Family Travel, Day Trips and Places to Visit in Maryland

Three Eastern Shore Towns to visit this Summer

When the summer heats up and it’s time to pack up the family and head for waterfront breezes, skip Ocean City and shorten your travels by heading to Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The slower pace, welcoming atmosphere, and family-friendly, authentic vibes of Rock Hall, Easton and St. Michaels make them ideal getaways for daytrips or weekend excursions.

Beaches off the beaten path… and other places to swim

northbeachWUpdated May 31, 2017

By Betsy Stein

I will never forget the first time I took my kids to Sandy Point State Park.

They were preschoolers at the time, and it was a hot spring day. Temperatures were predicted to soar into the 90s and the leaves weren't even on the trees yet. Grasping for an activity that wouldn't involve sweltering, I thought of Sandy Point—a Cheapeake Bay beach I had read about but never been to.

I packed up the swim belts, buckets and shovels and off we went for a day on the bay. Having never been to a beach on the Chesapeake Bay, I was shocked at what we had right in our back yard. The kids had a blast and I sat back in my chair, relaxed and marveled at the fact that in less than 30 minutes from Catonsville, I was on a beach.

That is the beauty of living so close to the bay; we have access to many beaches off the beaten path. And if the jellies are getting bad, and the bay is not your thing, there are a number of lakes little more than an hour away with fresh, cool water and sandy beaches perfect for families.

Check out our list below for places to build a sandcastle or just beat the heat this summer.

Five Baltimore/Washington area museums with exhibits for babies

MuseumsForTotsThink your infant or toddler is too little for a museum? Think again. There are many museums in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area that have special exhibits and rooms designed  to educate and entertain babies and toddlers.

The following museums have fun and interesting exhibits and events for children of all ages, as well as adults, but these museums will be especially fun and educational for your baby or toddler.

Information updated May 2018

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