100 Days Of Awesome Kid Friendly Summer Fun In Maryland! (2023 Edition!)

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Don’t get bored this summer. These are our top picks for the best places to take kids in Maryland! Updated for 2023!

There are approximately 100 days between the start of Memorial Day weekend and the end of Labor Day weekend (101 to be exact). Why not get out and explore all that Maryland has to offer? There are so many fun destinations activities for kids. You will never have to hear the dreaded words, ‘I am bored!’ 

These ideas will give your kids a summer they will absolutely remember. So, start making your plans now and have the best summer ever!

Go Strawberry Picking

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There are so many great places to pick strawberries. We love Shlagel Farm in Waldorf and Larriland Farm (they have tons of fruit picking all season!) in Woodbine so much!

Best Places to Pick Strawberries in Maryland!

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Hike to Cascade Falls

The Orange Gove/Avalon Area of Patapsco Valley State Park is a natural wonderland for kids! The hike to Cascade Falls is super easy, and you can walk across the cool swinging bridge and explore the Grist Mill Trail area too!

patapsco valley state park cascade falls

Test your balance running across the tires at a tire playground. 

There are great tire playgrounds at Patapsco Valley State Park Hilton Area, Calvert Cliffs State Park, Gunpowder Falls State Park, Tuckahoe State Park, and Seneca Creek State Park.

Related: Check out these awesome playgrounds in Maryland

tuckahoe state park

Get to know Port Discovery again!

If you haven’t visited Port Discovery Children’s Museum in a few years, you must make plans to visit this summer! The new’ish 4-story Skyclimber and the awesome Port Exhibit where kids can actually pretend to work at a functioning port are incredible additions to Port Discovery. And all the kid favorites like Water Works are still there too!

port discovery

Go Shark Tooth Hunting

Sign up for a shark tooth hunting tour with Paul from CHAPTours and explore the wild side of Maryland!

Related: Kid Friendly Guide to Shark tooth Hunting in Maryland!

Shark Tooth Hunting in Maryland

Movies, Movies, and more Movies!

See an outdoor movie.

Here are some of the best kid friendly options for outdoor movies this summer:

See a free (or super cheap) indoor movie! 

Here are links to some good options this summer:

Go rollerskating

Great options for Maryland include Skate Zone (there are special hours during the summer for kids 10 and under), Laurel Skating Center, Hot Skates in Woodlawn, Temple Hills Skating Palace, and Wheels Skate Center in Odenton (kid only skating on Saturday mornings).


Try your hand at Black Light Monster Mini Golf!

Monster Mini Golf is so much fun for kids and adults. The black lights kick the fun up a notch and they have an arcade too!

Scale Mount Rushmore at Climb Zone

Great climbing courses that are suitable for even younger kids!

climb zone

Perfect your high jump at an indoor trampoline park.

Here are a few favorites in Maryland:

  • Get Air (Maryland locations in Glen Burnie)
  • Launch (Columbia and Rockville)
  • Sky Zone (multiple locations throughout the state)

Pick Flowers at a local farm.

We love Rock Hill Orchard, Butler’s Orchard, and Larriland Farm for flower picking! Here are more ideas too!

rock hill orchard

Follow the yellow brick road to the Wizard of Oz Playground.

It really is as fantastic as is sounds!

Related: Check out the Ultimate Guide to the Wizard of Oz Playground

Wizard of Oz Playground at Watkins Regional Park Yellow Brick Road Path

Kids bowl for FREE this summer!

Yep– Registered kids get to bowl 2 games every day for FREE all summer long! Here are a few participating bowling alleys in Maryland:

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Check out one of the new or newly renovated playgrounds in Maryland!

Maryland has been building new playgrounds or renovated existing playgrounds at a break neck speed since 2021. Check these gems out!

Sophie and Madigan’s Playground

Related: Kid Friendly Guide to Sophie and Madigan’s Playground

sophie and madigan's playground

Blandair Regional Park North Playground

Related: Kid Friendly Guide to Blandair Regional Park

Dino area of blandair regional park north playground

Ballenger Creek Park

Related: Ultimate Guide to Ballenger Creek Park

ballenger creek park

Kinder Farm Park Playground

Related: Kinder Farm Park Playground Guide

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Ride the Sky Liner at Urban Air Adventure Park

Really, the entire Urban Air Adventure Park is sooo much fun! There are trampolines, ninja course, battle beam, the amazing Sky Liner, and more! There are locations in Laurel, White Marsh, and Frederick!

Explore nature at Wild For Water Day at the Robinson Nature Center.

robinson nature center

Spend the day playing at Angel Park Playground

angel park playground

Challenge each other to go-kart races and batting cages. 

Here is a great list of all the outdoor and indoor go-karting tracks in Maryland.

Visit the Enchanted Forest and feed the goats at Clark’s Elioak Farm.

clark's elioak farm enchanted forest

Take a leisurely walk around the gorgeous Centennial Lake

Then let the kids burn even more energy at their awesome playground!

Related: 14 Outdoor Games That Don’t Require Any Equipment!

Dig for dinosaur bones and lay on a bed of nails at the Maryland Science Center.

maryland science center

Indulge in a Blackberry or Raspberry Breakfast at Milburn Orchards 

Then spend the morning playing in their BIG Backyard!

Bring your favorite stuffed friend along for the Teddy Bear Picnic (or the also awesome Super Hero Picnic) on the Walkersville Southern Railroad.

Check out a minor league baseball game.

If you time it right you will get baseball, games, and fireworks! Here are some great leagues to check out:

Pet the jellyfish and walk among the sharks at the National Aquarium

Feed Zebras and Buffalo on the Safari Experience at the Catoctin Wildlife Refuge.

Play Laser Tag and Go Bowling at Main Event!

Bottle Feed baby cows and enjoy a scoop of Maryland’s finest ice cream at South Mountain Creamery.

south mountain creamery

Related: Try to hit all the spots on maryland’s Ice Cream Trail!

Play on the Irvine Nature Center or Oregon Ridge Nature Center nature playgrounds.

Related: You have got to check out these awesome Maryland Nature Centers!

oregon ridge nature center

Walters Art Museum drop in art projects.

Find the fart machine at the American Visionary Art Museum (it really works!).

Also, you can see the iconic sculptures from the Kinetic Art Parade!


Spend the Day at Matoaka Beach!

matoaka beach cabins

Take a hike to Cunningham Falls and then cool off at the beach afterwards.

cunningham falls

Check out some fantastic and FREE Summer Concerts or theatre!

Sign Up For the Ice Cream Tour at Prigel Family Creamery!

You can meet the cows, mix up your own flavors, and sample Prigel’s best ice cream!

Prigel Family Creamery

Feed the fish and hang with the turtles at Brookside Gardens 

After that see how many butterflies land on you during Butterflies Alive!

wisteria at brookside gardens

There are so many new animals and habitats to check out at the Maryland Zoo.

Whether it’s the grizzly bears, the lions, giraffe, elephants, chimps, or just petting the goats– The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is perfect for kids of all ages!

penguins maryland zoo

Baltimore Museum of Art has free art-making workshops perfect for kids every Sunday afternoon. 

Play Eye Spy and grab delicious kid-friendly lunch (don’t forget the milkshakes) at the Papermoon Diner.

papermoon diner

Spend the evening watching a Triple Feature at the Bengies Drive In.

Go Rail Biking with Tracks and Yaks in Frostburg!

Rail biking is so much fun and the trail in Frostburg is gorgeous!

Go underground and explore the Crystal Grottoes Cavern

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Ride a mountain rollercoaster at the Wisp Resort.

Visit Swallow Falls State Park and take in the breathtaking Muddy Creek Falls.

swallow falls state park guide

Spend the day at the southernmost tip of Maryland.. which happens to have great beaches– Point Lookout State Park

point lookout state park

Related: Check out these amazing Chesapeake Beaches!

Check out the beach or Float on an inner tube down the Gunpowder River at Gunpowder Falls State Park.

See the waterfall that inspired a movie.

kilgore falls creek stomping

Play hide and go seek among the topiaries at Ladew Topiary Gardens

ladew topiary gardens

Become a fairy and create fantastic art at the Annmarie Sculpture Garden.

annmarie sculpture garden

Pet the animals at the Green Meadows Petting Farm.

Visit a Hidden Beach in Somerset or Wicomico County

cove beach park

Tour the USS Constellation and other Historic Ships in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

guide to the uss constellation

Climb through the inside of a gigantic tree (fake) and slide down this super long slide at the Woodland Wonderland playground.

Check out a new indoor playspace like KidzVille Indoor Playground

Enjoy Sensory Friendly days and Toddler time at the B&O Railroad Museum

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Reserve a cabin or campsite now for a weekend of non-stop fun at Jellystone Park in Hagerstown.

Jellystone Park bears

Paint a masterpiece at Artsy Partsy Family Paint Night or Open Studio time.

Try a ropes course at TreeTrekkersTerrapin Adventures or the Adventure Park at Sandy Spring.

Burn a ton of energy at the South Germantown Regional Park Adventure Playground and then cool off at their amazing water park.

Plan a Day Trip to Havre De Grace or Berlin, MD!

Both of these towns are cute and great for kids!

berlin day trip

Tap into your kids STEM interests at the Kid Museum in Bethesda.

Get lost in imaginative play at either the Columbia Mall or Easton location of the Be With Me Playseum.

Rent a kayak or canoe and paddle over the ruins of 90 WWI-era sunken ships at Mallows Bay Park.

Ride the miniature train and then play on the massive playground at Cabin John Regional Park.

Play with the otters and climb up the lighthouse at the Calvert Marine Museum.

calvert marine museum with kids

Make plans to see the famous wild ponies at the Assateague Island National Seashore.


Hang out on the Ocean City Boardwalk, grab some salt water taffy and boardwalk fries, and ride the rides at Trimpers.

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Build a sand castle at the lovely Greenbrier State Park Beach.

greenbrier state park beach

Go camping at Rocky Gap State Park. Bring your hiking shoes and bathing suit.

The trails are great for kids and so is the beach!

Rocky Gap state park

Get lost in a sunflower maze at Goldpetal Farms.

Introduce your kids to the iconic crab experience at Crabtowne USA 

Bring Quarters for the room of over 100 video arcade games!

Check out the smaller, family friendly amusement park Adventure Park USA.

The outdoor attractions are super fun (rollercoasters, rides, etc…). The indoor attractions are great too (laser tag, virtual reality, arcade games)

Visit Maryland’s largest amusement park (and water park) at Six Flags America.

Try out a ninja course at Zava Zone

Cheer the knights and horses at the Medieval Times dinner show.

Pretend to be a pirate at Chesapeake Pirates.

Enjoy the Inner Harbor attractions like the dragon paddle boats and the World Trade Center!

Explore the Marsh Boardwalk trail at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary.

jug bay trail

Explore lighthouses and a living shoreline at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michael’s.

chesapeake maritime museum

Transport yourself back in time and spend the day at the Maryland Renaissance Festival.

Spend the afternoon being creative at one of the many paint-your-own pottery studios. 

These ones are particularly kid-friendly:

Climb the big blue mountain and ride the carousel at the Wheaton Regional Park.

wheaton regional park

Great Falls National Park (there are great views on both the Maryland and Virginia side!)

great falls

Go biking along the C&O Tow Path or Baltimore-Annapolis Bike Trail.


Watch the planes fly in while playing on one of Maryland’s most unique playground at the Thomas Dixon Playground.

Try to play on as many of Prince George’s Counties Imagination Playgrounds as you can!

Related: Check out this awesome Playground Challenge Printable Pack!

Medieval Dragon Playground

Get lost in the Garrett State Forest Rock Maze!

rock maze trail guide

Ride the rides, play in the corn crib, and watch the pig races at a county fair.

Some of the great county fairs are:

See two of the nation’s largest sunflower fields. McKee Beshers in July and Clear Meadow Farms in September.

Related: All the best places to see sunflowers in Maryland!

Bite into a huge peach and let the juice run down your chin. Don’t forget to indulge in a peach slushie! We love the peaches at Baugher’s!

Let your kids get lost in the huge indoor Hyperkidz playground.

Learn About Harriett Tubman at the Visitor Center and Check out this Mural in Downtown Cambridge!

harriet tubman

Get your splash on at the Jolly Roger Splash Mountain!

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Spend the day at a mountain lake (Deep Creek State Park and New Germany State Park are great bets!)

deep creek lake state park

Visit one of the nature parks in the area like the Patuxent Wildlife Refuge, or the Merkle Wildlife Area.

Related: Check out this fun Nature Scavenger Hunt!

Splash at an indoor waterpark. The North Arundel Aquatic Center is loads of fun.

Do you have a budding pilot or astronaut?

Plan a trip to the College Park Aviation Museum or the NASA Goddard Visitor Center.

Explore Colonial History at the Piscataway Park or Historic St. Mary’s City

Celebrate the 4th of July! Visit your local parade and make plans for an amazing fireworks celebration!

Here are some great ones!


Where can I take my children for a day out in Maryland?

Great options for a day out with kids include:
Maryland Zoo
Port Discovery or the Maryland Science Center
– One of Maryland’s fantastic State Parks
– A day exploring the Chesapeake Bay
– Visit a destination playground
– Check out Ocean City and Assateague Wild Horses
– Go hiking in the Catoctin Mountain Region

What are good summer activities for kids?

– Go to a park and either play on the playground or go for a hike.
– Get out in nature and go on a nature scavenger hunt.
– Take advantage of all the free things to do in your area like kids bowl free, free movies and concerts, or programs at the library.
– Make slime or do other STEM projects.
– Learn a new skills like geocaching or baking.
– Get wet! Go to a water park, a pool, or just have a water balloon game in your backyard!

How do you make a boring summer fun?

Play games! Indoor games, outdoor games, water games, glow in the dark games!
– Use your imagination! Dress up, put on a play.. or go to a play.
– Play tourist in your own city. Explore a new park or museum. Go geocaching or make up a scavenger hunt.

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100 Best Places to Take Kids in Maryland

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