Tourism in Maryland
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Maryland presents a variety of activities and fun for the whole family. Baltimore boasts an excellent zoo, the world-class National Aquarium with a rainforest environment, a must-see railroad museum and the Maryland Science Center. The city's Inner Harbor offers rides on sailing vessels, visits on historic ships and a submarine, summer evening concerts, shopping and dining.
Outside of Baltimore, there are two historic rail lines featuring steam engines, miles of cycling trails and mountains offering almost limitless hiking. The state also offers downhill and cross country snow skiing, lakes for swimming, 4,000 miles of clean streams for fishing, large and small game hunting, hang gliding and more.
The Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic shoreline offer perfect sailing conditions, beaches, swimming and other water sports. The entire state offers bird watching opportunities because of its location on migration routes and waterfowl wintering grounds.
For those who enjoy gaming, Maryland is home to five casinos located in all areas of the state, with an additional casino to be developed at the National Harbor resort in Prince George’s County.
Maryland abounds in world-class cultural institutions, including:
A sampling of respected museums in the state includes:
Also discover historic restored villages and revitalized neighborhoods throughout the state, a legacy of over 350 years of Maryland history. Antietam National Battlefield as well as the American Revolution, War of 1812 and Civil War battlefields dot the state. The lengthy shorelines of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean are home to museums of maritime heritage and century-old lighthouses.
Marylanders love sports. Home to several professional sports teams and more than a dozen nationally competitive college-level sports teams, fans enjoy
Oriolesmajor league baseball at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, consistently voted one of the top 10 parks in the league, and the NFL 2001/2013 Super Bowl winning Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. The
Washington Redskins, another National Football League franchise, play at FedEx Field in Landover.
Other professional sports teams include the
Baltimore Blast (Professional Arena Soccer League), as well as the nearby
Washington Wizards (National Basketball Association), and
Capitals (National Hockey League). College and minor league sports are also well represented.
Other sports highlights:
Golf - Maryland is home to nearly 200 public, private and semiprivate golf courses located throughout the state including the legendary Congressional Country Club in Bethesda.
Sailing - In the Chesapeake Bay area, boating is a favorite pastime. Annapolis is known as America's sailing capital. In 2002 and 2006, Maryland was a stopover for the Volvo Ocean Race, a grueling nine- month sailboat race around the world.
Horse racing - Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore hosts the Preakness Stakes, one of three thoroughbred horse races that comprise the world famous Triple Crown.
Basketball - The University of Maryland, College Park competes in the Big Ten Conference after a long run with the ACC. The men's basketball team won the Division 1 national championship game in 2002 by defeating Indiana
Lacrosse - Several Maryland colleges and universities have Division 1 men's lacrosse teams, including 2007 champion Johns Hopkins University.
A Maryland location provides access to world-renowned health care resources. The state is home to 48 acute care hospitals, including Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, one of the top-rated hospitals in the nation. The University of Maryland Medical System is home to the nation's first Shock Trauma Center, with affiliated shock trauma units around the state. Maryland ranks fifth in the country in physicians per capita, with 22,000 doctors statewide.
Within a close drive of any particular employment center, Marylanders can find dozens of residential settings that include both recently-built homes and established neighborhoods. A number of areas feature waterfront properties.
For 2014, the median price for settled residential sales was $260,899 for Maryland, ranging from $83,250 in Allegany County to $400,000 in Montgomery County. Housing in the Baltimore metropolitan area is generally lower than other northeast and west coast metro areas.
Maryland's public school systems offer high quality primary and secondary education. According to Quality Counts, Education Week’s annual assessment of key indicators of student success, the state’s K-12 public school system ranks third overall based on three graded categories. Maryland ranks second in the achievement category which rates states on current academic performance, change over time and poverty-based gaps. In addition, for the ninth year in a row, Maryland ranks first in the percentage of public high school seniors who scored at the mastery level on Advanced Placement (AP) exams, with 31.8 percent earning a score of 3 or higher in 2014.
All school districts in the state offer: kindergarten, special education, adult continuing education, career-technical instruction, vocational rehabilitation, disadvantaged children’s programs, gifted and talented children’s programs, library services, and instructional TV. In addition, private and parochial schools are available in most communities.