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Ideas for Summer Fun in Carroll County in 2022

By Ashley Fisher June 11, 2022

Boredom fosters creativity, but sometimes we need to kick start the creative engine with some fun ideas.  Here are some fun family-friendly ideas for ways to explore, create, and play in and around Westminster!

FIRST THINGS FIRST
Check the Macaroni Kid Calendar for free and low cost things to do in our area. Not a subscriber? Sign up and you’ll get the goods each weekly directly in your email in-box. It’s free. No sales. No gimmicks. Just plain fun.

SPECIAL SUMMER EVENTS IN 2022
Maryland Summerfest 2022
Best of Summer at the Farmer’s Market
Fourth of July Celebration at the Carroll County Farm Museum 
Family Summer Bash at the Carroll Indoor Sports Complex
Carroll County 4H and FFA Fair 
1st Annual Carroll County Brewery Crawl 

ANIMAL & INSECT ENCOUNTERS
Baltimore National Aquarium
Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo
Piney Run Park & Nature Center
Bear Branch Nature Center
Baugher’s Petting Zoo
Land of Little Horses
Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly & Caterpillar Exhibit
Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

INDOOR FUN
Discount movie Tuesdays at RC Theatres in Westminster
Home Depot Free Kids Workshop  
Go Ice Skating at Reisterstown Sports Complex
Go bowling for free this summer
Players Fun Zone
Stratosphere Trampoline Park
Attend a virtual story time and participate in Summer Library Programs 
Michaels Kid Club Craft Days
Take a cooking class.
Build a dollhouse and visit Gibby’s Doll House’s & Miniatures for furniture
See something unbelievable

THE ARTS
Catch a family friendly show from the CCAC
See a show at the Weinberg Theater in Frederick


LISTEN TO SOME TUNES
Enjoy live music at a first Saturday Event at Serpent Ridge Vineyard
Island Green Family Fun Center Concerts 


EXPAND YOUR MIND

Civil War Encampment and Living History at the Union Mills Homestead
Maryland Science Center
Learn all about the Battle of Antietam 
See the stars at the Planetarium at Bear Branch 
Enjoy Living history at the Carroll County Farm Museum 
Visit the Original Playhouse or Rose Hill Manor children’s museum
Gate House Museum
Historic Colored Schoolhouse


TREAT YOURSELF

Enjoy a gigantic ice cream sundae or milkshake at The Bus Stop
Dig into a delicious snowball and then play at Appleman Park at Baugher’s Restaurant!
Get some of the best ice cream around at Hoffmans Ice Cream


THRILLS
Purchase discounted tickets to a ton of amusement parks through Carroll County Parks & Rec
Adventure Park USA
Hershey Park


PLANES, TRAINS, AUTOMOBILES (AND BICYCLES)
Visit the B&O Railroad Museum and take a train ride
Little Sykesville Railway Park
Ride a the rails on Walkersville Southern Railroad
Visit the Roads and Rails Museum in Frederick, MD
Western Maryland Railroad
Watch planes takeoff and land at the Carroll County Regional Airport


WATER, WATER, EVERYWHERE
Go Kayaking at Piney Run Park
Go kayaking or canoeing on the Potomac
Hit the lake at Cunningham Falls (Thurmont, MD)
Visit Lake Hashawha
Antietam Creek Canoe (tubing, canoeing) - Boonsboro, MD
Go canoeing or whitewater rafting at Harpers Ferry Adventure Center
Become a pirate on a Pirate cruise in Baltimore or DC


OUTDOOR FUN
Take the Union Bridge Bike Tour or the New Windsor Bike Tour
Go hiking at one of the 10 hiking areas in Carroll County
Try your luck at fishing
Get out on horseback on one of the local horse trails
Grab a bike and hit the road
Go mini golfing or actual golfing
Check out the First Sunday Hikes at Charlotte’s Quest Nature Center
Try Geocaching 
Have an adventure with ParkQuest
Get Junior Ranger Certificates at nearby National Parks
Explore the many battlefields nearby, like Monocacy National Battlefield
Catch a baseball game – Washington Nationals, Frederick Keys or the Hagerstown Suns
Head to a Farmers Market
Pick your own fruits and vegetables at nearby farms
Walk or bike on the C&O Canal
Find a swimming hole
Grab a map from the Visitors Center to explore the area
Paintball Adventure Park
Shrimptown Skate Park
The Big Slide at Rocky Ridge
Have a picnic at a new park
Play on the huge, free playground at Local Homestead Products, LLC
Show off those skateboarding skills at the Westminster Skate Park

FUN AT HOME
Sensory Walk
Edible Play Dough Ice Cream
DIY Garden Gnomes
Solar S’mores Oven
Toilet Paper Roll Firework Painting
Fruit Print Craft
Swimming Pool Scrabble
Frozen Paint Cubes
DIY Bead Suncatchers
Bubble Snake Maker


HIT THE ROAD
Turkey Hill Experience
Hershey’s Chocolate World
Calvert Cliffs State Park
Dinosaur Land
Visit every stop on Maryland’s Best Ice Cream Trail