Maryland Field Trip Ideas

Maryland Field Trip Ideas
Maryland is one of the original 13 colonies, as well as a small, panhandle state with one foot in the Appalachian Mountains, and the other on the Atlantic seaboard. This opens opportunities for enriching field trips. The possibilities extend from mountains to the sea, and from history to wine.

Assateauge Island National Seashore

The best beach oriented field trip in Maryland is to Assateague Island, which is part of the National Park Service. The fee is $15 per vehicle, which grants a seven-day pass. Those entering the park on foot or by bicycle pay no fee. In addition to the usual pleasures of the beach, the island is a good spot for surfing, crabbing and surf fishing. There are also miles of paved trails for hikers and bikers, granting access to the woods and marshes of the island. Finally, the island is inhabited by herds of wild ponies.

7206 National Seashore Lane
Berlin, MD 21811
Tel: (410) 641-1441

Linganore Winecellars

Maryland is not famous for its fine wines, but the state is home to a collection of small vineyards and wineries that produce small batches of a good product. Linganore Winecellars is equipped to handle tours big and small, making for an excellent opportunity to learn both about viticulture and winemaking. The grounds are also good for lovely strolls amid the vine rows.

Liganmore Winecellars and Berrymore Planation
13601 Glissans Mill Road
Mt. Airy, MD 21771-8599
Tel: (410) 795-6432

Antietam National Battlefield

In a one-day battle on September 17, 1862, more than 23,000 men fell dead, wounded or captured at Antietam. It was the bloodiest single day of American history. In turning back the first invasion of the Union by Confederate General Robert E. Lee, the narrow victory allowed President Abraham Lincoln to issue his famous Emancipation Proclamation. The park is magnificently preserved, and still closely resembles the rolling country of fields, pastures and wood lots that it was in 1862. A non-profit organization, Antietam Battlefield Tours, provides guided walking tours by appointment.

Antietam National Battlefield
P.O. Box 158
Sharpsburg, MD 21782
Tel: (301) 432-5124

Antietam Battlefield Tours
Tel: (866) 461-5180

Great Falls, Maryland

Located near Washington, D.C., Great Falls is a National Park that is bisected by the Potomac River into its Maryland and Virginia sides. Strictly speaking, the Maryland side is part of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (C&O) historic park, but it is commonly referred to simply as "Great Falls, Maryland" by locals. In addition to having the C&O run through it, the park is home to several trails that access scenic overlooks of the falls and surrounding rapids. The entire area is a marvelous, riverside woodland.

Great Falls Tavern Visitors Center
11710 MacArthur Blvd.
Potomac, MD 20854
Tel: (301) 767-3714

The Railroad

The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad runs a round-trip between Frostburg and Cumberland in the extreme west of the country. The railroad uses both steam and diesel locomotives, so try to book passage on a steam locomotive to get the full historic value. The route runs through some rugged Appalachian foothill country, and includes a tunnel and two hair-pin bends.

Western Maryland Scenic Railroad
13 Canal Street
Cumberland, MD 21502
Tel: (301) 759-4400

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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