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Sail! Swim! Seafood! 8 Ways to Enjoy the Water in Maryland

Sail! Swim! Seafood! 8 Ways to Enjoy the Water in Maryland

Woman laying on the front of a boat holding a White Claw

When it comes to beating the summer heat, do you prefer to splash around, get out on a boat, or crack crabs at a paper-lined table? Whatever your pleasure, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the water in Maryland. 

Book a private sail

Want to feel like a baller this summer? Book a private sail and spend a day (or days) sharing stories, learning seafaring skills, and feeling the salt air and wind on your face. Two of our own team members sailed out of Rock Hall with Shardana Sailing Charters last summer. Read about their day on the Bay here.

Take the ferry to Smith Island

Everyone needs to experience Smith Island at least once in their lifetime. Hop on the ferry to this iconic Maryland location and spend your vacation biking along the water’s edge, navigating water trails, and eating freshly picked crab meat and Smith Island Cake.

Mother, Father, and child walking a dog in the water
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Set up camp at Deep Creek 

One of our contributors grew up camping at Deep Creek Lake State Park and decided it was the perfect place to introduce her baby to sleeping in the great outdoors. Get all the details about where they stayed and how they spent their time here.

Kayak past sunken warships

A kayak tour of Mallows Bay belongs on everyone’s bucket list. The peaceful national marine sanctuary in Charles County is home to sunken warships visible from the water in addition to a variety of wildlife. You’ll likely spot a bald eagle or two on your visit.

Photo Credit: Atlantic Kayak

Hunt for shark teeth 

Travel a path through forests and wetlands to get to the beach at Calvert Cliffs State Park, where you can pretend like you’re a paleontologist! See who can find the most shark teeth.

Make a splash in a swimming hole

Craving some space from the crowds? Head to one of these of lesser-known swimming spots in Maryland.

girl playing at flag ponds nature park
Photo Credit: @kidsquarantineandme

Let the kids cool off at a playground with a water feature

There’s no better recipe for summer fun than combining a water activity with a sweet treat. Check out these playgrounds with water features and where to go nearby for a bite to eat.

Eat and drink your way through a canal town

Head to Chesapeake City to crack crabs, sip on cocktails at a tiki bar, and work your way through a handful of popular restaurants and quaint small-town shops.

Lead Photo: Chris Vandergrift

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