The Most Non-Touristy Experiences in Maryland

Downtown Baltimore
Downtown Baltimore | © Payton Chung/Flickr | Downtown Baltimore | © Payton Chung/Flickr

So you finally decide to visit Baltimore, Maryland, but you don’t want to venture into the typical tourist places. That’s fair. But instead of going to all of the usual places, why not sample a few gourmet burgers? Or why not go for a jump through the air and see what happens? Here are some of the most non-touristy experiences in Maryland that you will take you off of the beaten path and throw you into amazing local experiences.

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Visit The Abbey Burger Bistro.

Bistro, Restaurant

Visit The Abbey Burger Bistro.

The Abbey Burger Bistro is a small restaurant that specializes in specialty burgers. These specialty burgers include a duck burger, a turkey burger, a bison burger and even a shrimp burger. Sounds delicious, right? Take a bite of one of these freshly prepared burgers and prepare to be amazed at the varying tastes of the different selections. The drinks are always good, and this restaurant even offers spiked ice cream milkshakes.

The Abbey Burger Bistro, 1041 Marshall St, Baltimore, MD, USA, +1 443 453 9698

Say hello to the Captain.


Say hello to the Captain.

The Blue Moon Café is another place that all of the locals visit either for a late-night snack, early morning brunch or a getaway lunch adventure. The Blue Moon Café specializes in Captain Crunch french toast, and each piece of French toast makes you want to order another plate. The Captain Crunch French toast platter comes with three thick pieces of french toast, with an option of eggs, bacon, toast on the side. Atop the French toast are delectable pieces of fresh fruit that tie the meal together.

Blue Moon Café, 1621 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD, USA, +1 410 522 3940

Fly through the air at Skyzone.


Fly through the air at Skyzone.

Skyzone is a great place to hang out with friends and family. Skyzone is a high-energy indoor trampoline park that makes it so that you have no choice but to have fun. You are able to play basketball, dodgeball or just bounce around to see how high you can go. If you love to defy the laws of gravity while performing at a high-energy level, visit Skyzone to test your limits.

Skyzone, 7175 Oakland Mills Rd, Columbia, MD, USA, +1 443 201 7376

Eat a crab cake at the Windsor Inn Crab House.

Restaurant, Seafood, Steakhouse, American, Fast Food

The Windsor Inn Crab House is a local spot located in Woodlawn, Maryland, that concentrates on serving some of the most flavorful crab cakes in the area. It has a salad bar and buffet that includes homemade ice cream and soup. In the evenings, it also doubles as a lounge. The Windsor Inn Crab House is also the perfect place to watch the game, if you’re into sports.

Taste gourmet ice cream at Fell's Point Creamery.


Taste gourmet ice cream at Fell’s Point Creamery.

Fell’s Point Creamery is located within the historical Fell’s Point area of Baltimore. This gourmet ice cream shop also creates one-of-a-kind ice cream cakes that are simply scrumptious. You can order a variety of flavors, besides the typical choices of vanilla and chocolate, in a variety of sizes or in a cup or cone.

Fell’s Point Creamery, 821 S Broadway, Baltimore, MD, USA, +1 410 342 8399

Go bowling in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Bar, Snack Bar

Go bowling in Silver Spring, Maryland.

The White Oak Bowling Lanes are a Silver Spring hidden gem. This bowling lane specializes in duckpin bowling. Duckpin bowling can be just as fun as regular bowling. The balls are much smaller and easier to navigate down the lanes. White Oak Bowling Lanes also has an extensive snack bar, which includes beer and dessert.

White Oak Bowling Lanes, 11207 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD, USA, +1 301 593 3000

Go for a run around Lake Montebello.


Go for a run around Lake Montebello.

Lake Montebello is a great outdoor lake that has walking trails surrounding its vast body of water. This lake is also located within a small community that contains a technical high school, Mergenthaler High School. There are also many health-conscious people who love to walk, jog and bike around this lake early in the morning and late in the evening. If you’re looking to take a break from the city and want to enjoy peaceful surroundings, Lake Montebello is a good place to visit.

Lake Montebello, Baltimore, MD, USA

Grab a bite of sushi.


Grab a bite of sushi.

Sushi Q2 is a perfect place to grab a quick bite of sushi and enjoy an evening out with friends. This small establishment is located in an active shopping center that contains a laundromat, dentist office and nail salon. Sushi Q2 has a delicious menu that features crab meat, shrimp, avocado and eel. This restaurant has a bring your own bottle policy and wine glasses are provided if you forget to bring your own.

Sushi Q2, 10999 Red Run Blvd #210, Owings Mills, MD, USA, +1 410 363 1878

Visit horses at Sagamore Farm.

Visit horses at Sagamore Farm.

Sagamore Farm is a whimsical place that breeds and races horses. Many of the horses at Sagamore Farm have been raced. This farm also holds international recognition for its horses. In 2007, Kevin Plank, owner of Under Armour, purchased Sagamore Farm, and he has a team to assist him in managing the farm. Sagamore Farm also hosts a variety of fall festivals, and sometimes you are able to view some of the horses while they are training.

Sagamore Farm, 3366 Belmont Ave, Reisterstown, MD, USA, +1 410 833 6606

See an outdoor movie at the Columbia Lakefront Stage.

See an outdoor movie at the Columbia Lakefront Stage.

In the summertime, the Columbia Lakefront Stage is the place to be as there are a variety of events that take place on the lakefront. There are live musical concerts, outdoor family movie nights, free dance instruction and more. If you love family movie nights, the Columbia Lakefront Stage has a calendar of events that allow you to plan ahead to determine which movie you would like to see. Simply bring a lawn chair, a blanket, plenty of snacks, food and wine and snuggle in for a cozy night underneath the stars.

Columbia Lakefront Stage, 0275 Wincopin Cir, Columbia, MD, USA, +1 410 715 3161

Sip away at Union Craft Brewing.

Sip away at Union Craft Brewing.

Union Craft Brewing is a great place to relax, unwind and sip away at a local brewery. Union Craft Brewing is located in the Woodberry area of Baltimore, and it prides itself on serving the community. This establishment was founded in 2011 by Jon Zerivitz, Adam Benesch and Kevin Blodger, who began their operations in 2012. This beer is the perfect combination of hops, yeast, barley and water. Sip away to see what all the hype is about.

Union Craft Brewing, 1700 Union Ave, Baltimore, MD, USA, +1 410 467 0290

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