One of the greatest things about living in Maryland is that you have access to a variety of landscapes within an hour and a half drive. Whether you want to be in a small town by the beach, hiking in the mountains, or visiting a big city everything is possible on a day trip.
In the fall, this variety is on full display and you will never run out of things to do on the weekend. Here is our roundup of the 15 best fall activities to do in Maryland.
Have a blast with the kids at the Maryland Zoo this year. At ZooBooo! you will find plenty of kids and adults roaming around in costumes, live entertainment, crafts and fun activities for all ages. There is a costume contest and trick-or-treating so this is truly an all-day event, given that the kiddos will still want to see all of the amazing animals.
Located only an hour from Baltimore, Cunningham Falls State Park is a world away. This park has so many hiking trails that you could trek for a week and still have plenty to do. The waterfall is beautiful and located above a picturesque lake, surrounded by stunning fall foliage. There is camping here as well, so you can easily make a weekend of it.
Find the infamous Great Pumpkin, go on a hayride, try some apple cider, or get lost in a corn maze. Maryland has numerous pumpkin patches and all are a lot of fun.
Maryland has a thriving wine region and there is no better time to celebrate it than during crush season. Running Hair Vineyard in Prince Frederick, Maryland is a prime destination for award-winning wines, a gorgeous setting, and plenty of entertainment. They have live bands playing on the weekends and craft beer for anyone in your group that isn't looking for a bright chardonnay.
We're slightly crazy about running in Maryland. You can easily find everyone from teenagers to 70-year-olds running in the dead of winter or the scorching summer heat. The fall is one of the best times to join a local race because the weather is comfortable and there are races all over the state, every weekend.
Who said that trick-or-treating has to be in the neighborhood? Head to Maryland's favorite beach destination, Ocean City, for some Halloween fun. The annual Spook Out Party will be held at the Northside Park gym calls for dressing up. While there, you can play some games, and take a walk on the beach to work off your bag of candy.
Tailgate at a Maryland Terrapins game and then cheer on the local home team. Game day will find people of all walks of life, entertainment, and a lively atmosphere that will make you miss your college days.
Annapolis, Baltimore and many of the smaller cities have fabulous farmers' markets and it is easy to see why. Maryland is home to numerous local farms and rural areas, which is one of the reasons that our state is so culturally diverse. Whether you are hankering for some fresh pumpkin pie, some local honey or arugula with a bite - you can find it all close to home.
Fall would not be complete without a trip to M&T Bank Stadium. Our former Super Bowl champions do not disappoint and there's nothing like a football game on a crisp fall day in Baltimore.
What goes better than ghost stories, beer, and Annapolis? Ghostly pub crawls are the rage this time of year and there is no place better to grab a pint that in historic Annapolis. Join a pub crawl or head to Reynolds Tavern for some grown-up Halloween fun.
The weather is beautiful this time of year and the fall foliage of red, yellow, and orange leaves can make a standard camping trip absolutely spectacular. With plenty of state parks to choose from, you can camp at the ocean, in the mountains, or on the Chesapeake.
Nough said. It's a week full of beer - good tasting, craft beer, brewed in the land of pleasant living. Add smoked meat, tasty street food, a run to burn off all those calories, and entertainment for an unforgettable week.
Now that the weather has started to cool, it is an excellent time to head to Baltimore and visit the science, art museum, aquarium and more. You could spend a weekend museum hopping and still not have time to see everything.
If you have ever wanted to dance to the beat of a drum, hear native storytellers, or learn more about Native American culture, head to the American Indian Festival at Patuxent River Park or the Gathering of the Nations at the Harvest Moon-Duminudi in Baltimore. Both are on Oct. 15 and will provide your family with an enriching cultural experience.
There are more than 300 free events in and around Baltimore in October. You can find free museum and choral tickets, farm tours, crafty events, and more. It's free and it's fun so basically, you can't go wrong.
There is so much to do in Maryland this fall that there are simply not enough weekends to enjoy it all. Plan wisely, pack up the car, and head out for adventure.