Build Your Maryland Fall Bucket List!

With sweater weather and pumpkin spice lattes right around the corner, it’s time to get out and build your Maryland Fall bucket list! Need a couple ideas? Start here!

Outdoor Adventures

Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from the concrete jungle and venture into the fresh air of the great outdoors. After all, the leaves will be changing soon and you don’t want to miss those colorful views! Here are a couple of Maryland’s favorite nature spots to celebrate the end of the summer heat!

Catoctin Mountain
The beautiful, mountainous western Maryland is home to Catoctin Mountain. Catch views of the infamous Appalachian mountain trails and more from these mountain tops. While you’re there, be sure to check out the Catoctin Mountain Extended Loop Trail, an 8.6 mile loop trail that will let you see everything nature has to offer from waterfalls to summit views. You can even bring your pooch along.

While you’re up in Catoctin for the fall season, you can’t miss the Catoctin Mountain Orchard, where you’ll find pumpkins, apples, peaches, plums, berries and much more fresh fruits to pick yourself or pick up at the market. And don’t forget about their freshly made baked goods!

For a perfect camping and hiking place, give the small Maryland town of Flintstone a visit. Here, you will find the Green Ridge State Forest where you can walk or mountain bike trails overlooking hundreds of acres of thick forest and rolling hills. Bring a trailer or a tent if one day in nature just isn’t enough.

Right west of Baltimore is the breathtaking Patapsco Valley State Park. Packed with history and nature, you can explore the trees in awe. With rivers, streams and waterfalls tucked away beneath the trees, you’ll wonder why you have never seen this place before. And don’t forget, bring your canoe and Kayaks!

Rocks State Park
If you’re looking for summits and rocky terrain, Rocks State Park in Harford County has everything you need. With grand rocky ledges protruding from the forest, you can catch views for miles. There is also plenty of room for picnicking if you only have an afternoon!

Annual Maryland Celebrations

If you missed them last year, they’re back and ready to make your fall an unforgettable one.

Free Fall Baltimore
Right here at the Baltimore Inner Harbor is the national aquarium! Home to some of the most exotic marine life, it’s no wonder people come from far and wide to see it. On Friday, October 25th, they are opening their doors for free so that you and the family can experience the vastness of our oceans and sea life. If you can’t make the free night, catch one of their half-priced Fridays! See other Free Fall Baltimore activities here.

Renaissance Festival
Calling all lords and ladies! Grab your costumes and get ready for the biggest celebration of arts, music, and craft at the Maryland Renaissance festival! This event features theater performances, themed food, and wonderful music acts, all showing off the renaissance style. They also have a costume rental for those who want to get the full experience.

Fall Favorites

When you think of fall, you think of sweaters, pumpkin-spice lattes, and apple cider. While you’re thinking about what sweater to buy, here are some events that will boost your fall mood!

Baugher’s Orchards
For a pumpkin patch and fresh fruit, visit Baugher’s Orchards and Farms in Westminster. They’ll supply you with everything you need for a perfect fall experience on a hay ride out to the pumpkin patches. You can also grab some fresh fruit and veggies from one of their two farmer’s markets. And grab a bit of their apple cider on your way out.

Weber’s Cider Mill Farm
If you’re looking for a celebration, join Weber’s Cider Mill Farm in their Johnny Apple Seed festival on Sept. 21 and 22. Enjoy artisan crafts, apple cider donuts, face painting, food trucks, and live music, all in one place.

Larriland Farm
Closer to Baltimore is Larriland Farm. Participate in some apple picking and choose the perfect pumpkin for your own jack-o-lantern. The whole farm is decorated with spooky Halloween decorations for you to browse, apple cider in hand.

Maryland Corn Maze
If you are up for an adventure, check out the Maryland Corn Maze. This maze is built over an 8-acre farm and will fill your afternoon with twists and turns of the corn-maze type. This year’s theme is Harry Potter, find your way through, and then grab a butter beer afterward!

Clear Meadow Farm
Flower lovers get ready for a fall view you won’t forget. Clear Meadow Farm’s fields of sunflowers will be in full bloom in late September and early October. Don’t miss an opportunity for the photoshoot of the season with acres and acres of sunflowers!

Fall Drinks for Everyone

Willow Oaks Craft Cider
Searching for the perfect hard cider for your fall events? Willow Oaks Craft Cider and Wine will knock your wool socks off with their cider including brews with blueberries, black currants, tart cherries, pears and more. Visit them in Middletown, Maryland for Cider tastings and other fall activities!

Faulkner Branch Cidery and Distillery
Up in Caroline county? You’ll have to stop by Faulkner Branch Cidery and Distillery. This family run business crafts hard ciders from their orchards of fresh apples. Visit them to taste their artisan fermented or fresh fruit!

Distillery Lane Ciderworks
If you still haven’t had enough cider, Distillery Lane Ciderworks will provide refreshing sparkling apple cider like you’ve never tasted before. They have created many variations of cider until they found the best one. Made from apples right off of their family orchard, you’ll never go back to normal cider.

Boordy Vineyards
If you’re looking for a more traditional wine experience, visit Boordy Vineyards this fall. They offer wine tastings and tours that show the process of wine making; “from roots underground to the wine in the glass.” After, pick up your own bottle at their wine store.

Whatever you choose to do this fall, we hope you enjoy getting out and exploring the beautiful Maryland fall.