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Kid Friendly Things To Do

They call Maryland “America in Miniature,” which makes sense, because Maryland is the perfect place to bring the little ones.

With world famous attractions like the National Aquarium and B&O Railroad Museum as well as local favorites like the Maryland Science Center, Port Discovery Children’s Museum and Ripley’s Believe it Or Not, Baltimore is a can’t miss family destination. Ocean City with its iconic boardwalk, historic rides and white, sandy beaches will take mom and dad right back to their own childhood.

Adventure Sports Center International (ASCI) in McHenry

Home to the 2014 Canoe Slalom World Championships, ASCI offers world-class instructors and a range of challenges from beginner to Olympian in their man-made white-water facility.

Chesapeake Children's Museum, Annapolis

Tucked away in more than five acres of land at the head of Spa Creek, this museum teaches kids all about the Chesapeake Bay. Peek at wildlife through the Bay Window or build a city in the Hard Hat area. The Underground Railroad Trail explains how runaway slaves depended on nature to survive in their quest for freedom.

Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons

Looking for a great family day trip in the Washington D.C. Metro Area? Then the Calvert Marine Museum is the place for you. Located in Solomons, Maryland, at the mouth of the Patuxent River, the museum offers fun, hands-on experiences in a beautiful setting.

Historic St. Mary's City, Southern Maryland

Colorful living history and amazing archaeology reveal the past at Maryland's first capital. Explore a colonial plantation, tall ship, a brick chapel and an Indian hamlet. Visitors can see archaeological excavations and get their hands-on history with a great experience for all ages.

Jolly Rogers Splash Mountain Waterpark in Ocean City

Splash in the Lost Lagoon Family Activity Pool, drift away on the 1000-foot-long Lazy River, blast down the 45-foot-tall drop on Stealth or thrill up and down the exhilarating Master Blaster water roller coaster.

Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore may be one of the oldest zoos in the nation, but it combines that long tradition with exciting, cutting-edge exhibits like Penguin Coast, where the best-dressed animals at the zoo dive, swim and cavort in their naturalistic habitat complete with currents, waves and underwater view ports.

The National Aquarium in Baltimore

The beautiful National Aquarium in Baltimore has changed its mission to become one of the premier ocean conservation organizations in the country, but it remains a must-see for all families. From the beautiful Australia: Wild Extremes pavilion to the thrilling Blacktip Reef exhibit, the National Aquarium is fun you can sink your teeth into.

National Harbor’s Capital Wheel

Rise 180 feet into the air and take in the sights from one of the Capital Wheel’s climate-controlled gondolas. The fantastic view features the Potomac River and skyline of National Harbor out over to the Washington Monument in the Nation’s Capital. The Capital Wheel is a one-of-a-kind ride!

Port Discovery Children's Museum, Baltimore

The main attraction for big kids and adults here is the three-story urban treehouse, called KidWorks. For the under-five crowd, Tot Trails encourages running and crawling, as well as digging for fossils. Check out the kid-sized Royal Farms Convenience Store, Fill’er Up Station, and Tiny’s Diner.

Rose Hill Manor Park and Children's Museum, Frederick

Guests can stroll the picturesque grounds, manor house, ice house, log cabin, carriage collection and two barns of Maryland’s first governor, Thomas Johnson. At the Children’s Museum, kids get a hands-on experience of Colonial America.

Adventure Park USA Adventure Park at Sandy Spring
Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely   Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center
Antietam National Battlefield Autobahn Indoor Speedway, White Marsh & Jessup
Assateague Island Baltimore Museum of Industry
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum    Baltimore's Urban Pirates
Brookside Gardens Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo
Chesapeake Beach Water Park Clark's Elioak Petting Farm
ClimbZone, Laurel Cylburn Arboretum
C&O Canal National Historic Park College Park Aviation Museum
Delmarva Discovery Center & Museum Deep Creek Discovery Center
Flying Squirrel Canopy Tours at Deek Creek    Firehouse Museum, Ellicott City
Geppi's Entertainment Museum Go Ape! Rockville
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center     Historic Ships in Baltimore
Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum Jerusalem Mill Village, Kingsville
Maryland Science Center, Baltimore Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament, Arundel Mills 
Mallows Bay Park, Nanjemoy NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt
Patuxent River Naval Air Museum and Visitor Center Pumpton Park Zoo, Rising Sun
Ripley's Believe it or Not, Baltimore & Ocean City Six Flags America, Upper Marlboro
Terrapin Adventures, Savage Trimper's Rides, Ocean City
U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis Wise Resport, McHenry