8 Staycation Ideas Near Baltimore, MD
COVID-19 might mean we’re stuck with travel restrictions and social distancing protocols, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get out and have a little fun. In fact, many people are making the most of our strange circumstances by putting together a family (or solo!) staycation. Baltimore might just be one of the best cities for this!
How to Spend Your Staycation Near Baltimore
Whether you’re planning for a one-night or week-long staycation, Baltimore will keep you busy. From shopping to exploring to dining, there is sure to be an activity for each member of your family– at any time and in every price range.
Looking for staycation ideas in Maryland? Here are just a few to get you started:
Baltimore Farmers’ Market and Bazaar
Open on Sundays from 7:00 AM – 12:00PM, this is Maryland’s largest producer-only market. The Baltimore Farmers’ Market and Bazaar has a variety of offerings such as bath and body products, fashion accessories, souvenirs, and original works of art. And of course you’ll find fresh, local produce, dairy, meats, and baked goods. Take a look at the list of vendors and market map to start planning your visit.
History, food, entertainment, and more can all be found at the Inner Harbor in the heart of downtown Baltimore. Once the home of shipbuilding and steel mills, the area has become one of Baltimore’s most popular landmarks. Start with a trip to the Maryland Science Center or National Aquarium, then catch a water taxi to one of the area’s delicious dining options before strolling around the historic ships docked in the Harbor for your viewing pleasure.
Parks and Trails
Let’s be honest, any outdoor staycation idea is a welcome one while we’re in COVID mode. Simply exploring the parks and trails in and around Baltimore could keep you busy for weeks on end. Enjoy some of the best aircraft views in the area while walking or biking the BWI Trail, which makes an 11 mile loop around Baltimore-Washington International Airport. The Baltimore Annapolis trail covers much of Anne Arundel County, with a portion of the paved path weaving through developed areas where you can stop for a quick bite along your route. A full list of local parks and trails can be found here.
Famous for its beautiful display of native plants, rare trees, and flowering shrubs (along with over 80,000 tulips in the spring!), Sherwood Gardens provides another fantastic outdoor staycation idea for the whole family. Free to enter and open year round, you won’t want to miss this beautiful attraction.
If you’re looking for a more active staycation idea in Maryland, Terrapin Adventures is the place for you! Adventure challenges include ropes courses, zip lines, rock climbing, and archery just to name a few. They’ve got courses designed for participants of all ages, making this a perfect way to burn off some quarantine energy during your staycation in Baltimore.
Guinness Open Gate Brewery
Kick back with the sun on your face, sip a beer or two, play lawn games, and enjoy a delicious meal – all at Guinness Open Gate Brewery. This experimental brewery combines over 260 years of Irish brewing experience with American beer.
Arundel Mills Mall
Arundel Mills is the largest outlet and retail mall in Maryland. It boasts more than 200 stores in addition to several dining and entertainment options, making it a great indoor staycation idea. Check out a map of the mall before you head over, and don’t forget to visit their website for a comprehensive list of current COVID-19 safety protocols.
Dave & Buster’s
Located inside Arundel Mills Mall, Dave & Buster’s is a popular area attraction. Of course there are the arcade-style games Dave & Buster’s is known for, but you’ll also find massive screens to watch your favorite team, pool tables, bowling alleys, virtual reality games, as well as dining options. This indoor playground is taking COVID-19 precautions, so be sure to peek at their website ahead of time and come prepared to play safely.
Book Your Room at The Hotel at Arundel Preserve for Your Staycation
The Hotel at Arundel Preserve is the perfect home base for your Baltimore adventure, and our “Get Away From Home” package is one of our favorite hotel staycation ideas! You’ll receive 10% off regular room rates, breakfast at Bagels ‘n Grinds (located just outside our front door), plus early check-in and late check-out so you can relax for as long as you’d like.
Our convenient location, just outside of Baltimore city, lets you go from lounging in your luxurious guest room to getting your Baltimore adventure on in just a matter of minutes. Book your staycation today and experience all that Baltimore and The Hotel at Arundel Preserve have to offer!