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‘Tis the Sea-son to Cool Off in Maryland

Posted July 29th, 2020 Assateague Island, Calvert Cliffs, cruise, nature, outdoor activities, Smith Island, Summer

Take time this summer to relax, recharge, and reconnect with nature! There are lots of beautiful parks, beaches and preserves right here in Maryland. Keep reading for a list of hot spots to stay cool.

If you want to feel like you’ve traveled to an oasis, but only have an afternoon to spend, you don’t have to go any further than Smith Island! The best way to get there is via cruise. Trips launch at 12:30pm every Thursday-Sunday from Crisfield, MD. This “island out of time” is like no other, preserving the island’s culture and authentic small-town feel.

Nothing says summer quite like a day at the beach. Cool off and take a dip at the beautiful sandy beaches of Calvert Cliffs! You can also head to Assateague for a swim, sunbathe, or even surf. Assateague Island is home to wild horses, so just make sure to keep a respectful distance from the neigh-bors.

Terrapin Beach Park is a great spot for a bike ride. Covering 276 acres, this park is full of trails through the marshlands and wetlands. There’s also a boardwalk and gazebo, so pack a post-ride picnic, or just lay out on the beach! Another great place for a ride is Janes Island State Park. This park is an excellent viewing point of the Chesapeake, especially at sunset. Come here to take in panoramic views of pristine nature, right on the Eastern Shore.

There’s lots to do at Gunpowder Falls State Park, which offers over 120 miles of trails, a swimming beach, and more. At the Hereford area, you can rent a tube and float away from life’s stress! This is a great way to enjoy a soothing day on the water with friends in a safe, socially distant way.

At Monie Bay Water Trails, you can choose from three different trails for kayaking, each of varying difficulty. Explore the marsh and spot local wildlife as you take a relaxing ride along the gentle waves. For more experienced seafarers, the rapids at Youghiogheny Wild River Natural Environmental are a fun place to kayak. It offers “some of the most rugged mountain scenery in Maryland,” so pack some sunscreen and a sense of adventure!

For a little slice of paradise right in your own backyard, the Luminary pool is open. Come on down for an evening swim, an afternoon tan, or get in a few laps before work.

We hope you have a great summer full of fun! Make sure to share photos of your adventures under the sun with us, @LuminaryLiving.

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