Maryland Tourism turns up the heat with recreational opportunities on the Lower Shore

BALTIMORE — Whatever your sport, and whatever the season, Maryland’s Eastern Shore offers plenty of winter activities to explore and enjoy. “Even when the temperatures drop and the holidays are over, Maryland continues to offer exciting activities that encourage winter enthusiasts to get outside and try something new,” said Margot A. Amelia, executive director, Maryland Office of Tourism.

Here are just a few regional winter activities and events:

Enjoy Horse & Carriage Rides along Ocean City’s Boardwalk on Saturdays and Sundays until April 26. Passengers board the heated carriage near Thrasher’s at the Inlet lot and travel around the pier and down the Boardwalk to 4th Street and back.

If hiking, biking and birding are your favorite winter activities, then visit the Cross Island Trail that begins on Kent Island or Assateague State Park near Berlin. In January, the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is a sanctuary for geese, swans, ducks, hawks, great blue herons and other species of shorebirds.

Pass through the 2800 acres at the Wye Island Natural Resource Management Area, a habitat for wintering waterfowl populations and other native wildlife. Or explore the world of the bald eagle and bald cypress as you cruise the Pocomoke River by boat on Jan. 17, 24 and 31.

Sea glass hunting gets a boost in winter when snow reflects the light and stormy weather pushes more sea glass to the shore. For the dedicated enthusiast, try Tolchester Beach in Kent County, Matapeake Beach in Stevensville in Queen Anne’s County, Roaring Point Beach on the Nanticoke River, Deal Island Beach in Somerset County, and any of the back bay beaches along Chincoteague Bay between Snow Hill and Chincoteague.

At Janes Island State Park, the full service cabins that were closed in December are now open as a planned construction project is now set for next fall and winter of 2015. Reservations may be made by calling the park office at 410-968-0651 or email park manager Dennis Smith at DennisE.Smith@maryland.gov for more details.

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