Baltimore (ish) Summer Bucket List

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This summer I decided to create a Summer Bucket List!! We have 14 weeks of no school and with a 3.5 year old you really need a plan. I want to make the absolute most out of my summer with Adeline. She is growing up so quickly, I am blessed to be able to be home with her, so I want that time to be meaningful. There are so many amazing things to do just in our own backyard and we are going to be crossing things off our list all summer long.

We live outside of Baltimore County, not too far from the PA border, and about an hour from D.C. So basically this Bucket List will include the Mid- Atlantic area; Baltimore, Washington D.C. & Pennsylvania. This is our ultimate wish list with all the things we want to do this summer and as we cross them off I will update this post with photos, tips, and more info. If you have some ideas of things to do make sure to comment so I can add them!

crossed off our bucket list!

The National Aquarium

Baltimore, Maryland

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The National Aquarium is amazing and each time we go back I feel like we discover and learn something new. Other ones just do not compare!! We are not of fan of crowds, so my advice would be to get there right when it opens, and weekdays are better. At about 10:30 am field trips arrive and it can get pretty chaotic. Pack a snack and there is a spot overlooking the Harbor about halfway through you can enjoy it.

We are members, and it’s totally worth the cost if you are going to go to the aquarium as a family more than twice a year. With a family membership, we get free entry, discounted parking, and discounts at the stores. We’ve gone about monthly since we got the membership and it takes the pressure off staying at the aquarium for a longer period of time.

Costs: Adults $39.95, Children 3-11 $29.95, Under 2 Free

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Baugher’s Orchard & Farm

Westminster, Maryland

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I LOVE the fact that this farm is only 15 minutes from my house. You can PYO strawberries, cherries, peaches, nectarines, apples, and pumpkins. This place is crazy on the weekends, so I would say go on a weekday and go early am for crowds and weather. We went and it was a perfect few hour play date with friends; we picked strawberries, played on the playground, and ate homemade icecream. There is a market with pies, jellys, other fruit, and more. Not far from the market, is an animal petting zoo that is free and they are in the process of remodeling. You can hang out with goats, sheep, ducks, and feed them. On the weekends they have more food and treats available and their milkshakes are AMAZING! If you go in fall, get the apple cider slushies! Always call 410-857-0111 to check on what's being picked.

Costs: $2 per person for tractor ride ( Under 2 Free) and then you pay for what you pick! Box pictured completely filled is about $15!

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This museum is great and there is a lot to do and see while there. It’s not as interactive as many children’s museums are. Our favorites was the brand new remodeled dinosaur fossil exhibit, butterfly pavilion, insect zoo, and the hall of mammals.

If I went again, I would get there when it opens, and go on a week day. Because of the opening of the dinosaur exhibit this museum is way more crowded than the others. If you can, avoid driving into the city at all costs and use the metro. We hit so much traffic to and from the city, had difficulty finding parking, and even figuring our way around the parking garage. You are not allowed to bring packed lunches into the cafeteria area so I am not sure if there is a place to eat a packed lunch while inside the museum.

Costs: Entrance is free! There is a charge of around $7 per person for the Butterfly Pavilion which only available certain times and days.

our bucket list

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore - Baltimore, Maryland

Smithsonian’s National Zoo - Washington, D.C,

(Cool) Progeny Play Dates - Baltimore, Maryland

Storyville - Baltimore, Maryland

Cascade Lake - Hampstead, Maryland

Christmas Tree Park - Westminster, Maryland

Fun Fit Factory - Westminster, Maryland

Fuller Lake at Pine Grove Furnace State Park - Pennsylvania

Baltimore Museum of Art- Baltimore, Maryland

American Visionary Art Museum - Baltimore, Maryland

The Maryland Science Center - Baltimore, Maryland

The National Mall - Washington, D.C.

Haars Drive-In Movie - Dillsburg, PA

Lake Roland Nature Center - Baltimore, Maryland

Bear Branch Nature Center - Carroll County, Maryland

Irvine Nature Center - Owings Mills, Maryland

Clark’s Eliok Farm - Ellicot City, Maryland

Baltimore Orioles Game - Baltimore, Maryland

Movie Theater - Towson, Maryland

B & O Railroad Museum - Baltimore, Maryland

Port Discovery Children’s Museum - Baltimore, Maryland

Urban Pirates - Baltimore, Maryland

Rawlings Conservatory - Baltimore, Maryland

Maritime Museum - Havre De Grace, Maryland

Sesame Place - Langhorne, Pennsylvania

Hampstead Train Museum - Hampstead, Maryland

Stratosphere Trampoline Park - Sykesville, Maryland

Clyburn Arboretum - Baltimore, Maryland

Turkey Hill Experience - Columbia, Pennsylvania

Hershey’s Chocolate World- Hersey, Pennsylvania

Dutch Wonderland - Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Magic Elm Rollerskating - Hanover, Pennsylvania

The Sunflower Garden - Westminster, Maryland

The Smith Memorial Playhouse - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Crayola Experience - Easton, Pennsylvania

Badlands - Rockville, Maryland

Franklin Institute - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Please Touch Museum - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Lake Tobias - Halifax, Pennsylvania

Whitaker Center - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Catocin Wildlife Preserve - Thurmont, Maryland