With its numerous inlets and waterways, Maryland has as strong of a boating culture as you’re going to find anywhere. For a little state, it packs a punch with an astounding 3,190 miles of shoreline.
You’ll get a very different experience in every marina you hit in Maryland. Those looking for action and plenty of on-land excursions will find Baltimore, National Harbor, and Annapolis the best places to start. Sleepier travelers who want beautiful views and great beaches should head “downy oshun” to Ocean City. 10 miles of beaches is hard to beat.
Whatever region you choose to visit in Maryland, expect hospitable marinas, excellent crab cakes, and an unforgettable day.
Average temperatures in Maryland start to get above 50 starting in March and stay that way well into October, so your boating season may be even longer than you think. Reservations do get much busier in the summer months so if you’re looking for a weekend visit, it’s best to reserve those well in advance. Make note of your desired marina’s opening booking day each year and plan on requesting any holiday weekends or high-demand weekends then.
What about storms? While the region does have the same hurricane season as the rest of the east coast and Caribbean, Maryland has historically been less susceptible to major storm events. Hurricanes have only made direct contact a handful of times since tracking began in the late 1800s. It’s not to say it won’t happen though, so keep an eye on the weather as you approach your stay. If Maryland is facing a named storm you should be able to get your reservation canceled and refunded by the marina.
While many National Harbor visitors are drawn to The Capital Wheel (with good reason), we are most impressed by the iconic 72-foot statue, “The Awakening” 72-foot statue by J. Seward Johnson, Jr. that can be seen when you arrive by boat. The sculpture depicts a giant trying to pull himself up from the ground. It’s great for pictures and family friendly for kids who can’t help but climb on anything that’s climbable.
Fell’s point is a beautiful part of downtown Baltimore and you can experience it in a diversity of ways to best suit your interests. Foodies may want to restaurant hop - The Thames Street Oyster House always tops the favorites list. History buffs can book guided tours and learn about the major events and people that defined Maryland and our country. You can even rent bikes and scooters and carve your own way through the neighborhood.
Hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society, this boat-lovers festival takes place every year in June - typically over Father’s Day weekend. St. Michaels, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore is a historic and beautiful stop in it’s own right and there aren’t many festivals quite like this one. Buy tickets and take in the vintage racers and meticulously restored wooden classics. Tickets are affordable for non-members and free for members. This one may even become a tradition in your family.