Things to do: For a dose of exhilaration, head to Adventure Sports Center International where manmade white-water courses offer a perfect place for new paddlers to get their feet wet—literally—or to challenge the most advanced pro.

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With nearly 8,000 miles of shoreline, Maryland has plenty of great places to sink your toes in the sand.

From the ocean beaches of Ocean City and Assateague on the Atlantic Coast, to the shores of the Chesapeake and her tributaries, to spring-fed swimming holes and mountain lakes, Maryland’s got sun, surf and plenty of sand just waiting for you!

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Lay of the land (or sand): A week in Ocean City is a longtime summer tradition.

It’s also home to the Maryland Seafood Festival in September.

Sandy Point’s location on the Atlantic Flyway makes it an ideal spot for bird watchers and wildlife seekers, just minutes from downtown Annapolis.

For people and dogs alike: Just across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on the Eastern Shore, Matapeake provides beautiful views, trails and a public beach (including a separate dog beach).

Places to visit while there: Matapeake Beach & Club House, a restored 1930s ferry terminal, is a popular wedding spot; coupled with the nearby Stevensville Crab Shack, you’ve pretty much got your vacation needs covered.

Top tip: There are many areas of this state park—call ahead for directions to the Hammerman area to ensure you discover this great beach.

With 69 miles of shoreline, Deep Creek is the state’s largest man-made lake, with a swimming beach and boat rentals plus a host of events and nearby restaurants.

Each summer, visitors flock to the waterside for picnics or to camp out overnight.