Stevenson was selected as a 2021 Hidden Gem for a reason—we’re hidden among the best places and sights around Maryland.

Whether you’re from Maryland and looking for more inspiration on places to go, or you just remembered Maryland was a state and you’re curious why we love to call it home, our admissions staff has the lowdown on the best experiences in this beautiful state (if we do say so ourselves).

For the Sports Fans: 

Orioles and Ravens Games | Baltimore

Two of the most beautiful stadiums in professional sports. Located in downtown Baltimore, it is always fun and exciting to attend an O's or Ravens game. You can explore the Inner Harbor before or after games with lots of great sites to see and places to eat. — Dave Copenhaver

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For the Foodies: 

The Food Market in Hampden | Baltimore

This restaurant is a "must visit" when you're in the area. The menu is always changing and is specifically curated to match the seasons and appease the appetite of just about anyone. Not only is this a wonderful place to eat, but it's located on a street that is filled with other amazing eateries and shops to peruse. What are you waiting for? Google the menu right now! — Kayla Keegun

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For the Hikers: 

Gambrill State Park | Frederick

Located about 55 miles west of Owings Mills, Gambrill State Park has scenic views for days. While it's a bit of a drive from Stevenson's campus, it's worth it just for the picturesque overlooks of the Catoctin Mountain and surrounding area. Plus, if you're like me and not an experienced hiker, the park has 16 miles of different trail lengths and difficulty levels, ranging from moderate 1-mile trails to difficult 28-mile hikes. Maryland is full of beautiful mountains and parks across the state, and Stevenson's location provides easy access to both city life and nature outings. It's a win in my book! — Alyssa Dahle


For the Walkers: 

Fells Point | Baltimore

Fells Point is a beautiful waterfront neighborhood located in southeastern Baltimore. The area has so much history (check out the cobbled streets), and plenty of attractions to keep you entertained for hours. There are countless restaurants, local stores, antique shops, and music to check out on the weekends! — Emily Rivers

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For the Playful: 

Monster Mini Golf | Parkville

A cool indoor mini golf and laser tag area located in Parkville, about 20 minutes from campus. The mini golf course features black lights and fun Maryland facts. This is a favorite place of mine to visit regardless of the weather! — Katelynn Schanberger

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For the Adventurous: 

Stand Up Paddleboarding and Paddleboard Yoga | Baltimore/Annapolis 

Maryland is rich in beautiful waterways, creeks, and rivers. Local businesses in the Baltimore and Annapolis areas offer paddle board rentals, and even wildlife tours and fitness classes on a paddle board. It's a really fun way to take in the beautiful scenery, enjoy the outdoors and get a workout at the same time! — Elizabeth Fitzgerald

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For Those Who Love a Little Bit of Everything:

Old Ellicott City | Ellicott City

Old Ellicott City centers around Main Street, which features small shops, restaurants, and public art. There's plenty to see and do; my personal favorite restaurant is La Palapa, and I always stop in at Sweet Elizabeth Jane to see what they have in store!  — Megumi Gomyo

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For the History Buffs:

Antietam National Battlefield | Sharpsburg

Further out west from Stevenson's campus, Antietam National Battlefield is another "must visit" if you enjoy American history. Explore the beautiful fields and trails while learning about this important historical site. — Carol McDaniel