Maryland is one of the smaller U.S states, at just 9,775 square miles, yet that hardly means it doesn’t have a lot to offer. There’s plenty for tourists to do when visiting the state, with numerous natural attractions, beaches, and forests available. It also has a storied past due to the wars it has seen over the years.
Sports are quite big there too as Maryland boasts multiple professional teams, including the Baltimore Ravens and Baltimore Orioles, which means Maryland sports betting is also huge. Sure they aren’t exactly successful at the moment and fans of the Ravens are likely still seething after the NFL outfit lost six straight games to miss the playoffs, but they’re still big deals.
For anyone looking to take a trip over there, this list of the top 10 attractions will come in pretty handy. Let’s check them out.
1. Fort McHenry National Monument
The Fort McHenry National Monument was completed in 1803 as a means of guarding the entrance to the Baltimore harbor and received national acclaim due to its repelling a 24-hour attack from the British 11 years later.
It saved Baltimore from being invaded and inspired Francis Scott Key, who was a prisoner on a British vessel, to write The Star-Spangled Banner.
Visitors are always welcome to tour the buildings, ramparts, and watch a special presentation on Fort McHenry’s history and the national anthem.
2. National Aquarium
This building near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor mimics the environments housing marine life from around the world, including tropical fish, dolphins, and sharks. It’s also home to birds and mammals.
While all of the environments aren’t submerged in water, they all share a connection. The biggest one is the five-story Tropical Rainforest, which offers various levels for exploration, with plants, birds, frogs, sloths, monkeys, among other creatures, available for viewing.
3. The Walters Art Museum
The Walters Art Museum, located in the Mount Vernon Cultural District in Baltimore is one of the few places on the globe that can boast such a history of art from around the world as it covers all types from the third millennium B.C through to the early 20th century, including jewelry, enamels, ivories, bronzes, and illuminated manuscripts.
4. Baltimore Museum Of Art
This museum has earned its popularity through a remarkable collection of art from the current era, as well as the 19th century. It is said to hold 95,000 pieces from various artists, including Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, Joan Miro, Marc Chagall, Paul Cezanne, and Andy Warhol. It also boasts the largest collection of work done by Henri Matisse.
Visitors can come in and admire sculpture, graphic arts, jewelry, furniture, and textiles, while art from Africa and Asia is also available for viewing.
5. Baltimore Inner Harbor
A location replete with attractions and entertainment, Baltimore’s inner harbor is one of the most impressive spots in Maryland. The settlements near the water are all very developed, offering hotels, parks, boutiques, museums, and tours.
The USS Constellation is a three-masted ship visitors could tour. It was on duty during the Civil War and was also used to intercept slave ships off the African Coast. Tours could also be had aboard a submarine, the USS Torsk, U.S Coast Guard Cutter, Taney, and Lightship, Chesapeake.
6. Old Town Annapolis And William Paca House
Annapolis, the capital of Maryland, was the home of a signatory of the Declaration of Independence in William Paca. His actual house is also there, fully refurbished to accommodate visitors while presenting antiques and a garden.
The latter spans two acres and has terraces, a topiary, and a fish-shaped pond reverted to what was obtained back in 1760.
7. Assateague State Park
This park is on Assateague Island, which is a barrier island on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, with Berlin the closest town about eight miles away. The Atlantic Ocean is on the east side of the island, where there’s a long beach stretch that’s great for swimming and surfing if you’re visiting during the summertime.
Visitors of the park could fish and kayak on the more protected bayside too.
There’s a wide range of wildlife at Assateague, more so feral horses that can be seen grazing across the grasslands. Also available at the park are campsites, picnic tables, a camp store, and a snack bar.
8. American Visionary Art Museum
The American Visionary Art Museum hosts a collection of creations from self-taught artists, both from Maryland and around the world. The exhibits, which change pretty often, are described as “surprising and thought-provoking,” offering a view of art from unique perspectives.
At times, they are the product of traditional folk arts passed down through generations or materials used creatively in ways no one else took the time to consider.
The main building is a work of art in itself and the collections in there, as well as those in the sculpture barn, are always awe-inspiring.