Get Outside and Celebrate Dad!

Get Outside and Celebrate Dad
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Throughout this month, we will be sharing ways for you to get out and celebrate dear old Dad for Father’s Day. To that end, remember Maryland’s old slogan “America in Miniature?” It might be time to bring that saying back as it makes a handy motto for this summer. We can’t enjoy too much of the U.S. right now, but dads can get into a range of outdoor activities offered right here in this state.


Bulle Rocke Golf Course, Havre de Grace
Bulle Rock Golf Course is the lush green expanse that epitomizes golf in the Mid-Atlantic. Designed by Peter Dye, this public course celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. After the coronavirus shutdown, it reopened on May 7. Golfers must practice social distancing, wear masks when inside and cannot play in groups of more than 10. Daily fees start at $84 and there are special twilight time rates.

Whiskey Creek Golf Club, Ijamsville
Another public course, Whiskey Creek Golf Club in Frederick County makes many of those “most play” lists in part because it’s just so darn scenic. Surrounded by woods and central Maryland countryside, it offers golfers a view of the Catoctin Mountains and is known for its nice staff. Tee time prices start at $86, but drop to $66 later in the day. Social distancing, mask wearing and other COVID-19 rules are in place.

Potomac Shores Golf Club, Dumfries, Virginia

Want to drive a little farther for a whole day away?  Check out Potomac Shores Golf Club in Dumfries, Virginia. Overlooking the Potomac River, this course also has an app and offers tee times starting at $69.


Annapolis Electric Boat Rental
It’s hard not to chuckle at Annapolis Electric Boat Rental’s slogan, “like a Tesla but slower.” We’ll take some of that luxury on water. The business reopened in time for Mother’s Day and enjoyed quite a few customers. Now it’s Dad’s turn to take a spin on the water. COVID-19 rules mean that only immediate family members can be on a boat together. A two-hour rental costs $350, and all reservations can be made online. Boaters who don’t have certification arrive early for training and a 10-day temporary certification.

Annapolis Sailing School
Open since 1959, Annapolis Sailing School offers sailboat rentals, and in normal times, lessons for both kids and adults. Lessons are on hold until the state moves into phase two of its pandemic recovery. But in the meantime, Dad or the whole family can rent a sailboat. The weekday rate is $160 for the day, and the weekend rate is $200 for a half day. Sailors with certification can book online. Those without certification should call the school to book. 410.267.7205;


Jones Falls Trail, Baltimore

Jones Falls Trail offers a “nature-in-the-city experience,” says Jim Brown, director of TrailNation with the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. The trail takes cyclists and hikers past some of Baltimore’s parks and neighborhoods, including Druid Hill Park, Cylburn Arboretum, Woodberry, Mount Vernon and the Inner Harbor.  And “there is newly opened section which extends north from Cylburn Arboretum to Mount Washington over a newly installed bridge over Northern Parkway,” Brown tells us.

Torrey C. Brown Trail, Baltimore County

Want to get out of the city, but don’t have time to go too far? This rural, 20-mile trail is just a few minutes’ drive north of Baltimore and follows the Gunpowder River through the forests and valleys of northern Baltimore County. Cycle past past horse farms, rolling hills, wonderful views of the river and into a great afternoon, Brown says.

Kent Island South Trail, Eastern Shore
TrailLink ( keeps coming up: It’s a website from the Rails to Trails Conservancy that offers maps, route descriptions and reviews for more than 37,000 miles of trails across the U.S. One is the Kent Island South Trail on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, a 5.8-mile trail that starts at Matapeake State Park and ends at Romancoke Pier. The trail has both woods and open fields, and is also frequented by walkers, runners and cyclists.

C&O Canal Towpath, Point of Rocks
Another great afternoon of cycling starts here in the middle of the C&O Canal Towpath. Cyclists can follow alongside the Potomac River in either direction on a mostly flat trail with wooded scenery, old rail bridges, and of course, Point of Rocks’ Victorian train station. We picked this trail because it feels as far away from dear old Dad’s desk as we could find.

Mount Vernon Trail, Virginia
For some DMV families, this is an old favorite. For Baltimore-area families, it’s another trail that makes for a nice day trip. After all, what’s not to like about these 18 bike-friendly miles that run from Theodore Roosevelt Island to Mount Vernon alongside the Potomac River? Both newcomers and those familiar with the trail will appreciate the option to mix up your ride by hopping off this trail and connecting with the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Trail or one of many others.


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