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Old 03-02-2014, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Westminster MD
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What are the best free things for families to do here in Maryland? I'll start first: here in Westminster there is the Baugher's farm. It has free petting zoo with farm animals and also they do free hay rides during different times of the year where you pick pumpkins , apples, strawberries etc.( you have to pay for produce you pick) What are some free or low cost things to do where you live?
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Old 03-02-2014, 01:08 PM
 
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Just West of Middletown is South Mountain Creamery.
South Mountain Creamery - Online Home Delivery Milk, Dairy, Eggs & Meals in Maryland

They are a working dairy, you can watch hthe cows being milked. They also have a calf barn where you can visit the new born calves (some just a day or so old. You can also feed the calves at 4 PM! In the summer it was every day but this winter they closed the calf barn on weekdays. Oh they have a chick and Calf cam on Animal Planet. I know they offer actual tours for groups and a 'farm fair in (I think) the spring and fall. I remember seeing in the paper a while back that the US Dept of Agriculture took some foreign visitors there to show them an actual working small American dairy so they must be doing something right.

Animal Planet Live - Calf Cam

They have a dairy store with fantastic Ice Cream, cheese, yogurt, etc. Their eggs are all produced on the farm.


I'll second the Baughers suggestion. And while you are up there stop by their restaurant just off Md 31. great local food, fantastic prices. They have been there forever.
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Old 03-02-2014, 04:35 PM
 
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Then there's that tire place on North Point Blvd. in Dumdalk where you can watch them mount a truck tire.
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Old 03-02-2014, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Westminster MD
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Just West of Middletown is South Mountain Creamery.
South Mountain Creamery - Online Home Delivery Milk, Dairy, Eggs & Meals in Maryland

They are a working dairy, you can watch hthe cows being milked. They also have a calf barn where you can visit the new born calves (some just a day or so old. You can also feed the calves at 4 PM! In the summer it was every day but this winter they closed the calf barn on weekdays. Oh they have a chick and Calf cam on Animal Planet. I know they offer actual tours for groups and a 'farm fair in (I think) the spring and fall. I remember seeing in the paper a while back that the US Dept of Agriculture took some foreign visitors there to show them an actual working small American dairy so they must be doing something right.

Animal Planet Live - Calf Cam

They have a dairy store with fantastic Ice Cream, cheese, yogurt, etc. Their eggs are all produced on the farm.


I'll second the Baughers suggestion. And while you are up there stop by their restaurant just off Md 31. great local food, fantastic prices. They have been there forever.
We actually went to South Mountain creamery a couple of weeks ago!
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Old 03-02-2014, 09:58 PM
 
Location: Cumberland
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Swallow Falls SP, Rocky Gap SP, Green Ridge SP. Some fees are required, but overall it is cheap and it is fun to spend a day in the woods with the family.
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Old 03-05-2014, 08:57 AM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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I know the attractions are not in Maryland. But living here in MD, one of the biggest perks IMO is the Smithsonian Museums and the DC monuments. There aren't many places in this world where you can experience things of this significance for free. Hell, we went to Tuscon and had to pay to see replicas of things sitting in the Air and Space in DC.

For MD itself, aside from the State Parks (Cunningham, Seneca Creek, Centennial, and many others), and the farms/orchards (Butler, Clarks Elioaks, Larriland Farms) - I'd say Historic Ellicott City. Supposedly the most haunted city on the east coast. Albeit none of these are 100% free. I guess most can make it a day without having to pay strict per person admission charges.
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Old 03-06-2014, 08:29 AM
 
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I always liked walking around the campus at the Naval Academy. They have a nice museum with a great collection of model ships, and John Paul Jones' crypt is an interesting place.
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Old 03-06-2014, 02:42 PM
 
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The Baltimore Museum of Art! It's free and has a restaurant, Gertrude's if you want to eat lunch/dinner.

https://www.artbma.org/
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Old 03-08-2014, 11:38 AM
 
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Then there's that tire place on North Point Blvd. in Dumdalk where you can watch them mount a truck tire.
Reminds me of the time I lived in the rural part of California's Central Coast. The big annual event was "Touch a Truck" and involved getting an up-close view of big rigs, earth movers and fire engines.

Needless to say, the excitement was hard to contain.
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Old 03-10-2014, 12:41 PM
 
Location: MD's Eastern Shore
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Ocean City's beach and boardwalk. Though you may be tempted to buy and pay for touristy things and get something to eat, it doesn't cost anything to go out out on the beach or walk/ride a bike up and down the boardwalk.
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