Southern Maryland Summer Adventures

My family and I have compiled a list of summer favorites and new adventures, most within an hour’s drive, but some worth a day or weekend trip. While we cannot possibly check every excursion off the list this summer, we will have plenty of sunny and rainy day options. Most state and county parks have little or no admission fee–an added bonus when sticking to a family budget. I encourage you to check the websites before you visit, as many sites offer free summer concerts or discounts during certain days/times of the week. I hope this list will inspire some new adventures for your own family, so pack a picnic lunch, grab the sunscreen, and enjoy the great outdoors! Been to some of these places? Tell us about it!

1. Glenn Dale Splash Park

2. Saturday Family Art Studio at Glen Echo Park

3. Friendship Farm Park

4. Bethany Beach, DL

5. Attend a Blue Crabs game

6. Public ice skating at Capital Clubhouse

7. Calvert Marine Museum

8. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

9. Free children’s movie at Xscape theater

10. Wings of Fancy at Wheaton Regional Park

11. Purse State Park

12. Bike on the rail trail–reopening in July!

13. Chapman State Park

14. Mallows Bay

15. Chapel Point State Park

16. Flag Ponds Nature Park

17. Breezy Point Beach

18. Gunpowder Falls State Park

19. U.S. National Arboretum

20. Yards Park

21. Green Spring Gardens

22. River Farm Park

23. Jug Bay Wetlands

24. Port Discovery

25. Huntley Meadows Park

26. Rock Creek Park + horse center

27. Great Waves Waterpark

28. Cascade Falls

29. Our Special Harbor spraypark

30. Pick fruit at Great Country Farms

31. Calvert Cliffs State Park

32. Cove Point Park pool

33. Newtowne Neck State Park

34. St. Clements Island State Park

35. Point Lookout State Park

36. North Barnaby Splashpark

37. Maymont Nature Center

38. See a children’s concert at Wolftrap

39. Great Falls Park

40. Night Hike with a naturalist at Smallwood State Park