Bay region is certainly one of the most interesting places to visit in Maryland because of the many lighthouses built here.

If you are a fan of lighthouses, you’ll find many here – a few turned into museums- and the best thing is that many of them are open to the public.

For instance, the Hooper Strait Lighthouse and museum is one of my favorite ones as it symbolizes the rich history of the Chesapeake Bay region.

Cove Point Lighthouse is also one of the oldest operating lighthouses on the east coast of America, and it’s open for tours.

The Chesapeake Bay area also boasts many colonial historical sites, theme parks, military bases and museums such as the Mariner’s Museum in northern Virginia.

Greenbelt

Located in Greenbelt between Washington DC and Baltimore it’s the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, which has to be one of the most interesting places to visit in Maryland.

This attraction makes for a great and entertaining family day out, since it offers plenty of educational but fun activities for kids, as well as interesting exhibits on satellites and rockets, which everyone is bound to enjoy.

If you do decide to visit Greenbelt with the family, you may also want to check out the National Wildlife Visitor Center in nearby Laurel Maryland.

At the National Wildlife Visitor Center, you can enjoy more fun family outdoor activities and educational programs like exhibits and movies on wildlife on weekends.

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