Things To Do in Maryland

Maryland Spotlights

Antietam National Battlefield

Antietam National BattlefieldLocated in Sharpsburg in western Maryland just across the Potomac River from West Virginia. The bloodiest one day battle in American history took place here in 1862. Explore the exhibits in the visitor center, join a ranger for a battlefield talk, take the self-guided auto tour through the battlefield or take a self-guided hike. Three of the trails have Podcasts. Other activities here include biking, horseback riding, fishing, picnicking, boating or tubing on Antietam Creek.

Assateague Island National Seashore

Assateague Island National SeashoreThis barrier island is located off the east coast of Maryland and Virginia. The visitor center on the Maryland side has marine aquariums, a touch tank, exhibits and a film about the wild horses on the island. Biking is a great way to explore the island. Camping is available only in the Maryland district of the island. You can rent canoes and kayaks seasonally in the Maryland district. Collecting shells, surf and shell fishing are allowed as well as swimming and surfing and over sand vehicles. The wild horses are descendants of domesticated animals brought to the island over 300 years ago. They are free roaming and can be seen anywhere on the island. Virginia’s horses are privately owned and are in fenced areas. There are a variety of ranger guided programs available to visitors including a ranger guided kayak program.