10 Great Family Vacations in Maryland If You're on a Budget

Elk Neck, Maryland | © Ken Lund/Flickr
Elk Neck, Maryland | © Ken Lund/Flickr | Elk Neck, Maryland | © Ken Lund/Flickr
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Freelance Writer27 November 2017

If you’re a hard-working person who’s always on the move, you deserve a vacation. Then Maryland will definitely not disappoint you and it has many activities and sites for you and your family to enjoy. Here are some great family vacation spots in Maryland to venture to if you’re on a budget.


This is the perfect place to grab some sun and to relax on the beach. Ocean City is great for families as it is a cheap vacation with many activities to pursue and participate in along the boardwalk and on the beach. If you long to parasail and paraglide then Ocean City, Maryland is the place to be in order to experience the open air and the water.

Ocean City, Maryland | Ocean City, Maryland | © Bernt Rostad/Flickr

Part of Prince George’s County and only about 30 minutes from D.C., Upper Marlboro is the perfect place to stay to experience the capital without the typical metro hassle, plus it’s close to other nearby Baltimore counties, such as Largo and Hyattsville.

Known for its wildlife (such as its waterfowl and wild horses) Assateague State Park also has its own camping grounds and areas to fish. Want to camp overnight? Call a ranger and reserve a spot online.

Assateague State Park | Assateague State Park | © The Cut/Flickr


Because it’s so close to D.C., Bethesda is home to countless commuting professionals. As such, it offers plenty of fine yet affordable restaurants and shopping opportunities while offering families the choice to either venture into exciting Virginia and D.C. or stay away from tourist traps.

Solomon’s Island offers a mountain of budget activities perfect for visiting families, including firework displays, harvest festivals, and marinas with docked boats, as well as a number of seafood restaurants (Maryland crab cakes are a must).


One of the best ways to experience Baltimore is to spend time in downtown’s Inner Harbor. There, you will find a Ripley’s Believe It or Not, many restaurants (try the fudge shop), and souvenir shops. Visit the Baltimore World Trade Center for fantastic views from atop the building.

Baltimore architecture | © urbanfeel / Flickr

Owings Mills bustles with activity from the new homes being constructed to the variety of new restaurants and stores bringing more commerce back to the area. For a low key vacation, this Baltimore county has a number of places to venture to as a family, including the movies, restaurants, and sightseeing attractions.


On the way to Pennsylvanie? Hampstead is the perfect place to stay on the way. Many local residents have lived in this rural area for a decades, if not generations. Families can try go-karting, shopping, sightseeing, even touring some the area’s wineries.


Yurts in Allegheny Mountains: Savage River Lodge, from $260/night

These yurts are definitely a luxurious yet cost-effective way to travel as they can have double occupancy and provide many perks, such as heated floors. Families planning vacations in one of these yurts will be pleasantly surprised at the state of these luxurious getaways.

Courtesy of Savage River Lodge

Deep Creek is the perfect place to venture to for a group vacation. Families can rent a cabin from the resort or choose a nearby hotel.

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