National Parks / Natural World in Maryland with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, The Old Line State has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in Maryland offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

The state of Maryland itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Fort McHenry National Monument

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    Baltimore

    An important part of Maryland and USA history at Fort McHenry! Kids can see the place that inspired the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner - great family fun out in Baltimore for the day!

  • Catoctin Mountain Park

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    Thurmont

    With 25 miles of hiking trails winding through both Catoctin Mountain Park and Cunningham Falls State Park a variety of experiences are available. The roads of the Park offer scenic driving all year; ...

  • Monocacy National Battlefield

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    Frederick

    A fascinating and educational look into history at this national battlefield in Maryland. Known as the Civil War Battle that Saved DC, families can visit a landscape that has changed little since the ...

  • Antietam National Battlefield

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    Sharpsburg

    An eye opening and fascinating historical experience at Antietam National Battlefield - a site that played a key role in 1862 invasion of the Confederate Army into the North.

  • National Aquarium in Baltimore

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    Baltimore

    The Aquarium is home to approximately 16,500 specimens and more than 660 species of animals. The Aquarium features hundreds of exhibits featuring more than 16,500 animals.

  • Irvine Nature Center

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    Owings Mills

    Enjoy Irvine Nature Center's resident animals, 116 acres of woodlands, wetlands and meadows, and an interactive exhibit hall free of charge! There are great trails for easy family nature hikes, ...

  • Wheaton Regional Park and Nature Center

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    Wheaton

    Great outdoor fun with 536 acres of park land, with trails, playgrounds, train rides, history, and a brilliant nature center!

  • Cabin John Regional Park

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    Bethesda

    Leisure options include ice-skating rink; indoor and outdoor tennis courts; miniature train; hike trails; playgrounds and sports faciltiies including soccer, softball and handball pitches, plus ...

  • Fort Frederick State Park

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    Big Pool

    offers an extensive colonial era experience, with restored barracks and fort buildings; fishing, boating and hiking opportunities on the rivers plus a traditional adventure playground.

  • Constitution Park

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    Cumberland

    A great little Maryland park with playgrounds, a pool, museum and special events!

  • Bear Branch Nature Center

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    Westminster

    A nature center set among 320 acres of trails, orchards, mews and lakes, with educational exhibits and a planetarium.

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  • National Museum of Civil War Medicine

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    Frederick

    Interactive educational programs, exhibits, seminars and lectures provide the knowledge that Civil War medicine connects us not only to our past, but is the scientific and historical link to our ...

  • The Brunswick Railroad Museum

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    Brunswick

    On the second floor, the Museum's exhibits tell the history of Brunswick and the people who have lived here. Life-sized recreations of late Victorian rooms are the centerpiece of these exhibits. On ...

  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

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    Greenbelt

    Space education and fun at this interactive NASA Visitor Center in Maryland! With lectures, model rocket launches, and children's programs, there is much to see and learn for kids - all about space!

  • Surratt House Museum

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    Clinton

    Restored in 1976 by The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, today the museum presents a variety of programs and events, recapturing the history of mid-19th century life and ...

  • College Park Aviation Museum

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    College Park

    Visitors to the museum step into an open 1½ story exhibit space, which highlights the display of unique aircraft and artifacts and tells the story of the airport's many 1st in flight to today.

  • Baltimore Museum of Art

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    Baltimore

    The Baltimore Museum of Art organizes and presents a variety of dynamic exhibitions and innovative programs throughout the year. The Museum is Maryland's largest art museum featuring more than 85,000 ...

  • Port Discovery Children's Museum

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    Baltimore

    Kids fun in Baltimore with this children's museum that provides experiences which ignite imagination, inspire learning, and nurture growth through play!

  • USS Constellation Museum

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    Baltimore

    The Museum is the steward of the 1854 US Sloop-of-War Constellation. It's also the custodian of all related artifacts, materials, and histories from the Baltimore-built Frigate Constellation of ...

  • Maryland Science Center

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    Baltimore

    Three fun levels of interactive science fun, with exhibits covering dinosaurs, space, the human body and planet Earth. Kids just have to make sure they touch everything and have fun!

  • Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum and Sports Legends Museum

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    Baltimore

    Both the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum and Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards. The Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum presents the life and times of George Herman "Babe" Ruth, Baltimore's native son who ...

  • Lacrosse Museum and National Hall of Fame

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    Baltimore

    Come discover and relive the origins of America's oldest sport! Engulf yourself in rare photographs and art, vintage equipment and uniforms, striking sculptures and trophies, cherished memorabilia ...

  • Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum

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    Baltimore

    Where America's most important, historic and comprehensive collection lives to tell the story of railroading every day. Forty acres of heritage and a world class collection await your discovery!

  • Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum

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    St Leonard

    A place where history and nature surround you. Enjoy miles of trails, water views, tours, exhibits, events, and more.

  • Calvert Marine Museum

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    Solomons

    The museum dedicated to the collection, preservation, research, and interpretation of the culture and natural history of Southern Maryland. Explore the history, culture, and lighthouses of the ...

  • Ocean City Life-Saving Station

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    Ocean City

    You’ll find captivating exhibits featuring the history of the U.S. Life-Saving Service and Ocean City History. We also have on display a Mermaid Collection, Shipwreck Artifacts, Sands of the World, ...

  • Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art

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    Salisbury

    The most comprehensive collection of wildfowl carving in the world invites you to explore this unique, indigenous North American art form from antique working decoys to internationally acclaimed ...

  • Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

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    St Michaels

    While on campus, begin your tour in our working boat yard, then climb a real 1879 lighthouse, pull up an eel at Waterman's Wharf, climb a skipjack in Oystering on the Bay, plus visit the Waterfowling ...

  • Chesapeake Childrens Museum

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    Annapolis

    The mission of Chesapeake Children's Museum is to create an environment of discovery about oneself, the peoples, the technologies, and the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay area for all our children and ...

  • Annapolis Maritime Museum

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    The Annapolis Maritime Museum seeks to connect the richness of the maritime heritage of the Annapolis area with our local youth and adults.The Museum operates from a waterside campus on the shores of ...

  • US Naval Academy Museum

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    Annapolis

    The U. S. Naval Academy Museum serves as an educational and inspirational resource for the Brigade of Midshipmen at the U. S. Naval Academy, other students of American naval history, and thousands of ...

  • Baltimore Museum of Industry

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    Baltimore

    The BMI is a great place to learn and have fun at any age! Enjoy a guided tour including demonstrations of working industrial artifacts, or explore the digital tour's numerous audio or video tracks. ...

  • Geppis Entertainment Museum

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    Located in Camden Station at Camden Yards. The museum exhibits nearly 6,000 pop culture artifacts from the past 250 years including comics, toys, dolls, games and memorabilia from every category. ...

  • Gaithersburg Community Museum

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    Gaithersburg

    An interesting and educational museum on the cities' history, set in a beautifully resorted 1884 B&O Railroad Station complex in the lovely Gaithersburg, Maryland.

  • National Electronics Museum

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    Linthicum

    From telegraph and radio to radar and satellites, the National Electronics Museum offers visitors access to the electronic marvels that have helped to shape our country and our world.