On our recent trip home, I was determined to squeeze in as many kid friendly activities in Maryland as possible. I needed some inspiration because I wanted to try new things so naturally I Googled that s$%!. Sure there were tons of results, but I had a really hard time trying to find a list where the results were only kid friendly activities in Maryland. Most of the lists were for activities in Maryland, DC, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. While I totally get it, Maryland is a tiny state and it doesn’t take long at all to drive to those places, I felt like the titles were a bit deceiving. So here I am bringing y’all a true list of 30 kid friendly activities in Maryland. Let’s dive in.
1. Maryland Science Center – Baltimore
Let’s start off this list of kid friendly activities in Maryland off right in the heart of the Inner Harbor Bmore at the Maryland Science Center. This 3-story interactive learning center is perfect for kids of all ages (and adults who are still kids at heart). There are over 10 major exhibits to explore, live science demonstrations, IMAX movies, and a planetarium. Your family is sure to be busy from the moment you walk through the door to the minute you leave.
2. Port Discovery – Baltimore
If you feel like your kids are too young for the Science Center, Port Discovery is an excellent alternative. Port Discovery is also a 3-story interactive learning experience in the Inner Harbor, but it is targeted for kids ages 0-12. Whether you want to let your baby crawl around, your toddler to have sensory play in the water, or your older kid to get sweaty with a game of soccer, Port Discovery has a little something for everyone.
3. National Aquarium – Baltimore
Although the National Aquarium is also located in the Inner Harbor, I would totally recommend setting aside a whole day to visit. Since this is one of the top rated aquariums nationwide, it does tend to get very busy so you will need a little extra time to plan for shows and view the exhibits. Also, this place is MASSIVE! There are 5 stories in the main Pavilion as well as a dolphin show and rain forest exhibit. You are definitely going to be tired after exploring this aquarium!
4. Maryland Zoo – Baltimore
Leopards, penguins, and polar bears, oh my! The Maryland Zoo located in Druid Park is home to over 1,500 wild animals including those listed above. Between viewing the animals, watching live feedings, and open chats with the zookeepers, the Maryland Zoo is sure to keep your family occupied for quite a few hours. In addition to all of that, there is a carousel and a giant tree slide in the Children’s Zoo that will definitely be a BIG hit with the kids.
5. Fort McHenry – Baltimore
O, say can you see? The classic opening line to the song every American has known basically since birth. Did you know the Star Spangled Banner was written right in Baltimore at Fort McHenry?! With such a HUGE piece of National history at your fingertips, it is definitely worth the trip to educate your children. There’s no need to worry about them getting bored either because there are musket and cannon firing demonstrations and live performances.
6. Catch An O’s Game – Baltimore
If you read my post on kid friendly Charleston activities, you know my family loves a ball game. There really is no better way to bring the family together than over America’s favorite past time. In addition to watching baseball, you can also schedule a park tour to check out special parts of the stadium like the dugouts! Since Camden Yards is located right next to the first 3 activities on this list, you can easily plan a whole day around a game.
7. B&O Railroad Museum – Ellicott City
If free, educational, and historic museums are your cup of tea, the B&O Railroad Museum in Ellicott City is the place to go! Here, you and the family will see how train conductors lived, stand in an old train house, and walk in a real train caboose. There is an adorable play room set up in the old train house if you want to let the kids play while you look more in detail at the displays. Since this museum is located in the heart of downtown, there is plenty of shopping, walking, and learning about history right at your fingertips.
8. Patapsco Valley State Park – Catonsville
My personal lifetime favorite of all the kid friendly activities in Maryland is Patapsco Valley State Park. This is the best spot to get in touch with nature in Maryland. This park is over 16,000 acres so there is more than one entrance, however, my favorite is in Catonsville at the Hilton Area. There is a giant tire park playground, interactive nature walk, and tons of hiking trails. Another great kid friendly entrance close to Hilton is the Hollofield Area because there is a large playground structure and easy hiking trails that lead down to the river.
9. Clark’s Elioak Farm – Ellicott City
Another of our favorite kid friendly activities in Maryland is Clark’s Elioak Farm. I could go on for days about why your family needs to visit, but I will just stick to the basics. In addition to having a petting zoo, local meats and produce, and hay/train rides, Clark’s Elioak Farm has a bit of magic. The owners of the farm took remnants of the old Enchanted Forest, restored them, and scattered them throughout the grounds. Your kids will have an absolute blast seeing their favorite fairy tales brought to life and walking through the new Enchanted Forest!
10. HyperKidz – Columbia
If you have kids with a lot of energy and you want a place to let them get it all out, HyperKidz is the place to go! This indoor playground is basically like a McDonald’s playplace on steroids. There is a huge climbing structure for the older kids and two nice sized play structures for both toddlers and babies. Your kids will easily wear themselves out with all of the fun activities inside.
11. Medieval Times – Hanover
Take a blast into the past at the most awesome dinner spot in all of Maryland; Medieval Times. If you have a daughter who is into princesses and horses or a boy who is into competitive sports and messy eating, this is the place to go! Medieval Times is the best kid friendly dinner and show venue for kids of all ages. The show is entertaining for literally the entire family and the food is really good (even if you have to eat it with no silverware).
12. Climb Zone – Laurel
Whether you are into rock climbing or just want a cool place to let the kids burn some energy, Climb Zone in Laurel is the best kid friendly option. The structures are 30 feet tall and there are over 20 routes to climb. As opposed to normal rock climbing facilities, the routes are themed. You can climb up the Lincoln Memorial, a game of Tetris, or even Mount Rushmore. Climb Zone is an excellent choice for kids and adults of all ages who love to climb.
13. Monster Mini Golf – Jessup
If you still have energy after climbing at Climb Zone, drive 20 minutes up the road to Monster Mini Golf. This indoor golf course is sure to be a huge hit with the kids because it is all in black lights. As the name implies, it is monster themed. There are a ton of monster themed obstacles to get around to get to the hole. When you are done playing your round there is an arcade inside for added fun.
14. Six Flags America – Bowie
Six Flags America is a part of the popular amusement park franchise. If you are not familiar with it, you can expect to find roller coasters, games, a water park, and other rides for the whole family to enjoy. There are 60 rides in the park targeted toward all different age ranges so everyone in the family will have something fun to do. If you happen to visit during Halloween season, the park puts on a really awesome Halloween themed event called Fright Fest and it is definitely worth checking out if you love the spirit of Halloween!
15. Glen Echo Park – Glen Echo
Glen Echo Park is an excellent place to visit if your family has a love for the arts. There are over 10 resident artists at the park, an art gallery, 2 children’s theaters with live performances, and multiple art programs for the kids. In addition to the arts, there is a nature program and a restored carousel which dates back to 1921. Glen Echo is an excellent option for a creative family fun day.
16. Badlands Playspace – Rockville
After your trip to Glen Echo, if the kids still have lots of energy to burn, drive 20 minutes up the road to Badlands Playspace. Badlands is another awesome indoor playground option. There are rock structures for the kids to climb, giant slides, and an assembly forest. The center also offers a workshop full of tinker toys and live animals for the kids to learn about.
17. Brookside Nature Center – Wheaton
The Brookside Nature Center was definitely in the top 3 coolest new places we visited the entire trip. Inside of the main building there are both live and taxidermy animals on display for the kids to read and learn about. There is also a kids zone full of toys and costumes for the kids to play pretend with. Outside, there are various hiking trails which are easy enough for the smallest hikers. For added fun, head right next door to the Brookside Botanical Gardens to see beautiful tulips, azaleas, and even a butterfly sanctuary.
18. Adventure Park USA – Monrovia
Adventure Park USA is an amusement park and arcade combination facility. Inside there are bumper cars, a rock climbing wall, a large play structure and various games. Outside there are rollercoasters and rides for children of all ages making this one of the most kid friendly activities in Maryland. The outdoor rides are only open on the weekends so you will have to plan accordingly if you want to participate in both the arcade and rides.
19. Cascade Lake – Hampstead
For some fun in the sun and water, head up to Hampstead to check out Cascade Lake. This 6 acre lake is home to a swimming hole, paddleboats, and giant water slides. For the younger water lovers, there is a wonderful splash pad area. Be sure to pack hiking clothes and a picnic as well because there is a trail around the lake as well as various picnic tables around the park.
20. Deep Creek Lake – Deep Creek Lake
Regardless of the season, Deep Creek Lake is the perfect family getaway. If you love sun and water activities, visit in the spring and summer. If you love changing leaves and snow sports, visit in the fall and winter. Deep Creek is more than just a lake, this area is full of family friendly activities. From adventure parks to hiking to carriage rides, Deep Creek Lake truly has all of the entertainment a family could desire on vacation.
21. AnnMarie Sculpture Garden – Solomons
And here, folks, we have the number one coolest new place we visited our entire trip home. Much like Clark’s Farm, I could go on for daaaays about why you need to visit the AnnMarie Sculpture Garden. There is hiking, mining, art rooms, sculptures, faery houses, interactive play spaces and so much more! AnnMarie Sculpture Garden is sure to land itself at the top of your families favorite kid friendly activities in Maryland.
22. Calvert Marine Museum – Solomons
Located literally 5 minutes away from AnnMarie’s is one of the coolest kid friendly museums in all of Maryland. The Calvert Marine Museum is a natural history and maritime museum all about the Chesapeake Bay. There are live animals, a light house, fossils, and various interactive daily activities to keep the whole family busy.
23. Point Lookout State Park – Scotland
Point Lookout State Park is situated on the southernmost point of Maryland. This park is rich with history dating back to the Civil War Era. Your family will learn a great deal about history at this park as well as have the chance to see a lighthouse, play at the beach, and fish off a massive pier. There are enough activities here to keep the family busy for quite a while. Not to mention, the views are absolutely stunning.
24. Chesapeake Children’s Museum – Annapolis
Would this even be one of my posts if I didn’t put a children’s museum on the list?! Seriously, our family is obsessed with these museums so clearly the CCM was making our list for kid friendly activities in Maryland. The center offers a ton of toys for the kids to play with as well as a replica sailboat. Downstairs, there is an arts and craft center as well as a daily story time. Another special feature of this particular museum are the live animals which the kids can learn all about.
25. Quiet Waters Park – Annapolis
If you love the outdoors as much as we do, you are going to looooove Quiet Waters. This park is home to a ton of hiking trails that even the tiniest legs can conquer. In addition to kid friendly hiking, there is a giant play structure for the kids to climb around on. If you visit during the spring and summer months, you can rent kayaks and paddleboats and paddle along the South River. If you visit during the winter, your family can enjoy a wonderful outdoor ice skating experience.
26. Naval Academy – Annapolis
One of the most iconic kid friendly activities in Maryland is the Naval Academy. Not only is the location beautiful, but the architecture is stunning. The Naval Academy offers a museum and guided tours of the facility. For added fun, stick around for a legendary game of football at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (GO NAVY, BEAT ARMY!). The Academy is located walking distance to downtown Annapolis so you and the family can enjoy a quiant afternoon shopping and dining as well.
27. Annapolis Maritime Museum – Annapolis
Another great place to learn about maritime history and the Chesapeake Bay is the Annapolis Maritime Museum. The center offers an aquarium and various other exhibits full of facts. For older children, there is an option to pull a net from the Back Creek to see what animals actually live in the water. There are also boat rides available and a public beach to play at afterwards.
28. Ocean City – Ocean City
Much like Deep Creek, Ocean City is more of a getaway than a day trip kind of activity. There is so much to do here that I actually wrote up a whole separate blog post on this awesome city. Whether you are into watersports, amusement parks, hanging at the beach, shopping, or eating amazing local food, Ocean City has it all. This beach is definitely worth the visit if you are in Maryland for any amount of time.
29. Assateague Island – Dublin
Located off the East Coast of Maryland sits an amazing National Seashore. Assateague Island is most known for the wild ponies that travel the whole island. How often do you get to chill with wild horses on a white sand beach, you know?! In addition to a beach day, the family can learn about birds and the seashore’s ecosystem. The island also offers several hiking trails, kayaking tours, and sight seeing cruises.
30. Delmarva Discovery Center – Pocomoke City
Are you really surprised to see two children’s museums on the list?! The Delmarva Discovery Center is an excellent educational facility to stop by if you are in the Ocean City area. There are scavenger hunts, otters and other live animals, and a giant replica Wharf for the kids to play on. The DDC is an excellent option for a rainy day or if you just want to let the kids get hands on with animals.
Bonus Idea: Eat Crabs
Am I even a true Marylander if I don’t suggest crabs?! If you aren’t a fan of picking the meat, there are a tooooon of other options to get your crab fix. In my best Bubba voice, “Crab dip, crab pretzel, crab cakes, crab soup…” Seriously, eat some dang crab y’all!
That’s It For Kid Friendly Activities In Maryland!
And that, my friends, wraps up my list of 30 kid friendly activities in Maryland! I tried to keep the list somewhat organized by region to make planning day trips easier for you. Most of the activities on this list of kid friendly activities in Maryland are either in Baltimore and Annapolis or within a very reasonable driving distance. Some are a little further out because I didn’t want to exclude too many regions of this beautiful state. If you know of any other kid friendly activities in Maryland that didn’t make the list, drop it in the comments below. I would love more suggestions!
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