Baltimore is one of the most unusual and outright wacky cities in the United States to begin with, so writing a collection of ten unusual things to do in the state of Maryland, it was hard not to make the whole list just about the attractions in that one city. Still, the rest of Maryland has its share of offbeat and weird attractions that deserve to be on this list. These are my ten favorites of the interesting attractions there are to see and do in Maryland. There are of course many other things to see and do in that state but these are for those of us with offbeat and unusual tastes. Hopefully they will provide you with entertainment if you were to find yourself in that New England state.
Most famous for its giant pink flamingo statue, Cafe Hon is a restaurant in the Hampden area of Baltimore made famous by the films of John Waters. Any fan of Waters film will want to visit this part of town and to visit the Cafe Hon. The place is pretty popular with Baltimore residents for the food as well as the style and is located at 1002 West 36th Street.
GEPPI'S ENTERTAINMENT MUSEUM
Owned by the CEO of Diamond Comics distributors, this unique museum is dedicated mostly to the medium of comic books but also including exhibits that deal with other forms of pop culture. It would be a good place to visit for families with kids and for nerds of all ages. It is located at 301 W. Camden Street in Baltimore, Maryland.
NATIONAL CRYPTOLOGIC MUSEUM
Speaking of things that might appeal to nerds, Maryland is also home of the National Cryptologic Museum. Associated with the NSA, this museum presents a history of intelligence work in the United States. As a note, those that love this place might also want to visit the International Spy Museum in Washington DC, which isn't terribly far away, The Cryptologic Museum is located at 8290 Colony Seven Road in Annapolis Junction, Maryland.
NATIONAL GREAT BLACKS IN WAX MUSEUM
Wax museums have a quirky vibe in general but this is the only wax museum in the country that is dedicated completely to African Americans. This one is also in Baltimore and is located at 1601 East North Avenue. the Museum has a large number of black historical figures and also portrays events, such as the struggle for voting rights.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF DENTISTRY
The National Museum of Dentistry is a fun place to take the whole family. A number of dental instruments from history, games and exhibits like George Washington's dentures can be found here. This is yet another Museum on display in Baltimore and can be found at 21 South Greene Street.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF HEALTH AND MEDICINE
There are a lot of wacky medical museums throughout the United States but this one manages to be just as fascinating as any of them. The museum has a number of medical artifacts going all the way back to the Civil War. The most fascinating have to do with Abraham Lincoln and his assassination by John Wilkes Booth. It is located at 2500 Linden Lane in Silver Spring, Maryland.
NATIONAL VIGILANCE PARK
Near Ft. Meade is another place for people who love espionage and military history. The park is a display of reconnaissance airplanes and has associations with the National Cryptologic Museum. The park is just one block west of the museum and it is easy to visit them both at once.
NOAH'S ARK RECONSTRUCTION
God's Ark of Safety Church in Maryland has given us one of the most interesting religious attractions in the country. The church is constructing a rebuilding of Noah's Ark. Supposedly this is inspired by a dream that the church's pastor had and is a huge 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet tall structure. It is located at 18600 Cherry Lane SW, Frostburg, MD.
Ocean City is a resort town in Maryland and would make a great vacation destination for a number of reasons, but if you are going there you might want to look for these quirky attractions. Check out the miniature golf course at 13903 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, MD with its quirky look and design. On the corner of Coastal Hwy and 18th St. check out Paddock's Nightclub with its giant martini glass. And be sure to check out the Ocean Gallery on 2nd Street.
STAR WARS TOYS MUSEUM
The Star Wars Toys Museum in Linthicum Heights, Maryland is another place that nerds of all ages can enjoy. The museum features a collection of virtually every Star Wars toy ever made and includes a blog and online videos on the website.
Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on April 20, 2020:
Interesting :) Had grown up in Baltimore and have never heard of some of these attractions :) zany yet fun. Thanks for sharing :)
Alexisboyce on March 13, 2020:
I live in this state.
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Shawn Scarborough from The Lone Star State on April 01, 2013:
Maryland is one of my favorite places to visit. My sister lives in Virginia just a few miles from Frederick, Maryland. Whenever I go to see her I always spend some time in Maryland. I'll be sure to check some of the places you mention the next time I'm there.