Welcome New Marylander. I am relatively new myself. I have lived here only since 1961. Here are a few ideas off-the-cuff, many of them within a short drive and less traffic-ridden than Washington DC (where some of us only bring out-of-town friends and relatives):
Baltimore City - Fells Point, Federal Hill and Hampden are three neighborhoods with quaint shops, local restaurants and nightlife. Downtown also has some museums tucked into out-of-the-way places. Do not overlook Fort McHenry.
Baltimore County - In Timonium is the Fire Museum of Maryland, which has a wonderfully interactive display about the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904. There also are wineries and such in the northern part of the County, which usually do tours and tastings on the weekends (ditto for the other northern tier counties). Catonsville is another interesting historic town.
Howard County - Ellicott City and Savage Mill both are a lot of fun to explore on foot. Antiques, boutiques, quaint shops and restaurants.
Carroll County - Nearly every incorporated municipality has historical districts with interesting buildings, shops and museums. The Carroll County Farm Museum also is as it sounds. Civil War historical sites can be found all around the County as well as Frederick County.
Harford County - We like Havre de Grace with its nautical flair (think Annapolis without the pretentiousness). Ditto for North East in Cecil County.
Hope this helps a little. Good luck and have fun.
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Welcome from Howard County. Museums ARE a great place to start, and there are plenty of them. Also, join MeetUp.com and see what exercise classes or hobbies you want to hook up with folks. Great way to begin making friends.
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Oh, my, you have got to brave DC---take the Metro into the Smithsonian---you will get a great workout walking around the mall and there are tons of museums that are free and loads of other stuff to do----and when it warms up, come and hit the shore---there is lots to do on the "right" side of the bridge---LOL
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Hello everyone, I am newer to the area and really am looking for a fun day trip for the weekend. I live in Baltimore County, but I would't mind a 2 hour drive or less. It is going to be fairly cold this weekend so I am looking for something indoors. I've been to the harbor and aquarium. I just want to break my routine of being lazy at home which usually leads to snacking I like historical things, but I am from a small farming town in the midwest, so I haven't braved DC yet. I had a lot of fun in St. Mary's. A lot of ideas I am finding involve the great outdoors which is great on days its a bit warmer. Any ideas?
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