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Maryland's Western Shore
Photo from Maryland's Western Shore

The Chesapeake landscapes visible on this upper stretch of the Bay’s western shore make for some sharp contrasts. As the buildings of downtown Baltimore reach toward the sky, agricultural fields in southern Maryland stretch toward the horizon. As low, wooded hills roll through central Maryland, swampy wetlands spread out around the mouth of the Patuxent River.

Here, too, is the astounding maritime heritage of the Bay, on display in Annapolis, the city that ranks both as Maryland’s political capital and America’s sailing capital. Both of the western shore’s main cities, Baltimore and Annapolis, serve today as key entry-point destinations for Bay visitors and as major centers of Bay commerce, just as they have for centuries.

A great variety of Gateways can help you explore this region. State parks, wildlife refuges, and urban greenways showcase the natural environment. Among the historical attractions are traditional museums, working archeological sites, Chesapeake sailing ships, Colonial architecture, and the Baltimore fort where the events of the National Anthem unfolded.

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Maryland Zoo in Baltimore - Baltimore, MD
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore engages visitors with the wonders of the living world through personal encounters with wildlife. Set amidst the quiet, forested beauty of Druid Hill Park, the Zoo is home to more than 1,500 mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles representing nearly 200 species. Visitors can observe animal...More info

Regional Events
11/29 Holiday Bazaar - 1st Annual Holiday Bazaar
11/04 Museum Madness Day: Who Eats Whom? - Fun action-packed day at the museum!
11/11 Museum Madness Day: The Nano World - Join us for an fun action packed day at CMM

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