Quality of Life

You work hard. You want balance. In Maryland, you'll find a quality of life that includes a thriving art and music scene with dozens of museums and theatres. Foodies will enjoy everything from our legendary steamed crabs to haute cuisine, microbreweries and wineries. If the outdoors are your thing, then you'll enjoy kayaking, hiking, sailing, surfing, skiing or exploring the scenic byways. Choose Maryland—we think you'll agree it's a great place to call home.

Maryland residents enjoy a broad range of lifestyles and activities in convenient reach of major metropolitan areas. Each region of the state presents distinctly different styles and histories.

  • ​Central Maryland – characterized by rolling hills, historic towns and high-tech industries, and anchored by the City of Baltimore with its revitalized Inner Harbor and famous ethnic neighborhoods.

  • Suburban Maryland – also known as the Capital Region, sophisticated area known for its fast-growing and innovative biotech companies, surrounds Washington D.C. on three sides.

  • Western Maryland – mountains and forests, fast-flowing streams and the state's largest fresh water lake.

  • Eastern Shore – retains its rural character and quiet lifestyle with robust farming country, quaint old towns and fishing villages complementing a major seaside resort, Ocean City.

  • Southern Maryland – Maryland's fastest growing region, known for its maritime heritage and links to the aerospace and defense industries.

The state benefits from nearby attractions in Washington, D.C. In addition to a global perspective represented by Embassy Row and international delegations, there are national treasures such as the Smithsonian Institution’s 17 museums and galleries, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the National Zoo.

Tourism in Maryland

Come enjoy the beautiful and exciting attractions that Maryland has to offer. Visit www.visitmaryland.org​ for more information on attractions, events, lodging and special deals.


​Recreation

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 four casinos located in all areas of the state, with an additional casino under development in Baltimore City and a sixth to be developed at the National Harbor resort in Prince George’s County.

Culture

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.

Sports

Marylanders love sports. Home to several professional sports teams and more than a dozen nationally competitive college-level sports teams, fans enjoy Baltimore Orioles baseball at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and world champion Baltimore Ravens football at M&T Bank Stadium. The Washington Redskins, another National Football League (NFL) 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
University.
  • Lacrosse - Several Maryland colleges and universities have Division 1 men's lacrosse teams, including 2007 champion Johns Hopkins University.

Healthcare

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 second in the country in physicians per capita, with over 20,000 doctors statewide.​

Housing

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 2013, the median price for settled residential sales was $261,153 for Maryland, ranging from $90,000 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.

K-12 Education

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 first overall based on the latest data in six graded categories. Maryland ranks second in the achievement category, and third in teaching as well as transitions and alignment. In addition, for the eighth 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 29.6 percent earning a score of 3 or higher in 2013.

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.​