While many people dread winter, there are some who actually look forward to the season. It’s a change of pace from the heat and humidity of summer, and even though snow can cause some headaches, there’s nothing more magical than a blanket of fresh snow stretching across a landscape. From winter sports to holiday events to getting cozy by the fire, here are 6 activities to keep you busy this winter in Anne Arundel.
Ice skating in Anne arundel, MD
There are still plenty of ways to stay active once the snow flies. Go ice skating at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis, Glen Burnie Town Center, or Piney Orchard Ice Arena in Odenton. There’s also cross-country skiing in nearby Lakeland (just outside of Baltimore) and Watkins Regional Park Trail in Upper Marlboro; and perennial favorites like sledding and making snowmen. For a full list of indoor and outdoor recreation options offered through your county’s rec department, give them a call or check out their fall and winter activity guide.
Indoor exercise in Annapolis, MD
If it’s too cold to send the kids outside, try family friendly children’s gyms like Noah’s House in Pasadena or We Rock the Spectrum in Severna Park. Go on a tropical adventure and learn about conservation at Eco Adventures in Millersville. Or go for a swim at the Arundel Olympic Swim Center in Annapolis or the North Arundel Aquatic Center in Glen Burnie.
Museums in Maryland
Annapolis is home to some world-class historical and educational opportunities, like the Naval Academy Museum, located on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Academy. (Plus, it’s free!) After that, check out the Annapolis Maritime Museum, to learn about Annapolis’ maritime heritage and the ecology of the region. (It is also free.) The museum also offers special programs throughout the year, so check their website to see what’s coming. Lesser-known museum options in the county include the Galesville Heritage Museum or the Hartge Nautical Museum in Galesville. For those interested in national security, the NSA’s National Cryptologic Museum in Ft. George G. Meade showcases some of the equipment used by the intelligence community in the past. For technophiles, the National Electronics Museum showcases the electronics that shaped communications in history. Visit the historic Charles Carroll House and Garden, or see the oldest state capitol in continuous use in the Maryland State House. For a full list of the options available, visit www.aacounty.org.
Get some culture in Annapolis, MD
If the arts are how you prefer to while away the winter hours, head to Rams Head on Stage in Annapolis for some live music, or the Rams Head Roadhouse. Or, listen to the best instrumental music with the USNA Brigade of Midshipmen. For theater lovers, check out the Children’s Theatre of Annapolis, Annapolis Shakespeare Company, or The Colonial Players. Have a laugh at the Free Range Improv club in Annapolis, or get dressed up and dance the night away at a themed dance party at the Davidsonville Dance Club. Or spend an afternoon having high tea at Reynolds Tavern in Annapolis. There’s also the Maryland Hall for Creative Arts, Chesapeake Arts Center, the Ballet Theatre of Maryland, and Annapolis Opera. If colonial history is too modern, visit Medieval Times in Hanover for their exciting mix of myth, legend and showmanship. Enjoy a four-course banquet feast and cheer on your favorite knight during the jousting tournament. Basically, there’s something for everyone.
Enjoy some chocolate in Annapolis, MD
What better way to warm up than with a steaming cup of hot cocoa? Visit the Baltimore Coffee and Tea in Odenton. Then head to the annual Annapolis Chocolate Binge Festival, a family friendly affair that mixes holiday magic with more than 35 chocolate vendors selling their specialties. There is also live music and entertainment, a visit from Santa, and a chance to give back — attendees can take a gift of winter clothes or toys that will be donated to people in need.
Holiday extras in Maryland
One of the best parts of winter are the holidays, and there are plenty of extra special events to chase away the chill. Enjoy magical lights at Lights on the Bay, or the Eastport Lights Parade. Cut your own Christmas tree at a local tree farm. Stock up on stocking stuffers at the Anne Arundel Farmer’s Market Holiday Festival, or explore the Homestead Gardens Christmas shop in Davidsonville. On New Year’s Eve, watch fireworks from the City Dock. Visit Illuminated London Town for a colonial holiday experience.
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