Maryland is the 9th most expensive state to live in, according to just about every cost of living report published. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t go out and have fun on a budget. Here’s my list of 13 awesome things you can do in Maryland for $10 or less.
13. Hoffmans Homemade Ice Cream
You could go to your local chain and grab frozen yogurt or ice cream, but it will be nothing compared to the homemade ice cream at this family owned and operated creamery.
Hoffmans started as a family owned business in 1947 and is still an unforgettable favorite, offering all natural ice cream and deli favorites in Westminster, Maryland.
12. Dollar Crab Nights
This one is not location specific, but if you’re in the mood for crabs and on a tight budget, go out for dollar crab nights. Restaurants all over Maryland are catching on to this trend to bring in more business.
They’re not going to be heavy swamp dogs, but they’ll satisfy your taste buds and give you a cheap night out. Check out Mo’s seafood, Conrad’s Crabs, or Salty Dog Crab House. I’m sure you can find a spot right around the corner offering this trend. Cost: $1.00 per crab
11. AFI Silver Theater and Culture Center
Built in 1938 and abandoned in 1989, this theater faced a wrecking ball and survived thanks to the surrounding community. Developers took on a mission to restore this theater and preserve cultural history while expanding to keep up with times.
From 16mm, to digital projection, and D5 films, check out the available shows and experience a piece of history too. Cost $10 for a matinee.
10. Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center
If you love walking, hiking, biking, you are going to love the backdrop provided here. From a ramp that has you walking thru the tree tops, to the vast collection of sculptures and artwork like The Council Ring.
If the kids are in tow, don’t forget to swing by the Fairy Lolly where a woodland cabin is decorated just for kids to play and pretend. Cost: Adults $5.00 Kids $3.00
9. Quiet Waters Park
In Maryland’s capital, is nestled a park that you could spend your entire summer in. From the romantic bridges and pavilion, to the summer concert series, or rent a kayak and tour the park by water.
Entrance to the park is free, but there is a cost to park and boat rental fees. Plan for the day and pop a squat for lunch at the butterfly gardens. Cost: $6.00 for parking
8. National Hard Crab Derby
Marylander’s love their crabs and this tradition is on it’s 69th anniversary. This four day festival held over Labor Day weekend has a little bit of everything from a carnival, to arts and crafts, live entertainment and even a Miss Crustacean pageant..
The actual derby takes place on Saturday, September 4th, where 400 crabs will race and compete. Just don’t tell them around the corner their buddies are steamin’. Cost : $3.00
7. House of Yoder
Have you always wanted to visit Switzerland? Me too, but it’s not in the budget for some time. Take a beautiful scenic drive out to Grantsville, in Garrett County to see this living history museum modeled after 1700’s Yoder homes.
Inside, you’ll find artifacts and a genealogy laboratory where you can see if you may be a Yoder descendant. From start to finish this will be beautiful trip. Cost: Gas only.
6. Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
If the Louvre in Paris is more you cup of tea, Maryland has a special spot to tide you over. This gem is notably one of the finest small museums in the United States with works from Norman Rockwell to Thomas Moran.
The building is a gorgeous neo-Georgian mansion that looks very similar to the white house Cost: Free
5. Lawyers Farm
Aliens crash landed…wait, that was movie, but these bots do have an uncanny resemblance. If you’re heading out to western Maryland, swing by Lawyer’s farm to experience the state’s best corn mazes and transformer-like bots. If you’re afraid you’ll miss it, look out for 30-foot bots and cars dressed in targets for pumpkin cannon targets.
Mark your calendars to visit here in the fall and you can pick your own pumpkins too. This farm is also has several events to raise money for American Cancer Society. Cost: $7 adults $3 for kids.
4. Betterton Beach
Ask the great grandparents about this beach and chances are they remember the steamboats from the inner harbor, traveling to this resort town in Kent County. Prior the Bay Bridge, this beach was the summer vacation hot-spot prior to 1950.
With a population of 350 residents, Betterton Beach is a great alternative to ocean beaches and less crowded than Sandy Point. Bonus, because of its location at the mouth of the river, there are less jellies here than any other beach in July and August. Cost: Free, however, you may have to cross the bay bridge and pay $4.
3. Furnace Town Living Heritage Museum
I’m a firm believer in celebrating our history and this 1800’s replica museum is an amazing recreation of the period. Workers dress in period pieces and use only the tools present during that time.
If the kids are complaining this summer, take them to a nineteenth-century school house with a wood stove in the middle of the room and only kerosene lanterns to light the way. They’ll be a little more grateful, I promise. Cost : $5.00 for adults and $4.00 for kids.
2. Patuxent River Naval Air Museum
Since WWII the Navy’s aircraft and flight systems have all been tested at this location. This destination is a bit of a hike, but sure to please any plane/history/navy buff, or any man or boy on your list. The outdoor park features 21 air-crafts you view and the X-47A Pegasus unmanned combat air vehicle.
While the entrance fee is $5 Adults – $3 Kids, you’re going to want to bring some extra cash for the Mach Combat Flight Simulators and extensive gift shop.
1. Bowie Baysox Baseball
Home of the Baltimore Orioles AA affiliate team, this is a baseball lover’s chance to meet the rising MiLB all-stars before they become famous. Most Friday and Saturday home games are followed by fireworks, and week night games often have fun themes, like super hero day or bring your dog to the game.
Be sure to bring your balls, gloves, and markers for autographs. We were able to score Manny Machado’s autograph before he was called up to the Orioles. Cost: $12.00 per ticket, but use this promo code NASAFCU to grab tickets for just $7.00 all 2016 season long.
There’s no reason to break the bank to have a good time. Maryland is full of amazing places and experiences under $10. Do you have an awesome place I missed? Share with us.