Rabbi Steven M. Fink, spiritual leader of Temple Oheb Shalom, loves summer in Baltimore. Though some might complain about the often-muggy weather, there’s still a lot to be said for Baltimore’s location. Not only is there much to do within minutes from home, Baltimore has the advantage of being an ideal starting point for many amazing day trips
So when Fink is not grilling steaks, walking his dog, Lucy, in Robert E. Lee Park or taking a nap in his hammock on Shabbat afternoons, he enjoys taking a day trip to Quiet Waters in Annapolis. Only about 30 miles from Baltimore, the 340-acre park offers boating, six miles of paved trails for walking, jogging and biking, a brand-new playground and gorgeous views, and there’s even a summer concert series.
A great day trip for Eddie Rogers, board member of FIDF, might include a drive to Frederick, a great destination for Civil War buffs who will enjoy the National Museum of Civil War Medicine and the Monocacy battlefield. It also has nice restaurants, quaint stores and a vibrant arts scene.
Nearby, also in Frederick County, is Cunningham Park, where Sam Gallant, a producer at WTMD, likes to take in the breathtaking views of Cunningham Falls, the largest cascading waterfall in Maryland. Gallant, a big waterfall fan, also recommends Swallow Falls in Garrett County, and Kilgore Falls in Hartford County.
Had enough sun? Do some gambling at Maryland Live Casino in Anne Arundel County, or get some culture by spending the day at the 19 museums and galleries and National Zoological Park of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, also favorites of Gallant.
Less than two hours away, Gettysburg is a panacea for history enthusiasts like Randy Farmer-O’Connor, managing director of corporate support at Maryland Public Television. Gettysburg is full of museums, Civil War historical sites, vineyards and beautiful outdoor spaces.
Both Farmer-O’Connor and Rogers think a trip to St. Michaels in Talbot County is a great way to spend a summer day too. The scenic waterside town is a great spot for boating, window shopping and a romantic dinner.