During the summer months in Maryland, the cool breezes combined with warm temperatures make this historic state the perfect spot to enjoy riverside sunlight, museums, and outdoor hikes amidst breathtaking scenery. Book a Maryland vacation rental in one of these 10 cities, and look forward to making memories while floating down the Wicomica River, or taking part in the city festivals that include live entertainment and fresh seafood. Start planning your summer getaway with this list of attractions in Maryland.

1. Laurel

Pack up the car and head to Laurel for your summer getaway to enjoy the warm temperatures and the wildlife. Laurel is home to the Patuxent Research Refuge and Dinosaur Park, open seven days a week during the summer, with interactive exhibits, exotic animals, and tours of the grounds. When hunger strikes, reserve a table at the Mid Atlantic Seafood Restaurant to taste the best of Maryland, and then continue your outdoor explorations with a tour of the Fort Mede Army base and the Montpelier Mansion.

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2. Annapolis

Head to the capitol of Maryland to embark on a historical journey during your summer getaway. Stop in at the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse for a family photo, and then take in the breathtaking architecture while viewing the 17th century homes in the downtown area. The warm temperatures in May, June, and July make this the perfect spot to enjoy the Heritage Region Wine Tour or the Original Annapolis Seafood Crawl. When you want to take in the scenic wonders of this city, opt for a hike on the trails of Quiet Waters Park.

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3. Bowie

Bowie is the place to be if you crave thrill-seeking adventures during your summer getaway. Ride the coasters at Six Flags America, or enjoy the air conditioning in the theater for a thrilling performance at this popular amusement park. Take in the scenery while walking the trails at Allen Pond Park, and pick up some fresh produce during the summer months at Bowie’s Farmer’s Market.

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4. Chesapeake City

A summer vacation in Chesapeake City gives your family a chance to tour the C and D Canal Museum and explore the countryside on the Horse Country Tour sponsored by Uniglobe Hill Travel. Time your vacation for late May and join in the Stars and Stripes Festival or kick off the warm season at the Chesapeake Beach Resort Spa weekend celebrations that include live entertainment, kids’ activities, and food.

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5. Baltimore

Opt for big city adventures with a vacation rental in Baltimore. The summer months are ideal for outdoor tours at the Fort McHenry National Monument and the Washington Monument. Time your trip for May and take part in the SoWeBo Arts Festival on Hollins Street or mingle with the locals each Friday at the Summer Social at West Shore Park. Entertain the kids with an afternoon at the National Aquarium or see more than 1,500 animals at the Baltimore Zoo.

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6. Cumberland

With average temperatures ranging from the mid 70s to the late 80s during the summertime, you can enjoy water-filled activities and fun in the sun with a vacation rental in Cumberland. Opt for a river rafting adventure with Get Out and Play Outfitters, or spend an afternoon hiking the trails at Rocky Gap State Park. A stop in at the Sideling Hill Overlook and Rest Area is a must-do for your adventure list, especially when you want to head home with some impressive photos.

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7. Hagerstown

Hagerstown is a quaint Maryland city that is home to the Pennsylvania Dutch Market when you need to get in some retail therapy. Take advantage of the warm summer temperatures with a dip in the canal at the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park, or head indoors to treat the kids to a day at the Discovery Station. When it‘s time to treat the adults, relax with your favorite glass of Pinot on the patio of the Olney Winery or the Cool Ridge Vineyard.

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8. Salisbury

Make your summer vacation educational with historical tours of Pemberton Historical Park in Salisbury that is home to interactive exhibits displaying artifacts of this Maryland city. Soak up the sun and head out on the Wicomica River with kayak or canoe rentals from Capital SUP SBY. When it‘s time to wind down in the evening, enjoy the cool breeze on the patio of Evolution Craft Brewing Company with your favorite brew.

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9. Timonium

If you want to beat the heat and explore indoor attractions, then Timonium is the ideal vacation destination for your crew. Let the kids expel some energy at the Sky Zone Trampoline Park or at the Earth Treks Climbing Center during your summer getaway. Breakout Games is the perfect facility for your family to test their competitive natures, while the Padonia Ale House is a great spot for some adult-only time and homemade brews.

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10. Rockville

Head to a small city with big attractions when making Rockville your vacation destination for a summer getaway. This Maryland city offers zipline excursions at the Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course, as well as live music festivals in the Rockville Town Center monthly. The warm temperatures in the summer make this city a great place to get wet and wild in the waters of Seneca Creek State Park, or sit back and relax when fishing for fresh seafood for dinner back at your vacation rental.

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