7 Unique Things To Do In Maryland This Winter

No matter your interests, you're sure to find unique things to do in Maryland every season of the year. However, there is something special about visiting the Eastern Shore during the winter months. Check out our guide to learn more!




Maryland's Eastern Shore is a great place to be during the winter months. There are plenty of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy, from sledding and skiing to snowboarding and tubing.

And if you're looking for something a little more low-key, there are also many interesting places to go for a walk or take in the scenery. Just because it might be a little cold doesn't mean you have to stay inside!


The winter is a great time to enjoy the Eastern Shore of Maryland's natural beauty. You’ll be able to enjoy this paradise for quite some time during the winter months when it's not bustling with tourists.

So no matter your interests, you're sure to find something to love about winter on the Eastern Shore.


7 Unique Things To Do in Maryland This Winter


1. Explore Nature Refuges.


Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge and the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge are the perfect places to explore, go on winter walks, go birding and enjoy the beautiful wildlife.


Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge near Rock Hall is a favorite of birders this time of year. The major feeding and resting ground for migratory waterfowl in winter, it's easy to see why these wanderers come here. Make sure you keep an eye out for American bald eagles, great horned owls and woodcocks. All three are common breeding or nesting birds this time of year!


The large breeding population of American bald eagles in the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge are a clear indication that this area has rich wildlife.




2. Spread Holiday Cheer


There’s no better time to visit the Eastern Shore of Maryland than during the holiday season. Some ideas include shopping locally and enjoying delicacies straight from the Eastern Shore. Local markets are a wonderful way to do both!


The Winterfest of Lights is one tradition that should not be missed in Chesapeake City. Visitors can enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, Christmas carolers and light displays throughout town from late November through mid-January! It is one of the unique things to do in Maryland during winter.


Photo via Winterfest of Lights


Be sure not to miss the Cambridge Dorchester Christmas Parade! It has been an annual tradition for over 70 years. Get your fix of holiday cheer by arriving early on the first Saturday in December so you can watch all the festivities!


3. Visit Adkins Arboretum


Adkins Arboretum is the perfect place to enjoy the native plants of winter on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. With 400 acres to explore, you'll never run out of things to see and do at this native garden preserve near Ridgely!


Photo via: Adkins Arboteum


4. Enjoy the Coast

The off-season is the best time to take in all that beautiful coastal scenery. The deserted beaches are much quieter in winter, and there's plenty of room to park. Your pup can even join you on the beach from October 1st through April 30th.


5. Go on a Wine Tour

Maryland is a mecca for wine connoisseurs with more than 80 wineries and 12 located in the Chesapeake Bay area. In winter, the Chesapeake Wine Trail becomes a much more relaxing experience as it's not nearly as busy. You can spend plenty of time with your favorite winemakers and take in all they can offer you!




6. Enjoy the Local Oysters

Whether you're looking for an elegant dinner or a casual lunch, there are plenty of restaurants in Maryland that will make your mouth water with excitement. The oysters should be at their peak on the Eastern Shore during winter - don't miss out!


7. Visit the Farm!

Photo via: Adkins Arboteum

Winter is a beautiful and busy time at Sugar Water Manor this time of the year! Come to hang out with the animals, enjoy the serene, relaxing setting and breathe the fresh air you have been craving. With three different places to stay on the property, you can find the best place for you. Bring the family, a group of friends or maybe just get away by yourself!

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