What Are The Best Places to Explore in Your Area?

Sherwood Gardens With summer quickly approaching, many of us are fixing to get out of the house. But where does everyone go? Share your  favorite local day trip or long weekend spot in your area in the comments section below. Feel free to include hidden gems in your local area, such as Sherwood Gardens, pictured here, that features beautiful tulips annoucing the arrival of spring.

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Kathleen Broman June 12, 2014 at 10:54 am

Anyone ever here of Flag Pond? Its a lovely place in Calvert County. Not our neck of the woods but makes for a great day trip. They have hiking trails, restroom facilities, a lovely beach on the bay that you can sit relax or swim. But best of all you can explore the waterline for shark teeth and fossilized shells. Great place for the kids too. Family/dog friendly. If you dont want to go that far for shark teeth, Brownie Beach in Chesapeake Beach Md is closer. Its a very small beach and if your not local it will cost you to get onto the beach. Or you can do the water park that is in Chesapeake beach thats just a mile a way from brownie beach. Enjoy what MD has to offer.

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Paul Schley June 8, 2014 at 1:11 pm

The Waterfall at Rock State Park is always a winner. I would estimate it's a 3 story waterfall. A short hike on the dirt trail and you're there. Bring your camera! SOME people get into the water. Also, at Rock State Park, hike to the KING & QUEEN seat. They are 2 large rocks that overlook the park. Again, bring your camera. Don't be surprised to find rock climbers here!

Go for a ride to Blooms Broom Dairy Farm for lunch and homemade ice cream for desert! Live accoustic music most weekends. Pick-up something for me!

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vonda chaney June 12, 2014 at 11:29 am

Brooms Bloom dairy farm is our go to place off I-95 to stop for lunch & ice cream! Small size is hugh & prices are great! Great place for the kids to run around outside. Too bad they took away their baby farm animals to see!

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Susan June 8, 2014 at 5:28 am

One of my favorite spots in the DC area is the Bonsai Museum at the National Arboretum. You can bring a picnic lunch and eat on a blanket under the trees after touring some amazing cultivated art.

The North Central Railroad Trail that starts in Hunt Valley north of Baltimore is a great place to bike, walk or run with all ages. The trail goes north into Pennsylvania, but there are frequent stops along the trail so you can customize your adventure.

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vonda chaney June 12, 2014 at 11:27 am

was going to submit same location, perfect choice for a day outing & relxation! And if you've kids great place for them to run & see the kids garden. Finally great place to bring your bike to ride in the beautiful/peaceful surroundings! kudos

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Carolyn Harris June 6, 2014 at 7:12 pm

Gunpowder State Park off Belair road is a cool place to visit anytime of year. There are many trails, a river walk and even an old fashion swimming hole with natural small water falls. A great place for a picnic on a rock or to see deer.

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Becque Bishop June 6, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Great Falls National Park is an amazing site--14 miles upstream from Washington, D.C.--great place for a day trip and picnic!!
Also Kenilworth Gardens and aquatic park in Washington, D.C. is a wonderful day trip--beautiful and relaxing!! Also a great place for a secluded picnic!!

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Barry Miller June 6, 2014 at 8:54 am

The Cylburn Arboretum
http://cylburn.org/
4915 Greenspring Ave. Baltimore, MD 21209
Phone: (410) 367-2217 / Fax: (410) 367-7112
info@cylburnassociation.org

Near Sinai Hospital south of Northern Parkway. A wonderful hidden gem with a lovely mansion, greenhouses, touch garden, and lots of hiking trails. You may have driven past the entrance and not know it was there - at the end of a long driveway. Also, the woods along Jones Falls Expressway are part of the hiking trails.

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Jordan Bishop June 6, 2014 at 8:06 am

You are correct, Sherwood Gardens is a beautiful place to visit, especially in the spring when the tulips are blooming. Bring a blanket and have a picnic, or walk to Ms. Shirley's for brunch.

It's tough to beat Annapolis on a nice day, especially around the City Dock area -- plenty of restaurants and bars, shopping and the Naval Academy, all along the water.

This isn't original, but Camden Yards is one of the best parks in MLB to watch a game. We're spoiled. Go on a workday so it's not as crowded and bring food in to the game. Go O's!

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