Maryland Day commemorates March 25, 1634, the day settlers disembarked from two small sailing ships – the Ark and the Dove – onto Maryland soil. There are 40+ events happening in the Baltimore region this weekend to celebrate.

Here are 10 of our favorite ways to celebrate Maryland Day with kids in tow.

10 Ways to Celebrate Maryland Day with Kids

Go On a Scavenger Hunt at the Annapolis Maritime Museum
Saturday, March 26 | 10:00 AM – 3 PM
$1 Admission

Join  the Annapolis Maritime Museum (AMM) and discover the importance of the oyster to our local maritime heritage and the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay. For Maryland Day only, admission will be $1 and include access to their award-winning exhibits and hands-on activities like an oyster shell craft and building small boats to take home. Discover the unique and traditional workboats that contributed to the success of the oyster industry through a self-led scavenger hunt. MORE

Explore a Regional Park for FREE
All Weekend Long
FREE all Weekend

Regional parks are offering FREE admission all weekend long in celebration of Maryland Day! This is the perfect opportunity to visit Kinder Farm Park, Downs Park, Fort Smallwood Park, Quiet Waters Park, or Scenic Rivers Land Trust. The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center is also free all weekend. MORE

Experience Colonial Maryland at Historic London Town and Gardens
Friday, March 25 – Sunday, March 27 | 10 AM – 4 PM
FREE Admission 

Join Historic London Town and Gardens on Maryland Day weekend as they officially reopen the site for spring! Enjoy free admission all weekend long along with hands-on activities, guided tours, and more. Enjoy story times with Anne Arundel County Public Libraries in the gardens on Friday & Saturday at 12, 1, 2, & 3pm.  The Arundel Ambassador from Visit Annapolis will be onsite on Sunday, March 27th! This 20′ trailer is a mobile visitor information station with all sorts of great info to continue enjoying amazing sites across Anne Arundel County. MORE

Virtual | Celebrate Harriet Tubman with the Banneker-Douglass Museum
Saturday, March 26 |  2 PM – 4 PM

Join the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture and Banneker-Douglass Museum as we present the “Harriet Tubman Women of Courage and Maryland Day” celebration.During this virtual program we will highlight the winners of the Harriet Tubman Women’s History Month Women of Courage Video Contest and present the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman. MORE

10 Ways to Celebrate Maryland Day

Attend a Maryland Flag Raising Ceremony at Annapolis’ City Dock
Saturday, March 26 | 10 AM

Saturday’s Kick-Off Event! Four Rivers Heritage Area and partners present a spirit-lifting flag-raising ceremony! All are welcome, free and open to the public. MORE

Tour The Pride of Baltimore II at Susan Campbell Park in Annapolis
Saturday, March 26 & Sunday, March 27 | 10 AM – 6 PM

Cross the gangway and come aboard to learn about Maryland’s tall ship, Pride of Baltimore ll. Explore the deck and talk to her captain and crew. Learn about the history of Baltimore Clippers and Pride ll; or hear from a crew member what it is like to sail a tall ship today. MORE

Hike The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center 
Saturday, March 26 | 9:30 AM – 12 PM

Join Scenic Rivers Land Trust staff for an in-person guided hike of the conserved Contee Farm portion of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater on Saturday, March 26 at 9:30 am.  Learn the history of the land and take in spectacular views of forest, farmland, and the Rhode River. All ages welcome, but be aware that we will be hiking through fields and on unpaved paths. Pets are not permitted on the SERC campus. Length: 2-4 miles. This event is free, but registration is required and space is limited. MORE

Step Back in History at the William Paca House
Saturday, March 26 | 12 PM – 4 PM

Celebrate Maryland Day with the Annapolis Living Historians. Meet William Paca, the gentry, and their household servants, and learn what is happening in our colony during the year 1772, and how it affects the future of our residents. Stroll the 2-acre garden, an oasis of natural beauty laid out by William Paca…you may meet a member of the gentry or a servant planting the garden. Learn the History of Paca’s garden with a scavenger hunt or simply explore the miniature feature gardens on your own. To ensure the safety of our guests, walk-ins are accepted as space is available. Online registration with timed entry is encouraged to visit. MORE

“Walk” The Underground Railroad with Chesapeake Children’s Museum
Sunday, March 27 | 1 PM
$1 for non CCM Members (Register in advance!)

Go for a guided hike on the banks of Spa Creek. Investigate the quest for freedom as it often relied on nature. Learn how plants and other aspects of nature enabled escape along the Underground Railroad over 150 years ago. MORE

Get Creative at Maryland Hall for the Arts’ ArtFest
Sunday March 27 | 1 PM – 4 PM
Activities FREE or $1

Join Maryland Hall for the Arts for their free Open House! A day of creativity for all ages showcasing the arts at Maryland Hall featuring art & dance demonstrations, live entertainment, exhibitions, hands-on activities, children’s crafts, and much more. Two food trucks will be on our campus providing delicious snacks to purchase. Following ArtFest, the US Naval Academy Band will present a free concert at 4 pm. Registration recommended to guarantee seating. MORE