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Family Resorts in Maryland -
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Druid Hill Park
Baltimore, Maryland 21217
Phone: (410) 396-7102
Meet more than 2,000 animals - including chimpanzees, warthogs, elephants,
leopards, and more! Take a safari through Africa. Discover hands-on adventures
in our #1-rated Children's Zoo. And explore the winding path through the Lyn P.
Meyerhoff Maryland Wilderness. Learn about endangered wildlife at Keeper
Encounters, EdZOOcation classes, behind-the-scenes tours, and Zoo camps.
National Aquarium in Baltimore
501 E Pratt St Pier 3
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Phone: (410) 576-3822
The Aquarium strives to blend naturalistic exhibit elements with the most modern
interpretive techniques, engaging visitors by focusing on the beauty of the
aquatic world. Exhibits are designed to replicate natural environments with
typically no unnatural mixing of species; specimens are chosen to give the best
examples of the biological concept in an interesting and accurate way. The
collections embrace diverse world-wide habitats.
Salisbury Zoological Park
PO Box 2979
Salisbury, Maryland 21802
Phone: (410) 548-3188
The zoo now provides naturalistic enclosures for almost 500 species native to
North, Central and South America.
Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo
13019 Catoctin Furnace Rd.
Thurmont, Maryland 21788
Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo offers more ways to meet, feed, and sometimes
touch exotic animals than any other place we know. From bears to boas,
macaws to monkeys, panthers to prairie dogs, meet over 350 exotic animals on
Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary
11704 Fenno Road
Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772
Phone: (301) 888-1410
On a visit to Merkle, one may see red fox, a groundhog, or a white-tailed deer.
In the summer, ospreys nest close to the Visitor Center and the hummingbirds,
finches and purple martins are abundant. In the neighboring ponds, visitors are
likely to see herons and other water birds. On the trails one can see bluebirds
and many different songbirds. Bird watching, hiking, biking and fishing
are available at various times of the year.
Assateague Island and National Seashore
Phone: (410) 641-1441
Assateague is a windswept barrier island that offers many opportunities for
seashore recreation and nature study along its thirty-seven miles. Ocean
swimming, camping, bayside canoeing, crabbing, clamming, hunting, surf fishing,
and off-road vehicle use are all popular. The famous wild horses roam
throughout and share beach to bay habitats with a host of other animals,
including over 300 species of birds.
Fort Washington Park
Fort Washington, Maryland
Picturesque Fort Washington sits on a cliff overlooking the Potomac River and
offers a grand view of Washington and the Virginia shoreline. The 341 acre
park offers an assortment of recreational opportunities. Picnic areas can be
reserved for group activities and fishermen try their luck along the shore.
There are also hiking and biking trails and a playground for children.
4801 Urbana Pike
Frederick, Maryland 21704
Phone: (301) 662-3515
Monocacy National Battlefield attractions include: walks, special programs, an
auto tour and special events throughout the summer season.
Ohio Canal National Historic Park
Phone: (301) 739-4200
Hiking, biking, camping, fishing, boating, and horseback riding.
Antietam National Battlefield
Phone: (301) 432-5124
This Civil War site marks the end of General Robert E. Lee's first invasion of
the North in September 1862. The battle claimed more than 23,000 men killed,
wounded, and missing in one single day, September 17,1862, and led to Lincoln's
issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation. Self guided audio tours
Catoctin Mountain Park
Phone: (301) 663-9330
With 25 miles of hiking trails winding through both Catoctin Mountain Park and
Cunningham Falls State Park a variety of experiences are available ranging from
easy to strenuous, many leading to outstanding scenic vistas. The roads of
Catoctin Mountain Park offer scenic driving all year; but, portions of Park
Central Road and Manahan Road are closed in winter. Camping, picnicking,
wildlife viewing, fly-fishing, cross country skiing are all available at
Catoctin Mountain Park.
U.S. Naval Academy
Utilizing three-dimensional and graphic materials, the Museum demonstrates the
Navy's role, in war and in peace, in defending and preserving the ideals of our
country and mankind. The exhibitions and related research are reminders of our
naval heritage - a long record of loyalty, integrity, and service to the nation.
Babe Ruth Museum
216 Emory Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21230
Phone: (410) 727-1539
First opened to the public as the Babe Ruth Birthplace Shrine in 1974, the
Museum has expanded over the past two decades to become the Archives of the
Baltimore Orioles and Baltimore Colts.
Great Blacks in Wax
1601-03 East North Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21213
Phone: (410) 563-3404
America's first black history wax museum.
Maryland Science Center
601 Light Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21230
Phone: (410) 685-5225
Enjoy three floors of exhibits and demonstrations, the Davis Planetarium, and
the IMAX Theater.
Located at the intersection of Maryland Rt. 32 and the Baltimore/Washington
Parkway (Maryland Rt. 295), near the National Security Agency
The National Cryptologic Museum is one of the few places where the curtain is
parted. Here visitors can glimpse some of the dramatic moments in the history of
American cryptology. The people who devoted their lives to cryptology and
national defense, the machines they built, the techniques they used, and the
places where they worked, are on display.
301 East Pratt Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Phone: (410) 539-1797
The USS Constellation Museum offers "hands-on" activities and demonstrations
daily as well as our self-guided audio tour.
The Chesapeake Bay Maritime
Mill Street, P.O. Box 636
St. Michaels, Maryland 21663
Phone: (410) 745-2916
With nine exhibit buildings on 18 waterfront acres in scenic St. Michaels, step
back in time as you enter the fully restored 1879 Hooper Strait lighthouse and
feel what it must have been like to be out at sea alone, guiding ships to
safety. Or climb aboard the skipjack Rosie Parks and experience the daily
drudgery of sailing a large wooden boat while hauling up heavy oysters in
freezing temperatures and winds. With a working boatyard, an impressive
collection of decoys and our new interactive waterman's shanty, there's
something of interest for everyone. Fun-filled festivals, engaging special
exhibitions, hands-on boatbuilding classes, and outdoor summer concerts.
Amusement Parks & Water Parks
Jolly Roger Amusement
Ocean City, Maryland
Jolly Roger Amusement Park has rides and games the whole family can enjoy.
Roller coasters, kiddie rides, bumper cars, log flume, carousel, simulated race
car driving, Splash Mountain Water Park (water rides), miniature golf, go cart
track and more.
13710 Central Ave.
Mitchelleville, Maryland 20721
Phone: (301) 249-1500
Six Flags America features more than 100 thrilling rides, shows and attractions!
Eight fun and furious roller coasters, live Hollywood-style shows including the
new hip-hop high-energy music review - Radioactive!, plus a huge water park
filled with more than a million gallons of splashin' action! Looney Tunes
MovieTown is a big park just for little ones where kids and parents can ride and
play together on 12 different rides and attractions, including an interactive
soft play area with foam balls, slides and more! Plus, kids can meet Bugs Bunny
and all his Looney Tunes pals!
S. First Street & the Boardwalk
Ocean City, Maryland 21842
Phone: (410) 289-8617
Trimpers has something for the entire family. There are over 100 rides, games
and amusements for young and old. The Trimpers pride themselves in
offering one of the largest, cleanest and safest amusement parks in Maryland.
All Earth Eco Tours
PO Box 119
Friendsville, MD 21531
Phone: (800) 446-7554 or local (301) 746-4083
All Earth Eco Tours is an outdoor tour company providing activities surrounding
Deep Creek Lake area of Maryland. Nature lovers will enjoy the variety of tours
available including kayaking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, guided hikes,
and team building adventures. Many programs are available for people of all ages
including yoga, nature photo workshops, storytelling around the bonfire and
more. Families with young children will appreciate "Toddler Tuesdays" where kids
ages 1 year to 5 years can enjoy arts & crafts, going on a nature walk, kiddie
yoga, snacks, and lots of playtime!
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Family Vacation Hot Spots (Beaches, Lakes, etc.)
Maryland - Has long been called the "East Coast's Number One Family
Resort" because it hosts numerous activities and events that appeal to every
member of the family and because it offers accommodations to meet all tastes and
budgets. In the summer, the 10-mile stretch of free Atlantic Ocean beach
in Ocean City features swimming, surfing, boogie boarding, surf fishing, kite
flying, sand castle building, jogging, and a host of other pursuits. In
spring, summer or fall, head boats and charter boats take anglers out of Ocean
City in search of white or blue marlin, blue fish, tuna and shark.
Maryland's famous blue crabs can be caught from a number of bayside fishing
piers. The bays west of the island of Ocean City offer sailing, boating,
fishing, jet skiing, water skiing, parasailing and windsurfing.
Maryland - Boasting 3,500 acres on the Saint Martin River, the Isle of
Wight Bay and Manklin Creek, and just a short drive on Route 90 to Ocean City,
"The Pines" is a mixture of waterfront, golf course and wooded lots and homes,
as well as businesses, parks and water-oriented recreation. Within Ocean
Pines are a yacht club and marina, an 18-hole golf course and country club
designed by Robert Trent Jones, several swimming pools, 16 tennis courts and
North Beach, Maryland - Discover North Beach, a quiet waterfront
community located just 35 miles south of Washington D.C. and Annapolis, Md. Come
stroll the boardwalk, go swimming at the beach or catch a rockfish off the 550ft
pier. Explore fossils from millions of years ago along the waters edge. Enjoy
fine dining and Entertainment, antiques, unique shops, and charming bed-and-
breakfasts to rustic, family-owned lodgings located throughout the town. North
Beach is a wonderful place to visit and live. So what are you waiting for, come
on down to the beach and see what you've been missing. Come to a land of
uncommon adventure and unspoiled beauty.
Tilghman Island - Annual special events on the island include the
Tilghman Island Seafood Festival in June, the Tilghman Island Jazz Festival in
September and the Tilghman Island Day in October.
Chesapeake & Delaware Canal
- Extends from Norfolk, Virginia all the way to near Aberdeen, Maryland. Points
of interest include Point Lookout (at the opening of the Potomac), Calvert
Cliffs (Near Lexington Park), Janes Island (near Crisfield), White Crystal Beach
(near Aberdeen), Beverly Beach (near Annapolis), and Gun Powder Falls (just
north of Baltimore).
Deep Creek Lake -
Fishing, boating and camping. Deep Creek Lake State Park lies on the
western shoreline. Located in western Maryland off U.S. 219.
Museums, National Parks,
Amusement Parks listed above.
Winter - Family
Vacation Hot Spots (Ski Resorts, etc.)
Wisp Ski Area
296 Marsh Hil Rd
McHenry, Maryland 21541
Phone: (301) 387-4911
Wisp Ski Resort is located on Marsh Mountain which is 2470 feet at the base,
3080 at the summit with a 610 feet vertical drop. The 23 slopes and trails total
14 miles on 80 acres of skiable terrain. They have Maryland's only half pipe
measuring 400 feet long for snowboard skiers to enjoy. Beginner trails make up
20% of all skiable terrain, 50% are intermediate trails, and the remaining 30%
make up the expert trails, not excluding the daring Devil's Drop. Night Skiing
is truly exciting, and The Wisp Ski Area offers night skiing on 90% of its
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