Hidden attractions and must-see entertainment spots for locals in Maryland


From the far ends of the east coast to the highlands and valleys of the Catoctin Mountains, Maryland is well positioned for many natural attractions in our own state and some that are not too far away by car. People who grew up in America’s ninth smallest state fully understand how easy it is to take this state for granted. But after a few road trips, and yes, even being stuck in Bay Bridge traffic, it’s easy to see why Maryland, despite its small size, is a favorite tourist destination every season and has beautiful spots often. neglected by the locals.

Now that the weather is getting colder and COVID restrictions are lifted, you may want to consider booking a trip or perhaps a weekend getaway. Everyone knows how to walk the beach, stroll along the water’s edge, or see some of the city’s attractions, but let’s take a look at some lesser-known attractions and others that are a short drive away!

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Here’s a list of the top destinations every Marylander should discover!

Ladew Topiary Gardens

If you are looking for a secret garden, you have found the perfect place. There is much to enjoy in the 22 acres of Ladew Topiary Gardens in Monkton, founded by hunter Harvey S. Ladew in the 1930s.

On site there are 15 garden spaces and various detailed topiaries. The Iris Garden, with 770 plants of iris species, a koi pond filled with lively fish and exquisite lilies, and a gigantic recreation of a Chinese sailboat, is perhaps the most astonishing attraction. .

The Great Smoky Mountains

Although not in Maryland, the Great Smoky Mountains are one of the best places to visit if you are planning a road trip and want to see some beautiful scenery. From the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Dollywood, there is plenty to do in Pigeon Forge on a family vacation. For outdoor enthusiasts, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a paradise. The park features spectacular waterfalls along forest trails, challenging climbs, and scenic drives. There are also several educational exhibits, such as historic structures built by early explorers, such as those at Cades Cove.

Suicide Bridge Restaurant

During Maryland’s summer season, catching crabs is a rite of passage for locals. However, there is an often overlooked crab bridge on the east coast in Hurlock that shines the most, despite its unappealing name: Suicide Bridge Restaurant.

Not only will you find the finest imperial crabs or grilled and coated blue crabs in Old Bay, but also a turn-of-the-century paddle-wheel boat that runs down the Chop Tank River and offers an all-you-can-eat meal. Maryland Crab Buffet Table.

Terrapin Beach Park

This natural park offers a 5.25 mile seashell hiking trail that crosses flowery meadows, wetlands, tidal lakes, forests and beautiful beaches. The trail offers a unique vantage point for viewing a wide variety of birds, animals and plant species. This underrated park on the Isle of Kent has it all. And it’s a lot less crowded than Sandy Point State Park which is right across the bay!

Bring your bike to explore the trails, see hidden cemeteries, or just relax on the beach while taking in the views of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

American Visionary Art Museum

The American Visionary Art Museum is the only museum in the country dedicated to visionary and self-taught artists. Housewives, farmers, the disabled, the homeless and doctors all created masterpieces in three historic buildings, all inspired by the fire inside.

“The Visionary” embodies the ambitions, losses, hopes and goals that have been implemented into powerful works of art using everything from carved trunks to sewn rags, tattoos and cures. teeth. This must-see Baltimore landmark portrays original thinking, humor and artistic intuition. The American Visionary Art Museum, which exhibits the work of self-taught artists, pushes the boundaries of what it means to be an artist. This welcoming place for “outdoor” art is ideal for those who like to walk to the beat of their own drum.

George Peabody Library

Reading a book at a university or a public library can be overwhelming, even boring. The George Peabody Library at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, on the other hand, offers a unique reading experience, to put it simply.

The library, built in 1878 on the instructions of George Peabody, was supposed to benefit the residents of Baltimore. Several levels of the library overlook the central space, which is surrounded by a large open-air atrium. Interiors are decorated with patterned marble floors, and a crisscross skylight illuminates the massive room throughout the day, which is why this place is also known as the Cathedral of Books.

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National Cryptology Museum

Surprisingly, this museum allows you to take as many photographs inside as you want, but not outside – it doesn’t want to be discovered.

The National Cryptologic Center is located hidden in the woods of Fort Meade, next to the National Security Agency, where most of the cryptology work is currently being done. The museum first opened to the public in 1993 and is the only one of its kind in intelligence agencies, covering both the history and heritage of the National Cryptologic Museum and the National Security Agency.

Among the fascinating objects on display are a surveillance satellite from the 1960s, the TUNNY crypto-device, a voice-encrypted phone used by many heads of state, and an endless number of declassified articles and books on cryptology.

Winterbrook Farms Lawyer

If you thought Transformers was purely a movie, think twice! The Lawyer’s Winterbrook Farm in Thurmont, Maryland not only grows wonderful corn and pumpkins, but it also has plenty of huge Transformer-type robots, some of which greet you at the front door.

Jan Lawyer founded the farm, surrounded by beautiful corn mazes and handmade pumpkin cannons, which is currently maintained and run by his children and is open to the general public for tours.

Black walnut tip

Tilghman Island is a small fishing community on the east coast of Maryland. Visiting this place will make you feel like you have just arrived at the end of the world, where you can see the sunrise and sunset over the water on the same day.

Black Walnut Point, the southernmost point of the island, is a popular site for catching rockfish and collecting a few crabs. Visitors will enjoy strolling along the causeway and footpaths, which offer spectacular views of Chesapeake Bay and the West Rim. Osprey and bald eagles, both of which nest in the area, can be spotted among many other bird species.

So, start preparing to explore Maryland and beyond

There we have the most exciting attractions in Maryland and beyond. It might be a small state, but don’t be fooled by its small size! It is full of intriguing and distinctive attractions that will turn any road trip into a once in a lifetime experience.

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