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when to visit MDWondering what is the best time to visit Maryland? The Old Line State boasts an Atlantic location, beautiful towns and historic outdoor attractions, making summer the ideal time to hang out in this great state. There are also a plethora of activities to enjoy - did you know that there are 186 golf courses scattered throughout Maryland? Whether you're here to golf, mosey down one of the state's many boardwalks, sunbathe or just explore iconic attractions, you'll probably want to head to Maryland during the warmer months.

Maryland Climate

Like all coastal locales, Maryland's weather tends to be cooler along the oceanfront. The hottest month of the year in Maryland is July, when temperatures in Baltimore reach an average of 87 degrees Fahrenheit. Thinking about taking a starlit walk along the beach? The nightly low during July dips down to about 67 degrees - talk about gorgeous weather! If you'd rather beat the summer crowds and head here during the shoulder season, you could consider scheduling your trip during April (when the high along the oceanfront tends to be about 65 degrees) or in October (67 degrees).

If you are thinking about heading toward Maryland during the winter months, you could certainly do worse: The average high here is still above freezing during December, Maryland's coldest month. At this time, the average high is about 41 degrees and the average low hovers around 24.

It's probably best to pack your raincoat and galoshes when heading to Maryland: Rainfall amounts are pretty varied throughout the year, with the Atlantic Ocean allowing for lots of moisture and some breezy weather. The month with the highest amount of rainfall is July, but that's really a technicality: the rainfall levels remain pretty consistent during the warmer months. During winter, you might run into a slight dry spell: the driest month in Maryland, on average, is February, followed by January, April, and August, respectively.

Maryland Events

Because Maryland's climate is relatively mild, many argue that it is the state's attractions that really determine the best time to visit Maryland. As one of the country's most nostalgic states, Maryland's sense of Americana is unparalleled. Looking for a summer getaway replete with colonial architecture, county fairs, apple pie, popsicles and farmers markets? Maryland is the place to go.

If you're heading to the area for Independence Day, you've come to the right place: Marylanders don't kid around with patriotism. If your family loves music, you shouldn't miss the Maryland Symphony Orchestra's Salute to Independence, which takes place at Antietam National Battlefield. This event is held annually on the first Saturday of July and has been named one of the top events in North America by the American Bus Association. If you're in Baltimore for the Fourth, take a fireworks cruise! These popular events tend to sell out, so make sure to book ahead of time. You could also head to Fort McHenry to celebrate the "Stitching History" Star Spangled Banner Project, which includes activities like poetry readings, fife and drum corps presentations, a cannon firing, and historical readings and demonstrations.

spring vacation Yet more fun can be found during the entire summer on Maryland's beautiful waters. The Chesapeake Bay (say, St Michaels) and its tributaries are home to numerous events and activities. You and the family could take a kayak tour of Dundee Creek or Antietam Creek, attend the Ocean City Tuna Tournament or watch the St. Mary's College of Maryland Governor's Cup Yacht Race. From fishing and boating to swimming and spectating, there are literally hundreds of waterfront activities to choose from in this great state.

Of course, nothing says America like a county fair - and Maryland boasts plenty of them! Talbot, Baltimore and Allegany counties' fairs kick off the fair season during the beginning of July. By the end of the month, Cecil, Kent, Washington, Harford, Carroll, Garrett, Somerset and Caroline-Dorchester counties will have all hosted their own fairs. If your trip falls in August, make sure you're within driving distance of Howard, Worcester, Montgomery and Queen Anne's counties, or hail the summer's end at Prince George's, Anne Arundel, Charles or St. Mary's counties' fairs during September.

For a really spectacular experience, plan your trip to occur during the Maryland State Fair, which typically runs during the last week of August. This unique and nostalgic event has been named one of the top 50 fairs in North America, and includes swine and horse racing, bull riding, agricultural demonstrations, games, rides, live music and great food.

Other Time-Sensitive Tips

No matter what time of year you plan to visit the Old Line State, you can rest assured there will be plenty of fun things to do - but summer is the ideal time to make the trip. This is the busy season, though, so be prepared to beat some crowds. You could opt to visit during April, May or October for some great fun with a bit less elbow-rubbing; but you might miss out on that quintessentially Maryland summertime experience.