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Sports and Recreation

Sports and Recreation

Whether you’re looking to take in a game or cool off with a trip down a waterslide, Anne Arundel and Howard counties have the recreational opportunities you crave.

Annapolis Rowing Club

2801 Solomons Island Road
Edgewater, MD 21037

The Annapolis Rowing Club has both competitive and recreational rowing with programs for all skills levels, sport rowing competitions and classes.

Chesapeake Beach Water Park

4079 Gordon Stinnett Ave.
Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732

Have a “cool” time splashing around on one of Chesapeake Bay’s eight water slides, or hang out at the kids’ activity pool or lagoon. A great seasonal place for family time or parties, the park also has swim lessons, a restaurant and private cabanas for rent. Starting May 20, 2017, and daily as of June 16, the water park will be open for splashing until Labor Day.


This region features some of the best golf courses in Maryland. Both public and country club courses are available in Anne Arundel and Howard counties, including the 18-hole Annapolis Golf Club, a semi-private course open year-round, the Golf Club at South River, with 14 bridges over water and valleys, and Eisenhower Golf Course, Anne Arundel County’s first public course. Cattail Creek Country Club has a short, unusual course with many surprises, including one hole that was dynamited through a rock wall. Night Hawk Golf Center features a nine-hole course and driving range in addition to mini golf, a batting cage, a footgolf course and a pro shop. For a full list of public and private courses in Maryland and the surrounding areas, visit

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Druid Hill Park
1 Safari Place
Baltimore, MD 21217

The 135-acre Maryland Zoo is the third-oldest zoo in the U.S., behind Philadelphia (1873) and Cincinnati (1874). It actually had its beginnings as early as 1862, when the first of many citizens gave four swans to Druid Hill Park for public display, but wasn’t officially created until an act of legislature in 1876. Visit the zoo’s state-of-the-art African penguin exhibit, Penguin Coast, with more than 50 penguins, or watch polar bears cavort in and out of the water from a Tundra Buggy like those used in the Arctic. Visitors can learn about the nearly 200 species represented at the zoo, exotic animals from around the world — or those in your own backyard.

National Aquarium in Baltimore

Pier 3
501 E. Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21202

Explore the world-famous Inner Harbor and its fascinating aquatic life. Exhibits include a multi-story Atlantic coral reef, an open ocean shark tank, a marine mammal pavilion, the Upland Tropical Rain Forest, the Jellies Invasion and the award-winning Australia Wild Extremes.

Six Flags America

13710 Central Ave.
Bowie/Mitchellville, MD 20721

The seasonal amusement park, which opens April 1 in 2017, features more than 100 rides, games, shows and attractions, plus Hurricane Harbor Waterpark. New this year is the Wonder Woman Lasso of Truth, a 242-foot-tall sky-high swing ride that whirls riders over the park at 40 mph; the Superman Ride of Steel Virtual Reality Coaster; Splashwater Falls, a multi-level aquatics play tower with more than 100 features from ladders to slides, platforms to nets, waterfalls, geysers, fountains and a giant tipping bucket that douses everybody; and the new seven-story Bourbon Street Fireball loop-the-loop roller coaster.

Terrapin Adventures

Savage Mill
8600 Foundry St.
Savage, MD 20763

This outdoor adventure center features a climbing tower, zip line, giant swing, a high ropes course, guided adventure tours from caving to kayaking, team building, a day camp and special events.


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