Take the Upland Walk trail at Adkins Arboretum to find a playground composed of almost all natural materials.
The nature play space has a Native American theme with two wigwams, a snake balance beam and a turtle-shaped tree stump ring.
The arboretum also features the Children’s Funshine Garden, where kids can learn to take care of plants by digging in the sand, picking weeds, smelling chocolate peppermint and checking the rain gauge.
If you are looking for some exercise, the arboretum offers five miles of hiking trails through fields and woods with native flora and fauna.
Admission to the arboretum is $5 for adults, $2 for students 6–18 and free for children 5 and younger. It is open Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Adkins Arboretum is located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, 25 miles east of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, near Ridgely. It’s adjacent to Tuckahoe State Park, which offers tent and cabin camping, picknicking, boating, fishing, and canoe and kayak rentals.
For more information about the activities and offerings, visit the Adkins Arboretum website.
For other places to play outside with the kids, check out our list of 7 nature play spaces in the Baltimore/Annapolis area.