The Best 100 Things To Do In Maryland With Kids

The Best 100 Things To Do In Maryland With Kids

Want to have a great time with your kids? These are the best 100 Things to do in Maryland with Kids! 

Maryland is a fantastic state with so much to offer families. Our family has truly enjoyed exploring Maryland and after over 7 years of challenging ourselves to see and do as much as we can, we have still only barely scratched the surface.

But out of everything we have seen and done, I wanted to share our top 100 things to do in Maryland. This list is the best of the best. The most iconic places and the best ‘can’t miss’ experiences to add to your Maryland bucket list. 

I am keeping this list pretty streamlined… not a lot of explanation. But I will link to other resources with more in-depth reviews. Also, this list isn’t in rank order because that would just be too hard. How can you even compare, right? 



best 100 things to do in Maryland with kids

Here is the Best of Maryland Bucket List!

1. Climb up the SkyClimber and then slide down 4 stories at Port Discovery Children’s Museum.

Port Discovery

2. Dig up dinosaur fossils at the Maryland Science Center.

Maryland Science Center

3. Feed the giraffes at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.

The Maryland Zoo: Fun Things to Do With Kids in Balitmore

4. Descend into the bowels of Shark Alley at the National Aquarium.

national aquarium in baltimore

5. Run around the rainbow track at the Wizard of Oz Playground at Watkins Regional Park.

wizard of oz playground

6. Slide down the massive slides at the Wheaton Regional Park Adventure Playground.

Wheaton Regional Park Playground

7. Play hide and go seek at the Angel Park Playground. (these are the best playgrounds in Maryland!)

angel park playground

8. Get lost in the massive Annie’s Playground.

annies playground

9. Ride the zipline at the Westminster City Park Playground.

westminster city park playground

10. Check out one of the many new playgrounds that were built since 2020 like the Sophie and Madigan playground or the Blandair Regional Park North Playground!

11. Ride the Walkersville Southern Santa Train.

walkersville southern railroad santa train

12. Ride bikes on the C&O Canal Trail.


13. Scurry up the boulders at the Billy Goat Trail and see the Maryland side of Great Falls.

photo courtesy of Judith Diaz

14. Go kayaking among the sunken shipwrecks at Mallows Bay.

15. Go shark teeth hunting at either Calvert Cliffs State Park or Flag Ponds Nature Park.

flag ponds nature park

16. Get dressed up and play among the play houses at the Annmarie Sculpture Garden Fairy Lolly.

17. Make mudpies in the Irvine Nature Center mud kitchen. (these are our favorite nature centers in Maryland!)

nature centers in maryland

18. Get creative at Artsy Partsy’s Family Paint Night! (check out these Drop-In Art activities!)

artsy partsy

19. Spend an evening on the Ocean City Boardwalk— Thrashers Fries, Trimpers Rides, and Marty’s Playland arcade!

ocean city boardwalk

20. Build a huge sand castle and go body surfing at the Ocean City beach (and watch for dolphins!).

ocean city beach

21. Enjoy the bayside sunset at one of the many super kid-friendly Ocean City restaurants with playgrounds.

fish tales

22. Track the wild ponies at Assateague Seashore.

summer fun in maryland

23. Go swimming at Greenbrier State Park sandy beach.

greenbrier state park

24. Splash at the South Germantown Regional Park Splash park.

south germantown splash park

25. Hike to Cunningham Falls at Cunningham Falls State Park. (check out these great hiking trails for young kids!)

100 Fun Things to do with kids in Maryland


26. See fall foliage aboard the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad.

color walk

27. Dance with Yogi Bear at Jellystone Park.

100 Fun Things to do with kids in Maryland

28. Take in the amazing azalea bushes at the Ladew Topiary Garden (May is the best). 

Ladew Topiary Garden

29. Go to a fantastic play for kids at the Adventure Theatre MTC at Glen Echo Park.

100 Fun Things to do with kids in Maryland

30. Feed the Zebra and Bison at the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve.

catoctin wildlife preserve and zoo

31. Play pretend with your preschooler at Storyville.


32. Get your photo taken at Enchanted Forest and then feed the goats at Clark’s Elioak Farm.

clark's elioak farm

33. See an outdoor family friendly concert at the Chrysalis.

100 Fun Things to do with kids in Maryland

34. Get tickets to see The Columbia Orchestra perform Peter and the Wolf.

35. Have a picnic among the tulips at Sherwood Gardens.

tulips in maryland

36. Visit the Butterfly House at Brookside Gardens.

brookside gardens wings of fancy

37. Have lunch and play some board games at Board&Brew.

38. Check off all 9 stops on the Maryland Ice Cream Trail

best ice cream in maryland

39. Have a crab feast and then play video games at Crabtowne USA.

40. Sign up for one of the many kid’s activities (paint night, cookie making, bingo) and have a slice at Peace A Pizza.

100 Fun Things to do with kids in Maryland

41. Pick Sunflowers at the Sunflower Garden (great photo ops!) Check out the best sunflower fields in Maryland!

sunflower fields maryland

42. Make the iconic trek to either the Clear Meadows Farm or McKee-Beshers Sunflower fields.

100 Fun Things to do with kids in Maryland

43. Get lost in the Goldpetal Farms sunflower mazes.

goldpetal farms

44. Go swimming at the southernmost point of Maryland– Point Lookout— and visit the lighthouse. (Check out these Chesapeake Beaches!) 

100 Fun Things to do with kids in Maryland

45. See the otters swim and visit the lighthouse at the Calvert Marine Museum.

100 Fun Things to do with kids in Maryland

46. Indulge in dinner and a show at Toby’s Dinner Theatre.

47. Walk across the swinging bridge and hike to Cascade Falls at Patapsco Valley State Park.

patapsco valley state park

48. Visit the Discovery Room at Robinson Nature Center.

robinson nature center

49. Pick strawberries at Shlagel Farms and get a strawberry milkshake. (best places to pick strawberries in Maryland)

The Sweetest Strawberry Picking In Maryland

50. Pick apples at Baugher’s Orchard and don’t forget the cider donuts and cider slushies. (Check out the best places to pick apples in Maryland!) 

fun things to do with kids in maryland baughers 1

51. Go berry picking at Larriland Farms.

52. Attend a Summer Harvest Party at Milburn Orchards.

100 Fun Things to do with kids in Maryland

53. Check out the art cars at Artscape.


54. Give your kid a hive hairdo during Honfest.

55. Go pumpkin picking at Butlers Orchard… and don’t forget the caramel apples!

pumpkin festivals

56. Pet the baby bunnies and chicks at Green Meadows Petting Farm.

green meadows petting farm

57. Ride the coaster and play virtual gaming at Adventure Park USA.

adventure park usa

58. Try out the slides and corn crib at Gaver Farm.

fun things to do with kids in maryland gaver farm

59. Walk around Centennial Lake and play on their massive playground.

centennial park

60. Watch the pig races and get lost in a corn maze at Summers Farm.

61. Check out one of a number of tire playgrounds (Patapsco Valley, Tuckahoe, Calvert Cliffs State Parks). (here is the best playgrounds in Maryland Part 2)

best playgrounds in maryland

62. Visit Swallow Falls State Park and see Muddy Creek Falls.

63. Ride the mountain coaster at Wisp Resort.

64. Run the bases at an Orioles Game or a minor league game too!

65. Let your kids press the Fart Button on the Flatulence Post at the American Visionary Art Museum (yes, it’s a real thing).

100 Fun Things to do with kids in Maryland

66. Visit ICE! and Christmas on the Potomac at the Gaylord National. 

ICE at Gaylord National

67. Ride the Capital Wheel at the National Harbor.

summer fun in maryland

68. See the Christmas lights at the Miracle on 34th Street. (these are the best Christmas lights in Maryland!

34th Street Christmas Lights

69. Let your kids join in the Christmas parade at Christmas in St. Michaels. (Check out this ultimate guide to FREE Christmas events in Maryland)

Christmas lights in maryland

70. Cheer on your favorite knight at Medieval Times.

100 Fun Things to do with kids in Maryland

71. Pretend to be a pirate at Chesapeake Pirates.


72. Go back in time and eat a giant turkey leg at the Maryland Renaissance Festival.

md renn fest

73. Spend the day splashing away at either Splash Mountain or Hurricane Harbor.

splash mountain

74. Reach out and shake Harriet Tubman’s outstretched hand at the Harriet Tubman Museum. (check out these Black Owned Kid Friendly businesses in Maryland!) 

75. Play I-Spy while you wait for your food at the Papermoon Diner.

100 Fun Things to do with kids in Maryland

76. Ride the rails at Tracks ‘N Yaks

tracks and yaks


77. Marvel at the amazing marshmallow sculptures at the Carroll County Arts Council PEEPShow. (Check out these awesome food festivals in Maryland!) 

westminster peep show

78. Go camping at Rocky Gap State Park.

rocky gap state park

79. Try to get a hole in one at Monster Mini-Golf.

80. Ride the miniature train at Cabin John Regional Park.

wheaton regional park

81. Set your chairs up and cheer loud at the Catonsville 4th of July parade. (Here are the best places to see fireworks in Maryland!)

82. Pull up and enjoy a triple feature at Bengies Drive-In.

83. Spend the day at one of the amazing county fairs. 

84. Float in the Chesapeake Bay at Sandy Point State Park.

sandy point state park

85. Go leaf peeping during the Autumn Glory Festival. (Check out the best places to see fall foliage in Maryland!) 

86. Check out the Working Shipyard at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

87. Get lost in play at the Be With Me Playseum.


88. Slide down the massive indoor slides at Hyper Kidz

hyper kidz indoor playground

89. Try an aerial adventure at Terrapin Adventures, Adventure Park at Sandy Spring, or TreeTrekkers.

photo courtesy of Visit Frederick

90. Hop in and out of the historic train cars at the B&O Railroad Museum.

91. Scale Mt. Rushmore at ClimbZone. (Check out these indoor play places in Maryland!)

100 Fun Things to do with kids in Maryland

92. Time yourself at the indoor ninja course at Urban Air Adventure Park or ZavaZone

zava zone

93. Go Back to the 17th century at Historic St. Mary’s City.

94. Check out the view from Rocks State Park King and Queen Seat or play in the waterfall at Kilgore Falls

95. See a historic re-enactment at Ft. McHenry. (also lovely for cherry blossoms in the spring!)


96. Pay respects to fallen soldiers at the Antietam National Battlefield Memorial Illumination.

best 4th of july fireworks in maryland

97. See the planes land from BWI Airport at the Thomas-Dixon playground.

thomas dixon

98. Walk the Havre de Grace Promenade, play on the playground, and see Concord Point Lighthouse!

99. Go boulder scrambling and creek stomping at Double Rock Park!

100. Explore Jug Bay Nature Preserve.



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    1. That’s funny! For over a year I did have one attached to this post.. and no one ever downloaded it. lol. So I created the ebook instead. If you want it, let me know and I can certainly send you one! 🙂