Roadside America: Maryland
Time to continue exploring my state through roadside attractions! Last time, I shared pictures of giant chairs, dogs, and candles. Today I have six new places for you to check out in Maryland, courtesy of Roadside America.
Attraction: Enchanted Forest (Original Location)
Location: Ellicott City
The first round of places I shared with you from Roadside America included the current Enchanted Forest, a Mother Goose themed farm and park. That’s actually its second location, though! Originally, it was off Route 40, and I remember visiting there as a little girl. Today, just the castle entrance (and sweet dragon!) stand, along with the main sign. It’s just a shopping center now, with a variety of stores. But you’ll still see it from the road, because the center’s sign has a big sculpture of a king, directing you into the parking lot.
Attraction: Store Skewering Giant Carrot
The Green Onion is on the corner of Hamilton and Harford Roads in the Hamilton section of Baltimore. It’s easy to spot while driving, and you could get an even better view if you park and get out to get some meats and cheeses! While you’re in Hamilton, you might as well check out the giant berries, too.
Attraction: World’s Only Surviving Wrought Iron Bridge
Savage Mills is a really cool area. There’s a large building full of unique shops (ice cream, beads, rubber stamps), a zip line area in the woods, and some really cool trails to walk along near the water. Over that water is a really beautiful bridge that many people cross while taking their daily jogs or just pushing their babies in strollers along the paved path. This bridge is officially named the Bollman Truss Railroad Bridge, and was built in 1869. It’s pretty sweet that this one hasn’t succumb to rust yet! There’s tons of parking on either side of the Savage Mills building, but there’s also a lot of parking on gravel on the side of the road, directly across from this bridge. Go ahead and walk across!
Attraction: Neon Pig Sign
When I was younger, my dad worked across the street from this bakery. I have no idea how this is true, but not only have I never been in, but I don’t know anyone who has. The thing is, though, if you ask anyone from Pasadena if they know where the neon pig is, they totally do! I can’t attest to the deliciousness of their pastries, but I can tell you this pig is adorable and worth a shot on your camera as you’re driving down Edwin Raynor. There’s ample parking right outside.
Attraction: BUS Stop Shelter
This bus shelter was only recently built and installed on the side of the Creative Alliance building on Eastern Avenue in the Highlandtown area of Baltimore. It’s amazing and sturdy enough for you to stand (and dance) on. I actually submitted this tip to Roadside America, and it won’t be my last addition to their wonderful website. There’s lots of street parking on Eastern Avenue and the north and south streets running perpendicular to it.
Attraction: Dinosaur Park
Case in point, I submitted this tip earlier this week! Laurel has a dinosaur park at the back of a business park. There really aren’t many dinosaur fossils east of the Mississippi River, so this place is extra cool. They have an open house twice a month, where they do tours and sometimes you can even look for your own fossils! How cool is that!? You can always go visit and see from afar, but there is a fence so you can’t get down and dirty unless it’s open.
Which one of these places would you most like to visit?