Family Travel, Day Trips and Places to Visit in Maryland

6 spots to camp in comfort

Looking for a spot to camp in relative comfort not to far from the Baltimore-Annapolis area?

For many families, camping the old-fashioned way can be more than they bargained for. When kids think of camping they most likely envision roasting marshmallows, catching fireflies and sleeping under the stars. Parents, meanwhile, can't get past sleeping on the hard ground, trekking to the bathroom at midnight and fighting off biting bugs.

These days many parks and campgrounds in Maryland and beyond now offer more than just a space to pitch a tent.

Fun ideas for whatever your family is in the mood for this summer

IntheMoodFeatureby Janice Herrema Wagner

Updated June 2017

My family's goal this summer is a lofty one — to pack as much fun as we can into each day before sunset.


From hanging at the beach to hiking in the hills, from exploring the big city to a day on the farm, read on for some day-trip opportunities recommended by local moms for discovery and adventure.

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