A boat can take you many places, and in Maryland, every one of those places is remarkable. Island-hopping on the Chesapeake is awe-inspiring. Docking at idyllic waterfront towns is cathartic. Noshing on fresh catches at famous seafood restaurants is delightful. Floating peacefully alongside sophisticated cities is eye-opening. Observing the historical landmarks and waterways that shaped our country is transformative…It’s no wonder why sailors, fishermen and adventurers alike choose to boat Maryland every year.Often referred to as a boater’s paradise, Maryland has a rich maritime history and remains a premier boating destination. One great example is the Governor’s Cup, a sailboat race that begins at the state capital of Annapolis—an elite boating city filled with charming shops and restaurants—and ends at the former state capital of St. Mary’s City, a quaint and historic community. This balance of past and present can be found throughout the state, making the possibilities for boating adventures endless.The fun doesn’t end when you get to shore. Nature lovers can immerse themselves in the diverse beauty of waterside parks and wildlife refuges like Taylors, Eastern Neck and Assateague islands. Foodies can wine and dine within the marinas of Cambridge and St. Michaels. Crab cake aficionados can compare their favorites from the Eastern Shore’s Kent Island, Southern Maryland’s Solomons Island or the city of Baltimore. Fishing fanatics can cast along the pier of Point Lookout or within the depths of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Ocean City.Be open to boating this season. If you don’t have a boat, look into a local rental or charter. The prices are always fair, and you don’t ever have to worry about maintenance. We can rave about what makes Maryland such a great boating experience, but nothing beats getting out on the water and doing it yourself.