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Summer Fun, Day 87: Paw Paw Playground at Adkins Arboretum

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 Emily’s Play 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.

**The Visitor’s Center is still closed, which means there are no public restrooms available.** Though the Arboretum’s Tuckahoe Valley trail connects to Tuckahoe State Park’s trail system for longer hikes. Please view or print the map of Arboretum paths. The grounds are open daily from dawn to dusk.

**If the entrance gates are closed, visitors may park along the edge of the drive and enter on foot between dawn and dusk.**

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.

For more summer fun ideas, check out our 100 Days of Summer page for daily family activities and our daily calendar of events.

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